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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
93
outstanding

1,868 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 250
Gots: 277 | 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 hero27
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of udubdawg
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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 johnyb
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of yelterdow
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Props to Ego for hauling home some 3F goodness back to NJ... little surprises like this make the world go 'round that much easier.

Served from a bomber into an imperial pint glass at cellar temperature on a chilly November evening the week before Thanksgiving. *takes breath*

Appearance- Four fingers of light chocolate brown head grace this ridiculously fabulous looking beer. The sheer density of the crown is stupefying, with large craters rather than bubbles marking its surface. Like some object from space, it looks like a chunk of ice or rock from the outer limits. Color is real dark and brown for a porter... webs of lacing drape the inside of my glass, I'd have guessed this was an inperial stout blind.

Smell- What a strange and interesting nose on this beer... it's an odd blend of Amarillo and other hops blended with chocolate malt and something from my third grade art room. Solid.

Taste- The initial hop blast rips across the tongue and exudes a balanced display along with a softly roasted, bitter chocolate finish. As with all of this brewery's selections, the character is distinctly their own... big flavors with a hoppy, lasting finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Adequately creamy and light in the mouth. The beer's duration of being alive and exciting could be longer, but it's good nonetheless. A satisfying porter that pushes the envelope to go further... but don't try too hard, as the style would be lost completely. Much hops, now I must sleep.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Jredner
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of kevanb
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Three Floyds' Teku glass

The beer pours a lovely jet black color, extremely opaque texture with a thick, cloudy khaki head that leaves behind a touch of lacing. The aroma is nice, lots of rich chocolate, touches of vanilla with some nice brown sugar notes as well, roasted coffee with some nice dark grain brings out a touch of alcohol at the finish. The flavors are very pleasant, big rich dark grain right off the bat, a bit of sweet chocolate and vanilla, grassy bitter hops bring out some smokiness. There is a nice bit of roasted coffee flavor that lingers really nicely. The body is nice and rich, almost milky yet almost thin, carbonation is right in the medium sweet spot with a very dry finish.

Verdict: A very tasty Christmas Porter from Three Floyds. The flavors are nice and rich, but the grassy hop presence really adds something interesting to this beer, per their motto, “It’s Not Normal.” Definitely a nice treat to enjoy each winter.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of beerluvr
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"I saw beerluvr kissing (his glass of) Alpha Klaus, underneath the mistletoe last night..."

Ok, that aside, this long-awaited beer poured into the Kwak cradled bulb glass with a rocky, crater-filled tan head that slowly fell over deep brownish/ruby red liquid. A heady perfume of fresh pungent hop fills the nose, sharp and inviting...the malt doesn't stand a chance here! The taste is a powerful blast of of hoppy flavors, floral, resiny and extremely bitter. As it warms a bit nice roasted malt flavors creep thru mixed with charcoal bitter notes as well. Not a super complex ale, but wonderfully flavorsome, with piney and roasted constituents dueling back and forth. The finish just lingers on as the day is long...no hint of the 7.5% alcohol here, just flavor packed and delicious, this could pass for a super dark IPA with all the hoppiness contained within. I would of given it higher marks if the mouthfeel was just a bit more thick. Outstanding!

Thanks to CRJMellor for this hop bomb!

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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a massive foamy head that refuses to die. Lots of lacing.

S: Rich chocolate aroma with a touch of cappuchino. Very nice.

T: Semi-sweet with a big chocolate taste and a roasted coffee bean finish. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium-bodied with an unusual crispness. Moderate carbonation.

D: This is a damn good porter, but at $9 a pop, it's only good enough to have as an occasional treat.

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 1,868 ratings.