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%
 
 
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282
Gots:
402
For Trade:
16
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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chocolate pour, slight head diminishes quickly. Nose of chocolate and roasted coffee. Deep rich mouthfeel, Taste of that chocolate and roasted coffee. Easily enjoyable as well as easily drinkable, this brew I can recommend to everyone, introduce the world to the Three Floyds Brewery!

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Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dwduncan2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Big thanks to Gratefulbeerhead for this one, Cheers Eric!

Deep dark brown, may be mistaken for black if not held to the light. Dark brown sugar head stand two fingers tall.. Head recedes rather quickly leaving a slight cap and moderate lacing behind.

First and foremost I was not expecting this kind of hop contribution. The brighter citrusy hops really stand out. Moderate levels of roasted malt, appropriate for the style, blends with cocoa and slight java aromas. The constrasting aromas really work well.

Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and espresso roll across the tongue. The citrus hop flavor lightens the flavor as it follows just behind. Hints of caramel linger on the back of the palate.

Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate though adequate. The sweetness linger on the tongue just a bit making the finish slightly long.

Very nice beer. Better than many porters but does not quite reach the top tier. This is one I would seek out on occasion if it were available locally. Worth a try.

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Photo of Sturmthis
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Emtcraftbeerfan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CummingsK21
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NvMyBeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikey711
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from phone notes. Enjoyed a 2008 bottle during christmas.

A: Deep brown with a fluffly tannish white colored head. A bit more head than I would have liked but it held pretty well and left good lace

S: Some notes of chocolate and roast but really not all that aromatic

T: Despite the lack of aroma, this tasted great. Rich bitter chocolate, some nice roasted flavors and a slight hint of caramel. Also had some nice cinnamon notes too

M: Very full bodied but there was a slight bit of alcohol heat.

D: One of the better tasting porters that i can think of.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In typical 3F fashion, this beer is heavily hopped. Wow, is this ever one hoppy porter; however, most (if not all) hops are hanging out in the taste and aroma. Mmmm, the beer has a nice hoppy/vegetable flavour up front that is quickly cut off by the burnt flavour of the porter presenting a nice, clean taste.
The only thing that prevents me from really wanting this beer again is its price.

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

22 Oz bottle

Black with brown frothy head. Head fades quickly to a thin film.

Smell of chocolate, coffee and a great roasted note. Also a much stronger hops character than you would expect (or maybe exactly what you would expect from three floyds).

Taste has a very nice bitterness up front. With the chocolate flavors combined it reminds of bakers chocolate.

The bitterness builds and leaves that cheek puckering aftertaste. Not entirely unpleasant but would prevent me from drinking too many in one sitting. Overall a nice heavy beer to keep you warm on a cold winter night.

Another nice offering from three floyds.

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Photo of rangerred
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShrLSU
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a nice dark black with tan head that gripped the glass. Once it settled it kept a nice thin tan foamy layer on top S - Nice deep coffee aroma with earthy hops and some sweet malt. T/M - Bitter coffee follwed up by a touch of chocolate sweetness then bitter hops. It was decently carbonated and not too thick. I wasn't expecting so many hops though. D - This was good but didn't live up to the hype I expected. It had too much hops and not enough malt, chocolate, sweetness. Pretty good beer but could be better I think.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber

Pours a jet black with a thick mocha head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Lots of hops in the aroma, smells like Cascade to me. The aroma of roasted grains and coffee mesh nicely with the hop aroma.

A nice citrusy hop flavor upfront followed by a nice flavor of raosted grains and coffee. This washes away with a nice bitterness with a lingering hop taste.

Even with the ample carbonation, this one feels a little on the thin side.

Nice and easy to drink. I have yet to try a 3F brew that I don't enjoy.

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