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

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter
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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 aprabhu
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Redwood21
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you again Scubarex for this fantastic brew in my SS BIF box

A: dark brown like oil mixed with wood, the head is thick and creamy and sits well to begin with. the head seams to dissipate a bit as the beer is consumed and at this abv its a wash how much that should matter.

S: there is an immediate rush of cooked cereal grains and smoke,. the oily tobacco aroma is not so overwhelming that it dominates the drink, but it does make an appearance and does not detract at all, for me this is a thick rich deep enhancement

T:very smokey and malty with a burnt toast and malt core. this is a solid porter through and through with the morning coffee roast immediate and forthright. while the coffee taste never leaves you there is absolutely twinge of chocolate as well. the sweetness brought by this is marginal, but is there, none the less, and helps calm the beer a bit.

this is a solid, solid porter that is ver delicious, slightly too carbonated, but not even a 1% issue....fabulous beer

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Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass. This bottle was about a year old.

A= This porter poured a dark brown/black color with a 1.5" light tan head. The head slowly dropped to a skim and left behind some decent sticky lace.

S= I found the aroma to be full of sweet treacle and chocolate, roasted coffee-ish malts, and tons of alcohol.

T= Some bittersweet chocolate and roasty malt flavors up front, followed by a brief creamy sweetness and a shot of hops midway. The finish was all alcohol warmth and bitter roasted flavors.

MF= The lightish medium body felt a bit thin to me, but was well within the bounds of the style. Carbonation was moderately high and gave this a boost on the tongue.

D= Very solid and drinkable Baltic porter here. As I drank this one, I wished the roasted grain bitterness was just a tiny bit less, but otherwise its spot on for a big porter. Very drinkable!

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Photo of trbergman
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pint served on tap at the brew pub.

A - Black, with one finger of creamy tan head.

S - Acrid black malt, chocolate, citrusy American hops.

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, loads of grapefruit, citrus zest, aggressive hop bitterness.

M - Body is on the lighter side of medium, nice and smooth.

D - Highly quaffable and delicious.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap in July 2003 at The Blind Tiger. Christmas 2002 vintage.

This porter poured jet black with creamy, tan foam that coated the glass a bit. The smell was strong, "chewy", green hops (floral) with a bit of dark malt. The taste was dominated by the hops but the malt almost balanced with flavors of chocolate, cocoa, and caramel. The mouthfeel was smooth, and relatively sweet and a bit fruity. The body was medium with medium carbonation. This was a very nice porter -- kind of a Porter meets IPA. Very enjoyable as a porter and as a highly hopped ale. This keg had apparently lost much of its spiciness after 7+ months cellaring.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from my notes, "my personal 12 beers of Christmas"

1 pint 6 oz brown bomber style bottle. Alpha King's festive cousin Alpha Klaus on a Christmas red and green label. This is one of my favorite labels every single year. It is perfect fit for Christmas at FFF. Poured this into a nonic style pint glass.

A - dark chocolate black color with ruby red to brown bursting through the bottom corners of the glass. Light tan head sits atop the black body like a big fluffy pillow before leaving a nice ring of lace. Off white cobweb stickiness clings in splotches to the walls of this nonic.

S - anything but normal citrusy hops Get the aroma started. Some grapefruit, lemon and orange notes with some coriander and a touch of pine. Seasonal spices are a great addition with small touches of cinnamon and maybe nutmeg down deep. Chocolate malt and expresso sits the back bone in this aroma with small notes of sugar cookie.

T - Freakishly hopped and setup to be a flavor giant. Citrusy and pine like hops up front Followed by semi sweet chocolate And semi roasted malt. A quick and mild blast of vanilla paired with some fine winter spices along with a dry hoppy spice. Very faint smokiness given the candied sugar. Mexican sugar adds to the lovely dryness and balances everything very well.

M - Medium bodied and thick. Very creamy and smooth almost being chewy while coating every inch of the mouth. This one can be enjoyed glass after glass.

O - the thing with FFF is you know when you have one of their brews. Idk if it's their yeast strain or the water they use, but every one of their brews has that 3 Floyds flavor character to it. This is not only one of the best Porters you'll ever have its also one of the best Christmas seasonal beers you'll ever have. Putting 2 n 2 together make for the worlds finest Christmas porter. Period. This will never leave my 12 beers of Christmas list. It's just a thoroughbred porter. I'm a huge fan of holiday brews and of American porters, so this one is just a winner all the way around this time of year. It's a must try for porter and holiday beer fans alike. I am starting to sit and think of what brewery does absolutely everything right in terms of the family of beers they happen to offer, and the crew at FFF are at the forefront of that topic every single time. It's remarkable and so is Alpha Klaus.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light-brown head.

Smells hoppy of bitter citrus fruit.

Tastes similar to an IPA at first with a bitter grapefruit taste to it. There's an odd sweetness to it as well as a roasted malt flavor that comes through at the end. Slight hints of chocolate and coffee, but the hop flavor really dominates.

Medium bodied and easy to drink. The bitter citrus flavor really surprised me, but as a big fan of IPAs I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of Atron67
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- picked up a 750 ml bottle at DLD while i was out

A- huge dark chocolate notes with a big brown head on top that lasted pretty well and gives a decent amount of lacing as well

s- pretty strong combination of chocolate, roasted character, and a light spice from something that i cant quite identify yet from the interference from the malts..., hops are pretty balanced, not sweet but not really noticable either.

