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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: 1,982
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 255
Gots: 313 | FT: 19
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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Ratings: 1,982 | Reviews: 724
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of yelterdow
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
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  rDev -27.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Jredner
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with a brown head and decent lacing

Smells roasty, yet piney hops are quite evident

I get roasted malts, a bit of dark chocolate, and coffee in the taste. Floral/earthy/piney hops kick in to lead to a slightly bitter finish. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel quite smooth.

This was a big and interesting beer. Hop kick hampered drinkability for me towards the end of the bottle, but this was enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of beerluvr
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Photo of klewis
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.

Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug.

Brownish black in color leaves a big light brown head at first which quickly fades into a small small layer of bubbles with a good level of lacing. Smells immediately are of coffee and chocolate, with some caramel, roasted malt, and citrus hops upon further inspection. Taste is bitter of chocolate and coffee at first, with some caramel, malt, and sugar afterwards. A nice subtle hop finish makes this a well rounded brew. Full in body with a little bit of a dryness. I'm not big on porters, but because I wanted to try it for Christmas, I picked it up. I haven't met a Three Floyds beer I didn't enjoy yet, and this one is no different. Very easy to drink and very sessionable.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SierraFlight
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at FFF brewpub poured into a half pint. Appearance is very dark brown with little light coming through. A stiff tan head stands an inch over the beer. It clings tightly to the glass in patches as the session goes on and Finding Nemo flashes on the screens in the pub. Aroma is pine, cocoa, roasted malt, and the slightest bit of orange peel. Quite hoppy for a porter. Taste is initially bitter with spruce and anise. Then the essence of one of those chocolate-wrapped oranges from Christmastime slides in. Roasty and charred notes on the swallow. Medium body, creamy, but thinner than it looks, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of davey101
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a FFF .5L glass.

A - Pours a black body that exposes some dark brown tints around the corners of the glass. Nice and fluffy khaki three finger head forms, settles into a thin but lasting cap. Great lacing and retention. Super sticky and clinging.

S - The aroma starts off with sweet milk chocolate, burnt coffee, and roasted malts. A huge blast of piney and grapefruit hops then sends you into confusion.

T - Sweet bakers chocolate, espresso, and char collide with the piney and citric hops. The flavors wash away quickly leaving behind the bitterness typical of an IPA.

M - On the thin to medium side with plenty of carbonation. Works well with the style and flavors and makes for an easy drinking beer. In the span of this review I've already downed a glass...

O - Apparently a porter really works well when its hopped up. Light enough to be drinkable with plenty of chocolaty coffee goodness to balance out that distinctive FFF hop profile.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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