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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
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,189
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
17.35%
 
 
Wants:
282
Gots:
395
For Trade:
16
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Reviews: 754 | Ratings: 2,189
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a neat beer, but im not so sure what makes it a holiday thing. i guess i like the beers that work in certain seasons without necessarily being seasonally specific. a big malty red in fall or something instead of a pumpkin spiced beer, that kind of thing. this is that for sure. looks like its a nitro beer form the tap, it isnt, but there is a nice cascade here. smells sweet like molasses, i get the sugar aspect right away. its a cool balance to the bitter roasted barley because instead of a caramel malt middle preceding that aspect, they happen at the same time, very cool order of things. it doesnt smell or taste nearly as hopped up as advertised, although that doesnt reduce their impact. more bitter than anything else, after a little pine in the nose i suppose. hints of bitter chocolate and even a mellow smokiness at the end, almost meaty for a moment before the sugar comes back in. a high quality porter for sure, with a lighter than it is feel due to its rampant carbonation. real drinkable and tasty brew, but it doesnt necessarily say holidays to me... always a treat to try beer from these guys.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a stout glass. Appearance is a rich brown with a light tan head. Lots of head, lacing covers the glass. Aroma was smokey chocolate, very enticing. Flavor had a good deal of hops as well, making for a unique taste. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Definitely worth a shot.

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

Dark brown. Not that much head. A little lacing.

Classic roasty porter smell. I don't really get too many hops in the nose, but there's a little bit.

Tastes roasty and a little creamy. The hops do come through and add a little fruity bitterness.

Overall, pretty good but not spectacular.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's not Normal. But it's so damn tasty.

Slight hit of hops on the nose, touch of spices, chocolate, coffee. (Hops up front and noticeable in a Porter?)

Buy one, serve it at Christmas. It's a great holiday beer!

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with a frothy almond. Scent of dark chocolate, roasted malts, dank hops and coffee beans. Taste of roasted malts, coffee beans, dank hops, chocolate and dry dark fruit. A little harsh until it warms up a few degrees.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminds me a lot of Cigar City's Jose Marti porter. Just too hoppy. I do like the milk sugars and the roasted flavors. It has a little bit of a sweet, milk stout touch, but the hop profile and added bitterness really takes away from the better qualities.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

Thick head on a dark body. Huge hop presence on the nose. The taste yields mainly some, dark malts, coffee, Mexican chocolate. Very surprising considering the aroma. Overall, it's okay. NYD, pass on this next time.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Ounce Bomber
Bottled on November 11th, 2015
Reviewed on November 25th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Poured a rich dark brown body. An admirable light-brown head formed and slowly collapsed, leaving a generous amount of soapy lacing behind.

Nose
Astringent hops battled a dense, smokey malt presence. Neither necessarily came out victorious. Chocolate-rich malts sweetened a strong flare of herbal hops. Coffee stood out in a dense backbone of smokey malts.

Mouth
Toasted malts hit the tongue first. Coffee, chocolate, and a hint of burn toast. Herbal hops added a rather unusual, yet pleasant flare to this Porter. Finished semi-dry with hop notes lingering in the aftertaste, think juniper berries and pine. Full-bodied. Low/moderate carbonation.

Notes
"It's not normal" appears on the label, and it certainly is not a "normal" porter. Yet another successful experiment from FFF.

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Photo of darktronica
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one of Three Floyd's Wild Rides. Looks like a marvelous, full-bodied porter with a finger of creamy head, but the nose is, true to form, Not Normal™. Plenty of roasted malt, but also with generous notes of juniper and other botanicals; the holiday spirit captured in the glass is less cider spice and more mistletoe. The finish, however, resolves itself into more of a standard American porter. Very interesting, and I can see how it would strongly appeal to some people, but it's not quite in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of Nctide
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber bottled 11-7-15. Pours dark with a tan frothy head. The aroma is earthy hops with some sweetness and cigar tobacco. It's subtle but I also smell pretzel notes. The hops seemed overwhelming at first but it tastes more balanced as it warms. This beer is on the hoppy side for a porter and could easily be called a black IPA. I prefer a richer malt flavor in a porter but this was an enjoyable enough beer.

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Photo of Trooper92292
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love Three Floyds, one of my favorite breweries. I have to say this is a fun beer. I enjoy it, I think having this with a marble or chocolate cake would really help out with bringing the coffee and chocolate flavors. It's a holiday beer (obviously) and this something I would enjoy by the fireplace on a cold winter's night sitting and talking with my family. I'm going to pick this up again and have it when December is here. I recommend for Porter fans out there to give this a try and see what you think.