T- smooth malt on the start with a building roasted character that takes on chocolate character as it moves along. near the end it turns into the bitter chocolate flavor with strong lingering character. the spices i dont see but the beer is still slightly different so i know im missing something

M- decent body, not strong, not light, medium carbonation

D- pretty damn good

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pour produces a glass full of light-absorbing liquid blackness topped by a half-inch, frothy tan head that leaves spots of lacing and retains well enough.

Lifting the glass to my nose reveals a festive cavalcade of aromas--chocolate, roasted chestnuts, freshly halved clementines, and pine needles. Maybe even a little black licorice.

The taste is wonderful, a perfectly balanced, full flavored but nuanced combination of roast, chocolate, nuts, and sweet citrus balanced against resiny hop bitterness, with a nice dry, slightly tart finish and a mildly lingering spice. It's basically a really good porter with a buttload of American hops.

The mouthfeel really shines here, it's bright and crisp and creamy. Good body. Light carbonation. Just spot on.

Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Jishguy
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark body which appeared almost solid black, but when held up to light, allows the tiniest glimmer of light to shine through. The pour produced a thick, mocha colored two finger head.

S- Chocolate and roasted malts mostly dominate the aroma. Sweet caramel malts, and citrus and earthy hops poke through in the background. Smells very complex.

T- Wonderful. Dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted coffee malt flavors immediately strike the palate. The bitter sweetness of the malts is counter-balanced by a perfect amount of citrus hop flavors lingering in the backbone. The finish is bittersweet and slightly citusy.

M- Undoubtedly the best quality of this beer, absolutely perfect. Carbonation is spot on for the style. This beer is as creamy as I've ever tasted. Almost leaves a coating in your mouth after swallowing.

D-I'm more than likely going to grab another one before my local liquor store closes.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a clear dark brown with a fizzy light brown head. Head is pretty diminishing with good lacing. Has a great malty aroma of good chocolate. Has a little grain too and just enough hops to keep in blended very nicely. Has a thin texture and a mediun body. A decent amount of carbination. Has good flavors. Definately not a beer that would make you afraid of the dark. Has a nice light bitter finish. This is very good, well done 3F’s.

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Photo of Dhren1979
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 22oz Bomber poured into a Tulip glass.

A: A very rich, dark brown with about 2 inches of light, sandy-color head. Lacing is ample.

S: The aroma of hops is present, but is quickly overpowered by coffee and roasted chocolate.

T: Hit with a tiny, bitter hop taste as it hits my tongue. A sweet, fruity roasted malt dominates.

M: Creamy with tiny bubbles introduce themselves to my tongue. A heavey, medium body Porter that finishes a little dry.

D: Very drinkable! Looking forward to Christmas 2011!! Kidding...let's enjoy some sunshine in 2011 first! A great way to start the weekend.

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Photo of Lance0040
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcalabre
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled by hoprus. Originally sampled on 19 December 2002. Yet another winner from Three Floyds has been poured into my glass. Alpha Klaus has a roasty flavor w/ coffee tones along with hints of cinnamon. It is medium bodied and brown/dark red in color. Very nice

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwc215
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Kjbober
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjohns73
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjayjaye
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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The first One Hundred.

Pours an opaque dark brown color with a head that's out of control huge. This light brown head is quite stiff and resists fading. Three dimensional lacing all over the place. Quite a show.

The nose isn't overly aggressive but the aroma is a solid sweet earthy malt chocolate of the tootsie roll variety. You can detect hops and a little alcohol as well.

The mouth feel is not as heavy as i had anticipated. There is a nice presence of the hops and carbonation.

The semi-roasted chocolate malt flavor is really nice. There is a slight bitterness to the finish that lingers a bit. I enjoy that complexity.

The combination of the hops and bitter ending leave me with an impression that this is a "lighter" drinking porter. The 7.5 ABV is well hidden. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of jlrejenkins
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Papi
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have anticipated this beer since I saw it on the seasonal list at the brewpub. I am a fool for a good porter. The pour was amazing. Very little light passes through this porter. It is black with a half-inch mocha head. The head stays for quite a while and laces heavily.

The smell is full of chocolate mocha coffee, indeed it almost smells like the mocha fraps I get at SBucks. But there is also hints of pine and maple syrup.

The taste was a bit of a shock, but not bad. Bitter pine and grapefruit is up front but is quickly followed by coffee and cane sugar in the middle with a hint of cloves. The carbonation wakes up the tongue and prepares it for a porter punch of alcohol. The finish is chocolate and vanilla bean.

The mouthfeel is not thin but not totally heavy either. The sugar leaves a stickiness on the lips and the carbonation pops in the mouth.

This porter is full of flavor and will overpower many meals. I would pair this porter with exotic cuisine filled with spices. I would like to have more of this special beer.

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Photo of tbart75
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from FtownThrowDown, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a huge foamy brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is rich with dark chocolate and floral hops, unique but straight-forward.

T: The taste is much the same as the smell, dark chocolate and hops. The bitterness of the two is blended nicely to compliment each other instead of competing for dominance. The malt character seems quite subdued which is a bit different for the style. This also may be the hoppiest porter that I’ve had. The after-taste is bitter and slightly metallic.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation (again, different for the style), finish is dry but sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy, not very filling and the ABV is very well hidden, this is the perfect beer to sit and chill out with if you’re looking for something that’s a little bit more than just a sipper.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88.8% out of 100 with 2,226 ratings
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