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

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter
BA SCORE
4.12/5
2,226 Ratings
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:
#1,752
Reviews:
758
Ratings:
2,226
pDev:
10.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
281
Gots:
402
Trade:
17
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Ratings: 2,226 |  Reviews: 758
Photo of MaxSpang
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

APPEARANCE

The beer is very dark and it looks thick, much like a stout. The head was huge, light brown, and has tiny bubbles which makes it look like a big fluffy pillow. Lacing was pretty high, and this beer looks gorgeous!

SMELL

Tons of chocolate in this guy. It's a nice sweet and milky chocolate smell, and is followed by slight coffee smell. There is a nice citrus hop smell that's to be expected with a Three Floyds beer. Very nice roasted malt notes. It smells wonderful!

TASTE

Chocolate is the number one flavor in this beer. It starts off as a nice milky taste, then finishes as a bitter dark chocolate. There's some nice coffee notes as well as some lovely citrus hops. I don't taste any Mexican sugar, but I'm assuming that it fermented out. This is a really nice porter!

MOUTHFEEL

This beer is very drinkable. It starts off with a nice medium body, but finishes dry and bitter. It's not as thick as it looks, but the small bubbles make it slightly creamy.

OVERALL

Fantastic porter! It's. It's a nice balance between bitter and sweetness, and it would work well as an after dinner beer. The citrus hops are nice, and they don't overpower at all. Very nice "festive cousin" to Alpha King!

Cheers.

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Photo of azdback
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Adamostella
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of gigaknight
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Kaydogg
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of shaebs99
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of hu5om
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of sbricker
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of evoljetta
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of dannyfrost
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a thick two finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Chunks and streaks of lace coat the glass on the way down.

Roasted malt aroma that's slightly smokey with hints of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal and toffee. Slightly balanced by earthy, piny hops.

Thinner bodied than expected with some tight carbonation, possibly the beginning sign of oxidization. The hop presence is much stronger than the aroma hinted at making it very dry and bitter, outshining the roasted malt notes. Just too hoppy for the style in my opinion. Roasted malt backbone with dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, caramel and dark fruit. Smoother as it warms but still too hoppy with a dry finish.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a roughly 5 year old bottle of this beer during a marathon tasting session with Phil. This beer started in Indiana, got packed up when I finished college in 2007, came home and has sat in my cellar until tonight.

MASSIVE mocha head on top of a DARK beer with hints of ruby barely shining through. Decent lacing, and the head recedes to a 1cm on top of the beer.

Martinelli's apple juice is what I smell on the nose, no doubt due to the age of the thing. Hint of chocolate as well. Dark fruits here and there as well.

Smooth as silk on the mouth. Chocolate (milk?), with a hint of roast. Mellow smooth carbonation too.

We've had a lot of porters during the tasting marathon that this week has been. This one has been no exception to greatness. I only regret waiting this long to open it. Fantastic beer none the less.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown color almost black with a thin tan head.

S - There is a bunch of chocolate notes in this. Perhaps some coffee. Piney hops are present as well.

T - Loads of chocolate just like the smell. Roasted malts, smoky, spices, and hops.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Good beer but I probably would like it more if it were a bit sweeter and thicker.

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Photo of bobhits
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A three floyds beer that sits in stores? Really?

Pours middle of the road stout brown colored with a huge tan head that holds well given the 8-9 months of aging going on here.

A boque of fruits and fruity Christmas spices that take on that mild milk stout like malt backing. Lovely stuff through and through.

Chocolate, bitter sweet chocolate that is. Very citrus and floral hops for a porter are present. Ok the more I drink the more I realize this is a damn hop bomb in chocolate clothing. Certainly some cinnamon and spices here but the hops are bleeding into their turf and I’m having a hard time discerning it all. 6% never seemed so bold and strong and well flavorful. This is outstanding.

The opening here is just velvety smooth and just about perfect. Bold flavors, bold creamy carbonation, and yes it doesn’t last a bottle but still excellent.

I have to admit with this sitting on shelves I was not expecting much, but I’m down right blown away. I give 3floyds a pass on price as I now except to pay 4-5 bucks more than the beer is worth on their stuff. This is amazing beer priced like something life changing or at least expensive to make. Enjoy and cheers but really guys 9 bucks for a bomber?

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!


Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and pine-like herbal hops. There is also a slight coffee aroma if you smell hard enough. Taste is of dark roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and some citrus zest hops on the finish but not as strong as the smell would suggest. Medium roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a much lighter body than I was expecting with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter by itself but I don’t really understand the whole Christmas aspect attached to this one.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Miller's Pub, Chicago, IL

