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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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Ratings: 1,970
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 254
Gots: 315 | FT: 20
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of pezoids
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent beer. Pours dark mahogany and opaque. Vanilla and sweet oak on the nose. Mouthfeel & Taste is perfect. Just enough body and full of flavor. This sample had been in the fridge for quite a long time which could of added some mellowness. Excellent overall and a beer I could drink all day long, even on a hot summer day!

Photo of samie85
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a deep coal color with a cappuccino foam, two fingered head.

S-The nose is led by huge amounts of grapefruit Centennial hops with some dark chocolate and roasted notes and some vanilla.

T-Bitter pine and orange with some grapefruit and some pretty deep roasted notes.

M-Seems a little thin in the mouth, although strangely creamy as well, with medium carbonation, and a lingering dryness.

D-For the reputation this beer has, I was pretty disappointed with it. The bitter/hoppy notes don't seem to meld well with the porter notes.

Photo of dataylor21
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours an inky dark brown with two fingers of creamy khaki head. Wide bands of beige lace.

Smell -- Very similar to Alpha King. Lots of pithy grapefruit, pine forest, cocoa powder, roast malt.

Taste -- First impressions of grapefruit and chocolate orange. Mild pine resin hop bitterness mingles with hints of roast char along with mild malt sweetness akin to molasses and dark chocolate. Lingering flavors of chocolate malt and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel -- Light-bodied with ample carbonation. Bubbles are gentle, nearly creamy. Could use some heft, but it feels great on the tongue.

Drinkability -- This was a delightful diversion from the tried and true American Porter route. Great hop aromatics and flavor, yet still really mild and satisfying. Crisp and refreshing aren't necessarily attributes that one would associate with a Porter, but this is really nice. I'd love to see this year-round. Great stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of marburg
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I'm crazy, but Scotch Pine and cocoa powder don't really mix well to me.

Chocolate covered grapefruit for breakfast? Nah.
Christmas trees in my roasty-toasty brews? Nah.
Bitter-smelling citrus and Hershey's? Nah.

The aroma just doesn't work for me here. It's strong, unique, unexpected, powerful, crisp, and original. But so what? Chocolate and pine needles don't mix in my mind, and they certainly didn't mix well in my nose. I can give it points for those other attributes -- predominantly originality -- but not every combination works well. The dominant force is a heavily sappy pine aroma that fades to more of a citric nose as the beer warms further. A pure chocolate aroma develops along the same timeline.

After smelling it, the real surprise was that it managed to have a real solid, balanced flavor. The hops are nearly 100% aromatic. Slick hot fudge flavors dominate and find themselves laying in the toaster oven blackening to a nice roasted flavor. A little thin but not really to any sort of detriment -- and exceptionally drinkable. Hops show up as the roasted cocoa fades and dominate the aftertaste. Just really kind of an odd mix in the nose...but intriguing! Thnx to Tim for the sample!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of kevanb
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Buebie
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to buckeyesox for hooking me up with this.

Poured from a brown bomber into a pub glass. 2 inches of brown foamy head receeds to a thin cap of retention and no lace.
Black in color, no light penetration.

Aroma on this is delicious! Big malted milk ball smell, with plenty of chocolate, molasses, and just a nip of grassy hops. (yes, I said nip)

Thin mouthfeel with just a touch of carbonation.
A good amount of sweet malty chocolate upfront, mixed with carbonation. Switching to a very thick blasting of semi-bitter ceral grain, not husky or negative at all, but fresh tasting.
There is a minor minerally mtallic aftertaste well after the swallow. I dont know if its the water or a bi product of maybe some liquid chocolate extract grain alcahol ingredient.

Drinkability is high, as there is no boozyness on this, its very tasty and finishes clean without a heavy creamyness that can normally weigh me down to the point that I feel like there is a brick in my stomach.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50th Review!

