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

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

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BA SCORE
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1,864 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,864
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 250
Gots: 276 | FT: 15
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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Photo of scott
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great find for Ohio this time of year-2005 vintage, I presume.
Beautiful pour of a black bodied beer. Is this a stout in disguise? Amber rim with very little head retention.
Smell is a robust welcome from your favorite coffee shop.
Taste started off gnarly, but led the way to a disembodiment from it's 38 degree state of stasis, only to become a very watered down version of a very good stout. Very close to Guinness. You can pull it to your lips and smell huge coffee, but you end up tasting water. No shit.
Mouth of fluffy dark water that is only reminiscent of coffee, and I'm so glad to have bought a bottle instead of a case.

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

This was a bottle of 2004.
Basically brilliant. Very dark, deep ruby when held up to the light, huge fluffy head of sparkling tan large bubbles.
Smelled and tasted of rich, deep, dark chocolate. Not sweet to start, very dry. But chocolate dominated, with a bready middle, and a stout like bitterness in the finish.
Very much a medium, actually not as thick as I expected, gave some tingle on the sides of the tongue and mouth.
You could taste the alcohol, but still very drinkable. I would like to have more of this beer. Sad that FFF can't be had around here.

cheers...

Photo of Toddv29424
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite a beer. Pours a black-as-night color with a brown tint to the medium-sized head. Smell is close to non-existant, but is a bit like coffee and dark malts. The taste is huge. It seems monolithic at first sip, but as you continue down with the bottle you start to notice the subtle complexites that make it the BA 91 rated that it is. Whats nice about it is that nothing really jumps out at you. The taste of the dark malts is well apparent throughout. There is also a bitterness that is no doubt attributed to the hops, but its not overpowering. This is just an incredible beer, and something well worth seeking out.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I gave this one a hard pour from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. What I got was about half of a dark black with just a fain glow of burgundy and the other half was a huge tan head that slowly dissolved over a few minutes. This looked great and was a lot of fun to watch. It eventually fell to an irregular creamy film.

Smelled cool, smooth and clean with some smoky molasses, honey and corn bread with a well blended and subtle pineapple and pine hop with just a touch of grapefruit. This was delicately woven around a slight but welcome alcohol.

Tasted of a light and simple, nutty coffee and chocolate with a nice blend of grapefruit. The way the flavors flowed together was impressive. There was also a slightly tingly lime rind bitterness that complimented the flavors well.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with a light and tingly carbonation.

This one’s pretty solid. It’s simple, but in true FFF fashion, the quality really comes through.

Photo of djeffbee
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First encounter was a bottle provided by Opski Rock...

A: This beer poured a deep brown with a nice brown/tan/ head.

S: Dark chocolate and, toasty malt, english toffee and coffee.

T: Nice hoppy porter, as expected judging by the name, not overpowering the malt. Very well balanced.

M: Let this one sit on the tounge, enjoyable.

D: Sipping on this one slowly, you can drink a few in a session. Very, very good porter.

I will hopefully be able to land a case of the 2006 variety....

Photo of BlindPig
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Thin tan head that fades fast. Maybe a hint of red in the head. It is very black.
S- Coffee. Really nothing else besides a little sweet.
T- Has a sweeter taste and really couldn't pin point anything to much for the actual taste but in the aftertaste it was pretty strong coffee and seemed a bit smokey also.
M-Medium body maybe a bit thin. Light/medium carbonation.
D- It is to coffee for me not all bad though. I not big fan of porters or stouts (do prefer stouts) and I do try to keep opinion out when I am doing my review besides in drinkability.

Photo of badbeer
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Christmas '05 Edition.

Black with a stunning tan head leaving excellent lacing. Complex smell of pine, coffee, currants, and chocolate. Coffee starts you off, then pine with a dry roasted and chocolate finish. Low carbonation and light bodied, I could stand a little more body. I enjoyed it and look forward to trying it again.

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

Sampled in August and the beer had held up well, but I had the impression it had mellowed a bit from what it would be nearer the bottling date. Muted unsweetened cocoa powder and a bit of coffe with some coffee-ground bittering. Full bodied, but not thick. Almost a bit a lactose sweetness. A nicely made beer, but I think my expectations may have been a bit high.

