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

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

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

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Photo of ClePaul
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyd's Alpha Klaus

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 89/100

Great American Porter that drinks much more like a Black IPA, rich, malty and hoppy. Has a great feel for 6% Light spice. Although it's really good/almost great. Doesn't set itself apart from a 'subliminally self-righteous' worth grabbing if you see it. That said, I wouldn't seek it out specifically~

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, big tan/brownish head. Big aroma spewing forth, coffee some chocolate notes and the hops, oh yes the hops you expect from any Three Floyds brew. On the tongue you have a magnificent porter, with all the roast you want plus all those citrusy/piney hops you come to expect from 3F's. Love it. I'm still sad over the fact that I can no longer easily get their beers here in VA but I do respect them for pulling back distribution to better serve the folks at their home. You want a big aggressive porter, this is it.

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Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sent down from the land between the lakes - probably not sufficiently settled, but here goes:

a: pint serving, healthy mocha head coats the black beer below, retention is strong

s: first impression - American hops dipped in semisweet chocolate, caramel structure complimented by layers of roast and sweet grapefruit hops, licorice, more dark chocolate

m: carbonation smooth, medium-full bodied

t: chocolate coated tropical hop nuggets sit atop a bed of well roasted barley, underlying caramel rolled in dark chocolate, hop flavors of fresh grapefruit, more of the astringent side of the roasts comes out towards the finish with a lingering citrus peel bitterness, expertly pulled off without the hop-roast clash I was expecting

d: pretty unique porter that's a pleasure to drink

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Photo of faernt
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Hops! Hops in coffee! I get the pineyness of Anchor's Our Christmas Ale but then it's a big porter blast. This is an unapologetically ambiguous beer.

It starts as an opaque pour wiht a fine-bubbled, smallish head. The aroma is hoppy so I expect hop. The taste is burnt' It's coffee but the hop seems to bring out sweet. It belches hop and tastes espresso.

Ambiguity in American culture is seldom pondered. This beer is doing a noteworthy nonverbal job. It doesn't speak but it demands I do. I will seek this out next Christmas. Onece again, Three Floyds makes it big with me. It's a pleasure dto live close by.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We pop a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows a deep, smoldering molasses coloring that blocks out most light, even when held directly to it. A two finger head of mocha colored foam is produced, retaining excellently. Sheeted walls of lacing slowly etch themselves along the sides of our drinking vessels, and a stout, oily barrier separates the liquid from the rest of the world for the remainder of the tasting. No haze or sediment is appreciated, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose fills with sweetly floral, citric, and soapy hoppiness, toasted pine nuts, richly roasted chocolate maltiness, aluminum and coin, sweaty yeastiness, wet and fragrant rose petals, espresso beans, thyme and oregano, dried tobacco leafiness, charred marshmallows, chocolate wafers, vanilla cream icing, powdered Graham crackers, and pecan pie butteriness. This translates excellently into flavoring, showing notes of deeply roasted, but decently sweet, chocolate and coffee maltiness, crystal maltiness, floral, piney, and soapy hop brightness, molasses and soy sauce metallics, burnt marshmallow and burnt toothpick woodiness, salted caramel, slate and board chalk, mild spice of cinnamon and black pepper, lemon juice acidity, earthen grit, truffle oil, watered teriyaki sauce, and light fruitiness of raspberry jam puck. The aftertaste draws out a long char, like drawing off the back of a dusty, well-used pipe. The body is medium, but still highly silky and oily, while the carbonation is soft and medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and cleansing finishing pop. With a swirl around the mouth things get even more foamy, coating it thoroughly before dripping into the mildest chalky dryness and puck. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears quite quickly.

Overall, Alpha Klaus sure has some hidden smokiness up its sleeves. At first you don’t really get it. Things remain all about the hops, and the balancing sweetness of your nicely warming base porter, which is superb. Once temperatures start to rise, however, is when the grain begins to show its true form. This particular component is more true through the taste, but in the nose, the hops enhance even further, taking center stage. These hops show off just enough evergreen hoppiness to keep things decidedly in the Xmas spirit. Speaking stylistically, this is a wonderful, true hybrid. It has all of the amazing hoppiness and oily bite of your best black ales or black IPAs, but with a much, much greater and tastier base porter to build off of.

