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

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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 Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with brown head. Aroma is really fragrant and floral with nice chocolate in the background. Taste follows, really nice acacia flower notes, chocolate, slightly sweet but finishes with a nice coffee roastiness. Body is on the light side but it's quite smooth on the palate. Really nice porter, quite different from all others I tasted so far.

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Photo of jp32
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color. A dense, thick, tan colored foam sits on top. The aroma is of chocolate malts with pine-like hops in the background. It's flavor has more of the chocolate malts, backed by a subtle vanilla flavor, and a bunch more from the pine-like hops. Big piney, earthy hops in a roasted chocolate malt porter. Relatively hoppy for a porter in my opinion, but it seems to fit well with the rest of the beer. It's a good beer, I enjoyed it, but I doubt I'd get all crazy over buying it a second time.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage. Some of the dice has faded but is still moderately present. Solid Porter but nothing outstanding. A little thin on the body. Not great but something cool to drink at Christmas.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz draft pour.
A deep dark, bottomless, brown colored body floats a thin haze of tan bubbles.
Aroma is hops, like the King.
Toasty malt flavor with hints of toffee and some chocolate.
Mouth feel is thick and a little glassy, but eventually dry.
Nice in freezing temps.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz pour on tap into snifter.

A: Black body leaning toward a little brown. Lightsmall tight creamy somewhat off white head.

S: Light roasted malts adecent amount of floral hops.

T: A little bit of a maltiness followed by a muddled resin and floral hops presence that disappears quickly.

M: Leaning toward a fuller body a little creamy.

O: Very average beer not hoppy enough to make a decent black IPA and a touch too hoppy and muddled to make a decent porter.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Natty Greene's pint glass:

Look: Pours an amazing jet black color with a nice dark tan head. Lacing is present with good retention. Love the way this beer pours!

Smell: Roasted malts & chocolate are heavy with a bit of citrus and piney notes from the aggressive hopping of this porter. Enjoying the aroma of the hops added to this.

Taste: Lots of chocolate and roasted malts coming thru but also a nice bitterness from the hops shines thru. Love the addition of the hops in this porter for a different spin on a porter. Very complex for a porter but in a good way!

Feel: Medium body with a nice creaminess texture!

Overall: Rock solid porter from the crew at 3 Floyds! This is one of the best porters I have had. Lucky to get my hands on a bomber of this. I will be revisiting this one next winter.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle purchased at brewery.
A: pours a dark coca-cola brown, +1 finger light chocolate milk brown foam head, subtle stringy lacing, some carbonation.
S: chocolate, coco nibs, slightly burnt roasted malt, molasses, hints of piney hop
M: medium body with slight malty resin on tongue
T: roasted malt, molasses, cocoa nibs, pepper, piney resin, slight earthy hops taste
O: good brew and glad I tried, liked the way the chocolate malt melded with hops.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly viscous but silky dark brown and sits black in the glass with a thin layer of light brown foam.

Strong aroma of chocolate sweetness, piney and slightly citrus hop notes, a touch of roastiness, and a touch of baker's spices.

Roastiness and piney/citrusy hop bitterness comes out much more in the flavor, but the chocolate dances around as a back note and lends a balance of sweetness to the overall flavor.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, roasty and hoppy bitterness up front with a smooth and sweet chocolaty finish.

Overall, I was quite pleased with this as the spicing took a backseat to the heavy hand of hops of chocolate malt.

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Photo of Chizzlethespeez
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my first craft beer loves. I found this gem at my local liquor store and this was the only bottle of craft beer they had and they were selling it for 4$. Needless to say I bought 4. And was not disappointed. Just enough thickness and spice to keep you going back for more. Wish I bought a whole case

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Photo of Lucnifter
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3 year old bottle a buddy forgot in my cellar. Obviously past it's prime, but I can still smell and taste the promise of what this likely once was. Not terrible, despite the accidental extended aging.

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Photo of farrago
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Stevem68
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark Amber / chocolate color. Has an aroma of chocolate malts and hops. Flavor is chocolaty with slightly bitter hops and a touch of sweetness to balance. Overall this is a really nice porter.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Jaypeajus
3.12/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured very dark, rich looking with smooth creamy tan head. Started at about two fingers but dissipated within a couple minutes. At first smell, I initially lost all hope that it would be pleasant-my first thought was 'a piece of clothing drenched in cigarette smoke that was left in the cold rain for a day and then wrung into a beer bottle'; however after a bit of warming up I realized it was my fault for not letting it initially warm. Smokiness persisted but turned a bit creamy dark chocalate after ten minutes. Mouth feel was thinner than what I expected and strong coffee hints entrenched every crevice of my mouth. Overall a very interesting porter that, as always, I would have a second time before either loving or not liking. TWENTY MINUTES LATER UPDATE: After it warmed the nice sweet smokey chocolate came to life and I had to give better props to one of my favorite semi-local breweries. Lesson learned: Always let it warm up!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin, tan head. Smells of chocolate malt. A wonderful porter taste. Smokey, chocolate abound! The hops show up a plenty and linger along with the chocolate smokiness. Great medium mouthfeel which results in you wanting more. A wonderful FFF offering.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 into a Teku

