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

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #18
ABV:
6%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,404
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 10.14%
Reviews:
783
Ratings:
2,310
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter
Notes: 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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -22%
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%
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 thebeers
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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 D34d5t4r
1.84/5  rDev -55.6%
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 jkblr
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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 barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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 nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +7%
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 +0.7%
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 -16.9%
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%
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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Photo of dafla67
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a solid black. A full aroma of chocolate, caramel and burnt sugar. The taste is amazing -- coffee, spices, chocolate and the roasted oats. Complex. Medium body (i would like it to be thicker, I'm nitpicking). Overall an incredible porter.

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Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you bstyle for this
22 oz bottle, dated 8/22/18, poured into a teku

A- Black with a three finger mocha head

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, piney, touch of caramel.

T- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, piney, citrus, some coffee, touch of sweet malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice, easy to drink porter. Very happy to try this, good balance.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/13/18: 22 Ounce Bottle, multiple pours into snifter. Pitch black pour, razor thin tan lacing. Sharp sweet licorice, dark chocolate and malt aroma, Sharp malt chocolate taste, licorice, pine and coffee noted as well. Nice blend. Carbonation holds, firm mouth feel, nice solid offering.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another big thanks goes out to Joe for this...

Alpha Klaus pours black. No light can penetrate through its mass, but perhaps through the dense forest of tanned foam resting above. That foam leaves a solid but smooth coastline around the glass with an island perfectly poised in the center.

Despite its black hole appearance, the aromas quickly bring it back to earth with black licorice, burnt sugar, and damp foliage. Hints of sarsaparilla come to mind as well.

There is no question about it, this is a porter. Baked bread is met with root beer spices and wonderful woody notes. A burst of roasted coffee then a mild metallic end deems itself appropriate by way of English chocolate malts.

Though it is very roasted with a fine bitter finish, a good shot of sweetness keeps this close to balanced. It is a little thick and creamy even, but has a dryness on the end that makes this superbly drinkable. A mild and tingly carbonation give whatever "strange hops" are used, a platform to showcase a spicy bite.

Only my second beer from 3 Floyd's, and I'd say this is another winner. I'd buy this in six packs for sure, especially on sleet down pouring days like today, where I've got nothing better to do than warm up with some bold beers.

Cheers Joe, and thanks again!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pour dark mahogany with a nice fluffy tan head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. Strings of lacing all around the glass as I am drinking it.

Aroma- It has a very unique aroma of pine, floral hops, roasted malts and some dark chocolate. The pine/floral aroma overpowers the roasted malt/chocolate just a little.

Taste - The taste is similar to the aroma with bitter pine, floral hops the roasted malts and chocolate come out much better and more balanced in the flavor than the aroma.

Feel - Medium bodied probably a little more carbonated than expected with a dry bitter finish.

Overall - A really well done porter, the flavors are well balanced and it is a very easy sipper.

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Photo of Buck89
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a goblet glass. A nearly opaque dark brown color with a thick tan head. The foam gradually settled, leaving splotchy laces. The aroma featured chocolate, some char, roasted malt, and floral/piney hops. The taste was more in line with a porter with a rich chocolate and coffee flavor. There was a significant hop presence - slightly citrus and slightly earthy. I like it but a bit too hoppy for my liking (in a porter).

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Photo of ajm5108
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Traditional optics. Aroma is hop-dominated, piney, the chocolate malt is buried and there is a vague sweetness that doesn't meld too well with the other aromas. Flavor is more balanced, hops are still very piney but the english malt asserts itself more and the sweetness from the sugar is smoother. Nice little twist on a classic style

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber dated 10-30-17. CBF Tulip pint.

A: Pours an opaque black with one finger of frothy tan head. If there's carb, I can't see it. Lacing is excellent.

S: toasted malt to the max, but a hint of the same floral hops you get on alpha king.

