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

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter
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From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Style:
American Porter
Ranked #31
ABV:
6%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,721
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 10.22%
Reviews:
820
Ratings:
1,599
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 10:25 PM
Added:
Dec 06, 2002
Wants:
  278
Gots:
  444
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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Reviewed by howardnss from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Strange blend of porter and hops. More IPA taste than porter. Not what you expect when buying a porter. Some chocolate flavor while sipping and hops on the finish
Yesterday at 10:25 PM
 
Rated: 4.3 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Saturday at 03:16 PM
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Black white a dense tan head, excellent retention, web-like lacing
Deep chocolate aroma, some roast and ash, a little bit of a vinous character
Roasty, a little burnt, vinous, chocolate flavors
Medium-heavy bodied, appropriately carbonated
Really good
Friday at 08:47 PM
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
I don't see a date listed anywhere.

Appearance: It has a black body and a very large, light brown, creamy textured head. The head has very good retention and it leaves a nice coating of lacing on the glass. It is picture perfect.

Aroma: It has a fairly strong aroma of pine and burnt wood. It is very simple yet strong and enticing.

Taste: Up front there are notes of coffee and a touch of cocoa. It quickly transforms to burnt wood, basic carbon, and a touch of pine. It is interesting that it starts out with this flavor which is not sweet but tends to be more bakery-forward (cocoa and coffee) then it rapidly takes on this campfire carbon and pine. The beer finishes with notes of pine, menthol, and mint. After a while it also starts tasting like the sugar wafer cookies (no specific flavor; vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry).

Mouthfeel: It sits in the realm of a full-bodied beer but it sometimes dips into the realm of medium-full. The carbonation feels good. There is an earthy bitterness with hits of woodiness and carbon bitterness. It is very enjoyable to drink. There is a refreshing pine-like and slightly menthol-like coolness on the finish. The beer feels excellent.

Overall: This has been a very refreshing surprise. The label is a bit cryptic and only states that this is "A BIG AMERICAN CHRISTMAS PORTER BREWED WITH ENGLISH CHOCOLATE MALT, MEXICAN SUGAR AND OF COURSE, TONS OF STRANGE AMERICAN HOPS." It is a bit unique because it is well made, very flavorful, and doesn't have any additional spices or flavors added. It is quite simply, an extremely well made beer. It has a great pine and mint character which will appeal to those looking for a holiday-themed beer, and it has pleasant notes of cocoa and coffee although neither are actual ingredients. I will be buying more of this before Christmas and I very highly recommend this beer.
Thursday at 09:07 PM
 
Rated: 4.03 by gardner254 from Ohio

Wednesday at 05:04 AM
 
Rated: 3.99 by beersampler6 from Michigan

Nov 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.86 by beerrat from Virginia

Nov 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a teku. Bottle purchased as part of a 6 pack. Bottle date 9/29/22.

L- Deep onyx.

S- Very subtle roasted chocolate malt
with a very faint hop aroma.

T- Slight bitter dark cocoa flavor.

F- Very smooth mouthfeel. Good body!

O- Excellent Porter!
Nov 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by tpeters from Michigan

Nov 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.35 by DOCRW from Washington

Oct 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is excellent... Featuring English chocolate malt, Mexican sugar, and "tons of strange American hops" - this is rich, suggestive of chocolate, coffee, and dark sweet breads, but with a nice drier finish; sweetness is bigger up front, but there's a bitterness and char that keeps it in check - something almost smoky about it, too... Lightweight but full-feeling, smoothly carbonated... Really good stuff - shoulda grabbed the 6-pack instead of just two... 7.3% abv...
Oct 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by Gkruszewski from New York

Oct 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by jduprey007 from Michigan

Aug 07, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle at share. Dark brown pour with a small, fluffy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste stays the course, light bitterness with rich roasty grain flavors.
Aug 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
My wife found this in the single section of the local grocery store. A bit long in the tooth but hey, she bought me a beer!
Poured very dark brown that looks transparent but can’t see through it so hard to say. The light brown head was impressive in its height and duration.
The aroma was roasted malts and not much else, for a porter, it works for me.
The taste started with the roasted chocolate malts and transitioned to a burnt coffee or hops bitterness. Rather surprises me considering how old it is.
The feel is smooth, belying the bitterness and emphasizes the chocolate aspect.
I scored a bit higher than I might of if it was like this fresh, I’ll try it next year and revisit.
Jul 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: pours a dark opaque brown to black with a two finger tan head that dissolves to a thin ran cap. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: the aroma is yeasty, bready, and nutty.

