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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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725 Reviews
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Reviews: 725
Hads: 2,032
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 274
Gots: 331 | FT: 17
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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Reviews: 725 | Hads: 2,032
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. I believe this is an 09.

4.5 A: Pours a black color. Two fingers of dense creamy light brown head. Good retention and some lacing.

4.0 S: Lot of chocolate in this one. Toasted and roasted malts next. Hop character is subtle at this point, but is herbal and citrusy.

4.0 T: The taste is still pretty hoppy however. Orange, pine, and grapefruit hops are most powerful and give an almost sourish flavor. Roasty, but more so toasty and burnt flavors. Some grainy malts as well.

4.5 M: Medium body. Moderate amounts of carbonation. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth.

4.0 D: Good hoppy porter. Definitely a good one to try. Solid in each category.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to paco1029384756 fo0r providing this great beet in trade.. Thanks man... (he's an excellent trader!!)

Pours with a light tan head that forms and recedes fairly quickly. Deep dark brown in color. Lots of lacing remain in the glass. Looks a little lighter in body....

Nice aroma. Chocolate at first. Some nice spices. Cinnamon... A touch of roasted malt. Not burnt,, but nice.

Flavor is really nice.. Starts with a spice note.. then a touch of sweetness... Chocolate... cinnamon again... roasted notes.... And a nice lingering bitterness. Probably from a combination of roasted malts and hops. A touch of a mineral flavor...

Light creamy mouth feel. Medium bodied. Just a touch of carbonation.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. I really enjoy this..

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Photo of jzlyo
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is pine, coffee, light toffee and slight vinous notes. The flavor is dark malts, coffee, mild/medium grapefruit, hop resin, vinous notes and an acidic/tart/sour finish.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, one finger off white head.

S-Roasted malt, candied sugar, chocolate and a tad bit of spice.

T-Roasted malt, good deal of spice, some chocolate, not much bitterness though.

M-Medium bodied, creamy.

O-A solid porter, not as good as Topless Wytch though.

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Photo of tpd975
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Really nice looking brew. Pours a dark cola brown/black with tinges of cherry red poking thru. A big fluffy 3 finger head builds before dying down to a collar that leaves behind lovely layered lacing, and an oily film.

S: Not as big on aroma as I would have liked, but what I smelled I did enjoy. Nice toasted malts coming at you in waves of dark chocolate with a bit of coffee. Just as you start to enjoy the malty goodness, the hops come cutting thru. The hops yield a nice citrus touch that has an almost floral/green characteristic to them.

T: Man I love 3 Floyds. This one has a wonderful taste from the start. They have built one solid porter here. Tons of burnt cocoa with touches of coffee and smoke. Sweet molasses and a touch of dark fruit make up the middle. Just as you think the flavor will fade into malty oblivion you are smacked across the face by the hops. Tons of floral bitter green c hops come at you in waves of sweet yet bitter citrus fruit. It is like no other porter I have had before. (Go figure coming from 3 Floyds)

M: Medium in body with a lively amount of carbonation. It really clings and allows you to enjoy how multi-dimensional this beer is.

D: Rather drinkable. No hint of the ABV, just malty hoppy goodness in a bottle.

Overall: This is one of those love it or hate it brews. Some of the porter traditionalists will hate what 3 Floyd's has done to this porter. On the other hand I am one of those guys who love brewers who push the envelope. As we know 3 Floyd's never shies away from doing just that. This beer without the blast of hops would be good. I feel as though the added hops bring it to a different level though. That level will be loved by some and hated by others. I find myself in the former group rather than the latter.

I loved Stone 11 for the same reason I love this beer. You can't go wrong with a dark malty brew that has been nitro fueled by the addition of a ridiculous amount of hops for the style.

3 Floyd's keep doing what you do. I'm lovin' it!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/21/09. Bottle. Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, very sweet. Flavor of sweet malt, chocolate malt, some lactose notes. Pretty bland and boring really; I'm quite underwhelmed. Too sweet and not complex at all. Meh.

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Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown pour with a bit of red around the edges. Big, dense light brown head. Retention is excellent. Solid lacing.

S: Nice roasted malt with creamy chocolate. Pine comes through as it warms. A little bit of earthy hops.

T: Roasted malt, pine, earth and maybe a hint of smoke. Nice surge of chocolate in the finish along with a bit of earthy hops to round it out.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth.

O: I really liked the balance of complimentary flavors in this one. Definitely on the hoppy side for a porter but it's not a black IPA or anything like that. Smooth, creamy and drinkable to boot.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas 2006 release

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown (nearly black) color. One finger, creamy brown head which left very light lacing.

Smell: Rich coffee and chocolate aromas. There's also hints of toasted nuts, toffee, and molasses.

