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 KSOZE
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolatey porter with a heavy dose of resiny hops. The hops are a welcome addition and to be expected from a FFF offering. Nice smokiness to go along with dark roasty character without overwhelming the more nuanced characteristics.

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Photo of ryanpalmier123
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Florida9
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, maybe even black color. Pours with a wimpy, brown head that never even materializes into something I could even call a "head." However, there is a ring of brown bubbles around the edge of the glass and light lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts. Espresso. Plus a note of citrus and pine. Very interesting combo.

T&M: Medium mouthfeel. Dark roasted malts. Smoke and peat mixed with a hoppy bitterness. Nice, long finish. Medium carbonation and a noticeable residual dryness.

D: A very nice, hopped up Porter. Another fine beer from FFF.

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Photo of Smconnor
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1mrbeer
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blitz134
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from BeerBeing...been wanting to try this one for a while...

Darkest porter I've ever seen. Only a hint of light comes through in the crevices of my pint glass. Pours with a tan half inch head that reduces to a thick layer.

Quite a blend of aromas. Toasted malts with a little sweet caramel. Some dark ripe fruits come through. A little alcohol rounds it out. A bit of pine hops to boot. I don't seem to notice as much as other reviewers.

Damn, this is a tasty brew. So many flavors are swirled together resulting in an amazing taste. Not a whole lot of toasted flavors, a little, but not as dominate as the others. Smoke develops as it warms. It does have a bit of a toffee to it. A good bit of sweetness overall in the beginning while cold but subsides as it warms; caramel and dark ripe fruits once again. Finishes with a good bit of bitterness. Alcohol isn't as noticable in the taste. All of this works extremely well together. This is not the usual understated porter.

Mouthfeel is medium. Fairly creamy. Coats the mouth just long enough to let the flavors meld but each express themselves. This is an extremely drinkable beer. An awesome flavor and a nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a small amount of head. Dark black coloring.

Smells of chocolate and a bit of a nutty flavor. Almond perhaps.

Great chocolate flavor. Lovely porter taste. So good I forgot to finish this review ;)

D: I wish this was a bit more affordable because I'd buy a bunch. Great drinkability!

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Yummy brew from Three Floyds. Gumballhead and Dreadnaught are among my fav's. Too bad I only have one bottle of this seasonal brew, but Christmas is only eight months away, so I will definitely be asking Santa for more. So onto the review... poured into a pint glass, leaving a good portion still in the bottle. Appearance is pitch black with a one inch frothy head. It smells wonderful, like a Christmas porter should smell with chocolate being the dominant feature. Taste, well, is good, but I'm gonna let it warm up a bit before really diving in. The taste develops as it warms; I don't think this beer is meant to be consumed refrigerator cold, in the same way Three Floyds' Moloko Plus improved as it warmed and the carbonation of that brew became more tolerable. As this Three Floyds brew warms up, the frothy head disappears, leaving only lacing on the Samuel Smith pint glass. Three Floyds does a very nice job of blending in the hops, as the hops do add a very nice kick to this Christmas Porter. A very enjoyable brew. Thanks Three Floyds.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ahh...another brew from secret santa..what a great idea!
I am sampling at room temp in a snifter.
The beer pours a rich dark brown with a tan fluffy marshmallowy head foaming up easily to 3-4 cm.
The head slowly fades to a robust surface layer and by the end of the snifter is only an edge layer.
Aroma is some roasted malt and sweet chocolate, but dominated by piney and grassy hops. I find this typical of the 3F brews I have sampled.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is mild overall with some brown sugar and chocolate mixing for a nice sweet flavor rolling to a slight coffee bitterness. I need to restate, flavor is mild overall, but very tasty.
The body seems to finish a little lite, but I believe this is true to the porter style.
I get the piney hops flavor on the burps, was wondering where the hops from the nose went. Overall this is a mellow smooth easy drinking brew. DOnt let the nose fool you, not a hop monster for sure.
Very nice!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours an inky dark brown with two fingers of creamy khaki head. Wide bands of beige lace.

Smell -- Very similar to Alpha King. Lots of pithy grapefruit, pine forest, cocoa powder, roast malt.