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Photo of sacfly
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque black. Thick brown head of medium and large bubbles. Aroma is pine, then fades to burnt grain. Taste is roasted barley coffee with a burnt black patent bite that transitions to a hoppy pine bitterness in the aftertaste. Flavorful and interesting highly hopped porter. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bottle of 2004.
Basically brilliant. Very dark, deep ruby when held up to the light, huge fluffy head of sparkling tan large bubbles.
Smelled and tasted of rich, deep, dark chocolate. Not sweet to start, very dry. But chocolate dominated, with a bready middle, and a stout like bitterness in the finish.
Very much a medium, actually not as thick as I expected, gave some tingle on the sides of the tongue and mouth.
You could taste the alcohol, but still very drinkable. I would like to have more of this beer. Sad that FFF can't be had around here.


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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeMayo
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown and opaque with a thick, lingering head

S- The bright smell of the hops comes through before the dark, caramelly malt aromas

T- Very malty with notes of brown sugar, cocoa and caramel. A surprising hop kick: a floral flavor followed by a bitterness to round out the beer.

M- Mildly carbonated and thick

D- A slow sipper, but definately drinkable (AND delicious)

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Photo of farrago
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Generous three finger head, very dark brown in color with a high number of larger bubbles which continuously pop across the surface, the retention is quite respectable and the lacing forms wide and lengthy splotches with serious stickiness. Maybe a hint of brown in the otherwise black and opaque liquid, near the glass sides you see active tiny bubbles rise upwards. Dark chocolate and a heavy roast dominate the nose, vanilla, coconut flakes, Brazil nuts, some campfire smoke which complements the wet wood and grass notes, curious amount of white grape and peach among the plum, cherry fruit scents, ends with something along the lines of cayenne pepper. In the mouth it is medium-bodied with carbonation that is more creamy than prickly, the roast and toast set the tone early and evoke bitter chocolate, coffee and wood ember notes. There is a cola bean and vanilla element, close to licorice, gets more piney as it finishes. At the same time the herbal qualities linger most at the end, having it veer oddly into bitter territory. Any fruit flavors are dark in taste and otherwise indistinct. Again, there is a hot pepper spiciness going on. Beguiling and not over the top so it remains both complex and drinkable.

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Photo of dustified1234567
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with unlimited head.

S- Smell was hard for me to distinguish but a little bit of coffee or chocolate.

T- Molases or coffee somewhere in between those.

M- Thick and very carbonated.

D- The only reason that this beer got a 4 for the drinkability is because of all of the foam it was hard to drink for like twenty minutes. I would recommend this because it was a good sit down and relax beer.

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Photo of leantom
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of nvsblman
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a thick, coffee colored head. Great roasty aroma with coffee, chocolate, earthy hops, and a little bit of something herbal in the background. Maybe mint? Really complex flavor with a mix of brown sugar, coffee, and chocolate primarily. There's a nice, strong hoppiness without being a citrusy hop bomb. Also noticing a bit of the herbal note in the flavor. Well carbonated and medium bodied. This is a really flavorful and enjoyable beer!

