Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
12/24/05- Purchased via mail order with Archer Liquors in Chicago, ILL.
Presentation- 2005 release. 22oz bottle with a crazy ass tattoed carnie looking thing dumping hops into a pint glass. Kinda a scary way to celebrate Christmas Eve. Poured into two wine goblets.
Appearance- Pretty damn black in color, off white, light brown sugar colored head of about 3/4 inches. Pretty nice lacing left along the inside of the glass.
Smell- Damn, they weren't lying about the hops. Smelled quite bitter with a nice bucketload of some spices...maybe cinnimon?
Taste- Lots, in fact maybe the most dark chocolate flavor I have had in a porter before. Tastes like some funky ass coffee as well. Not really Starbucks like, but maybe some Mexican or Turkish coffee. Has a nice bite to it. Has a nice sugary tang as well in the flavor. Spices come through in every sip. Hops takeover as the prominent taste though, which is odd for a porter, at least ones that I have tried.
Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated, in fact way too much IMO for a porter.
Drinkability- Nice change of pace beer. I wouldn't recommend it as a traditional porter, but if someone love hops and love porters, this would be a nice fix for them. Probably a once a year beer for me. Definitely not a session brew.
12-25-2005 05:32:09 | More by GClarkage
3.38/5 rDev -18.4%
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a thick two finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Chunks and streaks of lace coat the glass on the way down.
Roasted malt aroma that's slightly smokey with hints of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal and toffee. Slightly balanced by earthy, piny hops.
Thinner bodied than expected with some tight carbonation, possibly the beginning sign of oxidization. The hop presence is much stronger than the aroma hinted at making it very dry and bitter, outshining the roasted malt notes. Just too hoppy for the style in my opinion. Roasted malt backbone with dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, caramel and dark fruit. Smoother as it warms but still too hoppy with a dry finish.
10-28-2011 04:02:10 | More by corby112
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
05-29-2006 03:48:46 | More by weeare138
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
Big thanks to crazynelson for this an extra in a one-bottle trade! Pours a dark, clear brown with a tall head. I think this might be a year old or so, foam pokes out the top of the bottle and the smooth chocolate flavors reminds me of other vintage brew. It's surprisingly hoppy for possible age and finishes with a pleasant pepper and spice bitterness. The chocolate aromas and flavors remind me of fine milk chocolate and liquor with sweet, fruity icing and deep roasted espresso. Delicious. Very drinkable and the finish reminds me of tasty Irish dry stout.
Thanks again Nelson!
12-19-2008 21:56:52 | More by tempest
4.43/5 rDev +7%
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.
01-10-2008 15:33:50 | More by Georgiabeer
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
A 650 mL bomber from a trade with liverletdie. I believe that it is a 2005 bottle.
A: The porter is a deep brown with ruby red highlights that appear when held to light. It pours with a very vigourous and active head that weighed in at close to 3 fingers. As the head recedes, it laces nicely.
S: The aroma has elements of an American porter, a winter warmer and a DIPA. There are roasted chocolate notes, brown sugar sweetness and explosive hops.
T: The flavor is primarily roasted malts and chocolate depth that I associate with a porter. The hops hit hard, providing a piney taste that is not too intense. Because I am familiar with FFF's beers, I think that the year's aging has softened up the hops a bit. In conjunction with the chocolate and hop flavors, there is a brown sugar sweet spiciness.
M: The mouthfeel is a good blend of chocolate, sugar and hops. I like the flavor and I like the mellowed hops.
D: A nice combination of flavors, with chocolate, sugars and hops all making appearances. It's too warm outside (despite it being mid-December, it is near 50) to properly enjoy this. It goes best in front of a fire on a cold snowy night.
12-16-2006 19:31:05 | More by akorsak
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
Bomber into a snifter. Pours black in color with the faintest clarity of brown around the edges. A tan cap about a finger strong slowly fades leaving a webby lacing pattern on the glass. A light swirl revives a finger of froth back to the surface.
