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
Ratings:
2,226
Reviews:
758
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
282
Gots:
402
For Trade:
17
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Photo of LacquerHead
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great porter. My favorite so far.

A: really dark brown, almost black with a roasted brown head.

T: At first some hoppy flavors showed up. But the malt quickly took over. It had roasted malt flavor that matched the smell. There was a presence of bitter chocolate. It also had a light coffee flavor.

I could drink this all night.

Overall: for me, this porter was perfect. Well rounded and very tasty.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DCon
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a 22 FL OZ - 650 ML bottle of this in a trade w/ mdvatab. Poured from the Bright Orange/Green Labeled bottle w/ Yellow dots, Alpha King's cousin (Alpha Klaus) wearing a Santa Claus hat & festive ornaments drawn around the bottle into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Does not have a freshness date like all FFF's brews but know its from this past season so not worried.

Aroma- Has only a bit of roast in the aroma. The hops hit the nose hard (like many FFF beers) and overpower this one. Can't say I don't mind this either!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that is dark tan and has great retention. Has an opaque brown colored body and can't see through it, even while put up to the light. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of roast from the beginning of the drink and then the awesome American hops come in the middle and take this one over. Has a very dry finish with a medium-high bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Slight burnt taste, and stays roasty on the palate. The one "true" category for this style.

Overall Impression- This one was all over the place! Of course the average FFF hops are used but they are quite overpowering in many categories. Still appreciated the brew and will be checking it off of my list of beers enjoyed by my favorite brewery. Thanks Mark!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ZPB
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A shared bottle with father-in-law and brother-in-law, thanks George for finding this one!

Poured into three tall glasses with a tan head that lingered quite a while. A beautiful black opaque color.

Smells of roasty malty goodness. Not the typical scents of a porter - very little chocolate or coffee.

When the liquid hit my tongue I immediately knew why the smell was different. It tasted like a black ipa. The roasted malts were hidden behind the hops.

Dry finish like an ipa, not a porter.

I know why they call this a 'cousin' the ipa, because that's what it is. Good, not great. A Black IPA not a porter. I would not need to drink again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of falconxman
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Killian's Mug. Paired with BBQ beef and baked beans.

A) Very dark. Hold it up to the light and there's a hint of some caramel color. Head similar to coffee with lots of lacing as it dissipates.

S) Chocolate, malt, coffee. Porter goodness.

T) "It's not normal" sounds about right. Could definitely taste the malts with a slight bitter aftertaste. And then there's a bite of hops. A little pine, too.

M) Smooth with a little bite.

O) For a porter, this goes down really nice. Great looking with an interesting taste. Try it with a little BBQ for a cornucopia of flavors.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,226 ratings.
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