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

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #23
ABV:
6%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,129
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.17%
Reviews:
803
Ratings:
2,378
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  277
Gots
  442
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
Reviews: 803 | Ratings: 2,378 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
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
More User Reviews:
Photo of leantom
leantom from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another review of a FFF beer. How does it stack relative to Alpha King, a beer of a totally different style (i.e., APA)? Here goes:

A: Like many other FFF beers, this beer looks exquisite. Dark, pitch black with a massive four-finger head. Leaves plenty of lacing as well. The beer is very well-carbonated.

S: I can see how the beer is related to Alpha King; it's relation is in the hops. The hop profile is exactly the same as Alpha King, even though the malt profile is completely different. Beer smells very grassy and citrusy - almost like a bouquet of flowers. This initial hop smell gives way to rich chocolate/coffee malts. Interesting mixture. Both hops and malt scents would be very good stand-alone; I'm not sure how well they combine, however.

T: Very good, but I like Alpha King a little more. The hops just jell better with the APA style. However, again, the beer's still quite good. Initial grassy/flowery hops give way to a very good malt backbone composed of chocolate, toffee, and rich coffee beans. Like most FFF beers, this one is very well-balanced between the malt and the hops.

F: Very good. Well-carbonated, thick, and refreshing.

O: A very good beer. Would have again even though Alpha King is better. A good seasonal release.

Dec 06, 2014
Photo of larryi86
larryi86 from Delaware

4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 16, 2018
Photo of poibag808
poibag808 from Hawaii

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: dark black with a dirty white/light brown head. After agitating the beer I got about 1/4 inch head.

S: Roasted coffee and sweet molasses/burnt sugar.

T: You get roasted coffee upfront with some malt sweetness, then you get a nice hop bitterness on he back of your tongue.

Overall an interesting take on a porter. The hops make this a beer stand out from others porters and a must try.

Nov 27, 2011
Photo of PEBKAC
PEBKAC from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty light-hearted pour into my favorite Ommegang chalice. Dark & ruby-hued, I've seen it before. The tan head barely makes its presence known, & there is no lace to speak of. A little more viscous then I would of thought, but it's only my eyes. They lie all the time.

First off, the chocolate is very obvious. More straight up sugar then caramel, with a pleasant flowery bitterness rounding the scent out. A little simple, honestly enticing. I couldn't sense any alcohol.

Unsweetened chocolate, with a heavy measure of refined sugar, & a little butter to give it that greasy feel, it's almost like drinking fresh coco if you couldn't differentiate much between hot & cold. :P The bitterness is more assertive then hot coco, but because grandma never really made it with enough sugar(preferring to just drop the block of chocolate into the pot & get back to her novelas), it is strikingly similar. Coffee & nutty notes are subtle, but add slight complexity. Childhood memories begin to saturate my brain, but the alcohol isn't far behind.

Carbonation is strong, with the feel being greasy, but the body is moderately light & very fluid.

Someone send me a growler of this stuff next season. Too easy. :)

Mar 21, 2008
Photo of tastybeer
tastybeer from North Carolina

4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is the most unusually awesome porter. First when poured I recieved half black opaque and half dense froathy deep tan colored head. The amazingly ridiculous head fades at a quick pace into a creamy 1/8" layer. Amazing smell, my nose is going off. Extreme pleasant budding hops at first followed by malty mocha chocolate espresso. This could be the aromatherapy of the future. Taste begins hoppy, then a creamy caramel comes through followed by chocolate with coffee notes topped with more hops like crazy. FInish is, as well, out of this world. First you get nice maltiness then a pile of hops with good bitterness. Nice carbonation and very drinkable.

This is in fact not normal, but quite amazing for me.

Feb 17, 2006
Photo of shaebs99
shaebs99 from New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JLeege
JLeege from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured into an extra large snifter. Pours a very deep brown with a creamy 2 finger tan head. Good retention and lacing left behind.

Smell- Lots of coffee and chocolate malt aromas at the start. Some sweet sugar with lots of pine hops underneath.

Taste- Notes of bittersweet chocolate starts it off, with a nice roastyness, similar to a dark coffee. Fairly sweet in the middle of the drink, which must be the Mexican sugar addition. An earthy pine hop balance towards the back end to even everything out. Lots of noticably assertive hops in this porter, rather than just bitter coffee roast, in your typical porter. But this is three floyds and an x-mas "style" porter, so what do you really expect!?

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Not "hot" at all, but this feels bigger than 6%.

Overall- Another winner from Three Floyds. They are constantly re-cementing themselves as one of my favorite breweries.

