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:
#1,843
Reviews:
766
Ratings:
2,262
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
281
Gots:
419
Trade:
18
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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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Photo of nwhittin
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bum4ever
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of roasted malts with a light to moderate aroma of chocolate malts + cocoa. Moderate to strong aromas of pine, herbal, spicy, and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted malts with a light to moderate flavor of chocolate malts + coffee + cocoa. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine, herbal, spicy, and earthy hops as well as light to moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit zest + citrus/grapefruit pith hops. There is a slightly stronger than moderate amount of roasty + hoppy bitterness in the finish which lingers for a long time.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very enjoyable and this bottle is just about a year old (stored in the back of the fridge for the majority of the time). Really well hidden alcohol and a slightly lighter than expected mouthfeel but a really delicious combination of hops flavors + aromas balancing the strong malts. A slow sipper for me.

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Photo of DrunkenSuperman
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SBlobaum
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckpalka
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At only 6.00% ABV and being a porter an 11oz pour in a Tulip glass I thought was a little unusual. But that being said, this is an excellent beer. Obviously nice black color, with a tan head that didn't last long. Sutle floral smell with a easy chocolate coffee taste and without any bitterness. Easy drinking. Very nice.

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Photo of travelguy
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought one 650ML to try. Smell is definitely citrus hops and malt. Taste has the hops more subdued by the dark flavors of a Porter beer like chocolate and coffee. Taste is consistent thru the mouthful, not too carbonated and well blended. Finish is clean with little aftertaste.

Bottom line, if you enjoy the citrus hops that 3 Floyds uses in their beers, you should also enjoy this one too. Personally i was looking for a more traditional Porter taste, but then again this is 3 Floyds, and even the bottle has the message 'Is Not Normal'. Overall beer had a well blended feel and good taste too-- an interesting take on a Porter for sure.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T101603
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eppie82
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lelampp
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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