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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Reviews: 719
Hads: 2,019
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 266
Gots: 318 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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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 JiminKY
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a big fan of American Porter and have tasted many examples. This is a good one, though not among the best I've had, and not really what I would hope for at the price point ($8.50 for a 22oz bomber).

A- A very dark beer with a thick tan head that dissipates to a ring around the edge of the beer and leaves a trailing lace around the glass as it empties. Somewhat darker than what might be expected of the style, but appealing nonetheless.

S- Smell is quite good, though a little sharper than expected. Hints of flowery hops replace the enticingly rich coffee notes of many other examples of this style.

T- Here, as in the smell, astringently bitter hop notes replace the smoother, more comforting tastes of coffee and chocolate. An interesting taste, though not entirely distinct from the much less expensive Sierra Nevada Porter. Not in the same league as Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald or Bert Grant's Perfect Porter. Additionally, by it's name, one might expect some "holiday" type spices, but if they are present, they are not evident as in other holiday offerings.

M- A bit thin, crisp and dry compared to the better porters I've had. Not bad in the realm of beer as a whole, but not necessarily what I look for in a good porter.

D- Not as smooth a beer as I look for a porter to be. More of a "challenge" than the easy-drinking porters I've most enjoyed. And at 7.5%, possibly a little dangerous to relax with for an entire evening, without worrying about over-imbibing. (1,495 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle

Black with brown frothy head. Head fades quickly to a thin film.

Smell of chocolate, coffee and a great roasted note. Also a much stronger hops character than you would expect (or maybe exactly what you would expect from three floyds).

Taste has a very nice bitterness up front. With the chocolate flavors combined it reminds of bakers chocolate.

The bitterness builds and leaves that cheek puckering aftertaste. Not entirely unpleasant but would prevent me from drinking too many in one sitting. Overall a nice heavy beer to keep you warm on a cold winter night.

Another nice offering from three floyds. (635 characters)

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz. bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A) Pours a dark brown with slight hints of amber color around the edges of the glass. Low carbonation. A one fingered tan head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is patchy and always clings to the glass.

S) Chocolate,fruity and earthy/leafy malts. Maybe a tiny whiff of coffee? LOL! Hops smell of pinecone and citrus.

T) Wow! This is really hopped up for a porter. A piney blast to the tastebuds is followed by the taste of citrus or grapefruit rinds. Chocolate and caramel kicks in and mellow with a slight hint of coffee. This beer is well balanced for all that it has going on. Not your everyday porter.

M) Very smooth! Slightly oily and soft on the palate. High ABV is well disguised.

D) Extremely easy to consume. A very creative attempt to try something different with this beer style. Oh so good! I will revisit this offering from Three Floyd's. In fact, I am buying a few to age.

Cheers! (939 characters)

Photo of grub
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep brown that is almost black, with a thick, dark head that lingers and clings to the glass and leaves plenty of lacing.

aroma is dominated by hops, with a slight coffee and dark chocolate smell in the background

flavour is very hoppy, but a mellow/smooth hoppiness. some of the roasty porter flavour comes through at the end, but it is mainly dominated by hops. the intense hoppiness makes me think of it being closer to an american style IPA than a porter, but i found as it warmed the bigger body and flavour of the porter was able to come out more. while very hoppy there isn't much hop bitterness, so the dark chocolate and roasty flavours can come through.

overall very good and quite drinkable. i'd definitely have this one again. (756 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this bottle is one year old.

Clear, dark brown in hue, not black, there is ruby highlights which are most noticeable around the edges and when backlit. Tan head, the bubbles united and formed one finger of head which quickly faded to a thin lid. I was happy the cap stuck around awhile and kept the liquid company. The subsequent lacing was spotty and unorganized, not too widespread either. My only complaint, I wish this beer was more opaque; still it looks good.