Taste -- First impressions of grapefruit and chocolate orange. Mild pine resin hop bitterness mingles with hints of roast char along with mild malt sweetness akin to molasses and dark chocolate. Lingering flavors of chocolate malt and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel -- Light-bodied with ample carbonation. Bubbles are gentle, nearly creamy. Could use some heft, but it feels great on the tongue.

Drinkability -- This was a delightful diversion from the tried and true American Porter route. Great hop aromatics and flavor, yet still really mild and satisfying. Crisp and refreshing aren't necessarily attributes that one would associate with a Porter, but this is really nice. I'd love to see this year-round. Great stuff.

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Photo of aglose45
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to krisandajt for this bottle in an in-person trade!

A: Poured pitch black with a mocha colored, frothy head that clung to the walls of the glass.

S: Before I poured this beer I took a quick wiff from the bottle and quickly said, "Oh wow! Hops!". After the initial blast of hops, the dark chocolate malts come through. The malty aroma is one that is very sweet, I'm not picking up much roast, if any at all.

T: Wow, my initial shock of the taste is also how I feel when it comes to my first sip. There is an insane amount of flavoring hops. The hop character consists of grapefruit and grassy flavors. Backing up the big hops is a pleasant, dark chocolate malt presence. Here's the kicker, and why there are dark chocolate malts instead of regular or milk chocolate malts; there is very minimal hop bitterness, just hop flavor and aroma. The bitterness in this beer, IMO, is from the bitter dark chocolate flavoring. There is also a hint of vanilla in there as well. The flavor of this beer is definitely unique, for better or for worse.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, and leaves hop resin in the mouth afterwards. I am not used to this amount of hop oiliness in this style of beer.

D: This beer is most definitely a style bender with the massive amount of hops involved. Once I finished the first first half of the bomber, I promptly reached for the rest and made a pour. While this isn't a typical Porter, it is one that I did enjoy, being the hop head that I am.

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Photo of NHbeerguy
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhilMiller
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NCSUdo
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, via jaustin72403

A: Pours a deep brown, nearly black, under a fingers worth of tan head. Pretty good retention and nice lace.

S: Smells of a light coffee, slight wood, a little bit of fruit and citrus hop. Good aroma.

T: Very nice fruity sweetness and citrus up front, followed by a mild coffee and ending in a light roasted malt and moderate roasted bitters. Citrus, mostly grapefruit, hop qualities hang around throughout. A speck of chocolate to found as well. Very good tasting porter.

M/D: Full bodied, slightly creamy, carbonation is light. Drinkability is really good on this one. Makes me think of an IPA with roasted malt. My first FFFs brew, very impressed.

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Photo of Vancer
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer sent courtesy of joe1510 a year ago, been aging in the ol' DBF - today just seems right to pop 'er open. Thanks again!

Nuttin' wrong with the pour - almost black, topped with a frothy tan head that's leaving Brussels lace in the Corsendonk tulip.
Aroma of powdered dark chocolates, nutmeg and bits of coriander are intriguing. Big kick of woody hops in the quaff, balancing out the initial cocoa sweetness.

Big beer, big taste, smooth and rewarding going down.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured black with a ruby highlight and a frothy, tall, large and in charge head that lasted to coat the glass, lace it, and then laugh at it for even trying to attempt to mess with the head formation.

The aroma was hoppy, and the beer was definitely dry hopped. The grassy hop aroma was resinous and powerful. Behind the hop resins was a nice complement of coffee and chocolate that rounded out the aroma.

The flavor was nicely accomplished with a delicate balance of chocolate and bittering. The bittering was not overpowering in the flavor like the aroma might have you to believe. The hops were present and slightly grassy and worked well in balance with the chocolate and slight caramel flavors.

The finish was just dry with a lasting slight chocolate and caramel impression that dried out in the very end to chocolate and bittering. The body was medium full and well done.

22 ounce bottle. A beer with a great nose and a very well achieved balance of flavors. The alcohol never makes an appearance at the party and the drinkability due to the balance was very high.