T: The flavor is roasty malts up front with hoppy bitterness afterwards. Overall nicely balanced. Not at all sweet, despite the Mexican sugar.

F: moderately full bodied with a light carbonation tingle. The alcohol is buried beneath the malts.

O: A good solid porter, not sweet or cloying at all. Fairly strong, though, so watch out.
Apr 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Mar 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Mar 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by KT3418 from Colorado

Mar 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by MilaMila from Massachusetts

Feb 12, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Feb 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.97 by Dave2234 from Minnesota

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown with a tall foamy tan head and heavy lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and chocolate.

Tastes of toasted malt, bitter coffee and chocolate. These tastes sweeten as the glass warms but this still has a slightly bitter finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Clean dry mouthfeel.

Over all this is a good brew that is less sweet than typical porters.
Jan 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Jan 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.12 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jan 08, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: It pours very dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: There are chocolate aromas with citrus hops and roast. There is a very low burnt quality to it with some floral notes.

Taste: It has plenty of roast in the flavor with a bit of chocolate. There are citrus elements with some light floral and low pine. There is a very low burnt element well into the background.

Feel: It has a medium full body with plenty of bitterness in the finish. There is a slight edge to the roast in the finish, but not harsh.

Overall, it almost drinks like a black IPA, but the roast certainly makes is a worthwhile porter.
Jan 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by illtexzona from Illinois

Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by DDiFran from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: So dark it’s almost opaque. Wispy tan head. Slight lace
S: chocolate with a slight coffee
T: chocolate molasses coffee licorice with just a bit of hop in the finish. Gets better as it warms
F: rich and chewy just like you’d want from a good porter
O: solid porter. Nice change from the honey and cinnamon Christmas beers
Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.01 by ravger from Illinois

Dec 27, 2021
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From wife’s uncle, shared at family Christmas. Tasty.
Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 10-16-20. Not a bad Porter. Sweet scents of roasted malt and chocolate. Sweet, chocolatey, hint of a cinnamon spiciness and a little smokiness. Medium bodied. Stronger than your average Porter. Good.
Dec 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.07 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Black in color with no light penetration. There’s an inch of densely packed brown foam on top. Heavy, soapy lacing. The aroma is of black licorice, dark malt, piney hops, and cocoa powder. I’m tasting piney hops, cocoa powder, and black licorice. The mouth is dry, moderately carbonated, and dense.
Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.67 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Dec 22, 2021
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Solid black appearance with a very thin light tan head.
Medium light carbonation with a slightly thin body yet it still comes off as a very nice feel.
Aroma is dark bakers chocolate, coffee,malt
Taste is malt,black coffee,espresso beans, dark chocolate cake. Theres a hop,coffee bitter bite that keeps this from being a cloying dessert beer.
Overall this was an excellent beer that I hope to try again.
Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by Boone757 from Virginia

Dec 21, 2021
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 10/01/21. Poured at 51°. IP trade with Bob from Ohio yesterday. Mixed bubbles, dark tan head; very good cap retention; heavy ring, heavy minus lacing; dark brown body, very little clarity under cap; no legs. Sweet malt and fruity fresh hops nose. Mild bitter hops/roast malt malt; semi sweet malt base; chocolate; fruity hop finish. Medium minus body; no warmth from 6% abv; moderate minus carbonation. A tasty hoppy porter; interesting hoppy and sweet (Mexican sugar) linger; not your average Porter - different, and I like!
Dec 14, 2021
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
good stuff from a fine outfit. definitely worth a try. i agree with the reviews that say this is more black ipa than porter although i guess that could be a quibble. definitely heavier on the hops than a usual porter. But tasty no matter what you call it.
L: From the bottle & it's stylish
S: I'm getting mostly coffee from the bottle, with a little sugar. could easily show more notes if poured. maybe next time.
T: tasty & complex. smoky. more bitterness than a "porter". black ipa seems more appropriate. roasty notes.
F; smooth and rich.
O: definitely worth your time. flavor is strong & heavy - not sure how many i could work through but i'd enjoy the effort.
Dec 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.53 by 98green from Michigan

Dec 11, 2021
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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