The nose has a lovely chocolate, roastiness about it; soft but ample and all-encompassing. I am truly impressed, this Porter has one of the most natural chocolate aromas I have ever smelled (and I don’t believe there is chocolate added! Maybe that is why it seems so natural.). Inferences of tobacco and earth and a note char. The hops are soft and in the background, I smell pine mainly with a light citrus undercurrent. It the far distance I found some alcoholic notes and a kiss of dark fruit. The show-stealer is the malt, as it should be for a Porter. Moderate potency but its very articulate. Lovely. Inviting.

The palate has a lovely chocolate, roastiness about it; soft but ample for the first third of the taste. The hop bitterness is wider and more spread out then I was expecting. Pine coated my tongue, a smattering of citrus plays nice with it. Delicate coffee notes, milk sweetness, toffee, and some oats even. Very well balanced, damn near so! The alcohol is hidden amazingly well. The aftertaste is like an alcoholic chocolate bar soaked in diluted iced coffee. Sweet, literally. I wish there was a tickle more bitterness at this point. Still, as is, this is a very mellow and agreeable Porter. All in all, this is an exceedingly tasty beer… it has aged very well. I guess I will have to seek out a fresh sample next year.

Medium/medium-full in body, dry mouthfeel, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is relaxing and filling without being sluggish or boring. I really don’t get the feeling this Porter is suppose to be a sipping beer even though it is a Christmas release. At this point I think a pairing with dessert is most appropriate.

Drinkable... likeable… well-made, I am happy I have a bomber to drink. I don’t have much more to say. I’d gladly drink more. I will seek out some next year. I am very grateful BuckeyeNation included this in a beer trade a few months ago. Thanks a lot. I owe you one. (2,416 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to BeerBeing for the trade. I missed getting a bottle by about 5 minutes last visit to Chicago, so I was relieved that I didn't have to wait another year or maybe more.

The beer pours to a pitch black color with a nice thick chocolate head that recedes to about a centimeter and sticks around for the rest of the drink. Leaves a nice yet spotty lacing.

The smell is great. Chocolatey as all hell with a nice hop background peeping through. A bit of coffee, but very mild roast.

The taste is equally great. Reminds me of Flying Dog's Gonzo Porter, but MUCH more smooth (not too syrupy). Very sweet up front and probably the best chocolate flavor I've had in a beer. Hops are noticable, but not overpowering and syrupy like the Gonzo. Very, very smooth. A little vanilla, and a gentle coffee roast.

The body is still fairly light. The finish is great. Lingering, gently bitter, doesn't dry out, and shows off the flavors in their entirety. This is very drinkable despite a fairly high ABV. Thanks again to BeerBeing. (1,038 characters)

Photo of gbarron
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bomber.

A - pours absolutely black, almost as black as a stout. Completely opaque. Head is a light tan reflecting roasted malts, lots of tiny bubbles all clumped up, pours a couple of fingers thick. Simmers down to a nice little pool of foam, hanging around till the end. Nice lacing sticks all over the sides.

S - Fresh hops, smell like they are the American NW variety - cascade, etc. Citrusy smell. After that goes, here comes the roasty, malty, coffee aromas. Lots of bitter coffee smells. Some flowery, estery notes.

T - hops predominate. But a well balanced beer. Hop flavor comes through first - citrusy, grassy. Backed by bitter, roasted malt flavors - tastes like a nice cup o' joe, but with hops. Tastes like - and I mean this as a compliment - a very good, fresh, homebrew with a bunch of fresh hops. Extremely well balanced porter, very tasty. Not a lot of malt sweetness, but rather roastiness, some bitter chocolate flavors. Great American style porter.

M - this is the only thing I didn't love about this beer - seems overcarbonated. Maybe it's just my bottle, but the gas seem too high for the style here, tickles my tongue too much. Hurts the drinkability a little bit too. Other mouthfeel is nice, though - thin to medium bodied.

D - See above. Great, great hop flavor and roasted, malt flavors. Despite the carbonation issue, I would gladly have this beer again and again due to the strong fresh hop/malt balance.