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Photo of elliott1184
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 650 ml bottle into my CBS snifter.

A) Dark... Dark brown with a big bubbling mocha head, over two fingers. The head slowly dissolved, and there was a ton of lacing.

S) Roasted malt, espresso, hint of dark chocolate, wood and pleasant hops aroma.

T) Nice... Follows the nose. Roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate flavors. This is quite earthy. The pine and citrus finish is greatly appreciated.

M) Rich and creamy, well carbonated, but very smooth, until you get that hop bite at the finish, which really drives you to that next sip.

O) This is a true holiday classic. It's like the Bing Crosby of holiday beers.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbphoto88
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brew with hard to find highlights. The head is the color of lightly milked coffee and it leaves nice thick webs of bubbles on the side of the glass.

The smell is a smoked coffee mixed with chocolate and hops. Surprisingly big amounts of coniferous tasting hops which is both arousing and intimidating. A large malt nose beats the rest of the smells into submission balancing everything. Nice.

The taste is initially a scorched coffee bean flavor but moves gently to a dark bittersweet coffee. On the back and sides of the tongue is a nice moderate bitterness from a pine tasting hop profile. It is accented by a sweet malt creaminess lullaby that is like a warm fluffy blanket on those cold Christmas mornings.

Smooth and a great variety of flavors. Big malts with a big hop profile. Light carbonation and a nice chocolate goodness that leads you through the taste sensation. Well done, this is a solid brew.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a fluffy espresso head. There is a little lacing to go along for the ride.

The nose first is hit with a barrage of milk chocolate and pine. Dark roast coffee follows it up. It's a very "dark" smell.

The chocolate, coffee, and hops intermingle gracefully. There's a dark fruity aftertaste and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little light in body, but what it lacks in body is filled out by the robust flavors. The finish is very dry.

This is definitely a plus on the drinkability. The lighter body benefits it in this aspect because it's not sitting rock heavy in the stomach, and the flavor keeps making me want more.

This is easily one of the best porters around, and it's even better fresh so the hops can do their thing.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyd's Alpha Klaus

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 89/100

Great American Porter that drinks much more like a Black IPA, rich, malty and hoppy. Has a great feel for 6% Light spice. Although it's really good/almost great. Doesn't set itself apart from a 'subliminally self-righteous' worth grabbing if you see it. That said, I wouldn't seek it out specifically~

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, big tan/brownish head. Big aroma spewing forth, coffee some chocolate notes and the hops, oh yes the hops you expect from any Three Floyds brew. On the tongue you have a magnificent porter, with all the roast you want plus all those citrusy/piney hops you come to expect from 3F's. Love it. I'm still sad over the fact that I can no longer easily get their beers here in VA but I do respect them for pulling back distribution to better serve the folks at their home. You want a big aggressive porter, this is it.

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Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sent down from the land between the lakes - probably not sufficiently settled, but here goes:

a: pint serving, healthy mocha head coats the black beer below, retention is strong

s: first impression - American hops dipped in semisweet chocolate, caramel structure complimented by layers of roast and sweet grapefruit hops, licorice, more dark chocolate

m: carbonation smooth, medium-full bodied

t: chocolate coated tropical hop nuggets sit atop a bed of well roasted barley, underlying caramel rolled in dark chocolate, hop flavors of fresh grapefruit, more of the astringent side of the roasts comes out towards the finish with a lingering citrus peel bitterness, expertly pulled off without the hop-roast clash I was expecting

d: pretty unique porter that's a pleasure to drink

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Photo of faernt
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Hops! Hops in coffee! I get the pineyness of Anchor's Our Christmas Ale but then it's a big porter blast. This is an unapologetically ambiguous beer.

It starts as an opaque pour wiht a fine-bubbled, smallish head. The aroma is hoppy so I expect hop. The taste is burnt' It's coffee but the hop seems to bring out sweet. It belches hop and tastes espresso.

Ambiguity in American culture is seldom pondered. This beer is doing a noteworthy nonverbal job. It doesn't speak but it demands I do. I will seek this out next Christmas. Onece again, Three Floyds makes it big with me. It's a pleasure dto live close by.

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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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