Smells quite hoppy with elements that are herbal with piny. Some toasty grain, chocolate with black licorice and dark fruit inclusion like plum and raisins. This has a familiar aspect to it, almost like an American Black ale but the roasty grain elements really mesh well with the hop selection.
The taste includes pine and herbal hops upfront that are quit fresh tasting even though this bottle is a year old. Dark unsweetened chocolate, coffee, raisins and an oaty sweetness provides a fresh grainy character. The backend includes a touch of sulfur. Very nice toasty aftertaste mixed with something along the lines of grapefruit zest.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall not a bad brew. Decent alcohol warmth is noticeable but integrated well. I don't know what makes this a Christmas beer but it's quite enjoyable. Maybe it's the pine-like essence of the hops that is minorly reminiscent of Christmas wreath? Its like a black ipa but without the oily and overdone feel. This is worth checking out.
01-03-2012 16:14:52 | More by stakem
4.85/5 rDev +17.1%
Served in an Imperial pint glass
A- Dark in black color with a dark tan head that last pretty long. To dense to see bubbles rising
S- Even during the pour the smell of hops wafts through the air. The roasted malt, bright green hops and a hint of yeastiness is strong in the presentation
T- A rich chocolate malt is the initial taste with a strong bitterness of hops at the end. Just a bit of grassiness in the HUGE hop flavor that hangs on in the end. No alcohol taste in the finish which is surprising.
M- Full body mouth feel with good hardy astringency and a little alcohol warmth in the mouthfeel
D- This is a big beer with a bigger hoppiness. The aroma and bitterness of the hops are well balanced so it feels like there are fresh hops right in the glass. It would be nice to see a bit more maltyness in this beer but I can see hops are the driving force in this brew.
02-22-2005 02:36:08 | More by rhoadsrage
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
22 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones.
A jet-black porter through which light can pass through only a few millimeters on the extreme edges.
Smell is strong black coffee and a heavy dose of hops. Very deeply roasted Italian espresso to the nose with good smoky char aromas. Lots of citrus, mint, menthol and spruce and willow aromas.
Taste is creamy black coffee with quite a lot of hops in the initial sip. Nice balanced bitterness levels here but there is little chocolate, this is a coffee lovers beer. I expected more from this one since I LOVE the Dreadnaught IPA they make but this is just a good porter taste wise.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side.
OK drinkability here but not great. An interesting beer to be sure but the Dreadnaught IPA rocked my senses; this one did not. This is a beer I will try again at another time. Maybe my mood was just not in harmony for this tonight; but I didn't like it as much as most do.
12-30-2005 05:26:10 | More by Zorro
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
What a random surprise to taste at Beachwood BBQ. Don't get the wrong idea, this was from a fellow customer, not the restaurant itself. On to the beer:
A dark porter, as its color goes into obsidian territory. Head retention is acceptable, and it leaves a few spots of lace. The nose is strangely hopped up. There are tons of hops in the aroma, leaving a very bitter aroma. There's bitter chocolate in there as well, so it isn't a total hop assult (not that I was asking for more anyways).
As hoppy as the aroma was, the taste is more bittersweet, with the malt and hops fighting more supremecy. It starts sweet with great amounts of fudge and chocolate. The sensation of spice, like that of chipotle peppers, diversifies the beer. Finally, we get the blast of hops which taste very raw and green. Yet despite their rawness, the beer isn't really bitter. It's actually on the smooth side with a medium full body, helping to knock down any lingering concerns I had over the dose of hops used in this porter. Turns out to be a good one, in fact.
12-02-2012 19:04:08 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured into Bell's Tulip
Pours almost 1 finger of near tan head. Decent retention with some splattered lace left. Color is a dark dark brown, pretty much black.
Aroma: A lot of burnt malts/roasted flavors. Caramel with tons of earthy hops and chocolate. A nice smelling porter.
Taste: Very sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, and a ton of grassy hops. Well balanced. A lot of roasted malt flavor.
Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and a lighter bodied makes this beer refreshing. Great amount of carbonation for the style. Leaves a really dry smoky aftertaste.