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Photo of K_schrim
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Broke out the snifter from the new glass set my husband bought me!

Look: DARK. Like, pitch black. Nice mocha colored head.

Smell: Like I'm about to drink a FFF dark beer. Nothing shocking or new.

Taste: Coffee, smoke, hops, citrus (lemon?), then coffee again.

Feel: SPOT ON. Not too thick like an oatmeal stout, no watery-ness.

Overall: I'm about to go clean out my local super market's supply. That's right- I figured out that the high dollar specialty grocer down the road from my house has $10 bombers of all types, and $2 singles of stuff I still haven't heard o!

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. An opaque, dark brown color with a thick tan head and good retention, Moderate aroma for a porter. Predominately chocolate malt and coffee, but a subtle pine aroma as well. A nice porter having a good chocolate malt base along with a moderate sweet coffee flavor. Unique piney hops with a hint of citrus to add a different subtlety to the flavor. Smooth and balanced that finishes clean.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a liquor store cooler in July 2015. Bottled in 2014 (exact days and month are blurred out). Poured in to a tulip-snifter.

Look - Tan with white swirls in head (like an espresso head). It is thick for the pour with very fine, creamy bubbles. The body is dark black. Head stuck around for a bit and left lacing. Very tasty looking beer.

Smell - Hoppy and malty. A lot of chocolate and coffee once the hop aroma gives up. There is a smell here I can't identify. I don't know if it is a combination of the hops and chocolate that I don't pick up in a Black IPA. I best describe it as the chewy end of gum that has lost its flavor.

Taste - No Christmas spice as expected. Chocolate and coffee. Hops linger throughout but not overpowering (maybe because of the late pour).

Feel - Very creamy but not too heavy. Bitterness does not bite the tongue. No carbonation bomb.

Overall - This is not a Christmas beer, so I did not get my Christmas in July. This is, however, a beer that is on its way to being a Black IPA but still holds true to everything good in a porter. Thumbs up for the Mexican sugar!

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Photo of Domvan
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light bodied mouthfeel with a balanced attack of spices. Didn't have the overhopped bitterness that 3 Floyds does with all of their dark beers although I imagine it was as hopped as usual, this was a nice easy drinker for me.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is pine, coffee, light toffee and slight vinous notes. The flavor is dark malts, coffee, mild/medium grapefruit, hop resin, vinous notes and an acidic/tart/sour finish.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Resinous and piney hops, hint of citrus but really that wreath taste. The references to Christmas spice are total hallucinations, in the same way the references to spice in Sierra Nevada are hallucinations. A bizarre concoction ... I'm a lover of black IPAs and this has some of the tones that I love there, but the introduction of a strong porter coffee malt flavor throws me off. It's a strange beer.

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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 ARoman
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

*Transferred from old notes - 12/23/2013* 22oz bomber poured into a snifter. The aroma of Xmas spices came through strong at first (cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and anise?), although it gave way to a damp, basement-like smells. There is some light roasted nut smells in the background too, but the smell finally settles on a light spruce and floral smells. A very thick, creamy brown head forms and sticks around for awhile leaving an even blanket of lacing on the way down the glass. This sits atop a dark, opaque coffee color body. It mostly chocolate malt sweet with some very mild coffee bitter notes to it. It’s light bodied, mostly flat (although there is some trace carbonation) with a creamy, but slick, feel to it. It finishes with a roasty coffee flavor coating the mouth. Accompanying the coffee aftertaste are notes of some chocolate malt, maybe some brown sugar to it and some citrus zest, as well as notes of the Xmas spices mentioned earlier in the aroma.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at FFF brewpub poured into a half pint. Appearance is very dark brown with little light coming through. A stiff tan head stands an inch over the beer. It clings tightly to the glass in patches as the session goes on and Finding Nemo flashes on the screens in the pub. Aroma is pine, cocoa, roasted malt, and the slightest bit of orange peel. Quite hoppy for a porter. Taste is initially bitter with spruce and anise. Then the essence of one of those chocolate-wrapped oranges from Christmastime slides in. Roasty and charred notes on the swallow. Medium body, creamy, but thinner than it looks, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

