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
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:
#1,959
Reviews:
767
Ratings:
2,269
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of darktronica
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one of Three Floyd's Wild Rides. Looks like a marvelous, full-bodied porter with a finger of creamy head, but the nose is, true to form, Not Normal™. Plenty of roasted malt, but also with generous notes of juniper and other botanicals; the holiday spirit captured in the glass is less cider spice and more mistletoe. The finish, however, resolves itself into more of a standard American porter. Very interesting, and I can see how it would strongly appeal to some people, but it's not quite in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark mahogany with just a tiny bit of light getting through. Carbonation is low and the head is tan and quite thin. The nose offers some mild toasted malt and chocolate notes with a hint of cedar.

Flavors are definitely on the mark. Rich, creamy toasted malt with a bit of a sharp hop bite starting at mid-palate that doesn't really serve this particular style all that well. Mouthfeel is quite creamy for a porter. You get flavors of coffee, bakers chocolate, and a slight bit of orange rind from the hops. A terrific beer that, in my opinion, is a bit too hopped for this style. It's very subtle, but the flavors tend to be just a bit too bitter on the finish. Still worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black hue with large frothy light brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Full body with creamy texture and flat carbonation. Aroma and flavor of heavy roasted, molasses and vanilla. Long full complex sweet flavor with moderate sweet finish of long duration. May be the best of style.

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Photo of VaporDome
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don’t quite grasp the hype surrounding this beer. It’s quite good but I don’t see why it’s worth paying so much for it when equally or better brews like the Fitz, Tommy, and Great Dane’s Cascade or Black Earth are available for half the price.

Pours a bronzed cocoa with moderately lasting sticky white-brown head.

Smells of citrus hops and cocoa, dark roasted malts and grape fruit. Also bits of anise.

Tastes cakey but also of iced down chocolate milk. A bit thinner than I would like, fluffier too. I want cream and am only getting iced milk. Sweet front, dry finish.

Very drinkable.

I’ll pick of a bottle of this and try it again soon. Maybe their was something wrong with the keg I had or my taste buds that night but like I said, I don’t get the hype.

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Photo of Ssippisam
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregf51
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DovaliHops
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a medium off-white head. Scent is very hoppy...wasn't expecting that. Very hoppy with some roasted malt aroma with a hint of Christmas spice. Taste is not as hoppy as the nose implies. Roasted malt flavors with a bit of chocolate. Some piney hop flavors and just a bit of spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied...not as thick as I was hoping. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this does not taste like a typical American Porter to me. Drinks more like a black IPA.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with a frothy almond. Scent of dark chocolate, roasted malts, dank hops and coffee beans. Taste of roasted malts, coffee beans, dank hops, chocolate and dry dark fruit. A little harsh until it warms up a few degrees.

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Photo of Kyrojack
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm very impressed with this beer. It is slightly hoppy and extremely roast-y without a tremendous amount of chocolate or coffee. It reminds me a great deal of Founder's Black Rye, which I tremendously enjoy.

Color is a dark black, but is not the inky-black of imperial porters. As the beer went from bottle to glass, it appeared more of a light brown. Aroma is lightly of centennial hops, superceded by pleasing chocolate malt roastiness. Flavor is very dry and roasty, but not too cholate-y or coffee-ish. The dryness is great, and reminsicent of Founder's Black Rye to me. Mouthfeel is almost "chalky," perhaps due to the dry character of this beer, but somehow matches the flavors I'm detecting. Quite drinkable.

I've been saving this beer for the right occasion where I can properly enjoy this beer, and this afternoon in front of March Madness is it.

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Photo of SkinniePost
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Kubrickx
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a lot going on in this beer for a porter. It pours extremely dark, with a two-finger deep head on it. The head settled down and would create a nice steady lace throughout the glass. The aroma is a very mild spruce, with burnt malts in the background. The tongue comes across as a cornocopia of dark choocolate, Christmas tree, malts, sweet hops, and smokey goodness. The carbonation is perfect for a porter, enough to know it is there and bring out the flavors, but not too much so that it keeps the flavors from reaching the tongue with fizz. But good God, I think I actually found a Christmas/Holiday/Celebration beer I found myself wanting to drink.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle tried 30 Dec 2007. Courtesy of Phil, thanks!

Large brown foamy head. Medium carbonation. Very dark brown, almost black in color. Aroma is of sweet chocolate milk and eggnog spices, reminiscent of this years OSA. Lots of roastiness, coffee, chocolate. Finish is more of the same with ethanol making a presence. Milky in texture, medium to heavy body.

Very easy to drink.

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

Photo of CGMLS3
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of vinny21bal
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,269 ratings