Overall - highly recommended. Bought this beer after a lot of recommendations from friends, and I went in a bit skeptical - a Xmas porter? It's great, find it, buy it, drink it. (1,642 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from BeerBeing...been wanting to try this one for a while...

Darkest porter I've ever seen. Only a hint of light comes through in the crevices of my pint glass. Pours with a tan half inch head that reduces to a thick layer.

Quite a blend of aromas. Toasted malts with a little sweet caramel. Some dark ripe fruits come through. A little alcohol rounds it out. A bit of pine hops to boot. I don't seem to notice as much as other reviewers.

Damn, this is a tasty brew. So many flavors are swirled together resulting in an amazing taste. Not a whole lot of toasted flavors, a little, but not as dominate as the others. Smoke develops as it warms. It does have a bit of a toffee to it. A good bit of sweetness overall in the beginning while cold but subsides as it warms; caramel and dark ripe fruits once again. Finishes with a good bit of bitterness. Alcohol isn't as noticable in the taste. All of this works extremely well together. This is not the usual understated porter.

Mouthfeel is medium. Fairly creamy. Coats the mouth just long enough to let the flavors meld but each express themselves. This is an extremely drinkable beer. An awesome flavor and a nice mouthfeel. (1,205 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at 3 floyds brewpub

Fantastic looking beer. Good head although it was more bubbly than creamy. Tremendous laving. Black as a steers tuckus on a moonless night. Odor was nothing exeptional, just some hints of coffee and malts. Taste was a surprizing hit of hops first, then a chocolateness and then a heavy roasted malt taste. Creamy and dry in the mouth. Good drinkability...i could have another or 10. (416 characters)

Photo of hero27
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. 2005 Vintage.

Clever artwork and cool looking label, as you would expect from the Floyd's bros. Foamy tan head..leaves some lacing that fades pretty quickly due to the oily consistency. Chocolate malt aroma with a touch of hops. The taste is fairly complex, and who would have guessed Three Floyds would add some extra hope to their porter recipe? Very hoppy for a porter..the roasted character hides the hops pretty well up-front, but you'll find yourself burping hops for the next few hours.. I've noticed that some warmth really brings out the flavors..you're doing a huge disservice to this beer if you drink it too cold. A great seasonal porter that is meant to be drank fresh..but I will be laying a few of these boys down to try next Christmas. (768 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was given to me by the one and only Warriorsoul.

I just learned my Holiday part at Dick's Last Resort won't be until January 30th, so any anxiety I had about drinking this beer well after Christmas has disappeared. Justification is a wonderful luxuary the human condition holds dear.

Minimal head sits atop this figgy looking adult beverage. A bit of fine lacing lines the Westmalle Trappist challice I chose to vessel this bit of holiday cheer.

Smells strongly of roasted malts and chocolate. Smooth malt and chocolate taste.

Very thin in the mouth. Roastiness lingers well after the beer has made it's way "down the chimney".

This is a surprisingly easy drinkin' porter. Goes down very smoothly.

I now have the sudden urge to find my copies of Emmit Otter's Jugband Christmas and the Charlie Brown Christmas episode. (850 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ho, Ho, Ho! Wow, just below the tree line in the northern reaches of Nunavut here. Sheesh. Darkest opaque brown with a beauty tan head that is only so very lightly marred by big bubbles that look like pepper. The smell is all piney hops from the outset. A little balance on the malts would have resulted in a higher score. The hops blend smoothly with the malts in the initial taste profile, but the hops soon dominate (go figure from these guys...like Stone Brewing Indiana Division at times.) The mouthfeel falls just short of satisfyingly full. Drinkability is fine for this if you plan in moving to a double IPA. The ABV is not so high as to keep you from having a second and the hops are pleasant (though if you do not like hops, I would avoid this brew.) This tastes like Christmas should taste. Enjoy. (808 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had been aged a few years so the hop element was toned down, but still much more lively than an average porter. Piney hop notes with chocolate cake and coffee in the aroma. Foretaste is roasty followed quickly by dark chocolate and espresso and then a kick of hops int he finish. Reminds me a lot of Gonzo Imperial Porter. (327 characters)

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

This Christmas time treat pours a heavyduty brown and holds a substantial cocoa coloured head upon its shoulders. Eventually the cap departs leaving only the tell tale shreds of froth floating and some nicely strewn lace work. The darkness makes a gaze into the core of this beer's soul an impossibility, but small bubbles near the outskirts of my glass can be seen rising upward. This creation is quite pleasing to the eye.