Jan 07, 2011
Photo of cmoody91
cmoody91 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Mgm54
Mgm54 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Danielr26
Danielr26 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Nov 25, 2014
Photo of IPAFan521
IPAFan521 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 20, 2015
Photo of threedaggers
threedaggers from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Jan 12, 2014
Photo of tshawnob
tshawnob from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -8%

Dec 14, 2014
Photo of cubedbee
cubedbee from Maryland

4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no date, but I know it's 2005. Poured into an imperial pint, dark opaque black with a slight reddish hue, 3 fingers of light brown head, good retention, nice lacing. Smell is very very hoppy for a porter, somewhat piney, some nice dark chocolate and roasted coffee lingering. Taste is more of the same, a wonderful rich chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, all overlaid with a strong hop taste. Mouthfeel is full and rich and creamy. Very very nice porter, I love the hops, great seasonal.

Dec 10, 2005
Photo of Lunch
Lunch from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple of these over last Christmas served in a Three Floyd's shaped pint glass.

Pours a dark brown that nears on black with a couple fingers of a frothy tan head. Smells like motherfucking Christmas in a goddamn glass. Some nice Christmas spice along with roasted malt, chocolate and perhaps a hint of coffee. Smells a bit creamy as well. Taste is fairly full and creamy with chocolate, roasted malt, dark malts, and a hints of coffee. Some nice spice is there as well. Creamy carbonation and nice mouthfeel. My first ever Three Floyds beer that I found in a Philly bar several years ago is still a Christmas favorite of mine.

May 26, 2011
Photo of krisandajt
krisandajt from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was hooked up with a couple of bottles of this tasty beverage courtesy of my mother in law. I shared this bottle with some friends of mine, and one of them decided to spill it all over my pants. I don't want to mention any names (ahem...number1bum). Hopefully the second time around I will get more in my mouth and less on my apparel...

Appearance: A straight, rough pour reveals a deep, dark, black colored brew with barely a centimeter worth of coffee colored creamy head. This beer appears lifeless in my Mad Elf glass, yet I know that tasty goodness awaits.

Smell: I will admit, since this is the second time I've enjoyed this brew I kinda know what to expect. The smell is a mix of chocolate and coffee with a nice hoppy, bitter bite to it. A hoppy porter indeed.

Taste: This is just a phenomenal tasting beer. A big hit of coffee and coffee with a pronounced hop presence throughout. It's the perfect blend of bitter and sweet. An interesting take on the style, it satisfies hop head in me while simultaneously quenching my sweet tooth.

Mouthfeel: A smooth texture, light on the carbonation, nice full body. Very well done.

Drinkability: Without a doubt one of the best porters I have ever had. There's a big hit of classic porter-quality chocolate and coffee with the delicious bitterness of IPA level hops. What more can you ask for? If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend you try this beer.

Feb 06, 2010
Photo of IPx
IPx from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Nov 19, 2011
Photo of muskiesman
muskiesman from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Oct 05, 2014
Photo of zach60614
zach60614 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Jan 26, 2013
Photo of IndyDad
IndyDad from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Nov 25, 2013
Photo of kcvic
kcvic from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Dec 02, 2013
Photo of JMilk
JMilk

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 26, 2014
Photo of Zorro
Zorro from California

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones.

A jet-black porter through which light can pass through only a few millimeters on the extreme edges.

Smell is strong black coffee and a heavy dose of hops. Very deeply roasted Italian espresso to the nose with good smoky char aromas. Lots of citrus, mint, menthol and spruce and willow aromas.

Taste is creamy black coffee with quite a lot of hops in the initial sip. Nice balanced bitterness levels here but there is little chocolate, this is a coffee lover’s beer. I expected more from this one since I LOVE the Dreadnaught IPA they make but this is just a good porter taste wise.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side.

OK drinkability here but not great. An interesting beer to be sure but the Dreadnaught IPA rocked my senses; this one did not. This is a beer I will try again at another time. Maybe my mood was just not in harmony for this tonight; but I didn't like it as much as most do.

Dec 30, 2005
Photo of NCSUdo
NCSUdo from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, via jaustin72403

A: Pours a deep brown, nearly black, under a fingers worth of tan head. Pretty good retention and nice lace.

S: Smells of a light coffee, slight wood, a little bit of fruit and citrus hop. Good aroma.

T: Very nice fruity sweetness and citrus up front, followed by a mild coffee and ending in a light roasted malt and moderate roasted bitters. Citrus, mostly grapefruit, hop qualities hang around throughout. A speck of chocolate to found as well. Very good tasting porter.

M/D: Full bodied, slightly creamy, carbonation is light. Drinkability is really good on this one. Makes me think of an IPA with roasted malt. My first FFFs brew, very impressed.

Feb 03, 2008
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2378 ratings