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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

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Ratings: 1,968
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 254
Gots: 315 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 12-06-2002

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
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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: What you expect from a porter. Black beer with little head to speak of.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate with a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Nice roasted coffee and sweet chocolate up front which gives way to a sweet citrus hop flavor. The two end up mixing as you finish the sip and go together very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with little carbonation. The flavor left behind is sweet yet hoppy.

Drinkability: This may be the best porter I have tried. Very smooth and not too heavy. The nice addition of a hoppy characteristic at the back end really adds a nice touch to the roasted sweetness you expect from the style. The complexity is what puts it head and shoulders above others. Highly recommeded to see what a porter can be.

Photo of kuranes
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber into glass.

A: Dark, nice creamy head.

S: Roasted coffee, light smoked wood, light fruitiness.

T: Yummy smoothness, delicious chocolate/roasted coffee flavor complimented nicely by nosey citrus scent. Exceptionally good taste.

M: Good medium-full body, creaminess that goes really well with the flavor. Light carbonation.

D: Ladies and gentlemen, this is a damned fine porter. My only criticism is that it could be a little more bubbly, but are we gonna split hairs here? Am I wrong?

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown/pitch black. creamy brown head/lacing. head diminishes, but lacing persists. light shows clarity and no sediment or particles. aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, molassess, and a liquer-like alcohol. american hop presence is prominent yet vague-spuce? taste is chocolaty sweet malts with a significant underlying hop bitterness and roastiness cleaning it out. full-bodied, somewhat viscous, with a nice lingering, smooth, bitter and roasty finish. nice creamy carbonation. this is a complex sipper with warming qualities. drinks bigger than it is.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, via jaustin72403

A: Pours a deep brown, nearly black, under a fingers worth of tan head. Pretty good retention and nice lace.

S: Smells of a light coffee, slight wood, a little bit of fruit and citrus hop. Good aroma.

T: Very nice fruity sweetness and citrus up front, followed by a mild coffee and ending in a light roasted malt and moderate roasted bitters. Citrus, mostly grapefruit, hop qualities hang around throughout. A speck of chocolate to found as well. Very good tasting porter.

M/D: Full bodied, slightly creamy, carbonation is light. Drinkability is really good on this one. Makes me think of an IPA with roasted malt. My first FFFs brew, very impressed.

Photo of ffejherb
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into half pint glass. Again, thanks to Deuane for hooking me up with my first Three Floyds brew!

A - Extremely dark brown body with a light brown head that diminished into a thin, whispy veil. Very ornate lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of dark chocolate and dark fruits in the nose. Picking up on plum, prune and raisin, as well as some light earthy hops in the background.

T - Sweet dark fruits up front, which segues into a pleasant bitter dark chocolate taste and finishes slightly bitter. Decent amount of hops for a porter.

M - Full body with a velvety, creamy texture that rolls down the throat quite smoothly. Nice and slick on the palate. Minimal prickle on the tongue. Finishes quite bitter for a porter.

D - Very smooth. Not a lot of alcohol in the taste. Nice creamy porter with an obvious hop presence.

Photo of ncvbc
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to brandoman63 for hooking me up with a bottle!

Pours a near black, thin cocoa head rising up. Medium carbonation.

Tons of different scents picked up in the nose. Rich, bittersweet chocolate. Dark stuff. Caramel, light coffee, and sugar present. Fresh floral hops are present behind all of this.

Flavor carries through on the smell and then some. Bitter chocolate flavors, sugared malts. A bigger hop presence than the smell also. At times its up front and sometimes it follows the chocolate and other flavors this one has. The thing I enjoy about the hops is that they provide a spicy backbone to the beer. Somehow this makes it feel like a serious holiday porter. Excellent balance even though there's so much going on.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy but stinted slightly by the bitter, spicy hop presence. It works extremely well in the flavor but takes away from mouthfeel a little. For some reason coffee is one of the main flavors that sticks with me, though it isn't a big player in smell or taste. Hop burps of the floral variety and again spicy and a little bitter/dry finish.