T: wow, this actually tastes like alpha king, without the unpleasant lingering hoppiness, and with a little cocoa roastiness added. Arrival is dry, crisp; mid palate shows some hops, which become more pronounced at the end, and then bloom into a full floral bouquet with hints of dark chocolate. Like the finer single-origin chocolates.

M: fairly high carbonation and very well attenuated, this drinks more like a black IPA than anything. Some residual slickness.


O: I like this a lot. It actually tastes like a black IPA. Hoppy, roasty, smooth. It is a little schizophrenic, it can't make up its mind about whether it wants to be a dark, toasty beer, or a hop monster, and it does both pretty well. Another fine brew from FFF!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of roasted malts with a light to moderate aroma of chocolate malts + cocoa. Moderate to strong aromas of pine, herbal, spicy, and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted malts with a light to moderate flavor of chocolate malts + coffee + cocoa. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine, herbal, spicy, and earthy hops as well as light to moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit zest + citrus/grapefruit pith hops. There is a slightly stronger than moderate amount of roasty + hoppy bitterness in the finish which lingers for a long time.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very enjoyable and this bottle is just about a year old (stored in the back of the fridge for the majority of the time). Really well hidden alcohol and a slightly lighter than expected mouthfeel but a really delicious combination of hops flavors + aromas balancing the strong malts. A slow sipper for me.

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Photo of chuckpalka
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At only 6.00% ABV and being a porter an 11oz pour in a Tulip glass I thought was a little unusual. But that being said, this is an excellent beer. Obviously nice black color, with a tan head that didn't last long. Sutle floral smell with a easy chocolate coffee taste and without any bitterness. Easy drinking. Very nice.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bomber into a willi becher pint glass. pours pours a slick jet black with lots and lots mocha colored head. head dies down leaving a mocha film and bubbles on top of the black beer. smell is piney hops, chocolate roast and an undetectable subtle sweetness. taste is resinous piney hops that play off the sugary chocolate and roastiness of the porter style. it’s very tasty, easy drinking and the pine from the hops is very seasonal / holiday-oriented. feel is typical of a well done porter although i’d say this finishes stronger than a lot of porters out there. overall, a unique take on the porter that forgoes the usual general roast of a porter for more hoppiness & sweetness. go figure FFF with a unique take on a traditional style and pulling it off.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer as a treat for years now but have yet to review it. So I'm going to review a 12 oz. bottle (first time in 12 oz. bottles). Pouring into a pint glass this beer pours out amazingly perfect for the style. It is dark brown with highlights all the way through and forms a one finger width crown that is tan in color. Couldn't ask for a better looking porter. The smell is a funky sweetness. It's like that FFF it's not normal smell. Hops present with a funky sweetness like some dessert was burnt in the oven. Almost has a resin smell to it. Kind of like smoke. I like it. The taste comes in being extremely hoppy for a porter with roastiness, burnt chocolate notes and that resin still present. It reminds me a lot of the porters & dark beers that New England is doing right now. (Alchemist: Pappys Porter, Beelzebub, Hill Farmstead: Everett) but FFF has been doing this beer for years and incorporating that awesome hoppiness and resin into a dark roasty beer.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought one 650ML to try. Smell is definitely citrus hops and malt. Taste has the hops more subdued by the dark flavors of a Porter beer like chocolate and coffee. Taste is consistent thru the mouthful, not too carbonated and well blended. Finish is clean with little aftertaste.

Bottom line, if you enjoy the citrus hops that 3 Floyds uses in their beers, you should also enjoy this one too. Personally i was looking for a more traditional Porter taste, but then again this is 3 Floyds, and even the bottle has the message 'Is Not Normal'. Overall beer had a well blended feel and good taste too-- an interesting take on a Porter for sure.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with brown head. Aroma is really fragrant and floral with nice chocolate in the background. Taste follows, really nice acacia flower notes, chocolate, slightly sweet but finishes with a nice coffee roastiness. Body is on the light side but it's quite smooth on the palate. Really nice porter, quite different from all others I tasted so far.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2310 ratings