Taste: Initial taste is coffee and toasted nuts. Chocolate flavors are definitely present. There's also a nice, malty flavor to it. Alcohol is nicely blended.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a very good, smooth beer. I'd probably be hard pressed to drink more than one bomber, but two might be possible. Overall, very nice offering from Three Floyds. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jsh420
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my last bottle from the 2008 batch

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 1+ finger tan head that coats the glass with lacing

smell is great - still leads with the big fruit hops and then the chocolate roasted malts

taste - hoppy porter anyone? look nowhere but here then - just like the nose this one lead with the friuty hops then follows with the chocolate and leaves you with a nice roasty malt aftertaste

mouthfeel was good i think the beer lost some zip being cellared for almost a year - still decent carbonation along side the medium body

drinkability is high - why wouldnt every porter want some nice fruity hops in it?

cant wait until the 09 batch hits the stores

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Photo of Florida9
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, maybe even black color. Pours with a wimpy, brown head that never even materializes into something I could even call a "head." However, there is a ring of brown bubbles around the edge of the glass and light lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts. Espresso. Plus a note of citrus and pine. Very interesting combo.

T&M: Medium mouthfeel. Dark roasted malts. Smoke and peat mixed with a hoppy bitterness. Nice, long finish. Medium carbonation and a noticeable residual dryness.

D: A very nice, hopped up Porter. Another fine beer from FFF.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Purchased at Liquor Barn in Louisville for approx $10.
Pours a nice deep black brown with tan hue and sticky tan head. Roasted malt, vanilla and chocolate aromas.
Taste is slightly bitter vanilla chocolate roasted malts and slightly sweet, but well blended with obvious hops (but very mild). Nice crisp-ness to it. Its fresh and bold. Nice porter...nothing really "christmas" about it...well some vanilla I suppose, but regardless, its a great porter. Not as robust as I like (Evil Twin Lil'B)...but very very good nonetheless.
Drink one anyway...drink it now

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew from SirSketch, Thanks Zach!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - pitch black with a huge tan head that left lots of sticky lacing.

S - sweet molases, roasted coffee and hints of chocolate in the aroma.

T - starts out sweet tasting, molases and chocolate, roasted, smokey flavor midway finishing with espresso coffee-like bitterness.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - very nice.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap in July 2003 at The Blind Tiger. Christmas 2002 vintage.

This porter poured jet black with creamy, tan foam that coated the glass a bit. The smell was strong, "chewy", green hops (floral) with a bit of dark malt. The taste was dominated by the hops but the malt almost balanced with flavors of chocolate, cocoa, and caramel. The mouthfeel was smooth, and relatively sweet and a bit fruity. The body was medium with medium carbonation. This was a very nice porter -- kind of a Porter meets IPA. Very enjoyable as a porter and as a highly hopped ale. This keg had apparently lost much of its spiciness after 7+ months cellaring.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.37/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty damn black with a massive rocky tan head with great retention. Quite the interestingly complex aroma of big chocolate and coffee smoothly blended with almost resinous hops...dank - I have never really smelled a beer quite like this one. Smoothly complex porter flavor infused with pine hops. Sweet and toasted malts with some herbal and earthy hop qualities...very, very interesting. Medium-full body, a little oily and lightly carbonated. This porter makes you want more because its so damn unusual.

A hoppy porter? Pretty much...and they do it so well. A porter for the hopheads. The label proudly proclaims, "it's not normal" and they were right. It almost defies categorization. What a crazy and unique porter...

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Photo of merlin48
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a winter treat this one is. 22 oz bomber pours a deep dark brown body that is opaque until held to the light, illuminating a ruby tinted clarity. Healthy tan head has garnet fringes and rises a few centimeters, falling into a steady cap with immense patch lacing.
Aroma is hops. Pine, spruce, and grass are obvious, and there are dark roasted malts in the background. Quite interesting to pick up such profound hop aromas from such a dark ale.
The moutfeel is exceptional. I rate a 5 for mouthfeel only when I find myself swirling a sip around in my mouth for several seconds, out of pure enjoyment, pleasure, and wonderment. This has such a mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied, with ample carbonation which bounces the hop bite off the roasted maltiness. Yummy!
Taste is more hops than roasted malt, but both are here in excellent proportion. Pine and grassy hops, with a hint of tangerine, atop a smooth chocolate malt backbone. Roasted coffee bitterness balances, but is mild in taste. Toasty barley malt flavors are constantly peaking through, but the hops really run the show here. This is really a treat to sip and savor.
Unique, fascinating, and exceptional. The best winter seasonal I've ever sampled, and I'm really fond of Mad Elf and Cold Mountain. Judicious use of hops here transforms a very good winter porter into an excellent winter seasonal. Three Floyds has really raised the bar with this superior brew. A big thank you to orbitalr0x is in order.

