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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter

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pDev: 10.36%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alpha King’s festive cousin. A big American Christmas Porter brewed with English chocolate malt, Mexican sugar and of course, tons of strange American hops. Cheers!

38 IBU

(Beer added by: zerk on 12-06-2002)
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber -> imperial pint
2006

Pours black with a generous crusty tan head. Cliffed lace hangs in chunks all over the glass. By the time i pour for the third time the lace has become solid from top to bottom and crusty thick.

Nose: Roasted chocolate malts dance mildly behind a wall of oily pine hops. CLassic FFF nose.

Taste: Piney hops, with thick roasted chocolate malt backbone, coffee, caramels, and burnt coffee. Roastedness last through the bitter herbal finish to leave the mouth dry with a roasted sweetness.

Mouth is chewy, full and smokey dry.

Drinkability is high, each sip brings something different. I wanted to savor this but it went down quick. An interesting porter that certainly is not normal. Glad I got a chance to try.

SuperBowl XLI

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 23:43:43 | More by beerphan
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BeerHonky

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Three Floyds purchase. Naturally, I had heard a lot of the brewery, so when I came across a case of this at the Beer Yard, I couldn't pass it up. At any rate...pours a beautiful dark opaque brown with rusty highlights around the edges. Super soft, light brown head that has a wonderful thickness to it. Looks like something I'd want to put on top of some chocolate cake. Smells immediately like I'm in a backwoods hop patch. And, unfortunately, I hate to be cliche, but it does smell like Christmas. Super, smooth creamy mouthfeel transports a huge delivery of roasty, chocolatey, caramel malt into the palate. Not too far behind is the surprising hop presence. Very hoppy for a porter. I even has a bit of that stringent porter character, which I'm not always a fan of, but its pulled off with perfection here. I'm assuming its the other flavors that balancecd it. The beer finishes with a nice dry touch and a lingering aftertaste of dry, dark cocoa powder. Man, this stuff is just amazing, its unlike any other porter I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 02:12:26 | More by BeerHonky
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errantnight

California

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I used to think I generally preferred stouts to porters (not that one need choose)... but lately, I'm finding some of my favorite dark beers are porters. This joins that group.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised when leaning in for a whiff of this luxuriously thick, deep black brew I found it to be wafting up noticeable aromas of citrus and pine hops. I was, but I shouldn't have been.

And I guess I shouldn't have been any more surprised when I found a velvety, roasty but not burnt roasted brew, full of coffee flavors to meld generously into an oily hoppy delight. I was... but I shouldn't have been. Not quite an IDA... this definitely put the porter characteristics first, but it seemed bright despite its rich darkness.

Despite a silky texture, it did feel a little light on the palate, and neither quite rich/creamy enough or spritely enough to satisfy either direction. That's nitpicking, it still was great in the mouth.

I could drink this all winter, and it seems particularly well suited for the pseudo-colder winter months of SoCal... may I find this in my stocking every year!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 00:37:18 | More by errantnight
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sgoodship

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Binny's in the South Loop, Chicago. Ironically, a few hours before I drank this, my sister in-law asked me if brewers ever combine aggressive hops like in an IPA with a roasted malty porter. I told her that I hadn't experienced anything quite like that. Well, now I can say I have!

A: Nice reddish dark brown - almost black. Tiny mahogany highlights on the bottom edge against the light. Dark tan finger head that quickly dropped to a quarter and then dissipated to surface wisps. Produced big spotty lacing that didn't stick around too long. Quite attractive.

S: Big hops - more hops than you would ever imagine from a porter. When you smell more deeply, you get the roasted malt chocolate/coffee smell hiding under the floral hop. Combo of big hop, big malt and slight alcohol is almost medicinal - in a good way. Some cinnamon spiciness there too. Very unique and an appropriate seasonal warmth.

T: As I concentrated on the drinking, the smell focused in on the dark bitter chocolate which added a lot. Very lively hoppy fresh experience. It dissipates to a more chocolate malt and the hop bitterness comes back in the aftertaste. Strange combination of the smooth porter with an aggressive hop bite. Worked for me.

M: Really light and crisp. Carbonation tingles on the tongue and the back of the mouth. Medium/low body. I would usually feel like this was thin but considering the uniqueness and level of hopping, it felt appropriate.