Drinkability is great. If there was a way to keep the hop presence that contributes greatly in taste and round out the mouthfeel this would be an unbelievable beer. Regardless, it's one that I wish was more available and I could enjoy a bomber of any time. Another unique brew from FFF, yummy!

Very drinkable beer

Photo of jeonseh
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as my first bomber of Alpha Klaus ever and one that I've been waiting to finally drink. Want to thank my girlfriend for the opportunity of trying this one since it was a christmas gift from her.

A- looks like the typical porter with a dark, chocolate brown head that is completely opaque and is rather clear, not foggy. Actually has a bit of a sheen to it. A nice small head that stays throughout and floats barely on the top of the bottle; kinda like a bit of foam on the top of a coffee. The head is actually made up of a bunch of small bubbles that sit right on top. I really like the color of this one. Nice and thick head that poured in my friend's pint glass since we split the bomber. looks like thick cream sitting on top of dark coffee

S- wow well people did not lie when they said there is hops coming off of this one. Especially kind of intense hops for a porter where hops are usually not represented. There is also a bit of hints of spices and chocolate that comes up with the hops Also there is a smell of a drak chocolate.

T - the main taste of this one that first hits me is hops that just attack the tongue. This is the typical FFF citrus hops that seem to characterize their brew. Odd to see such a hop presence in a porter. Then after the hops fades away it fades away into your more typical porter aspects. There is a nice chocolate presence and actually a bit of a grainy sugar sweet presence that goes to offset the dark chocolate presence. After awhile the hops actually seem to come back to me as well and I think they may actually become a bit stronger and blend in with the chocolate aspect of the beer. There is also a nice milky aspect to the beer, makes it rather creamy and actually imparts that cream taste in the mouth. Afterwards there is a light hops presence that sticks around in the mouth.

MF - Rather creamy and smooth on the mouth without only a light amount of carbonation that seems to come in later. I love the milky aspect of the beer that goes with the taste of the beer alot. Afterwards, the light hops presence leaves a slight tingly feeling in the mouth and makes you wnat to have another drink.

D - overall a great porter from FFF and an interesting interpretation of the style that makes me want to keep having a sip after a sip to experience all of the interesting taste within this one. there are just so many different flavors in the porter that I keep wanting to discover. I love how this is like a mix of a hop bomb and a sweet porter too; gotta love the FFF boldness. Also, the creamy milky aspect makes it really easy to sip down and enjoy. I will pick this up every holiday season and enjoy it whenever it comes out. Also I have to say this is much better than the barrel aged Klaus since you can actually taste the hop profile that makes this such an interesting brew.

Photo of udubdawg
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. I've waited a while for this one.

pours nearly black, the head foamy and brown, the lacing pretty decent. Nose is full of piney hoppy bitterness, some citrus as well, but chocolate is also quite evident along with a muted char. Smells great, though I'm not really getting the coffee I expected.

I'll admit it - I'm underwhelmed by the taste. Probably hyped this one up too much in my mind. Very enjoyable though I had hoped for something that seemed a little more...I dunno, spicy? There's heavily roasted and charred malts, chocolate again, more coffee than I noted earlier, and of course lots of hops. I love that side of the beer. It seems pretty balanced despite all those hops, which are more citrusy and less pine than I noted in the aroma.

Finish is lightly drying, carbonation light, body medium-high. Nothing detracts from the drinkability, and I find myself taking big mouthfuls to let the full flavors wash over my palate, but I've got no real desire to have another tonite.
An excellent beer. I just think I still prefer Top Sail.

Photo of drseamus
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very black into my Stone RIS stem. Blacker than any porter I've had to date. Super nice, fresh-looking head filled with glistening popping bubbles, off-white in color.
Wonderful aroma of piney hops, french roast coffee grinds with a mild whiff of smoke.
Cocoa on the first wave of taste, with a supple body of hops and delicious malt with a nice hoppy finish. As with most beers from 3F, no skimp on hop flavor. Absolutely delicious and very thankful to land a few bottles this year.