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Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: Thank you for trades, or I would have never gotten this gem. It pours an inky dark brown color. There was some tan head, but it dies down quickly. A pleasant aroma. A mix of hops, roastiness, coffee, and some smokiness. The taste is an all-out assault on your taste buds (but a pleasant assault). Smokiness, some chocolate, some hop bitterness coming through (although it is sweet to the taste overall). This is just flat out excellent. Thanks to TAR for the trade!

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Photo of Vancer
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer sent courtesy of joe1510 a year ago, been aging in the ol' DBF - today just seems right to pop 'er open. Thanks again!

Nuttin' wrong with the pour - almost black, topped with a frothy tan head that's leaving Brussels lace in the Corsendonk tulip.
Aroma of powdered dark chocolates, nutmeg and bits of coriander are intriguing. Big kick of woody hops in the quaff, balancing out the initial cocoa sweetness.

Big beer, big taste, smooth and rewarding going down.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased from my local Shop Qwik, I've downed 6 or 7 of these already, I better write up a review on one of these before it's all gone.

Appearance - a vigorous pour gets a moderate head, mocha in color. Thick with good retention and lace. The beer is very dark and lets just a little light through its deep garnet body.

Aroma - strong and piny, mixed with a dark chocolate and roasted malts. A perfect aroma for the holidays.

Taste - everything seems to hit my palate at once. Malts, chocolate, coffee, and of course, a fabulous hop presence that is piny but not overly bitter. The hops stay the course while the other flavors subside. This beer I can best describe as my interpretation of liquid Christmas Tree, bringing joy to all who partake. From the first sniff to the final swallow, it is delicious. Regardless of how much I drink, the empty glass is still like December 26th, always a bit of a letdown but ever mindful that New Year's Eve is but a handful of days hence... :-)

Mouthfeel - the plentiful malts and generous hops give this a heavy, sturdy feel. The rich flavors are kept festive with some moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - are you kidding? I think I spent $100 on Alpha Klaus this year, it's dreadfully delicious. If my refund gets here in time, I may deplete Jungle Jim's of their remaining stock!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer in trade (sorry, another case of not writing down who it came from...but thank you). Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass...a Christmas Porter...in early May.

A: Gigantic, crackling, bubbling frothy head, a good 4-fingers high crowns this deep brown brew. Rocky and s-l-o-w to dissolve, the dusty tan head is really what makes this so outstanding-looking. With every refresh, that huge head returns. Surprisingly, only a little sticky lace...

S: Molasses, plums, raisins, vanilla, oak, a little holiday spice. Big chocolate syrup and cafe au lait. Becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T: Darker chocolate with ample lactic sourness, nice and bittersweet. Some sticky burnt caramel, charred & smoked wood, sweetened chicory, roasted nuts and dashes of cinnamon - a holiday party going on in my mouth.

M: Warm & luscious. Enveloping, full mouthfeel with bitterness clinging down the middle of the tongue. Long-lingering roasted malt and sour flavors with a little malty stickiness.

D: Very nice beer all-around. Heavy without being overwhelming. A sipper for certain, and an extremely enjoyable one - well-balanced, filled with flavor, a treat to look at. Would love to have this again - highly recommended!

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle had a hand written "06" on the white part of AK's cap, so I assume its from 2006.

A - Very dark brown - almost black. Nice light brown thick head. Reduces to .25 head, but good retention.

S - Chocolate, leather, coffee and I think just a whiff of spice.

T - Again, chocolaty, bitter finish resolves to pretty much neutral. Some slight medicinal quality right before finish.

M - Medium bodied, lots of carb. Lighter and more carbonated than I expected. Pretty fair coating.

T - Definitely not overpowering - goes down pretty smooth.

Notes: This bottle is probably not indicative of a fresh one. I will have to trade out for a fresh one and review it. Pretty nice beer, just possibly faded a little.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Dark brown body with ruby highlights. The head is light brown, moderately sized, and eventually leaves spots of stick down the glass.

A fine aroma consisting of roasted malt, earthy and somewhat piney hops, a bit of smoke, and a small amount of licorice.

The flavor is dominated by the roasted malts complemented by dark fruits, earthy hops, and some licorice.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average example of the style, but after having this multiple times now, it always leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-12-02 in Clarksville, IN

A - Dark brown with a 1.5-finger light brown head with good lace.

S - Mocha, medium roasted grain, dark bread.

T - Sweet and dark chocolate, dark roasted/char grain, milk, earthy spice, Herbal, citrus zest and roast bitterness. Dries nicely.

M - Medium body and mild-medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Fairly substantial.

O - A very good brew. On par with Founders Porter

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.