Photo of danielocean03
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque blackish brown, full finger of foamy beige foam slowly gives way to a moderate sticky ring of lacing, spotted coating also hangs on for the ride. Aromas are primarily roasty espresso and bittersweet chocolate, sweet and malty, pleasant hoppiness also present. Taste is also sweet, rich coffee and chocolate flavors, light bitterness, hops are more subtle in taste than in the nose. Mouthfeel is light to moderately bodied paired with medium levels of carbonation, washes down super smooth. Delectable beer, very drinkable and enjoyable, Will purchase the next release.

Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to David from the Publick House Brookline for hooking us up with this beer which you can't get in MA.

This beer poured a brownish/black body with a huge pillowy tan/off-white head. There's some serious carbonation in this puppy.

Nose is an interesting mix of dark cocoa powder, mellow wood, olive juice, fresh toasted malt, toffee and coffee.

Medium bodied with a mild grain touch from start to finish. Dark roasted malt and very dark espresso beans dominate this beer. Very astringent with a sharp roasted malt bitterness. Has a slightly grainy and very bitter base. Citrus and Earth hops are over the top and surprisingly big for a porter, but never overtake the malt bitterness giving it an almost deceptive hop taste.

Quite a porter. Tastes sort of like someone crushed a butt load of espresso beans into a dark malt based beer, but beyond that... good beer.

Photo of kirok1999
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one with a fellow BA after we downed an Alpha Kong.

A- Pours a nice almost black with a ton of chunky foam that leaves good lacing.

S- Chocolate and bitter. Some sweetness comes through from the ample malts.

T- Bitter chocolate, brownie like. Lingering aftertaste of chocolate and bittering hops. Very nice balance. No watery characteristics at all.

M- Heavy and thick. Slippery and mildly carbonated.

D- Pretty high ABV but very drinkable after a nice meal. Or better yet with a good chocolate dessert.

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

22oz
Pours a nearly opaque black. Thick brown head of medium and large bubbles. Aroma is pine, then fades to burnt grain. Taste is roasted barley coffee with a burnt black patent bite that transitions to a hoppy pine bitterness in the aftertaste. Flavorful and interesting highly hopped porter. Very enjoyable.

Photo of jorjoria
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge head which requires a very long settling time. Smell is malt with a hint of espresso. The taste coffee, caramel and malt. Also I get some raisin like flavors as well as nice hoppiness. The alcohol is well balanced. There is also a slight tart note as the flavor fades. The mouth feel is very dry and for lack of a better word foamy.
Overall a nice porter with a hop kick.

Photo of nickss
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly dark brown… I would almost say black except for a barely perceptible ring of mahogany when held to the light. A huge 2.5-3” head… big and puffy. The head gradually resides to an inch of khaki beauty.

Large toffee tones start this one out… strong vinous berries and dark, wine soaked fruit… earthy depth and bitter chocolate. The most complex porter I have ever inhaled…. A masterpiece in the nose.

Toffee, cream, and bitter chocolate…. Wow…. Fantastic. You can feel the hops get up in your sinuses, but otherwise they aren’t easy to notice because of the huge maltiness. As the beer warms, however, the hop profile shows itself. Glorious.

Perfectly thick, but a bit too much carbonation… a very minor complaint.

While an amazing tasting beer, it is too big for me to want to drink more than one bomber in a sitting. Additionally, the strength of the brew pretty much ensures I couldn’t have more than one…. Still… absolutely incredible…another winner from 3 Floyds.

Photo of Brian700
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours black with a big brown head. There is pretty good lacing going on.

The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt.

The flavor is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, mild alcohol presence. There is some hop finish that cleanses the palate a bit and gets your mouth ready for the next drink.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium/moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable porter. I would like to try this one again.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is strong as is the lacing and the color is jet black and the head at first is so massive, it however falls into this thin head that doesn't break it's surface.

The smell is such a rush of coffee with a little cocoa and chocolate to blend together well. Has a slight flowery fruitiness of dark fruit like currants.

The coffee is bitter and overpowering like an expresso with a big hoppiness, yet it still has some fruitiness that it ends with. It also ends fairly clean, but with some taste still on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but more carbonated and very dry.

I like this, but the mouthfeel could have been smoother, yet dry, and the fruitiness could've gotten bigger to come and meet the coffee/cocoa flavors.