Photo of beerking1
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown, almost black, with a off-white head that holds a decent cap throughout the glass. Aroma is a great mix of big hops and big roast malt character. Flavor is very much the same, with the hops coming up front, followed closely by a big roast malt flavor, with lots of coffee like notes. Body is medium.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Nearly opaque with chocolate highlights underneath. Small mocha head that doesnt last very long. Nice bit of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroms is actually a bit hoppy. I havent smelled hops in a porter before, but I guess a Holiday porter is as good a time as any to throw in some hop aroma. Plenty of good chocolate and coffee aromas as well.

More hop flavor as well. The roasted grains seemed to take a bit of a backseat to the hop flavor. Sweet up front as well. Hop bitterness in the end. Sticky on the tongue.

Glad I got to try this. I could see myself having a couple of these once or twice a year. There was a little too much sweetness and that could get a bit cloying after 22oz. A nice solid beer that is certainly different than any other porter I have ever had. Originality points but point detractions for "style" purposes.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with some garnet notes. Decent head that fadesa little quickly. Still, its a pretty beer. Smells a bit sugary but this is balanced by nice roasty and chocolate notes. The taste is beautifully balanced between candi sugar, citrusy hops, and chocolate. Their is a very slightly metallic finish, but that is not too unusual in a porter and it doesn't distract from the brew. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly sweet without being sticky. Delicious- its the candi sugar that adds a sweet note that makes this beer. Also,its a nice change of pace from all the winter warmers around.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Evidently the proprieter of the Capital Ale House in Richmond gto a hold of the last case of this or any other Three Floyds beer being sold in the state of Virginia. Lucky us.
Poured a magnificent dark brown-black with a generous tan head. Excellent lacing was left with each sip.
Dark roasted malt and coffee, caramel and brown sugar, mild hops and bread, dark fruit and maybe rasisin and plum? More going on here than I can nail down, but excellent.
The taste was amazing; this lives up to the hype. Chocolate and caramel malts, dark fruits and midly bitter floral hops. Very complex.
The motuhfeel was my favorite part, and totally unexpected. It seriously starts off like any other porter, and I was about to be disappointed until I swallowed. The something strange happens. After you swallow, the semi-bitterness is gone, replaced by a fantastically smooth and mildsly sweet creamy-ness. Its like you just drank a totally different beer. Fantastic and very unique. Medium-full biodied.
Overall an excellent beer, and worth the hype for sure.

Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick tan head into a goblet, left thick coating on the sides of the glass and a nice sheet throughout. the body was a dark black color.
s - lots of coffee and chocolate aromas with a hint of breadiness and understated piney hops. very complex.
t - roasted coffee, chocolate with a sweet piney flavor.
m - very slick and coating but drinks clean.
d - terrific beer.

Photo of SiphonKing
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Three Floyds winter offering for the holiday season. This beer pours with a dark almost opaque viscosity. Hints of chocolate and roasted flavors. A subtle hop flavor that fits to the porter style. Very drinkable beer for the winter season. I was also lucky enough to try this beer at the brewery

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful dark porter with a thick, tan head that stcks around well and leaves great lace. chocolate, toasty malt, piney hop and a touch of oak and maybe coffee in the nose. tastes of milk chocolate, then hops, with a mildly bitter dark chocolate and coffee finish. big body for a porter and very, very tasty. one of if not the best porter i've had to date.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another brew thanks to one of the best guys on BA, tpd975.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

The American Porter is still an "iffy" style for me, let's see how this one does.

Pours a full black body with a one finger light khaki colored head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty nutty up front with a nice hop bite. Sweet caramel malts with a smokey oak aroma. Fresh coffee grounds find their way in the nose towards the end. This is a really wonderful smelling brew, by far the most complex porter I've stuck my nose into. Charred wood flavors to begin with which is followed by molasses and brown sugar. A mocha french roast flavor midway blended with mild pine hops as well. Aftertaste is a nice roasted barley with a hint of hazelnut. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a somewhat weak carbonation, almost water-like. I found this extremely drinkable, and just a notch above GL's Edmund Fitzgerald IMO.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into an imperial pint glass, pours a near solid black, even when held right up to a lamp, with a creamy tan head, sticks around for a bit before receding to a film thin in the middle and thick at the edge. Some nice lacing forms with some sticking.