D: Very light and drinkable. If I was trying to evaluate this brew as a regular porter, it may disappoint me in some ways. If I think of it as a hybrid of porter and seasonal Xmas ale, it becomes a very unique and enjoyable experience. It felt right for the season which I think is a very important factor. It offered the comfort of a porter with the optimism of hops - a really nice change. As a malt head that has developed a hop addiction, I find this beer to be extremely enjoyable. The higher than usual ABV didn't hurt either. Happy holidays!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 05:28:14 | More by sgoodship
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Duff27

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with a mocha head.

S- Chocolate, roasted malts. Coffee?

T- Rich chocolaty goodness with pronounced "Xmas" (hah) hop spice aftertaste. Pine. One-of-a-kind taste...and if not, please let me know!

M- Medium mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth.

D/O- The drinkability of this is ridiculously high. Perhaps the best porter I've ever had. Will be a holiday staple for years to come for me. Three Floyds does it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 02:46:20 | More by Duff27
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tat2dhllblly

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Brothers Drake Tulip.

A: Dark and black as night. A 2 to 3 finger head forms that shows a smoked wood color with minimal carbination showing. The head quickly fades leaving just a cap that lasts for the duration of this beers soon to be short lived life.

S: I see right up front 3 Floyds plan for this beer with the nose. 3 Floyds is tempting to use your prime sense of smell to bring back christmas memories of old. It smells of sweet pine (from the over hopping at the end of boil and possible dry hopping), undertones of chocolate and lingering sweetness. All reminding one of the christmas season from the smells that surround you.

T: Not as hop forward as I expected. Great balance of chocolate malts and base malts with the hops not showing up till the end and lasting long after each sip. Cocoa powder, wet grass, de-bittered chocolate.

M: Light but wanted. With a beer this dark you would expect a heavy mouthful but thankfully 3 Floyds does this porter right.

O: This was a great beer that I have come to expect from 3 Floyds. Also very happy that my wife could suprise me with it after a shopping trip around Columbus OH. Thanks for coming back to Ohio guys!!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:53:20 | More by tat2dhllblly
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my boy Pat at cavalier for a case... your clutch man

A- pours a deep dark brown, actually nearly black in some angles... big thick tan colored
Head... stays around for a bit... very sticky blotting to the glass

S- Christmas tree pine... huge flavor of chocolate malt, roasted coffee... sweet dark fruit essence

T- first sip reveals a fairy balanced pine sappyness... which leads the way for the English chocolate malt.. following up behind is a roasty coffee fling.. ending with a overall hop balance with a reminiscent mint mouth... this beer really reminds me of Christmas... strange

M- medium bodied... stellar carbonation... slight chewy/creamy mouth feel.. as it warms to room temp... it almost becomes oily in some aspects... delightful

O- I really can't get enough from this brewery.... that's all I have to say...good day

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:08:15 | More by warrenout330
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A high pour yields a ruddy black brew topped by an impressive peak of chunky,beige head. As the tight head unwinds, it leaves lacing as thick as your Grandmother's doilies!

Intoxicating aromas of pine-drenched Cocoa Pebbles (mmm) and good coffee roastiness are a prelude to what lies ahead. Smooth porter aromas and massive pine sap gooeyness somehow balance eachother out.

A sip reveals a magnificently tastey porter with a uniquely 3 Floyds twist. Rich chocolate, vanilla, and roasty coffee flavors upfront, an assault of evergreen sappiness throughout, and a smooth finish that is neither sweet, nor bitter, but smoothly perfect.

Body is medium-big, silky-smooth, and very rich on the tongue.

Overall, one of my new favorites from 3F. Absolutely dangerous in drinkability. Each sip brings a smile to my face. Not a trace of the alcohol within. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 15:15:49 | More by AlexJ
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkest cherry with a short, ashen brown collar.
Fragrant of burnt coffee, burnt spruce, burnt pine, burnt grapefruit, and vanilla bean (unburnt). There is also a mellow, almost illusory cognac impression deep down in.
Begins with a thickened molasses and chicory maltiness that grows to encompass prune and black raisins and bakers chocolate. It ventures even farther, as rasping cigar smoke and oily espresso shatter forth, then subside to a caramel glaze and oaky vanilla (a la bourbon) sweetness. The next shattering moment is delivered by the hops. All wintergreen menthol, spruce tips, grapefruit rinds, and pine rosin. It's oily, and it is forceful, and it is bitter as hell, but equal on the hop associated flavors. At the close there are lingering burning leaves, a dusting of coffee grounds, a tweak of sugary, red grape vinousness, and more sugared evergreen branches.
Generally medium bodied, teetering possibly thinner, but well situated within the porter domain, with its steady sense of diffuse fleece.
Price not withstanding, this is endlessly gulpable. A fattened hophead porter. If I could get this in sixpacks for the price of the bomber, I'd drink it all season....but that seems to be the case with all of FFF's specialties.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 08:14:08 | More by cokes
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numenor1