Poured a murky dark brown with a foamy tan head that retained well and left some sticky lace on the glass. Smooth toasty caramel malts in the aroma, complimented by big piney hops and a chocolatey essence. The taste followed the aroma, with lots of caramel, chocolate, pine, with notes of cinnamon and brown sugar. Smooth and satisfying, medium-almost-full-bodied, and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of claspada
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a 2008 version of this beer. I bet I would have not enjoyed it fresh because of the extreme hoppy nature of 3F beers.
Appearance is ridiculous. Glorious dark mocha with a dark brown head and crazy crazy crazy lacing. This definitely used to and may still have some hop character.
Aromas are fudgey brownies; dark and milk chocolates are amazingly aromatic. Some sweetness; maybe caramel, light toffee and a bit of earth as it warms but the chocolate duo is by far the alpha dog (or should I say lead reindeer because this is Alpha Klaus... sorry). As it warms the espresso and toffee become more evident and borderline equal with the chocolate.
The tastes begin with lightly roasted coffee and slight toffee and burnt caramel maltiness. Dryer than I originally expected; roasty. Not the blast of chocolate that I got in the nose at all. Fairly straight-forward and simple, yet still delicious but I was expecting more from the nose. This is only a 6% porter so I should have tempered my expectations, but those aromas were hard to ignore. I am pleased that as it warmed the fudge brownies came back into the fold more, hooray!
Initially while slightly chilled the mouthfeel is overbearingly carbonated, but as it warms and I "snift" this a little it is exponentially more drinkable. Medium to full bodied which is saying a lot for a 6%ABV adequately carbonated beer. This drinks like a much heavier beer, in a good way, with so much flavor and complexity and fullness, a tad sticky once it reaches room temperature.
Overall, this is a great great American Porter, by far the best American Porter I have ever had. I have had many many great English Brown/Robust Porters, which have been great and plenty of good Baltic Porters as well but as far as American Porters go this is tops. Great Lakes was great but not as full bodied and complex. I don't consider any porter like Ballast Victory @ Seas an American porter because it's an Imperial Porter @ 10%ABV, so anyway yum. Glad I tasted it aged to avoid the bitter hoppiness that apparently exists when this brew is fresh.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpha Klaus 2007
A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam
S - i'm picking up a nice amount of smoke still and some sweet roasted malts. Very nice still 4 years later.
T - Nice roasted malts, alot of coffee and hints of chocolate. It seems like i'm drinking coffee at some points and an nice roasted porter at other times. Its actually very enjoyable. I am curious what the flavor is fresh if its this good later on.
M - smooth and creamy, with light carbonation. there is a slightly dry finish that makes this very drinkable.
D - I am enjoying this one alot. I wasn't expecting alot from it after this many years..

4/3.5/4/4/4

Alpha Klaus 2008
A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam and nice oily lacing
S - same as the 2007 just a bit stronger, the sweetness seems a bit more intense and the roastedness
T - The taste is where this one seems to lack compared to the years prior. The coffee and chocolate seem a bit more muted along with a thinner watery feel. There is a slight roasty bitterness in the finish.
M - light-medium bodied but I don't think its meant to be that way. light carbonation.
D - I'm disappointed with this one. I find it to be quite different from the previous years.
4/4/3/3/3

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And here we go, okay: Tastes are really neat smoked malt, light and dark chocolates, brown sugar -- dark/darker (than normal), astringent and grassy hops, light booze, hiding caramel, ginger, more hops, coffee malt, medium roast beans, rubber, cream and fudge.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

into a nonic pint

Pours a dark brownish black with a thin tan head that fades to a moderate amount of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little hops.

Tastes are vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and smoked malt. Nice and creamy with a dry roasted flavor being pretty dominant.

Mouthfeel is medium with ok carbonation.

Overall is really good and might be one of the best porters I've had yet. Was very excited to have this having only had 1 other 3 Floyds beer

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Photo of Marty30
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my man dannyfrost for this! Poured into A Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. very black body with no light shining through.One and a half finger tan head.Great lacing all over the glass.Good carbonation.

S. Chocolate covered hops would be the best way to describe this! Getting pineapple some pine,chocolate small amount of smoke.

T. More pronounced chocolate and roasted malts,the hops are definately still present.Some coffee,some type of fruit in there in the end maybe some plums.

M. Awesome mouth for a porter in my opinion. Nice and creamy,medium feel,great carbonation for this.

Overall I loved this beer! So tastey,very hop forward.FFF just doesnt really let me down.If you can get this,get it!!!

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Photo of Lunch
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple of these over last Christmas served in a Three Floyd's shaped pint glass.

Pours a dark brown that nears on black with a couple fingers of a frothy tan head. Smells like motherfucking Christmas in a goddamn glass. Some nice Christmas spice along with roasted malt, chocolate and perhaps a hint of coffee. Smells a bit creamy as well. Taste is fairly full and creamy with chocolate, roasted malt, dark malts, and a hints of coffee. Some nice spice is there as well. Creamy carbonation and nice mouthfeel. My first ever Three Floyds beer that I found in a Philly bar several years ago is still a Christmas favorite of mine.

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Photo of Phelps
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber sent by nlmartin as part of the Blind Beers BIF, covered in green construction paper with “10%” written as a warning. I got a whiff of the stuff and decided to pour into a snifter.

Widespread blackness in the glass, inky and impenetrable by light. Atop sits a frothy 1.5-finger head the color of brown sugar that pops away rather quickly to a thick top layer and leaves widespread froth as horizontal lacing.

Impressively hoppy nose. Lots of woody pine and smoked cedar, licorice and crumbled dark chocolate. Some solvent alcohol as well.

Dark chocolate, smoky cedar, tobacco, licorice, toast. Nicely smoky, with the acrid roast playing off piney hops. There’s a subtle sweetness mid-palate, but drying burnt malt swoops in at the finish.

Thin of body, which is somewhat disappointing. Carbonation lightly massages the tongue and causes moderate fizziness in the beer as it moves. The alcohol seems to be using all that flavor as camouflage — other than the steady warming in my chest, I don’t pick up much of it at all.

I actually had the opportunity to try the barrel-aged version of this beer at this Dark Lord Day 2011, but I have to say I like the unadulterated version more. The hops were substantial but kept in check; the toasty notes were offset by a nice sweetness.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,226 ratings
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