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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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

BEER STATS
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#3,654
Reviews:
769
Ratings:
2,278
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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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 Ajaxx550
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsippel
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ajburke10
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shelby415
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of curlybird
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dukeandduke
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Edwardrm
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SWChi
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigBaldJohn
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ever had Gumballhead? It tastes exactly like a dark Gumballhead.

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Photo of Grovejr20
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duey111
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IndySuds
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lebriarjr
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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 psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Azpittil57
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of golf4collet
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,278 ratings