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

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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
Ranking:
#1,753
Reviews:
758
Ratings:
2,226
pDev:
10.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
281
Gots:
402
Trade:
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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Homerbag
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a Christmas gift from a very nice brother in law. Served in pint "boot" that was also a gift.

Dark black, no light passing through with thick mocca head.
Smells like Christmas. Piney, smoke, chocolate, hazlenut all in great balance.
Taste is prefect for the holidays. Nice piney hop bite throughout sublte undertones of chocolate and smokey hazlenut.
Feels slick, with enough coating to let the flavors soak for a bit.
This is a great choice for the holidays and another reason to go to Indiana, not that there is many, but this is one.

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Photo of dtm426
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poure dinto my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice rich dark brown hue with a creamy two finger mocha head that never goes away. No, this slumps down to a solid fat finger leaving sticky lacing in its wake and never goes lower than that.

S - Woah..this is fun aromas. Chocolate, light anise notes, sweet sugars, and an assortment of hop notes. Light pine, citrus (oranges, lemons), spicy hops. This is like some weird black IPA porter thing. Really was not expecting hops here.

T - Taste is just as fun as the nose, though MUCH more roasty. Tons of roast here, almost burnt and smoky. Dark chocolate, acrid coffee, sweet malts/sugar. Big pine notes, resinous, spicy hops, citrus hops. I second what another viewer said...this is like a cross between a stout and a black IPA.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, works great with the style, light prickly/spicy carbonation.

O - Overall, this was not what I was expecting at all. Its definitely not your average porter, and its much more smokey than your run of the mill black IPA. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of tpd975
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Really nice looking brew. Pours a dark cola brown/black with tinges of cherry red poking thru. A big fluffy 3 finger head builds before dying down to a collar that leaves behind lovely layered lacing, and an oily film.

S: Not as big on aroma as I would have liked, but what I smelled I did enjoy. Nice toasted malts coming at you in waves of dark chocolate with a bit of coffee. Just as you start to enjoy the malty goodness, the hops come cutting thru. The hops yield a nice citrus touch that has an almost floral/green characteristic to them.

T: Man I love 3 Floyds. This one has a wonderful taste from the start. They have built one solid porter here. Tons of burnt cocoa with touches of coffee and smoke. Sweet molasses and a touch of dark fruit make up the middle. Just as you think the flavor will fade into malty oblivion you are smacked across the face by the hops. Tons of floral bitter green c hops come at you in waves of sweet yet bitter citrus fruit. It is like no other porter I have had before. (Go figure coming from 3 Floyds)

M: Medium in body with a lively amount of carbonation. It really clings and allows you to enjoy how multi-dimensional this beer is.

D: Rather drinkable. No hint of the ABV, just malty hoppy goodness in a bottle.

Overall: This is one of those love it or hate it brews. Some of the porter traditionalists will hate what 3 Floyd's has done to this porter. On the other hand I am one of those guys who love brewers who push the envelope. As we know 3 Floyd's never shies away from doing just that. This beer without the blast of hops would be good. I feel as though the added hops bring it to a different level though. That level will be loved by some and hated by others. I find myself in the former group rather than the latter.

I loved Stone 11 for the same reason I love this beer. You can't go wrong with a dark malty brew that has been nitro fueled by the addition of a ridiculous amount of hops for the style.

3 Floyd's keep doing what you do. I'm lovin' it!

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Photo of t8dd
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kraty1
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dnjmed
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a nonic. Just purchased the last 2 at Kimbark Liquors in Hyde Park.

A: Very dark. I got very little, if any, light coming through. Had a large, substantial, and fluffy brownish head. Almost caramel-colored. It looks beautiful.

S: Roasted malts. dark chocolate. plus those iconic FFF hops. Hop aroma is distinctly reminiscent of alpha king. overall impression of the smell is piney plus roasted coffee with a chocolate tinge that just screams Christmas time to me. A porter underneath alpha king, perfect for winter.

T: Subtle coffee and dark chocolate notes. Prominent but not overbearing hops (a citrus mix that turns into pine for me). The aroma is better balanced, but I still enjoy the taste a lot.

M: Mouth feel is lighter than you would expect from looking at it. Makes it more drinkable, though I wouldn't mind this being a sipper.

D: Much more drinkable than I expected. Goes down almost too easily. The hops keep it refreshing.

Currently one of my favorite beers (I had a couple last year too). Try it with your christmas ham.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JDV and pintsized for sharing.

A-Almost looks like a cola to me. Black with carbonation bubbles running up the side. Head didn't stick around.
S-Chocolate, molasses, slightly floral hoppiness, and a little bit minty
T-Nice roasted malt, chocolate, some licorice, floral hop increases as it warms. Very tasty.
M-Crisp in the mouth, medium to full body, maybe a little over carbonated
D-I would have hogged the whole bomber if they had let me. This review should also be considered an ISO for Alpha Klaus Porter.

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Photo of gibgink
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a pleasant departure from the normal assortment of porters that are out there. I picked up hops and Christmas spices on the nose. This is really the first beer I've had where the hop presence was in the taste, but not in a dominating(unpleasant for me) manner. Overall a good beer, would have again.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pure, dark, black. Nice one and a half inch pillowy toffee colored head that fades into a thin cap and leaves behind some sparse lacing.

S: Does not smell like any porter I am familiar with, but then again this is a Three Floyds beer. Smells a hell of a lot like Alpha King at first then opens up to fresh ground coffee, roasted oats and slight heavy cream

T/MF: Very roasty, malts are very present which the aroma would not really lead you to believe. Taste reminds me a bit of Surly's Coffee Bender but with a bigger hop character. The hops are what really define this beer but the dark roasted malts also play a part, though not nearly as much as other American porters, but considering this amount of hops in this beer is he malts that you can detect in this beer almost makes it seem balanced. Medium bodied, very chewy, good, substantial feel.

