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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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Gusler

Arizona

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

The beer disembogues a deep brown to almost black with ruby high lights and the head behemothic in size, spumous in texture and the color a beauteous light tan with the resultant lace a thick sheet welded to the glass to seal it from the light. Marvelous floral aroma at the front, sweet toasted malt, molasses, crisp and a real treat for the schnozzle this one with the start ambrosial and nicely malted, top is middling in its feel to the senses. Finish is temperate in its acidity and the hops puissant in their spiciness, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste. One of the best porters I have had in years, and certainly will move into my porter top ten

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 01:02:24 | More by Gusler
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Jon

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first bottling of Alpha Klaus yields incredible results.

The pour exhibits an opaque black with reddish tints at the edges. A foamy taupe head appears, too, and sticks around as long as the liquid in the glass.

Nose of piney hops, freshly roasted espresso, chocolate maltiness and a hint of spiciness.

Flavor-wise, I don't know if I can ask for much more. A huge "porter" with a magnificently hopped character shows vast notes of pine, bubble gum, chocolate, and espresso along with a light toffee flavor. While the hop addition is clearly copious, this beer possesses more of a sweet and spicy character than a truly bitter profile. Almost like a Robust Porter/Double IPA hybrid. Vastly complex and if nothing else, delicious.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with some turbidity.

Furthermore, Alpha Klaus possesses an uncanny drinkability. I don't care if this beer is 10% abv and is only available in a handy 22-ounce economy size bomber, every bit is savored. I love this beer and anxiously await its release each year.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 03:28:02 | More by Jon
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beerguy101

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate malts and floral hops. A medium bodied porter. The roasted chocolate malts are offset by a surprising amount of grapefruity hops. A flavor fest: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cheery/berries and caramel. Smooth taste. Very well balanced. Soft round taste. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 17:31:23 | More by beerguy101
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jcalabre

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled by hoprus. Originally sampled on 19 December 2002. Yet another winner from Three Floyds has been poured into my glass. Alpha Klaus has a roasty flavor w/ coffee tones along with hints of cinnamon. It is medium bodied and brown/dark red in color. Very nice

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 20:09:11 | More by jcalabre
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black in Beef O'Brady's house glassware. Negligible head and lace.

Aroma is lovely bouquet of velvety chocolate malts and a spiced, fruity sort of character just bubbling under. Wow.

Taste is exquisite, too. Dark bittersweet chocolate and berries and a bitter finish. I even get note of mole sauce among the deep chocolate underbelly (not a bad thing in my book). Thick bodied and filling, this is a remarkable, complex, and standout beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 22:52:39 | More by secondtooth
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barczar

Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown black with garnet highlights and a frothy tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Roast malt, espresso, and chocolate dominate the aroma initially. Earthy hops, pine, muted grapefruit, and roast malt fruitiness form the aroma.

Flavor reveals a huge pine base, with roast malt at the backbone, dating to onion and coffee at the finish. Floral hops and muted citrus add complexity. Chocolate surfaces late to balance the toast and coffee. The pine cone flavor harkens memories of cinnamon and Christmas spices, turning minty and slightly bitter at the finish.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate to low carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.

Interesting combo of less-popular hops and chocolate/malt/coffee roast. The mint and pine notes really hit home on a nice porter base to make this a non-traditional seasonal. The bitterness is just a touch too much for me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 00:35:39 | More by barczar
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend. Served in a nonic pint.

Pour: Nearly pitch black body, with a thick, two fingers deep khaki head. Head sticks around for most of the glass, and leaves really nice lacing the entire way.

Smell: Roasted malts up front, with some tobacco. A floral hoppiness comes in and completely hijacks the whole affair. Finish is a mix of hops and roasted coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts hit first again, but then dance with a bitter hop floral and grassy flavors. Some light dark chocolate bitterness. Finishes roasty and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Quite light and drinkable. Amongst the best drinking porters I've ever had to be honest.

Overall: This beer blurs the line between a black IPA and a porter. I actually really enjoy it, and the hoppyness is exactly what I should have expected from Three Floyds.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2012 21:09:39 | More by cfrances33
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fauxpunker


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown. Looks black in a full glass. Small tan head with decent retention.
S: Hoppy! Not what I was expecting from such a dark beer. Faint notes of chocalte too, but hops take front and center.
T: Bitter, but not too much. Good balance of roast bitterness and hop bitterness. Even a little sweetness/chocolate quality before a mildly dry finish.
M: A bit more carbonated than expected, gave it a bit of sharpness. A bit lighter bodied than appearances led me to believe.
O: Good hoiday brew. No unnecessary spices, just good brewing with good ingredients. Would happily drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2012 17:10:23 | More by fauxpunker
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger tan head nearly completely black body with a touch of light getting through. Nice smooth coffee/espresso aroma. The flavor. Burnt roasted malt with a very nice hop flavor, very distinct that many porters lack. Very smooth beer. Moderate carbonation and full bodied. The hop character for this one sets it apart from many other porters. Excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 03:09:57 | More by kylehay2004
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shanblur

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark color with a tan head which leaves moderate lacing.

