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

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter
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Porter - American
Ranked #23
Ranked #3,122
4.13 | pDev: 9.93%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
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
Reviews: 799 | Ratings: 2,365 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma brings roasted malts and coffee, brightened by citrus and pine. This mix is really nice. Roasted and bright.

Impenetrable black topped by a tall head, a bit darker than tan, thick and creamy. Excellent retention. Gobs and rings of thick lacing as it recedes. The top of the head remains thick and mounded.

The taste is as expected from the aroma. Roasty, malty, coffee backed by the citrus and pine from the hops. A little bittering throughout to remind you who brewed this beer, not overly bitter. In other words, the bittering acts to balance things, not dominate things. Some roasted chocolate and a bitter-sweetness as from molasses. The finish is mildly bitter with the bright citrus and pine lingering, and dry enough to invite another drink.

The body is moderate for the style, with some nice carbonation contributing as well.

Not your typical porter, but what do you expect? It's 3 Floyds, after all. A very tasty and enjoyable Christmas porter.

Dec 23, 2020
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KevinHill from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour into snifter, oily black pour thick tan frothy head. Noticeable Roasted coffee on nose and palate. High carbonation brings down essence of porter aromas and taste. Drinks like a coffee soda. Sorry Three Floyds, love your products...revamp recipe

Dec 08, 2020
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into goblet. Dark brown 1/2 inch cream head persistent lacing. Smells of cocoa and spice. Taste is a bit different from many porters in that the hops should ra bit more the spices tingle a bit but it is most noticeable in the bitter chocolate and hops. Finishes clean. I really enjoyed this beer but I’m not generally a big porter drinker. My wife who is a porter drinker took a sip, made a face, and announced it “tastes like a whore’s bath in my mouth.” That’s her usual announcement when she drinks IPAs. My opinion.... nice Christmas Porter.

Nov 29, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like malt roast, vague Christmas spicing, espresso, chocolate, brown sugar, and pine.

It's less hoppy than the description (and some reviews), but I definitely get some pine and maybe some citrus zest. That sort of flavors work well with the spice I'm getting - maybe that's from the hops too. The malt character works well, with light coffee, brown sugar, heavy roast, and chocolate.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp finish to it, and a nice light creaminess.

I've wanted to try this one for a while now, and it meets my expectations. It's a pleasant porter that has stood the test of time.

Nov 26, 2020
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too hoppy for a porter.
It smells great, but that's where I will leave this one.
Tastes like a black IPA.
What is it with everyone overdoing the dang hops?
It could have been a good porter if they didn't hop the beer to death.
It was in the bargain bin, so I can't complain that much.

Oct 02, 2020
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with newer label (vs. what is here on the website) served in a tulip stout glass. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Very dark brown, letting just a bit of cola brown color around the edges. Persistent sheets of tan lacing, and a persistent skin of foam across the top.

Smell: Citrus hops, some definite hints of cocoa powder, and some brown sugar notes.

Taste: Tastes very much like it smells. Lots of citrus hops at the start and finish, along with some tea-like bitterness and even some woody notes. Nice sweet malt middle with chocolate and brown sugar notes. Not overly bitter at the finish even with all the hops - but there is some pine and citrus rind bitterness at the finish to complement the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very good thickness, a little light on the carbonation for a porter, and a bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty beer. Definitely not weak on flavor. The hops do compliment the sweet flavors well. I would not mind another one and think this would pair really well with food - but I'm not sure what yet. I need to pick it up again - well done.

Feb 27, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black dark brown with a modest tan cap. Nice lacing. Aroma is smoky dark roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. Flavor follows the nose, not a big fan of hoppy porters and stouts so this is not really my thing. Not really getting any sweetness from the "Mexican sugar". Feel is creamy and moderately carbonated. Overall drinkable but I wouldn't buy again.

Feb 14, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "Bottled 10-30-19,” into faceted mug.

This is, happily, not the decadent treat suggested by “Christmas Porter,” “English Chocolate Malt” and “Mexican sugar,” but a very drinkable workingman’s porter.

