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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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1,721 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,721
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 232
Gots: 221 | FT: 14
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 hoppymeal
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cola brown to black in color with a coffee and cream colred head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a nice roasty and chocolate smell, sweet sugary and buttery chocolate. There is also a lemon and orange acidic smell as well as some coffee, but the smooth chocolate aroma dominates. Taste is fruit and chocolate. There is some twangy citrus acidity on the back of the tongue while a smooth chocolate flavors slides underneath on the front of the palette. Finishes with a slightly dry and bitter mixture of roasted malts and chocolate. Medium to heavy in body, there is a nice tingly that helps to break it up. No problem with 22oz, a very chocolatey and rich porter.

hoppymeal, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev -3.4%

HumphreyLee, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of davemathews68
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- brown black with brown highlights. Two fingers of head that linger for a bit leaving some decent lacing.

S- my favorite part. Glorious hop aromas, herbal, dank, a little pine, toasted slightly burnt dark malts. The combination is of a spent bong but in only the good ways!

T- at first the Tate follows the nose, dank hops and toasted malts. As it warms the pine hops are noticeable and the malt follows and finishes with milk chocolate.

M- a little thicker than other porters but I think it still would follow all the style guides. Nice carbonation for the style.

O- like much of the FFF line up the aroma is great. The pine with chocolate flavors give it a Christmas feel. Will seek this out again.

davemathews68, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Dithyramb
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bought from the wine joint in Hamden. Enjoyed last evening as a NYE warmup during a viewing of "War of the Worlds"

Pitch black porter with a dark tan head. Nice retention and excellent lacing.

Hops? I could've sworn that this was a batch of kind bud swimming around with dark roasted malts.

Dark chocolate, coffee, and a bunch of spices that I couldn't figure out. That is, after your tongue is assaulted with Christmas tree sappy hops. Even with the big flavor, a bit lighter than a lot of porters out there. Though not traditional in any sense, very enjoyable and worth a few.

Dithyramb, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of SCZ
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SCZ, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of NCSUdo
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, via jaustin72403

A: Pours a deep brown, nearly black, under a fingers worth of tan head. Pretty good retention and nice lace.

S: Smells of a light coffee, slight wood, a little bit of fruit and citrus hop. Good aroma.

T: Very nice fruity sweetness and citrus up front, followed by a mild coffee and ending in a light roasted malt and moderate roasted bitters. Citrus, mostly grapefruit, hop qualities hang around throughout. A speck of chocolate to found as well. Very good tasting porter.

M/D: Full bodied, slightly creamy, carbonation is light. Drinkability is really good on this one. Makes me think of an IPA with roasted malt. My first FFFs brew, very impressed.

NCSUdo, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ohtheguilt, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of beermanbrian
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle

Black with brown frothy head. Head fades quickly to a thin film.

Smell of chocolate, coffee and a great roasted note. Also a much stronger hops character than you would expect (or maybe exactly what you would expect from three floyds).

Taste has a very nice bitterness up front. With the chocolate flavors combined it reminds of bakers chocolate.

The bitterness builds and leaves that cheek puckering aftertaste. Not entirely unpleasant but would prevent me from drinking too many in one sitting. Overall a nice heavy beer to keep you warm on a cold winter night.

Another nice offering from three floyds.

beermanbrian, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev -3.4%

tripledbrew, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jminch, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Flabbyjandro
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Flabbyjandro, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Alpar
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Alpar, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

sammo, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Roger85
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Roger85, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of minterro
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

minterro, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of stogirelli
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

stogirelli, May 01, 2014
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison. At 8.99 a bottle, my biggest beer splurge to date.

Pours crude oil black with a couple fingers of capuccino froth. Nose is vibrant and clean, with notes of menthol/piney hops, tabacco, espresso beans and dark chocolate cocoa. Taste is a tale of two beers, reminded me a lot of Founders Black Rye, with the juxtaposition of big floral hoppiness and chocolately roasted malts. Mouthfeel was rich and creamy. This is an impressive American porter, I don't know if I can put it above the Edmund Fitzgerald though, certainly not on value. At half the price it's a steal, at $9/bottle it's a one time indulgence.

Golden2wenty1, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of EricCioe
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark black with a frothy, pretty mocha head. On the nose there is a deep pine mixed with roasted coffee. On the tongue the roasted malt and coffee come to the fore with a bit of hop bitterness at the back. In the mouth, it's pretty similar to Alpha King, a bit of a buzzsaw, which works pretty well here but cuts down a bit on the drinkability. Overall I'm a big fan.

EricCioe, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Envelopes
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Envelopes, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

meanmutt, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Sturmthis
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Sturmthis, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Pellinore1, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of beachbum1975
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes around Christmas holiday 2008. 2008 batch recently purchased from West Side Liquors.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my over-sized Duvel tulip.

Pours an attractive deep brown, opaque color with some light root beer colored edges sneaking out around the edges. A 2 inch tan head dissolves to a nice halo after sitting in my glass for a few minutes.

Three Floyds, back in action! Dark, sweet malts and citric hops are all over the place! In the backseat, I get some freshly roasted coffee and alcohol.

My oh my, this is a hopped up stout! Rich, decadent and highly enjoyable blend of Three Floyd's goodness. This is too easy to put back. If you want a nice, solid, hoppy stout, you must try this one. Fantastic!

beachbum1975, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of ruckus232
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark/Black in appearance with a few fingers of light brown or tan head.

Smell: Well there is a roasted scent but there was an unexpected earthy almost hoppy/piney smell as well. There was a little bit of sweetness but not much.

Taste: Well it seems like there are a lot of things going on in this. There is a slight fruity taste at first that goes into a hoppy bitterness that then goes into a sweet maltiness that finishes off with the roasted coffee type bitterness. The hoppy bitterness does remain afterwards too.

ruckus232, Jan 13, 2013
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,721 ratings.