S - Roasted and chocolate malts dominate over a piney hops.

T - Nice balance of the roasted malts and piney hops, with a bit more hops.

M - Smooth with a light carbonation.

A nice mix of roasted malt and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 19:58:29 | More by shanblur
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark mahogany with just a tiny bit of light getting through. Carbonation is low and the head is tan and quite thin. The nose offers some mild toasted malt and chocolate notes with a hint of cedar.

Flavors are definitely on the mark. Rich, creamy toasted malt with a bit of a sharp hop bite starting at mid-palate that doesn't really serve this particular style all that well. Mouthfeel is quite creamy for a porter. You get flavors of coffee, bakers chocolate, and a slight bit of orange rind from the hops. A terrific beer that, in my opinion, is a bit too hopped for this style. It's very subtle, but the flavors tend to be just a bit too bitter on the finish. Still worth trying if you can find it.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2011 11:16:20 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Miller's Pub, Chicago, IL

Poured a murky dark brown with a foamy tan head that retained well and left some sticky lace on the glass. Smooth toasty caramel malts in the aroma, complimented by big piney hops and a chocolatey essence. The taste followed the aroma, with lots of caramel, chocolate, pine, with notes of cinnamon and brown sugar. Smooth and satisfying, medium-almost-full-bodied, and pleasantly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 13:30:50 | More by Rifugium
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: solid black with hue of dark brown/mahogany, trace head evident. good lacing occurred.

S: coffee, roasted nuts, bitter chocolate, malt.

T: sweet chocolate and malt up front with hint of roasted nuts and bitter in the finish.

M: medium body, very smooth pour and drink. a little more carbonation than I like in my porters, but the flavors make up for it.

D: Quite good. Not my favorite porter, but a good one and nice offering by Three Floyds; give it a spin.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 21:42:48 | More by BeerLover99
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Erish

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in a nonic pint glass at the FFF brew pub.

A: dark coffee color, goodly cappuccino-colored head with good retention and good lacing.

S: coffee, chocolate, pine and floral hops, oaky malt backbone.

T: so much coffee.... in the front, middle, and finish, also lots of citrus and grassy hop character, the finish has vanilla smokiness and a nicely bitter hop backbone.

M: medium-bodied, creamy to oily, moderate carbonation.

D: very tasty, but the overwhelming coffee flavor was a bit much for me at times. This beer needs a dessert to go with it!

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2010 21:06:52 | More by Erish
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served at FFF brewpub before Christmas. This is a first, after recently trying more porters and was pleasantly surprised by the balance of traditional porter characteristics with hops, I didn't expect to enjoy as much as I did. Great pour with solid dark brown head and lacing. Nice hop aroma with dark malt, chocolate aroma.

Really great beer, enjoyed two and wish they had some bombers to go.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2010 16:19:22 | More by DAllspaw
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Franz4

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Friend brought back a growler, we broke this open 2 days later.

A- poured with a huge head that settled nicely with lots of lacing. Very dark, just a touch of translucence.

S- Very much a pine scent to it, a bit antiseptic. Nose really downgraded my hopes for this beer.

T- Tastes like a christmas tree, add in a touch of toasted brown sugar and some dark chocolate, but nothing really works it's way through the pine.

M- medium bodied with a hoppy pine aftertaste.

D- I was somewhat disappointed, this wasn't a bad beer, but it seemed to be a bit one-dimensional and the pine overpowered everything else.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2010 04:58:34 | More by Franz4
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toetag39

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A porter poured into a pilsner glass; came out a rich, dark brownish-black, it was consistent throughout. A can smell the hops and some type of fruit. With the first sip, I can taste molasses, coffee, and brown sugar. There is a little bitterness though not to my liking.

Yet another Porter that I hope was gonna be better but still a nice porter overall.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2010 08:55:56 | More by toetag39
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the FFF Brewpub in November 2009.

Pours a very, very dark brown with a moderately-brown head. Hops are at the forefront of this one, with a bit of dark chocolate, coffee, and roast coming through in the background. The taste is quite similar, with an amazing amount of piney hops coming through alongside a little bit of citrus. Chocolate and coffee also make an appearance. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Overall, a little intense and heavy for extended drinking, but definitely an absolutely delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 18:11:34 | More by Thorpe429
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Palmers in LaGrange IL

Served in a shaker pint glass

Appearance was a deep dark brown with a 1 finger head that lingered throughout much of the pint.

The smell is just this sharp grassy piny hop with a low amount of dark malt sweetness. To me it was similar to sticking my nose in a bag of hop pellets where the nuances of the variety are shadowed by the sheer plant smell.

The taste was once again dominated by the grassy hop taste. Behind the initial grassy taste there is a typical porter malt profile to stand up against. The nice thing is the bitterness is pretty low and this is all about the aroma and flavor hops. Quite enjoyable to say the least.