Upon cracking the festive looking bomber, the smell offered up a hearty jab of hoppy pine and green cannabinoid skunkiness as I nosed the opening to the bottle. After evacuating a portion of the contents into my glass, aromas of scorched malt entered the forray. This burnt character carries a smoky aspect that envelopes the bouquet and draws some of the attention away from the florals. The hops are still notable, but chocolate scents and black patent qualities assert themselves just as aggressively while cloaked in the smokiness. The burnt overtones greatly contribute to the overall character of the nose. Nice. The second pour seems to be even more intensely scented.

The flavours cascade through a sort of milky chocolate into a dry bitterness. The burnt quality lingers on the palate with the hop dry and bitterness to great effect. Sweetness is relatively low, or at least seems to be held in check by the hops and smoke tones. The flavour ends up being fairly well balanced for something so robust. As the bottle wears on, sensitization seems to cause the smoke character to become less pronounced to my taste buds. The hops still seem to hold up without much fading. The "heavy handed" use of said hops must produce enough bittering that even with acclimation to their presence, it is impossible to become numb to their effects. This is a pretty impressive beer. These guys can whip up a mean recipe.

The body is medium with a strong lean to the heavier side. It is somewhat creamy and fluffy. Very satisfying to be sure.

The drinkability factor is self contained. Most reasonable humanoids wouldn't drink a few of these in succession. One bomber is capable of providing all of the enjoyment one could ask for in a sitting. Not to say that you couldn't have something a bit less intense before or after. FFF! Unbelievable brews! Thanks for the Christmas present. (2,314 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (2,521 characters)

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The smell is all cascade and chinook and similar smelling hops. Things that I love. If I were going by the scent alone, I'd be planning on having myself a nice IPA here, and friends, that ain't no jive. Deeper huffs show a percieved rye background and then a pine needle reprise.
As far as superficial looks are concerned, this is opaque brown with a head that is sexier'n a black thong.
Tastewise, the first notion is of dark rye toast. Maybe it's because I was braced for a hop blasting as eluded to by the olfactory hues of yesterbreath. The toast becomes more burnt, and the hops a bigger bringer of alpha acids. I didn't really find some of your more traditional porter suggestions like chocolate, coffee, and nuts to be players in these reindeer games. And maybe that should be chalked up as a real achievement here-pulling off a depth of flavor and intensity in a porter using hops as the main event without bastardizing the whole project.
My only ding here is that this lacks the girth I was hoping for in a big porter. For all the hops and loudness, it seems to me that there oughtta be a little bit more around the midsection. Especially for a beer named after Santa Klaus, big fat old fucking gluttonous slob that he is. Be that as it may. I can't really complain about the overall drinkability with this one. I drank the shit out of it. (1,353 characters)

Photo of champagnelsc
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful beer by the brewers at Three Floyds! They have really mastered the art of blending citrussy flavors with heavy hops.

This beer had a wonderful aroma that even my wife (who cannot stand beer) enjoyed.

The flavor was thouroughly enjoyable as well. What began as a pleasant citrus taste progressed into a wonderful porter, ending with just enough bitter at the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability? I wish I had a couple more! (446 characters)

Photo of battlekow
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Comparing this directly to 3F's Black Sun Stout, as they're fairly similar and I wanted to get a feel for the subtle differences.

