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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
92
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1,707 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,707
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 231
Gots: 218 | FT: 12
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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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

A Christmas seasonal!!

Pours out black with a nice 3 fingers of mocha/tan head.

The aroma is extremely hoppy, there is a ton of burnt sugar (probably the Mexican sugar) and some subtle chocolate notes.

The taste is pretty bitter with a bunch of grassy, piney hops followed by a bitter burnt sugar (again, probably the Mexican sugar) and finishes with subtle chocolate and coffee notes. There is really no sweetness to balance the beer and it finishes pretty dry.

The mouthfeel is creamy and it has a medium body.

This is not your typical Porter (which Three Floyds points out on the bottle), but I'm not a huge fan of it. I would like a little sweetness to balance out all the bitter notes and the coffee and chocolate notes could be more pronounced. It's an interesting beer, but not great.

12-19-2012 23:58:44 | More by JohnnyMc
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Murchmac

California

4.18/5  rDev +1%

I love this beer. Pushes the envelope of a porter. Smells of chocolate, hops, and deep malts. Pours a beautiful wood brown with a one finger head. Begs to be drank immediately. At the forefront of haute beer where the smell influences the taste. Coffee tastes, with outstanding hops, alcohol tastes that deepen as you drink it down. Smell vanilla towards the end. What an amazing beer. Long coating lingering aftertastes, I dont want to see more of clones like this, this one is enough. Three Floyds have a good thing going and I want more.

05-12-2007 06:28:54 | More by Murchmac
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-07-2013 01:26:30 | More by Jeffrey2310
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

A: This beer poured a clear dark brown with an insanely big, meringue looking brown head.

S: The aroma is spicy and hoppy. There are chocolate and coffee notes as well as a noticeable metallic smell.

T: The taste is coffee, roast, alcohol, metallic, very bitter and slightly astringent.

M: The mouthfeel is full and carbonated with a slight alcoholic warming effect.

D: This is a nice sipper - but it could be an all night sipper.

11-11-2008 04:51:32 | More by barefootbrewer
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

A three floyds beer that sits in stores? Really?

Pours middle of the road stout brown colored with a huge tan head that holds well given the 8-9 months of aging going on here.

A boque of fruits and fruity Christmas spices that take on that mild milk stout like malt backing. Lovely stuff through and through.

Chocolate, bitter sweet chocolate that is. Very citrus and floral hops for a porter are present. Ok the more I drink the more I realize this is a damn hop bomb in chocolate clothing. Certainly some cinnamon and spices here but the hops are bleeding into their turf and I’m having a hard time discerning it all. 6% never seemed so bold and strong and well flavorful. This is outstanding.

The opening here is just velvety smooth and just about perfect. Bold flavors, bold creamy carbonation, and yes it doesn’t last a bottle but still excellent.

I have to admit with this sitting on shelves I was not expecting much, but I’m down right blown away. I give 3floyds a pass on price as I now except to pay 4-5 bucks more than the beer is worth on their stuff. This is amazing beer priced like something life changing or at least expensive to make. Enjoy and cheers but really guys 9 bucks for a bomber?

08-03-2011 02:02:52 | More by bobhits
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imyourhero21

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-18-2014 21:15:24 | More by imyourhero21
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -13%

Kickin' fresh Christmas Porter brewed with Mexican sugar among other things. What's with FFF and different sugars?

Bomber poured into a Lion stout mug. Thanks Dan!

Beautiful looking beer, dark brown and clear with a chocolaty, thick and creamy head that formed in cascades. Great lacing and retention as well. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and general sweetness. No hops in the aroma whatsoever.

Tastes sweet and chocolaty but the bitterness quickly takes over. Finishes quite bitter and slightly roasty. I understand this is Alpha King's cousin and all but the bitterness, frankly, is clashing. The aftertaste is rather empty too. However, the biggest culprit is the rather thin body that makes the beer taste rather empty.