If it had anymore bitterness I think it would cut down on the drinkability considering it is already a pretty full bodied beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 14:22:11 | More by weatherdog
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hayesez

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking the Alpha Klaus for several years now, but after quite some time on the site, I've finally started keeping some notes....so here goes.

Drank this one at Sonka Irish Pub, here in Terre Haute. Poured a deep dark brown into a standard pint glass. A two finger cream head sticks around for the majority of this session. On the lower end of the carbonation scale the Alpha Klaus left a thick, sticky, spider web lace along the top 2/3 of my pint. What a great looking beer!

This beer has changed over the years. The substantial piney hops have given way to a bit more citrus. As you know, Three Floyd's loves to pound the hops, and this beer is no exception. The pine is still there, don't get me wrong, but the prominent smell has moved toward the citrus. Getting your nose in there gets you that maltiness you'd expect from a porter, but you have to work at it. This is one of the things I love about Three Floyd's - they take a beer, hop the hell out of it, and pull it off time after time.

Still a fantastic tasting brew. This is one of those beers that really throws a curveball at you. If you were to base your taste "guess" solely on the appearance, you'd probably be way off. I've had dozens of these over the years and every time I have to do a double take after my first swig. Once you get past the hops, a malty sweetness turns to a slight coffee before making a clean and quick exit. This really is a crisp beer that punches you in the mouth before slipping out the back of the bar, leaving you to wonder what the hell just happened.

I could sit back and drink several of these fine beers. It is medium bodied and pours right down. I know a lot of people compare this to a heavier stout, but I actually lean in the other direction a bit. While the appearance and the middle taste might emulate a stout, the hoppiness, citrus smell/taste, and clean finish impersonate an IPA. All in all, this is one captivating brew.

I highly recommend giving this one a shot off the tap, if possible. I find it to be a lot more crisp and clean than the bottled version, although just as tasty.

Consumed - 12/12/09

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 07:18:58 | More by hayesez
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pitch black with fluffy chocolate brown head, decent retention, opaque

S: fresh piney green hops on the front which sit atop a nice roasty chocolate malt backbone, hints of coffee and dark chocolate

T: all hops on the front as the nose would suggest.. piny, spicy and earthy hops which are followed by the nice chocolate robust porter profile. Very nice, but the hops are a little overwhelming when it is this fresh!

MF: Thick, creamy, medium carb, perfect for the style

D: This almost drinks more like a dark IPA than a porter, but it is an intriguing brew never the less. This was my first opportunity to experience the freshness of draft... and it translates to a more assertive hop profile (vs. the bottle). Great beer from an excellent brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2009 02:40:13 | More by homebrew311
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trbergman

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pint served on tap at the brew pub.

A - Black, with one finger of creamy tan head.

S - Acrid black malt, chocolate, citrusy American hops.

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, loads of grapefruit, citrus zest, aggressive hop bitterness.

M - Body is on the lighter side of medium, nice and smooth.

D - Highly quaffable and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 23:39:53 | More by trbergman
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thedrewski86

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at 3Floyds last night. Had about a 1/2" light tan head, very tight carbonation. Left a good amount lacing. Smells like fruit, spices. Tastes somewhat sweet, roasty, chocolaty and malty. After spending a half hour riding to the bar in 35 degree weather on my motorcycle, this was very warming! After the first sip, you feel much better. The mouthfeel lost a little in my opinion, there was less carbonation than I expected and it felt a little slick going down. Almost oily. I got used to it though, honestly I wouldn't change a thing about this beer. I could easily spend a snowy afternoon drinking these over at 3F!

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2009 19:23:39 | More by thedrewski86
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roadhouse

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Three Floyds 11/28/08 into a pint glass.

Apperance was dark black with a one inch tan head that sank to a good coating that held up throughout and left some pretty good lacing.

Aroma was expectedly roasty with lots of chocolate tones, brown sugar, and an unexpected (though it's FFF so king of expected) huge citrusy hop presence.

The taste was initially somewhat sweet with notes of brown sugar, then some chocolate, followed by a huge burst of citrus that somehow works wonderfully. As the hops come out some coffee-like roastiness comes out though it's quite smooth. Finishes with a wonderful blend of roast and citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and creamy, this ones really easy to put back a few of.

This stuff is unlike any other Porter I've tried. I had this one last March or so and the hops were not nearly as present as they are now when it's fresh. Get some of this stuff, very unique and excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 07:11:09 | More by roadhouse
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JamesS

Indiana

4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice, excellent deep black color with just a bit of tan head and some very nice horizontal lacing. Excellent aroma and taste, both very chocotaly with nice burnt grain attributes and a bit of spices coming through, deep and dark and warming. It goes down very, very smoothly for a higher gravity beer. This is really very, very good, one of the best beers I've had in a long time.

(On tap at Sonka's Irish Pub, Terre Haute, IN)

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 21:36:50 | More by JamesS
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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