Alpha Klaus has a slightly less dark head, but the same inky black color. Smells plenty hoppy, though a touch less than the Black Sun. There's also more depth to the smell; whereas Black Sun's nose is almost all hops, there's a sizeable amount of roasted malt and chocolate in Alpha King. The taste pretty much follows suit, similar to the Black Sun, but heavier on the roasted and chocolate malts and a bit lighter on the hops.

Personally, I think I prefer the Alpha Klaus, but only by a hair's breadth. My friend murrayswine likes his beers to be hoppy and unbalanced, and so prefers the Black Sun. Either way, though, you can't really go wrong. Two damn fine beers. (804 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In typical 3F fashion, this beer is heavily hopped. Wow, is this ever one hoppy porter; however, most (if not all) hops are hanging out in the taste and aroma. Mmmm, the beer has a nice hoppy/vegetable flavour up front that is quickly cut off by the burnt flavour of the porter presenting a nice, clean taste.
The only thing that prevents me from really wanting this beer again is its price. (392 characters)

Photo of Xadoor
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured thick and creamy into the glass with a nice thick head. It smelled divine as it poured into the glass with the aromas of roasted grains, chococlate and coffee. Rich coffee and chocolate flavours to start, but a wave of hop bitterness slowly took over. It finishes slightly dry and bitter which lingers in the mouth for a while. Very well balanced. Highly drinkable. (372 characters)

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge coffee-colored head of tiny bubbles that slowly settles leaving decent lacing. Pitch black and no light makes it through. Big and hoppy smell of pine and sap. The taste is roasty and coffee-filled with chocolate that finishes sweet with hints of chocolate powder and piney hops. Medium body and medium carbonation make it relatively light on the palate. Nice and smooth and highly drinkable, if a bit pricey. (426 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler. One half of one gallon. Poured and consumed the same evening.

Pours as blank and black as the time before you were born. Excellent head. You couldn't see through this if you held it up to the sun.

Smells like grapefruit death hops mixed with raw porter chocolate. Wow. Nearly as hoppy as the Alpha King only with a wonderful malt balancing it out.

Tastes; mix a perfect IPA with a perfect porter and somehow have them both retain their perfect complexity and not bash into each other and this what you get. The stages are so distinct it's like you're taking a sip of one beer and then a sip of another. Big bread, yeast, and grapefruit hops in stage one, hitting you all in a rush. Followed up by earthy roasted chocolate, raw like potting soil or summertime sex, growing into a more processed, candied chocolate, and ending on a big hit of hops.

One of the very best beers I've ever had. (911 characters)

Photo of zjungleist
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First of '06. This looks great. Pours damn near black, with a hefty mocha head. Smells heavily of malts, hops, and maybe some spice or something. The flavor has a karate chop of roasted malts and a meaty portion of hops. As my palate adjusts the the intense taste, bittersweet chocolate and espresso come through. There is also that "something" that I can't put my finger on. It may be just a spicy hop. The mouthfeel is thick and foamy and slighly astringent. A strong sipper, in my opinion. A great way to start the year. (523 characters)

Photo of jreitman
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged bomber from xmas of 2003. Most beers lost their hop and spice aromas after a year in the bottle. Happily that was not the case with the Alpha Klaus. Head was nice, thick and quite brown in color. Beer was dark brown to black. Mouthfeel was light but not detractingly so. Flavor was full of hop spiciness and something else I could not place my finger on. Chocolate and a slight coffee bitterness came through once the mouth adjusted to the hops. Luckily I have one more of there I can sit on and see how it fairs next year. (528 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bought from the wine joint in Hamden. Enjoyed last evening as a NYE warmup during a viewing of "War of the Worlds"

Pitch black porter with a dark tan head. Nice retention and excellent lacing.

Hops? I could've sworn that this was a batch of kind bud swimming around with dark roasted malts.

Dark chocolate, coffee, and a bunch of spices that I couldn't figure out. That is, after your tongue is assaulted with Christmas tree sappy hops. Even with the big flavor, a bit lighter than a lot of porters out there. Though not traditional in any sense, very enjoyable and worth a few. (595 characters)

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.