D: The unique taste alone is enough to keep you coming back for more, time and time again. But the balance displayed by such an incredibly hopped up porter makes this beer a thing of beauty.

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Photo of thedrewski86
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at 3Floyds last night. Had about a 1/2" light tan head, very tight carbonation. Left a good amount lacing. Smells like fruit, spices. Tastes somewhat sweet, roasty, chocolaty and malty. After spending a half hour riding to the bar in 35 degree weather on my motorcycle, this was very warming! After the first sip, you feel much better. The mouthfeel lost a little in my opinion, there was less carbonation than I expected and it felt a little slick going down. Almost oily. I got used to it though, honestly I wouldn't change a thing about this beer. I could easily spend a snowy afternoon drinking these over at 3F!

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Photo of EuellGophar
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaszucs
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of betsona
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage 22oz bottle poured into a 12oz snifter.

A- Black with a mocha head that disappears, turn away for a second and it is gone. Ever so slight lacing of head.

S- Strong molasses with a slight hint of citrus hops. Hints of espresso also come through the longer it sits.

T- Warms me up on a snowy evening in February. Plenty of roasted malt at the front gives way to a pleasant citrus taste. Also a little bitter chocolate comes through.

M- little to no carbonation. A nice body that is pleasant on he tongue.

D- I look forward to next years release. It is a enjoyable porter with a nice hop. I gladly pick one up every time I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark black with a frothy, pretty mocha head. On the nose there is a deep pine mixed with roasted coffee. On the tongue the roasted malt and coffee come to the fore with a bit of hop bitterness at the back. In the mouth, it's pretty similar to Alpha King, a bit of a buzzsaw, which works pretty well here but cuts down a bit on the drinkability. Overall I'm a big fan.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer produces a mountain of dense, tan head that requires a very careful pour. Head rentention is excellent. The body is very black but has quite a few shades of red. This is an excellent looking porter.

Rich espresso and chocolate aromas immediately fill the nostrils when sniffing this beer. The strong coffee aromas eventually present brief bitterness before a very pleasant hop smell. Simply put, this is the way a porter should smell.

Oddly, very strong hops start this beer off prickling the tongue and providing more bitterness than expected. Long afterwards, the rich flavors typical to a porter close in. Rich chocolate, a strong earth presence and a faint caramel-flavored coffee tastes provide a long finish. This porter is definitely unique in presentation.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, presents a nice viscous feel and leaves a healthy coating behind after each sip.

Drinkability is good but this beer requires some concentration to fully enjoy. It is very flavorful but almost too heavy to drink in large quantities.

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Photo of Wildman
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured very dark with ruby background. If formed a light tan head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of roasted malts and flora hops, with some coffee and chocolate elements to it. The flavor was of malt, hops, coffee and anise. The finish is a touch astrigent and creates an interesting aspect to the overall body. A rather unique porter.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque blackish brown, full finger of foamy beige foam slowly gives way to a moderate sticky ring of lacing, spotted coating also hangs on for the ride. Aromas are primarily roasty espresso and bittersweet chocolate, sweet and malty, pleasant hoppiness also present. Taste is also sweet, rich coffee and chocolate flavors, light bitterness, hops are more subtle in taste than in the nose. Mouthfeel is light to moderately bodied paired with medium levels of carbonation, washes down super smooth. Delectable beer, very drinkable and enjoyable, Will purchase the next release.

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brian700
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours black with a big brown head. There is pretty good lacing going on.

The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt.

The flavor is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, mild alcohol presence. There is some hop finish that cleanses the palate a bit and gets your mouth ready for the next drink.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium/moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable porter. I would like to try this one again.

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Photo of cracker
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First this is a damn good beer. Pours a dark opaque black color with a faint creamy head. The aroma is to kill for. I've never smelled such fresh piney resins in a bottled beer. It's as if this beer were served on draft at the brewery. It clearly has benefited from late hop additions and dry hopping. Fresh, fresh , fresh. Somewhat of a subtle touch of sweet molasses aroma. Taste is of warming alcohol and an overwhelming yet delightful dry dark chocolate presence. Lots of bittering hops which linger as an aftertaste which is pleasant nevertheless. Well balanced despite being hop heavy. Chocolate malts back it up adequately. A wonderful seasonal beer. Oh I love this time of the year!!!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recommend that this Porter recipe be indoctrinated into the year round offerings by 3Fs. It is a solid "run of the mill" Porter....nothing fancy...just outstanding. The beer poured an opaque dark with ecru head that left a nice laceing. The scent was subtle earth and peat...did not get much hops. The taste was a wonderful, what I would call, standard porter. There was subtle hints of earth/peat and a very faint touch of pepper. The mouthfeel was medium in body and very creamy....there was smooth carbonation. Overall....the best nonchalant porter I have ever had!

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Photo of gordavidson
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A deep dark brown that is borderline black. The light to medium brown head is thick and creamy is comes right back with a swirl. This looks fantastic.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, grassy and citrusy hops, and that distinctive Three Floyds smell. Very appealing and unique for a porter.

T- Sweet, very roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a nice hoppy edge. This is pretty robust and the sweetness is great.

M- Sweet and pretty smooth with a roasty aftertaste. Not all that clean, but I wouldn't have it another way.

D- A unique take on the style and the alcohol is nicely hidden. A nice holiday treat.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,226 ratings
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