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:
#1,847
Reviews:
766
Ratings:
2,262
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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280
Gots:
420
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Photo of mattsdenney
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brian700
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours black with a big brown head. There is pretty good lacing going on.

The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt.

The flavor is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, mild alcohol presence. There is some hop finish that cleanses the palate a bit and gets your mouth ready for the next drink.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium/moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable porter. I would like to try this one again.

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

First this is a damn good beer. Pours a dark opaque black color with a faint creamy head. The aroma is to kill for. I've never smelled such fresh piney resins in a bottled beer. It's as if this beer were served on draft at the brewery. It clearly has benefited from late hop additions and dry hopping. Fresh, fresh , fresh. Somewhat of a subtle touch of sweet molasses aroma. Taste is of warming alcohol and an overwhelming yet delightful dry dark chocolate presence. Lots of bittering hops which linger as an aftertaste which is pleasant nevertheless. Well balanced despite being hop heavy. Chocolate malts back it up adequately. A wonderful seasonal beer. Oh I love this time of the year!!!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recommend that this Porter recipe be indoctrinated into the year round offerings by 3Fs. It is a solid "run of the mill" Porter....nothing fancy...just outstanding. The beer poured an opaque dark with ecru head that left a nice laceing. The scent was subtle earth and peat...did not get much hops. The taste was a wonderful, what I would call, standard porter. There was subtle hints of earth/peat and a very faint touch of pepper. The mouthfeel was medium in body and very creamy....there was smooth carbonation. Overall....the best nonchalant porter I have ever had!

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Photo of gordavidson
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A deep dark brown that is borderline black. The light to medium brown head is thick and creamy is comes right back with a swirl. This looks fantastic.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, grassy and citrusy hops, and that distinctive Three Floyds smell. Very appealing and unique for a porter.

T- Sweet, very roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a nice hoppy edge. This is pretty robust and the sweetness is great.

M- Sweet and pretty smooth with a roasty aftertaste. Not all that clean, but I wouldn't have it another way.

D- A unique take on the style and the alcohol is nicely hidden. A nice holiday treat.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nurt20
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Poured nearly black with a thin tan head covering the top. The head faded out pretty quick, and didn't leave much lacing behind.

I'm getting three distinct flavors in the aroma. First the most present is the citrus hoppyness that really comes through pretty well. Almost as present is the strong roasted, bitter malts that add a strong coffee flavor. Last is the sugar that adds a sweet sugary smell to it. It's nice that all three come through so well and none of them overpower the beer.

The taste is a lot like the flavors in the nose suggest. The big roasted bitter coffee and chocolate seem to take the forefront of the flavor a little, but the citrus hops come through in the finish. The sugar gives it a sweetness, that helps balance out all the roasted bitterness very well.

Mouthfeel on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed drinking this one. They really balanced out the citrus hops, bitter malts and sweet sugars very well to make a very good complex beer. I would gladly drink this one again.

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Photo of imagineiii
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought this from chicago when he came home for the holidays. my first FFF beer.

A: Surpringly black, almost no ruby hues in this beer. Very nice inch of creamy brown head. The head on this beer sticks around longer, and leaves more consistent lace behind than almost anything else. superb.

S: maple, coffee, light grains. sweet sugars.

T: I feel like most porters out there dont know what they are: are they a light stout? are they supposed to be sweet? dry? this one knows whats going on. its dark and roasty but dry and lighter than its sweeter cousin. its got more hop bitterness than its close relative, dry stouts. It finishes dry and roasty but with sweet notes dance, exceptional balance.

M: Lighter than you might think, maybe because theres more carbonation than dark stouts of this color.

D: Very drinkable for 7.5%. ALthough, after half of the bottle I begin to notice lingering sweet notes dont dry off the palate like they did earlier. Doesnt take away from the tastes but it does from the drinkability.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as when I opened it I didnt think I had an A beer in my hand.

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Photo of Otesanek
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into dogfish snifter. Black, various sized bubbles compose a nice 3/4" khaki head. Head drops to a fog and a solid ring. Super malty nose, all rich caramel and chocolate. Almost an interesting note of wood, like ceder or something. Quite a bit of carbonation, fizzles and brings back the head with a swirl. Smell is clean and clear, maybe a little meaty, some licorice too. Flavor is really great. Hops don't show themselves in aroma or flavor, obviously an aged bottle, considering FFF haven't been distributed in Ohio for a long time, no idea where dude got these or how long they've been in his cooler. Flavor is an amazingly complex blend, rich round chocolate, no lingering bitterness but definitely not too sweet. Sweet creamy coffee, light easy drinking iced tea, such a smooth light flavor without being bland or one note. Glad I got a second bottle of this. Drinks super easy. Feel is good too, only the slightest bit mouth-coating, not sticky at all, mostly helps the flavor linger. These kinds of finds are always great. As the beer warms flavor starts showing some fruit, raspberry I think. It's interesting to me that drinking and tasting this beer is definitely linked to my situation right now. I'm enjoying this beer, while watching the new K-OS video, I'm reminded that I really enjoy his music. It takes me back to a drive down to Yellow Springs where I first purchased Palo Santo Merron and stole ramps from a state park. Those ramps were delicious.

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Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Shankopotamus
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of lostandwandering
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a dark opaque brown with 2 fingers of loose foam of khaki colour. Sweet, hoppy, lemon nose. Chocolate, mocha, with orange back tones. I got a bit of leather in the back also. Delicious for a porter!

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Photo of shadytony
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DerekQXQX
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of wildcatboy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellently hoppy porter. Spruce pine aroma. Black. A fullmouth treat of quality chocolate on the sweeter side, and hoppiness. Some roast, something dairy, ginger, cardammon, anise, cinammon, grapefruit and other citrus Thanks Wohlfs for bringing in.

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Photo of danp14
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Summer78
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,262 ratings
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