Overall a good porter but unbalanced for no good reason. Not in the same league as Edmund Fitzgerald or Cutthroat.

4.5, 4, 3.5, 2, 4

01-19-2012 18:22:17 | More by tewaris
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-04-2011 21:08:31 | More by nathanjohnson
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-13-2014 19:19:27 | More by beersdmf17
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Big thanks to Gratefulbeerhead for this one, Cheers Eric!

Deep dark brown, may be mistaken for black if not held to the light. Dark brown sugar head stand two fingers tall.. Head recedes rather quickly leaving a slight cap and moderate lacing behind.

First and foremost I was not expecting this kind of hop contribution. The brighter citrusy hops really stand out. Moderate levels of roasted malt, appropriate for the style, blends with cocoa and slight java aromas. The constrasting aromas really work well.

Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and espresso roll across the tongue. The citrus hop flavor lightens the flavor as it follows just behind. Hints of caramel linger on the back of the palate.

Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate though adequate. The sweetness linger on the tongue just a bit making the finish slightly long.

Very nice beer. Better than many porters but does not quite reach the top tier. This is one I would seek out on occasion if it were available locally. Worth a try.

01-17-2011 17:54:17 | More by kzoobrew
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Inglewood

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-24-2013 18:51:22 | More by Inglewood
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 17:42:02 | More by denimdemon
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mjw1200

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-30-2013 03:21:17 | More by mjw1200
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-02-2013 01:40:21 | More by Hallertau
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured out of a 650 ml bottle into my CBS snifter.

A) Dark... Dark brown with a big bubbling mocha head, over two fingers. The head slowly dissolved, and there was a ton of lacing.

S) Roasted malt, espresso, hint of dark chocolate, wood and pleasant hops aroma.

T) Nice... Follows the nose. Roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate flavors. This is quite earthy. The pine and citrus finish is greatly appreciated.

M) Rich and creamy, well carbonated, but very smooth, until you get that hop bite at the finish, which really drives you to that next sip.

O) This is a true holiday classic. It's like the Bing Crosby of holiday beers.

01-02-2012 23:07:09 | More by RoamingGnome
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bschinelli

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-24-2013 19:50:46 | More by bschinelli
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Deep mahogany brew with hard to find highlights. The head is the color of lightly milked coffee and it leaves nice thick webs of bubbles on the side of the glass.

The smell is a smoked coffee mixed with chocolate and hops. Surprisingly big amounts of coniferous tasting hops which is both arousing and intimidating. A large malt nose beats the rest of the smells into submission balancing everything. Nice.

The taste is initially a scorched coffee bean flavor but moves gently to a dark bittersweet coffee. On the back and sides of the tongue is a nice moderate bitterness from a pine tasting hop profile. It is accented by a sweet malt creaminess lullaby that is like a warm fluffy blanket on those cold Christmas mornings.

Smooth and a great variety of flavors. Big malts with a big hop profile. Light carbonation and a nice chocolate goodness that leads you through the taste sensation. Well done, this is a solid brew.

12-13-2008 04:43:24 | More by jbphoto88
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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-21-2011 16:44:04 | More by leschkie
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-21-2014 21:13:55 | More by drdiesel9483
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

beautiful dark porter with a thick, tan head that stcks around well and leaves great lace. chocolate, toasty malt, piney hop and a touch of oak and maybe coffee in the nose. tastes of milk chocolate, then hops, with a mildly bitter dark chocolate and coffee finish. big body for a porter and very, very tasty. one of if not the best porter i've had to date.

01-06-2008 16:44:04 | More by timtim
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adamant1912

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

12-05-2011 04:40:26 | More by adamant1912
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-26-2013 10:50:26 | More by jaminjohnson
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cfh64

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-27-2012 23:30:25 | More by cfh64
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-20-2011 02:42:21 | More by mmcnaughton
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emottram

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

03-08-2014 01:16:27 | More by emottram
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,707 ratings.