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Photo of oakbluff
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade with Viggo. Thanks man!! This is a beer with a lot going on. Holy crap! Unbelievable hop nose to this beer- just like an IPA. Not what I expected for a porter. I can also smell chocolate and a little smoke. Decent initial head that fades away quickly. Color is dark rich porter. First sip is of oily hops with a chocolate background. This is as oily as some of the larger barelywines I’ve had. That’s a real feat for a 7.5% porter! Even though there’s a shitload of hops here- they are not out of place. NOt overly astringent, just a flavourable balance with the sweetness of the malt. The malt is very rich and reminds me somewhat of a impy stout moreso than a traditional porter. no matter- it is delicious. At first I thought this would be a real slow sipper, but I really gained speed plowing through this treat. First rate brew- hope to try again one day.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle shared by photomike. Black with a medium beige head. The aroma is just outstanding; a mix of potent tropical fruit hoppiness (mostly pineapple, with a good dose of ripe grapefruit) and subtle dark chocolate. If you close your eyes, you might almost think IPA, but the chocolate is also unmistakable. The flavor also has plenty of tropical fruit and dark chocolate, with a dry, earthy, almost smokey quality as well. The finish is dry and earthy with a medium bitterness that isn't nearly as intense as the hop aroma and flavor. Not nearly as thick thick or sweet as I had expected, and I really like that. This drinks much easier than you might think, in a sharp departure from a certain stout that FFF makes, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. This was an awesome and pretty unique beer. Reminded me of Stone 11th, but more toward the porter end of the continuum.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this at its “Release Party” at the Map Room, courtesy of Nick Floyd. Solid brown body, with a thin, lacy head. Very low alcohol taste, but that's only the perception. Rides the very thin line between chewy and watery mouthfeel like a porter should, but with the addition of the 3 Floyds “mouth full of hop pellets” effect. Hop effect can’t help but overrun the chocolate malt taste. Starts out somewhat grapefruitty, but then hangs around when you’ve finished to playfully bitch slap your uvula!

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Photo of allenson21
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONUMello
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown, almost black with a 1.5 finger head that lingers for a while
S: As others have said- lots of roasted malt, cocoa and some smoke
T: Matches the nose though smokier. Still lots of malt, some cocoa and a bit of hops
M: Medium-bodied, round, creamy
O: Also like others have mentioned nothing reminiscent of most Christmas ales but this is very well made and enjoyable to sip on a cold winter day

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Photo of WKyle
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drabmuh
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No date on the bottle but I'll assume it was from this season, extra in a trade. Beer is black and forms a thick brown head of small and medium bubbles that slowly falls away leaving a ton of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and thin.

Beer is medium to low in body, slight roast / smoke on the back end. Some sweetness up front, easy drinking and smooth. Second taste, really high drinkability. A slight aftertaste is building. Not a lot of bitterness. Its a great porter for sure.

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Photo of NMA
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudylaw
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Local Option

I've been on the hunt for this concoction for quite some time, and now it's relatively easy to find bottled, but I wanted to taste it on draft. I was rewarded a few weeks back at Local Option.

It pours dark black... like you're hiding in the shadows, trying not to be seen. Smells like a seasonal should -- chocolate, hazelnut and like the reviews below me say, pine. Definitely piney.

It tastes like it smells and if you've ever had a FFF beer in your life, you can taste it's signature, hoppy taste. Chocolate and hazelnuts come through with a wallop to your taste buds. There's that delicious pine again. There's also a little smoke here as well. Not a raging fire though, more like a smoldering flame.

It's a thick beer, but not medicine thick. Heavy, but doesn't weigh you down... like a small burden you can shrug off... allowing you to go back for seconds.

I've also enjoyed this bottled, so don't feel bad if you can't find this on tap anywhere. The experience is just as good at home, provided you give it the respect it deserves by enjoying it slowly with friends.

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Photo of zjungleist
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First of '06. This looks great. Pours damn near black, with a hefty mocha head. Smells heavily of malts, hops, and maybe some spice or something. The flavor has a karate chop of roasted malts and a meaty portion of hops. As my palate adjusts the the intense taste, bittersweet chocolate and espresso come through. There is also that "something" that I can't put my finger on. It may be just a spicy hop. The mouthfeel is thick and foamy and slighly astringent. A strong sipper, in my opinion. A great way to start the year.

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Photo of soper2000
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My roommate and I picked up a sixtle of this among other offerings at FFF, I decided that 2004 edition especially on-tap merited a rereview. Pulled the beer into my Sam Smith pint glass. Pours a nice black with the edges turning a beautiful ruby when held up to a light. The 2 finger head ever so gently fades into a tan lacing. Aroma is a little weaker than last years but coffee, chocolate, and "sticky" hops meld to form an intoxicating aroma. Taste has a slightly harsh finish but has the same attributes as the nose. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Overall this is a great beer but it could use a little time to mellow out the finish before coming something legendary.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,262 ratings
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