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very thick black, forming an enormous dark tan head. A bit unexpected, this is almost impyish in appearance. Beautiful lacing. Nose is full of coffee molasses, burnt cherries, even a bit of vanilla. Very deep. Taste is pretty damned impressive. Upfront there's a stab of sweetness, but it's quickly overridden by an onslaught of burnt molasses, deep caramel, coffee and burnt dark fruits. There's more than a little bit of woodyness, from hops perhaps? and at the same time a note of green hops as well, and a vague yet profound citrus hop undertone. Midpalate there's a sensation of bittersweet chocolate (70%), which is incredibly impressive and not a compliment i concede lightly. It makes the beer. Substantial supporting bitterness. It all ends in a lingering dry roasty note and a very storng ebbing hoppiness. Body is medium with good supporting medium low carbonation. Somewhere between chewy and creamy. Very drinkable. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 05:03:43 | More by numenor1
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drseamus

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black, even for a porter. It was topped with a nice off white head comprised of nice small bubbles.

The aroma is outstanding, filled with a bunch of chocolate and roasted malt and some coffee. The chocolate is very creamy smelling and inviting.

This is one tasty beer. It starts off with a nice chocolaty burst with a touch of bitterness and fades into roasted malt with a slight lingering bitterness.

Nice body on this, not to heavy but thick enough to get the job done. Great for the style.

Good beer all around. Would make a great everyday drinking beer except it's not available year round.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 01:48:25 | More by drseamus
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lpayette

Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at dark lord day way back in April. Can't believe it's taken me this long to finally crack one open... what was I waiting for? Maybe it was just the weather.

Appearance- typical near black color with just under a finger of head. Not much carbonation, but that's ok for the style. Consequently, not much lacing to speak ok.

Smell- Lots of roasted malts, but I'd say the overall theme is heath bars. Reminds me of ben and jerry's heath bar crunch ice cream (do they still make that?). Lots of coffee too.

Taste and Mouthfeel- upon the first sip of this brew it was evident that this was one of the best if not the best porter I've had. very, very tastey and sessionable even at 7.5%. A bit of roastiness and nuttiness, but not too much. Hops are subdued and malt is in the forefront, but the balance between roasted bitterness and hop bitterness is done extremely well. The mouthfeel is somewhat silky, and that combined with a heath bar-like taste again reminds me of Ben and Jerry's heath bar crunch.

Drinkability- Very much a sessionable beer if you're into porters.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 03:10:41 | More by lpayette
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wilwfu

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, Poured straight into a tulip glass with a 2 inch head that smells absolutely wonderful, filled with roasted marshmellows and earthy hops. It takes about 5 minutes for the head to subside, leaving lacing all the way down. This is an awesome beer, very hoppy, complementing the roastiness. It is very dry, smooth and extremely easy to drink. I could make an evening of smelling the earthy hops and then tasting the roasted malts... this is an awesome holiday / winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 22:50:45 | More by wilwfu
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a decent crème head. Nose is interesting. Striking characteristics that are a bit difficult to nail down. Coffee perhaps. Candy. Some type of fruit. Almost like a unripe berry or hard apple or something like that. Whatever it is, I like it. Flavor is nice. Spicey robust tones. Thick malts. Pleasant acidity. A nice robust porter with good spices and a touch of fruity sweetness as well. Feel is thick on liquid and carbonation is a bit lower and barely biting. This is a nice porter. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 18:10:29 | More by RblWthACoz
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, dark brown, near black in color. Head is a huge four or five finger of brown foam despite a rather gentle pour. Foam slowly fades to a two finger cap and leaves solid rings of lace ebhind on the glass.

S - Roasted hops? Piney, citrusy dark malts? It really bounces back and forth between strong pine aromas with a touch of citrus and dark, roasted chocolate and coffee beans. Very impressive nose due to the very strong, yet well melded hop and malt profiles. A love the aroma of this beer.

T - Piney bitterness quickly matched by lightly roasted dark malts. Hints of bitter chocolate and just a touch of burnt coffee bean. As the beer warms the malts certainly become more dominant but the hops are strong throughout. Three Floyd's name is stamped all over this one.