The aroma is full of chocolates (and cocoa as it warms), with traces of pine hop, coffee, and toasted malt. The body (and taste, for that matter) are much fuller than the nose, a big body with fine carbonation and a smooth texture, with little awareness of the alcohol besides a slight warming. The taste is the best, very well conceived and balanced, the chocolates, coffee and thick roasted malt just melt into the mouth as the pine and hop oils spritz across the tongue, and comes to a close with a dry, dark chocolate.

Let this one warm up to let it all out, its a delicious beer that only gets better as you drink it... how can it get any better than that!?

Photo of Monsone
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Poured a dark, cloudy brown. Big brown head. Lots of sticky brown residue/lace.

S – Big roasted caramel scent. Spicey and sweet scents.

T – Lots of caramel with a nutty and spice kick. Hops are present but restrained. Dry and bitter at the end.

M – Smooth and creamy. Heavy and cheawy.

D – This is a sipper. Big flavors and more alcohol mean you are only drinking one.

Overall a pretty great beer. Good for the cold weather and very well crafted.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with light tan head.

S - Coffee, hops and some pine.

T - Good bitterness, slight citrus, and great hops.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Great for a seasonal. Slightly more body than I would have expected from a porter. Most porters I have tried are definitely medium bodied, this was a little more than that.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh, it's so good.

Poured a deep thick dark brown with ruby edges, some elusive light sneaks through. The nose is filled with chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, earthy pine, and whiffs of alcohol. First sip carried right off the smell, with up front notes of smoky strong bittersweet chocolate, bold roasted malts and dark grains, and strong hoppiness, finishing with a light porter-type mustiness that fades to an unmistakable well hopped bitterness. Good body with a balance of consistency and stickiness. Extremely drinkable - goes down smooth but not too heavy. An outstanding winter release.

Photo of rudylaw
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Local Option

I've been on the hunt for this concoction for quite some time, and now it's relatively easy to find bottled, but I wanted to taste it on draft. I was rewarded a few weeks back at Local Option.

It pours dark black... like you're hiding in the shadows, trying not to be seen. Smells like a seasonal should -- chocolate, hazelnut and like the reviews below me say, pine. Definitely piney.

It tastes like it smells and if you've ever had a FFF beer in your life, you can taste it's signature, hoppy taste. Chocolate and hazelnuts come through with a wallop to your taste buds. There's that delicious pine again. There's also a little smoke here as well. Not a raging fire though, more like a smoldering flame.

It's a thick beer, but not medicine thick. Heavy, but doesn't weigh you down... like a small burden you can shrug off... allowing you to go back for seconds.

I've also enjoyed this bottled, so don't feel bad if you can't find this on tap anywhere. The experience is just as good at home, provided you give it the respect it deserves by enjoying it slowly with friends.

Photo of Homerbag
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a Christmas gift from a very nice brother in law. Served in pint "boot" that was also a gift.

Dark black, no light passing through with thick mocca head.
Smells like Christmas. Piney, smoke, chocolate, hazlenut all in great balance.
Taste is prefect for the holidays. Nice piney hop bite throughout sublte undertones of chocolate and smokey hazlenut.
Feels slick, with enough coating to let the flavors soak for a bit.
This is a great choice for the holidays and another reason to go to Indiana, not that there is many, but this is one.

Photo of atrus138
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap. Dark, dark black color with hints of brown and orange. No head, but a little bit of thin froth floating around on top. Smell was intriguing. I was not expecting this strong of a hop presence in a porter. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and coffee all made their expected appearances, but the hops caught me off guard. They were fresh and piny. Interesting. After tasting it, I was more than grateful for the strong hop presence. Added a very nice balance to the strong malt backbone. After the first sip, I could not help but immediately look at the drink in admiration. Medium bodied and extremely drinkable. I think I may have found a holiday tradition. A porter for hopheads.

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,968 ratings.