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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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1,768 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 244
Gots: 228 | FT: 11
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 barefootbrewer
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

barefootbrewer, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of KFBR392
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a above average thickness and dark brown color. The head is a creamy rich texture and a medium brown color. Heavy lacing left behind at each level. Below average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: The english malt stands out accompanied by a bittersweet medium bodied chocolate aroma. Plenty of roasted, burnt coffee malt presence that mixes well with a heavily spiced aroma. True to FFF beer, there is a substantial hop backbone driving itself through and making this a truly unique brew.

Taste: The spices and hops in this brew jump out right away. Dry, the front is so dry and bitter. Heavy dark chocolate and coffee accents just punish the palate. The back end of this brew lightens up a little bit to the feeling of a more traditional porter but the spice tones continue to ring through.

Mouthfeel: Heavy huge bitter front which transitions nicely toward the back end with resonating spiced tones throughout.

Overall: A really unique brew from FFF. Have to look forward to them putting their own twist on traditional beer styles. I enjoyed this one but wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

KFBR392, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Thishops4u, Jan 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

mjw1200, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of tewaris
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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

tewaris, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of jjheinrichs
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jjheinrichs, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of nathanjohnson
5/5  rDev +21.1%

nathanjohnson, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

kzoobrew, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of davemathews68
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

CesarLopes, Nov 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

denimdemon, Nov 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

cfh64, Dec 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

adamant1912, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

SaisonRichBiere, May 21, 2014
Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

BigJim5021, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Roger85
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Roger85, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jbphoto88, Dec 13, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

mmcnaughton, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jaminjohnson, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

leschkie, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

timtim, Jan 06, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

minterro, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Callmecoon, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

dataylor21, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ToadiesForCody, Mar 18, 2014
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 1,768 ratings.