M/D - Big, full bodied roastiness with a decent bit of hop bite as well. A sipper, but certainly one I can sip for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 20:15:36 | More by ckeegan04
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dwarbi

New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was one of my two favorite three floyds. Fantastic beer. It's a solid black beer. Can't see it at all. Lovely tan head. Smells of cinnamon and homemade bread. It tastes malty and a little bit like chocolate. Perfect thickness -- feels very good on the palate and incredibly drinkable.
(Tasted this beer at the Blind Tiger's Three Floyds event)

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2003 20:24:13 | More by dwarbi
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sideshowrob

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served straight up in a standard pint glass. Poured a lovely velvety black with very little head. Smell was excellent, strong note of pine and sweet malts. Taste was superb. The exuberence of hops produced a strong spruce/pine note that made one reminice of christmas. The hop character was well balanced by the malty porter back note. A great beer. Superb mouthfeel and rather easy to dring. It's just a shame this is a seasonal, and in very limited release here in the mid-atlantic.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 01:34:59 | More by sideshowrob
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bomber at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours an almost opaque ruby/garnet with brown tints and a two finger head of tan foam. Head eventually falls to islands and a ring, with fantastic lacing throughout the drink.

Aroma is a very complex combination of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, really spicy pine sap, dark fruits like prunes or dates, and big dark bread notes.

Flavor is this huge chocolatey pine needles, on the sweet side, with a fairly big hop bitterness to back it up. Fruits like gin soaked raisins and dates come through. Aftertaste is sweet chocolate, pine sap, and a slightly drying roastiness. Delicious beer!

Mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy, with soft carbonation.There is a nice bite on the tongue from bitterness, and the lips stick together from lingering sweetness. Finish is sweet, very slightly astringent from roasted malts, and slightly warm from alcohol.

This is an absolutely delicious beer, and as a holiday beer, it's perfect. Deep dark chocolate, spicy pine hops, luxurious mouthfeel, and a nice alcohol kick to boot. I need more!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 16:30:19 | More by jakester
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jlh8643

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in an imperial pint glass at the brew pub. Very dark with slight ruby tinge around the edges and a tight tan head that sits on top leaving good lace down the glass. The aroma gives you a ton of pine with hints of cocoa and chocolate and dark roasted malt. The pine hops lead initially but the dark malts take over with the malty sweetness and taste of molasses coming from the mexican sugar. The beer finishes somewhat dry with hops again bringing up the rear. Another great beer for the holidays from 3F's

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2005 16:06:45 | More by jlh8643
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Twentytwo ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Deep, impenetrable brown (almost black). Dense rocky beige coloured mousse recedes slowly leaving patchy lace behind.

Robust notes of grapefruit, flowers, & pine cut right through the chocolately background, screaming "Drink me!"

Wow! That's some hoppy porter. Tons of hops flavour right up front & in your face. Plenty of citrus & pine tree sap & hop induced bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering chocolate flavour medium/full bodied, moderate carbonation. I wish this were available year round, and around the corner from me.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 02:43:54 | More by xgrigorix
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peabody

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really black with just a slight band of small brown bubbles. There is a little lacing here.
Smell is wonderful. Mellow chocolate and coffee with burnt malts and caramel sugars. Almost a fruityness in front of the coffee but the coffee is so strong it is hard to discern.
Taste is coffee and toasted malts and very little sugar. This is a very balanced porter and not too sweet. I like that fact.
Mouthfeel is just a tad oily and the bitterness lingers on the back of the tounge for quite a while.
Drinkability is high here if only I could procure lots of this stuff locally.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 23:58:38 | More by peabody
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Looks like a glass of Coca-Cola. An impenetrable blackish brown, with a light tan-ish head. better than average retnetion level with a wonderful amount of lacing.

S: wow thats a funky smelling porter. smells like a great breakfast, pot and coffee. or a pot of coffee ;) huge roasted malts, some chocolate notes, but a ton of hops leading to a MJ aroma and a little coffee.

T: great flavors. tons of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee notes, and some coffee and caramel. big hopped up flavors. wow this is delightful. its like smoking a J and taking a big sip of black coffee.
Merry Christmas to me.

M: big and bold for the style. medium carbonation level. full bodied for the style. very sharp.