Alpha Klaus is a very black porter with a temporary tan head, and a nice aroma of chocolate which gives way to some mild spicy hops, but the beer is about roast malts dominating the chocolate malt, and spicy hops leading to a very drying finish.

Jan 28, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with not much head. Aroma is dry bitter, lot of piney hops. Flavor is full pine flavor, with a bitter finish, smoke notes. Good body and feel. Overall, a bitter hoppy Porter.

Dec 24, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Bottle is etched with 'BOTTLED 10-24-19'.
Dark brown colored body, with red mahogany back lit edge. Two fingers of light tan head, with results in a creamy thick cap. Leaves behind a few oily spots of lacing.
Aroma of roasty malts with a touch of smoke. Has a combo of cocoa and coffee. Bright hops.
Taste is full of piney hops with very good support from the roasted malts. Lots of semisweet chocolate and slightly bitter coffee. Dry at the end from the piney hops. Shows a little creamy sugar toward the end.
Thicker than usual for a porter. A little hop burn on the tongue. Very good carbonation.
The taste experience is short but it is well balanced and flavorful.

Dec 22, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 11/22/19, so not even a month old.

Looks great in the glass, black body, decent tan head which dissipates to a ring and solid covering leaving very good lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, a little molasses, and a touch of dark fruit.

Upon tasting, it starts to go a little wrong for me. The roastiness is about medium, which is okay, but there is also a strong bitterness, which is not okay. No chocolate, dried fruit, or sweet malt come through to balance out the roasty bitterness. It also coats the tongue a little.

Mouth a little over medium, finish a roasty bitterness.

Overall, a little unbalanced for this palate. Thinking a few more months in the bottle might help to even out this beer, but as it is today, not something I'd want to try more than one of.

Dec 20, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of beige head. The nose is a combination of roast and hoppy bitterness. The flavor is far more hoppy than roasted.

This is basically a black ale, not a porter. Frankly, it is more hoppy than the average black ale.

Dec 14, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial can-shaped glass.

Black. No light penetration. 1/2 finger of creamy tan head.

Cocoa, caramelized sugar, coffee, pine, grapefruit zest, and bright florals.

Cocoa, caramel, and black coffee. Grapefruit zest, bright florals, and pine needle bitterness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, sticky, bitter, and dry.

Bitter, dry, hoppy Porter; basically a Black IPA.

Dec 10, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich dark coffee color with a significant caramel colored head that dissipated slowly. Nice lacing. It's hearty, but very smooth! The taste is mildly bitter with delicious undertones of both chocolate and coffee. An excellent porter!

Dec 06, 2019
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 10/30/19, into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

L: Black with garnet highlights only brightening the very edges. Two inches of dense light-brown foam. Strong retention and lacing. Very robust appearance for a Porter; impressive.

S: Brown sugar, honey, piney hops, semi-sweet chocolate. More and more hops the longer it warms, with some significant grapefruit. More like a Black IPA than a Porter, but quite enjoyable.

T: Intense. Candied citrus, resinous pine, and sweet lightly roasty malt. Long, delectable bittersweet finish. Not a ton of nuance, but thoroughly enjoyable.

F: Medium-bodied with luscious, building carb. Pretty much spot on.

O: The combination of intense hops and sweet chocolate malt does a nice job making this fit its holiday theme - it's as close to a chocolate orange as a beer without additional ingredients can be. Really impressive, and a nice change of pace from most of the beers on shelves these days.

Notes: This is my first BA review in years, and it's nice to be back. I don't ever expect to be reviewing everything I drink like I used to, but I've been inspired to try to complete the Beers of Fame list, so here's to at least another 76 reviews. Cheers!

Nov 20, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

Jan 19, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
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!

Jan 19, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Jan 14, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Jan 05, 2019
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D34d5t4r from Illinois

1.84/5  rDev -55.4%
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

Dec 24, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Dec 11, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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, smoke, 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.

Dec 07, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Dec 02, 2018
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Beerbadger55 from Wisconsin

4.17/5  rDev +1%
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

Dec 02, 2018
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AlanBottomley from Indiana

3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Dec 01, 2018
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2365 ratings