Overall, not a bad porter at all. Very roasted. Fairly drinkable. Nothing to special. Still trying to figure out what makes this an Xmas beer.
12-22-2009 18:53:51 | More by mothman
3.85/5 rDev -7%
Thanks to ybnorml for this one. I forgot I had it, sat around for about 7 months.
Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tan head which lasts for quite awhile, very nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of slight sweet malts, slight vanilla, and coffee/caramel. The taste follows the nose pretty much, their is a nice bitter finish. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice offering from 3Fs.
01-11-2007 00:07:00 | More by Wasatch
4.43/5 rDev +7%
22oz bottle from Secret Santa jay23. Thanks for the opportunity. I assume this is the recent 2006 release.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" brown head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with plenty of sticky delicate lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasty, with hoppy notes too. Taste is rich chocolatey sweetness coupled with plenty of piney hops. Mouthfeel is a tad on the flattish side, but drinkability remains excellent. A classic I enjoying revisiting each year during the holiday season.
01-05-2007 22:42:37 | More by ppoitras
4.43/5 rDev +7%
22 ounce bottle into signature Teku tulip; November 2012 release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, orange zest, floral, cocoa, caramel, coffee, light char, and piney spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance of hop and dark roasted malt notes. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, floral, char, coffee, caramel, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, pine, citrus, floral, char, coffee, caramel, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of very dark malty flavors with citrus/pine hops; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, sticky, fairly crisp, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. I know this is labeled as a porter; but in my view, this is an absolutely fantastic Black IPA! Big balance and complexity of dark malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely awesome offering!
03-19-2013 04:20:16 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
2008 bottling consumed Dec 18, 2009
This is actually the first time I have had this beer, and it's from a bottle that has been in my cellar for a year.
Nice thick brown head atop a rich, dark beer. Aromas of chocolate, hops, roasted malt, toffee. A fabulous tasting brew, and easily one of the best porters I have had. This beer is really easy to drink, and I will definitely be picking up a few of these from FFF in a couple of days.
12-19-2009 00:04:13 | More by Huhzubendah
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
Oil slicked black with walnut stained foam that will easily climb three, even four, fingers high without the exercising of a little caution. The over-anxious carbonation levels in the two bottles I've tried have been a bit testing to my patience. Eventually in both cases, however, things would settle down to a very handsome level. Alpha Klaus is uncompromisingly opaque.
It's simply in Three Floyds' nature to use hops liberally - they do it often and they do it well - so why should an English style porter be the exception? It certainly isn't! Waves of green, pungent cones slip under the nose with every sniff and carry with them an unusual (but complimenting) cast that includes lactose, toffee, nuts, caramel, coffee and milk chocolate.
I may aptly consider this a 'Christmas Porter' due to its flavour which blends pecans, dark caramel and milk chocolate so as to fit a strong resemblance to those little chocolate turtles that seem to be everywhere in my house around the holidays. There are very prominent notes of cold coffee. This bottle seems to have a slight lactic character which I can't tell is intended or not.
The flavours seem a little delicate, which is a surprising thing to find from this brewery. The taste of chocolate is brittle as if it were powder form. The hops are present but none too aggressive. The malts sense stripped of much of the roast, leaving the nutty, nectar-like taste of pecans and hazelnut to linger unimpeded with considerable length.
The carbonation is set a little too high for this style beer; it pricks the mouth and distracts from the lovely, rich, chocolaty coffee syrup taste that is near completely void of roast. Aside from that, however, the mouthfeel couldn't be much better. The flavours are silky smooth and the hops add a bitter, but heavenly, touch.
I grew to like this beer more and more while making my way through the 650ml bomber. The extra bit of alcohol never seemed to catch up with me and the flavours became ever more decadent with a delicious dark caramel taste coming forth with warmth. Like I've thought of everything else I've tried by Three Floyds: this is wonderful and definitely recommended.
12-12-2008 03:22:32 | More by biegaman
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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