D: major credit for creativity with the style and flavor combination. 7.5% makes it a bomber only for me but a great one at that. Absolutely wonderful, believe the hype.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 04:09:32 | More by paulthebeerguru
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep brown color, with crimson highlights peeking through, blessed with a thick, prodigious cocoa-tan head...
Aroma: mmm,roasty-toasty, cinnamon, ginger,toffee,coffee, and cream...oh, yummy, oh, very good...nice as it gets...
Taste: Very smooth, yet terribly dark and full in the body, full in the flavor, ...a spicy, tastiness rings through the edges and uplifts and illuminates every aspect of the experience...nutmeg and clove...
Body never flags, stays full, and continually delivers flavor...finish isn't as strong as I'd like, but hangs on well enough...
overall, an excellent winter warmer/spiced ale, not a surprise from this outstanding brewery...wish it were easier to find though...

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 00:00:00 | More by feloniousmonk
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asabreed

New York

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So here it is. I've been looking for this for over a year now, and finally I saw a bomber and snagged one. I was going to grab both left on the shelf on general principle of Three Floyds kicking ass and the beer's reviews, but alas, at $8.99, I opted just for one.

Why pour this into a pint glass when it certainly would go much better, as far as presentation and aroma go -- along with the deep sipping -- in an oversized wine glass? So in the glass it goes.

Appearance: Head stays beautifully frothy despite its at-first possibility of dying quickly. Rather than a Belgian, it bubbles up slowly, then hangs out and refuses to go anywhere, like the top of a malted milkshake. Lacing's thick, clumpy, with layers folding atop one another down the glass. Body is thick and oh-so-close to near opaque black, though the faintest hint of dark amber can be discerned.

Smell: Oh the beauty of the citrus and piney hops. I don't know exactly what's used, but that's the backbone, and beneath it lies the subtle flavors of burnt-to-all-hell toasted malt, dark and deep unsweetened chocolate, molasses, and slight maple and raisins. Also somehow some dark and tropical fruit flavors inch their way in as it warms. Just awesome, especially when the hops lessen slightly and the malt (and slight fruit) character gets more dominant and complex when it warms. Tons of stuff going on, and it's all extremely well balanced.

Taste: Total malted milkshake at first, walking the line between burnt and frothy and creamy, it brings the party to the mouth. Dark and burned chocolate malt come next, sliding into the maple, vanilla, and raisin combination for some subtleness. Then it finishes beautifully dry, with the hops lingering on the tongue along with the malted milkshake divine thickness and taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, a bit velvety but somehow a bit astringent, and somehow it works really well. I like the slight astringency, yet it's not quite up to the standard of a five, though close.

Drinkability: The biggest thing decreasing its drinkability is the price. In addition, it's so thick, complex, and tasty that to me it's more of a sharing porter, or else a nightcap to be enjoyed but maybe purchased months down the road for another treat. Still one of the best porters out there though, and one of the best that uses a fantastic combination of hop and malt to near perfection, in a porter to boot. It ain't easy, and Three Floyds have it down. At least snag one of these to see what you think.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 04:15:02 | More by asabreed
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fretlessman71

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Many thanks to Chazwicke for sending this along.

A hallowed brew that I’ve had once before. Three Floyds is one of those breweries that, somehow, someway, can’t manage to make a bad or even mediocre beer. Nothing like a Christmas porter at the end of April, but what the heck…

APPEARANCE: Jet-frickin’ black. If I squint, I can see ruby mahogany highlights when held to the light. Serious tan head, fantastic lacing.

AROMA: WHOA. Malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, hops, this baby has it all.

FLAVOR: Wow… reading the tasting notes from the BJCP, I could almost copy it straight over. Hoppy, sure, but a good sweet-but-roasted black malt vibe. Good dry finish. Smooth all the same. Espresso and chocolate are strong here. Never knowingly had a beer that used Mexican sugar, but I think I can taste it as well in the complex sweetness. Maybe not. It’s a great blend either way. There’s still head at the bottom of the pint! Now THAT’S staying power.

MOUTHFEEL: Very smooth. Good proper weight; somewhat high carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: At 7.5% ABV, it’s not quite a session beer, but it’s not supposed to be. This is a Winter Warmer of a porter, and on a chilly night in Indiana, this gets my first choice.

OVERALL COMMENTS: This beer is stellar in every way – it’s got it all. Not a weak link anywhere to be had. Nothing like Three Floyds, man – even on a warm Sunday afternoon, this beer hits the spot. Now we just have to get them to distribute to Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 19:58:50 | More by fretlessman71
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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