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

We pop a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows a deep, smoldering molasses coloring that blocks out most light, even when held directly to it. A two finger head of mocha colored foam is produced, retaining excellently. Sheeted walls of lacing slowly etch themselves along the sides of our drinking vessels, and a stout, oily barrier separates the liquid from the rest of the world for the remainder of the tasting. No haze or sediment is appreciated, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose fills with sweetly floral, citric, and soapy hoppiness, toasted pine nuts, richly roasted chocolate maltiness, aluminum and coin, sweaty yeastiness, wet and fragrant rose petals, espresso beans, thyme and oregano, dried tobacco leafiness, charred marshmallows, chocolate wafers, vanilla cream icing, powdered Graham crackers, and pecan pie butteriness. This translates excellently into flavoring, showing notes of deeply roasted, but decently sweet, chocolate and coffee maltiness, crystal maltiness, floral, piney, and soapy hop brightness, molasses and soy sauce metallics, burnt marshmallow and burnt toothpick woodiness, salted caramel, slate and board chalk, mild spice of cinnamon and black pepper, lemon juice acidity, earthen grit, truffle oil, watered teriyaki sauce, and light fruitiness of raspberry jam puck. The aftertaste draws out a long char, like drawing off the back of a dusty, well-used pipe. The body is medium, but still highly silky and oily, while the carbonation is soft and medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and cleansing finishing pop. With a swirl around the mouth things get even more foamy, coating it thoroughly before dripping into the mildest chalky dryness and puck. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears quite quickly.

Overall, Alpha Klaus sure has some hidden smokiness up its sleeves. At first you don’t really get it. Things remain all about the hops, and the balancing sweetness of your nicely warming base porter, which is superb. Once temperatures start to rise, however, is when the grain begins to show its true form. This particular component is more true through the taste, but in the nose, the hops enhance even further, taking center stage. These hops show off just enough evergreen hoppiness to keep things decidedly in the Xmas spirit. Speaking stylistically, this is a wonderful, true hybrid. It has all of the amazing hoppiness and oily bite of your best black ales or black IPAs, but with a much, much greater and tastier base porter to build off of.

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Photo of mabermud
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown body. Nice thin mocha head that is silky and fine. Aroma of soft malt, light spice, some bakers chocolate, and easy hops. The spice and sugar from our neighbors to the south definitely gives this a leg up. The taste needs more "umph." It is somewhat watery, but it has a nice char finish. The dense after carb is nice, but the carbonation up front is too much. The medium body is satisfactory.

Overall - This makes me long for Xocoveza and/or Belching Beaver Horchata Imp Stout. This beer is no match for either of those, but it is pretty good. Should I be comparing them to those two beers? Of course.

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Photo of do_ob
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/13/2014, sampled and reviewed on February 17, 2015.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with red undertones around the edges. Massive 3 finger head and is a light, soft brown. Smells of spices, malt, caramel, chocolate, and molasses. Overall smell is nice but seems like it's missing something. Initial taste brings lots of hoppy goodness with a slight bitterness that only lasts for a second or two. Hints of chocolate and spices are the dominant flavors I get. Moderately heavy weight as expected, but a very smooth finish. Aftertatste is lingering sweetness and malt.

Very drinkable beer, but seems to me like it's just missing something I was hoping for. I would probably buy it again if I ran into it on the shelf, but probabaly not one I'd seek out in the future.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep dark and opaque walnut brown and nearly black. Not a bit of light is getting through this at all and fairly all one color. Head is a big fluffy and tan three to four fingers tall. Big retention and lots of staying power, looking like a very aggressive porter here.

Real nice aroma. Hints of sugar mint and some nice minty chocolate and milky angles. Some hints of floral hop and a good roast simple angle. Quite inviting, almost hints at some tea like herbality as well, but with an interesting hop angle more on a different herbal angle.

Palate is nice and simple. Light bodied cream and somewhat milky, with a good roasting char that's balanced on the finish. Nice almost juiced hop presence that really gives a nice bitterness to the minty light sweetness. Mid palate comes off fruity and minty like a nice breath mint. Real nice warming coffee angle which comes as the beer warms up as well.

A real nice seasonal porter, excellent brew, maybe not one I am going to fall seriously in love with, but one I would make part of my holiday tradition, and one I will remember for sure.

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Photo of gibgink
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a pleasant departure from the normal assortment of porters that are out there. I picked up hops and Christmas spices on the nose. This is really the first beer I've had where the hop presence was in the taste, but not in a dominating(unpleasant for me) manner. Overall a good beer, would have again.

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