Photo of ybnorml
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A black beer, no light gets thru. Has a big foamy light brown head and some nice lace. A marvelous sharp hop note jumps out of the Bottle/glass and straight into your nose. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee linger behind. A roasted malt bitterness washes over your tongue. Followed by a snappy hop bite at the back of your throat. The dry finish is mostly esspresso coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark chestnut brown and black with a small tan head that fades into a a mild cap. Tons and tons of spotty and scattered lacing is all over the glass.
Smell is of roasty malt with vanilla, dark chocolate, bitter citrus hops, and mild coffee, and chestnut notes.
Taste is of the same aromas with a decent hop expolosion and dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is bitter, roasty, full bodied, along with a coffee like finish.

Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured about only an inch of this beer into the mug and for that I recieved about 3 inches of foam. It took me probably five minutes to get to a near full glass as the foam wanted to keep rising outside the mug. Finally I had myself a nice dark porter with still a good cap of dark tan foam. Smell is sweet and chocolatey, with a nice roasted character. The flavor is semi-sweet with light coffee and chocolate tones, immediately clashing with bitter roasted malt flavors. The moderate bitterness lingers well on the tongue, while the alcohol doesn't seem too strong. Nice rich mouthfeel, smooth with strong carbonation. Good drinkalbility here, I like the bitter flavor on this one. It was worth it despite the difficult pour.

Photo of BAbaracus
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle undated, presumably 2004 vintage Pours syrupy black with virtually zero head retention. Nose is super pine cone hops overpowering virtually all other aromas. Really, this one smells like nothing less than a freshly squeezed Xmas tree. And to my senses that’s a good thing. The body has a nice heavy gravity to it, sliding down the throat langorously like carbonated molasses... only a slight exagerration, but the enthusiasm brought about by this beer encouraging a bit of truth stretching. The hops aren’t nearly as dominant on the tongue as the aroma, but still marginalize the other tastes. The actual taste of the hops used is quite excellent, however. A fine, if nearly exquisite, example of what I look for in a Christmas ale. High marks all around

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Largest head I have ever seen on a beer - i think i filled about 1/8th the glass and it overflowed with head (and i poured slowly!). Head stayed forever - very fluffy so I just scooped some out. Beer looks thick, but is anything but - very light on the palate. Taste is amazing - dark dark belgian chocolate (like 75% cocoa or something) with a big hop sense as well. I really enjoy three floyds for the way they inject hops into different styles of beer while retaining the characteristics of the style. This is my favorite Three Floyds beer thus far.

N.B. Drink this one cold. Alcohol becomes overwhelming as it warms and overpowers some of the flavors.

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

Bottle Pours a clear dark brown with a fizzy light brown head. Head is pretty diminishing with good lacing. Has a great malty aroma of good chocolate. Has a little grain too and just enough hops to keep in blended very nicely. Has a thin texture and a mediun body. A decent amount of carbination. Has good flavors. Definately not a beer that would make you afraid of the dark. Has a nice light bitter finish. This is very good, well done 3F’s.

Photo of phisig137
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black, with a huge, long lasting head. Cascades of bubbles fall down the head into the beer, and leave behind huge amounts of lace, and a cragy head.

Aroma is hoppy, with hints of roasted malts and chocolate.

Flavor is filled with roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Dry, slightly hoppy finish. Very well balanced and crafted. Mouthfeel is full and smooth... I'd swear that this came out of a cask if I didn't know any better. Drinkability is good, as this one hides its relatively high 7.5% very well. Drinks like a 4.5% beer.

Photo of Derek
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Hey porter! Hey porter!
What time did ya say?
How much longer will it be till I can
see the light of day?"

A: Dark black; cream/tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Chocolate and molases with a pleasant hint of fruityness. Slightly bready.

T: Dark chocolate, VERY chocolatey, molases, bread/biscuit, slight nut & fruit, slight tartness in finish. Alcohol is subtle, but becomes more perceptible as it warms.

M: Moderate to full body is very creamy. Light to moderate carbonation; slightly chalky.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle.

Pours with a huge amount of thick, tan head that was difficult to control. The beer itself is very dark, pretty much black with tiny little bubbles. The head stays forever.

Smell is great with coffee, roasted malt, and plenty of hops. Complex and powerful.

Taste is bitter, coffee and chocolate with a dry finish that blends the roasted bitterness with some hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat sticky feeling.

A tasty and drinkable beer, but the head is a little out of control and all the bitterness and decent strength make it not something to drink all day.

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 1,864 ratings.