L: Very dark brown with minimal lacing
S: Roasted malt, chocolate, smokiness
T: Nice bitterness, full roasted flavor, smoke, hops in there too, lots going on
F: Medium body, smooth
O: A great porter (not sure about it being Christmas specific), worth seeking out

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel like this beer doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a porter? Is it a black ale? Is it spiced? Yes to all. However, all the parts don't exactly work well together in my opinion. Not a bad beer. Just not impressive.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a large head. Good retention, great lacing.

Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and smokiness.

Taste is somewhat odd, and it may be in part the slight smoke flavor, or the fact that it's pretty hoppy for a porter, but it's also the fact that this thing is just too sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and the beer is nicely carbonated

Overall, this is a very rare disappointment for me with a Three Floyds beer. I had it last year and wanted to wait to review it this year to see if I could enjoy it more, but I can't.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark black pour with plenty of light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Nose is hoppier than I expected. Spicy, resinous hop aroma. Also plenty of chocolate and roast. The flavor profile starts bitter and hop forward. I get spice, chocolate, and a bitter bite. Medium body with somewhat more carbonation than I'd prefer. Overall a really nice porter.

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Photo of jwc215
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle - Bottled 11/11/15:

Pours black with a lasting off-white head Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of rich chocolate with picy pine/resin.

The taste is of dark chocolate with pine/resin (some citrus). Malt and hops blend well together and are both robust. Lightly roasted coffee in the finish adds balance and more complexity without clashing with the bitterness of the hops.

It has a silky smooth body.

A deliciously rich, unique malty yet hoppy, porter.A nice Christmas treat!

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Photo of Chris585
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark with a two finger or so tan head. A bit hoppy and dark malt on the nose. I have had this for a few years now just reviewing. It's different than I remember but maybe my palate has changed. A little thin from my recollections but good. Alpha King with dark roasted coffee hints and slight hop bite. Enjoyable

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Photo of Ri0
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into snifter. Very dark brown with a 3 finger tan head. Nice chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Flavor reminds me of a black ipa with big roasted malts that give it a chocolate and coffee taste. The hops are plentiful, but it works well. Feel is medium and creamy with the right carbonation. I thought this was excellent on tap and would be interested to see how it is in the bottle.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 Floyds Brewing Co. - Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter. 6% ABV. 650ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/7/15.

Look: Pours a very rich black, and settles the same. Semi aggressive pour created a small half finger mocha colored head.

Smell: Aromas of strong roast coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted dark malts, caramel, and some hops, all backed by a nice smokiness.

Feel: Viscous and creamy, with some carbonation.

Taste: Instant smoky roast coffee and sweet chocolate, with the dark roast malts, and caramel coming into the back end. The hops emerge about the same time, and mix with everything into the aftertaste.

Overall: Been waiting to try this since getting into craft beer back in September, and my brother managed to score two bottles. It sounds just like a typical Porter, until you take into account that is is brewed with hops, along with everything else. Since being so, it is a very unique brew, and actually is pretty good for a change.

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Photo of patpbr
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is brown with a tan head. The nose is mostly chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is similar to the nose and has a coffee flavor along with a hint of hops. Worth Buying

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a neat beer, but im not so sure what makes it a holiday thing. i guess i like the beers that work in certain seasons without necessarily being seasonally specific. a big malty red in fall or something instead of a pumpkin spiced beer, that kind of thing. this is that for sure. looks like its a nitro beer form the tap, it isnt, but there is a nice cascade here. smells sweet like molasses, i get the sugar aspect right away. its a cool balance to the bitter roasted barley because instead of a caramel malt middle preceding that aspect, they happen at the same time, very cool order of things. it doesnt smell or taste nearly as hopped up as advertised, although that doesnt reduce their impact. more bitter than anything else, after a little pine in the nose i suppose. hints of bitter chocolate and even a mellow smokiness at the end, almost meaty for a moment before the sugar comes back in. a high quality porter for sure, with a lighter than it is feel due to its rampant carbonation. real drinkable and tasty brew, but it doesnt necessarily say holidays to me... always a treat to try beer from these guys.

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