A--Pours what appears to be black, but when held up to the light it shows the faintest transparency. About as close to black as brown can get. Head was about two fingers tall with a standard pour into a pint glass. A moderate amount of lacing was left behind.

S--Roasted malts, cocoa powder, caramel, faint woodiness, earthy hops, perhaps even a little bit of dark fruit. This is complex and very pleasant to the nose. The dominant scent seems to be the cocoa powder.

T--The taste is a wonderful balance between roasted malts and a strong hop presence that makes the finish just bitter enough to satisfy. The cocoa comes through as the beer warms, don't drink this one too fast although you might be tempted to. One more dimension, perhaps a little more chocolate or coffee would make this exceptional

M--Medium bodied roughly the consistency of skim milk, good carbonation levels. Nice hop/coffee-like bitterness in the aftertaste that doesn't stick around for too long.

D--Any easy drinking dark beer that makes you want more. Definitely in the ranks of world class porters.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into an imperial pint glass, pours a near solid black, even when held right up to a lamp, with a creamy tan head, sticks around for a bit before receding to a film thin in the middle and thick at the edge. Some nice lacing forms with some sticking.

The aroma is full of chocolates (and cocoa as it warms), with traces of pine hop, coffee, and toasted malt. The body (and taste, for that matter) are much fuller than the nose, a big body with fine carbonation and a smooth texture, with little awareness of the alcohol besides a slight warming. The taste is the best, very well conceived and balanced, the chocolates, coffee and thick roasted malt just melt into the mouth as the pine and hop oils spritz across the tongue, and comes to a close with a dry, dark chocolate.

Let this one warm up to let it all out, its a delicious beer that only gets better as you drink it... how can it get any better than that!?

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me of Perkuno's Hammer, because it's a big porter and it kicks ass. My apologies to whomever sent me this treasure...it was late last year and I've since forgotten (remind me please! so I can thank you). I forgot about it for about 6 months, and it still has a nice hop bite to it. 22 oz. bomber pours into my imperial pint as nearly black, with the faintest crimson highlight; nice thick tan head that retains well.

It's Christmas in July. The aroma of this beauty sends me back to sipping Bailey's in December around the tree with my parents; that is to say, quite piney... with notes of dark chocolate, black licorice, and a crisp pungent hop nose. Chocolate flavor and rich dark malts initiate the palate, leading to a slightly resinous herbal hop finish, which is not nearly as bitter as the aroma might suggest. Quite balanced. Mild alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is velvety and near perfect, with just a tingle of dry carbonation in the finish. I'd love a fresh sample this holiday season, as this is a real treat. Maybe 3F will start to send this to PA? Please?

Photo of drseamus
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black, even for a porter. It was topped with a nice off white head comprised of nice small bubbles.

The aroma is outstanding, filled with a bunch of chocolate and roasted malt and some coffee. The chocolate is very creamy smelling and inviting.

This is one tasty beer. It starts off with a nice chocolaty burst with a touch of bitterness and fades into roasted malt with a slight lingering bitterness.

Nice body on this, not to heavy but thick enough to get the job done. Great for the style.

Good beer all around. Would make a great everyday drinking beer except it's not available year round.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of sleazo
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Celebrating my one year BA anniversary.

A_Pours a very deep dark brown and gushes up the sides of my mug. Half dark brown liquid half egg cream like foam. Staying power is somewhat exceptional. A domelike appendage sticks out from the rim of the glass, almost a half an inch.

S_Mocha rich chocoale, bitter pine hops, not that strong.

T_Bitter up front and in the behind with a nice sweet chocolate middle. The start is pure roasted malts, the end bitter piney hops. Very well balanced with a good hop character.

M_Rich and creamy, a bit heavier than a normal porter. It does have a creminess that is almost like a nitro-can or tap.

D_Outstanding, as usual from Three Floyds. I could drink a few of these on a cold blustery night.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of udubdawg
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of hero27
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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%

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,970 ratings.