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

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by zerk on 12-06-2002

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#4,076
Reviews:
782
Ratings:
2,306
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up when I was in Indiana a few months back, having never had this before. I love the other 3 Floyds beers that I've had but it's been ages since they were distributed to New Jersey. This was a great beer for the season because of the lack of alcohol in it even though it felt stronger than it was in actuality and the range of flavors were a bit odd. Quite dry and roasted, this warmed up to me as it liquid warmed up and the flavors fully emerged.

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was dark, and topped with a full bubbly mocha head that quickly thinned out as the bubbles settled down. A decent amount of lacing was left on the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this as the liquid had the typical consistency of an American Porter. Lots of dry, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, sweet sugar, and molasses in the nose as the taste had much of those in it. Dry, cloying, and sweet, this tasted different than a typical American Porter as it was more of a dessert beer than anything else!

Not a lot of booze here this carried quite a bit of heft regardless of that. Not a lot of hops stood out here but when yo have this much chocolate and brown sugar, why even bother trying to pick them out? This was just fine and smooth on it's own while seeming quite different from the Alpha King, as this was a great choice to deal with the post-holiday blues!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Surprisingly a very dark looking porter almost imperial with deep dark viscous tones and a 1/2 inch of deep mocha frothy foam. Very cinnamon smelling almost like a pepper heat but it is not brewed with any. Cocoa and mild coffee notes are pretty mild. Even though is smelled rather sweet this beer is downright bitter almost acidic with earthy pines and one of the most dry tasting bodies I ever experienced in a porter. Those who said formaldehyde or vodka are kind of right so bitter it burns! Wish it was a touch sweeter with the chocolate malt. Is mexican sugar suppose to burn like acid? Body is pretty medium as the beer kind of balances (or my taste buds die) it does have a pretty good hint of cinnamon but I wish it had more sweet...

Overall pretty much for hop heads only or people who just hate themselves and want a bitter drink that is too low in volume to get you plastered. One of the worst Three Flyods beers I ever drank!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, nearly black color, with hints of ruby. A large creamy tan head shows great retention and lots of big thick ring like lacing.
Aromas of cocoa, dark chocolate, nutty malts and roasted malts that evoke coffee. Aromas of dark fruit, and hints of cherry, and mint add to the complexity. Bright hops aromas evoke pine and grass.
Creamy and ultra smooth with a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor, nutty malts and dark caramel. A dry roasty finish with slight bitterness suggests espresso beans. Notes of Christmas like spices, peppermint, pine, zesty and earthy hops flavors add great balance.
Medium to full bodied with a moderately gentle carbonation. Dry and roasty finish albeit with a slightly sticky linger. Very creamy and smooth.
Awesomely balanced and delicious brew. One of the best porters out there.

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Photo of JoeLev
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, caramel-tinted near-black color with a fat finger of dark tan head that leaves heavy lacing.

Molasses, cinnamon, spruce and caramel red malt stand out most in the aroma.

Pine, chocolate, char, light gentian root and formaldehyde in the taste.

Creamy, medium-bodied feel with fairly strong carbonation.

I like this big, piney stout-type beers. This one has a lot going for it, but the formaldehyde note is a deal breaker for me.

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Photo of kinggimp
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jotunsynth
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ju53o8nyg9
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigbutter
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D34d5t4r
1.84/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Not that great. I can taste the hint of chocolate but overall it tastes like chocolate-hop rubbing alcohol. I don’t enjoy this beer one bit and having to buy a 6 pack at $16 really sucks. I like pretty much all 3 Floyd beers thus far; aside from this one. At 6.0 ABV, it tastes like it should be more of a vodka stout. Buzz not worth the flavor to me. Sorry

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Photo of PEACO82287
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uncleotis
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheGent
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kricks77
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 11/7/18 (33 days ago) poured into a 3F tulip pint glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours really dark brown with no highlights and mocha colored head. The head recedes to a nice cap and laces the glass almost entirely. The aroma is earthy & woody (maybe cedar?) with hints of very dark chocolate. The taste is more dark malt with the earthy, woody and chocolate components all taking turns showing up. The finish is mild to medium bitter and mostly dry with the roasted malt really coming through. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has less than medium carbonation. It's much easier to justify this purchase at $15/6 pack than $8/22oz bottle. Overall, excellent American porter and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottled 11-08-18. Black body with a towering khaki head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass as it slowly fades. Roasty aroma with dark chocolate and earthy hops with faint pine. Big roasted barley flavors, dark baker's chocolate, french roast coffee, char & ash, earthy hops. Full & creamy body, ample carbonation, roasty semi-dry finish with char lingering. It's been so long since I had this one. Great to see it in the 12oz bottle format this year! I'll be getting another bottle or two if I see it again.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BleuDave
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of npendres
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter, brewed by 3 Floyds Brewing Co., with an ABV of 6.00% This American Porter Pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass a deep brown color with a nice light brown color head. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with Roasted grains and malts mixed with chocolate.
You also pick up some nice hop notes in an spices in the smell as well. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste , it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on Roasted grains and malts, mixed with chocolate, spices an hop bitterness. This brew is one of the wow factors , there is a lot going on in Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter. I like the hop bitterness in this Porter, not is something that doesn't come up in American Porters. The body is a solid medium, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter has a super nice balance to it. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. The mouth feel is Bold, Roasted, Clean, Hoppy, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give this American Porter a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. 3 Floyds Brewing Co., Did a nice job with this Porter.

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Photo of Beerbadger55
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, tan head that fades slightly. Smell of chocolate and coffee. I
Let this warm a bit before pouring into a snifter type glass. A lot going on here, sweet on the front end and hoppy or dry on the back..a bit more watery mouthfeel than I expected but still quite good. I’d buy it again

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Photo of AlanBottomley
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I would call it a porter for IPA drinkers. Pretty tasty, but it seems watered down. You get a distinct hops bite right up front, but there is a lack of depth and body considering this is a porter. I still enjoy it, but it wasn't all that I was hoping.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/8/18; drank 11/29/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice tan head; strong tree-rung lace.

Orange citrus, spruce & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & mild chocolate flavors up front; spruce notes on the finish.

Unique, certainly, if not quite great. Worth a 12oz quaff once a year.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,306 ratings