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

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 emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, 2005 release, cellared for a year.

I've been staring at this bottle in my fridge for the better part of a year...time to drink it.

After trying this on cask recently, I was curious as to how a cellared bottle would stand up. Brilliantly, I would say.

THe main difference is the subdued hops, still vaguely sprucey, but not overpowering at all. The version on cask carried a fresh hop flavor, like every other 3F beer.

Pours a deep black/ruby, nearly opaque. Thick foam takes it's time to settle, leaving residual lacing. Almost too much foam, even from a slow pour, but that's minor.

Smell is a piney hop with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste is unique, with notes of chocolate, coffee, spruce, and maybe a slight grapefruit hint in there too. Lots going on, and never a dull moment. This is far from one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is rich and velvety, definitely a sipper. One bottle per sitting, usually a rare occasion around here...

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

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Smells of a bit of smoke, roasted nuts, licorice. Tastes of coffee, chocolate,licorice, smoke, roasted malt and nuts, and a touch of hops, but not overwhelming. Overall, a nice combination of flavors. Perfect amount of carbonation and very drinkable.

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

Bottle opened on 8.21.12.

A - Pours an opaque dark brown with a one finger medium brown head with good retention.

S - Roasted malts, coffee and some hoppiness as well.

T - Subtle and smotth coffee and roasted malts, the hop backbone is still there.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Coffee finish lingers.

O - It's a nice porter with a hop background. It's Christmas in August.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown, red visible on the sides, big tan head forms, nice sticky lace. Smell is coffee/chocolate, roast, then big pine and grapefruit hope blasts. Taste is chocolate, coffee and caramel, with a super resinous piney finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation. True 3F interpretation, my only complaint is that by the end of the glass the hops have killed taste buds enough to weaken the roasty flavour, but other than that spectacular.

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

This beer is very dark brown with mahogany highlights and there was a bit of cascading from the pour. The light brown head showed good lacing and decent retention. Quite nice! There's some roasted character to the aroma, but pine and grapefruit from the hops covered most of this up. In fact, it smelled quite a lot like pine trees. The same happened in the flavour to a lesser extent, with malt becoming more evident as it warmed. Strong hop bitterness. There were hints of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee, along with herbal hops, throughout. The finish really lingered and had a lot of hop flavour and roasted bitterness. Medium bodied and quite dry, there was a bit of slickness and well-integrated carbonation. This is a big, hoppy interpretation of a porter and exactly what I expect from 3F. You can tell there's a solid porter malt base lurking underneath all the hops. Quite enjoyable. Thanks for the pick-up Viggo!

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

Had on-tap at Three Floyds 11/28/08 into a pint glass.

Apperance was dark black with a one inch tan head that sank to a good coating that held up throughout and left some pretty good lacing.

Aroma was expectedly roasty with lots of chocolate tones, brown sugar, and an unexpected (though it's FFF so king of expected) huge citrusy hop presence.

The taste was initially somewhat sweet with notes of brown sugar, then some chocolate, followed by a huge burst of citrus that somehow works wonderfully. As the hops come out some coffee-like roastiness comes out though it's quite smooth. Finishes with a wonderful blend of roast and citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and creamy, this ones really easy to put back a few of.

This stuff is unlike any other Porter I've tried. I had this one last March or so and the hops were not nearly as present as they are now when it's fresh. Get some of this stuff, very unique and excellent.

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Photo of IPAFan521
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a deep, dark, smooth clear black. Very nice looking. The head forms about 2cm, falls back a bit, but sticks around. It's tan, dense, and nice - leaving stick bits of lacing. A very beautiful beer. The smell is very nice, too. A bit of roasted barley, but backed up with a very nice caramelly sweetness. A bit of semisweet chocolate, and a whiff of some grain, maybe a hint of some alcohol, bourbon kind of, but I think it's just the dark grain husks. The taste is just like a great straightforward american porter. It doesn't come out with anything different than you expect, it's just very well executed. Very clean, filled with roasted barley and a very nice rich sweetness. It's still dry enough, a bit grainy, and toasty that it is well balanced. At the end there's like a dense, crusty bread with some chocolate sauce. This is just the definition of an American Porter. The bodyis about medium, with mild carbonation, a bit of a rush, no real sting. It's pretty good, probably a bit heavier because there's more grain in it. The beer is very enjoyable. If this wasn't so high in ABV, with this flavor, I could stick with this for a while, but I think this is still really great. I would recommend it if you can find it, and I'm not sure if the months that have passed have made it better, but I know that this is good now.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer looks amazing and smells amazing. A dark stout like color with beige foam. The smell is hoppy, like a dry hopped wonder. There is also some chocolate to help out the non-hopheads. The flavor is a wonderful blend of hops and chocolate. The melange is oddly fantastic. It's a really drinkable mix, I must say that this beer is one of the better things I've ever put on my tongue. It is the wonderful blend of chocolate and hops without bringing the hop bitterness within. It's a great beer, get it as fresh as possible for the best experience.

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Photo of JMilk
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

When I popped the cap and took a whiff I knew this was going to be very, very good. This beer was black with a foamy, mocha colored head. It wasn't pitch black as some red tints could be seen if held up to the light. The smell was really sweet and enticing with a subtle aroma of roasted coffee beans. The taste, WOW! The taste was very chocolatey, sweet, roasty, coffee-like, amazing. The hops were also noticeable in the back and the aftertaste, almost minty. I have to buy several bottles of this when it is released, I can't believe how good this was.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug.

Brownish black in color leaves a big light brown head at first which quickly fades into a small small layer of bubbles with a good level of lacing. Smells immediately are of coffee and chocolate, with some caramel, roasted malt, and citrus hops upon further inspection. Taste is bitter of chocolate and coffee at first, with some caramel, malt, and sugar afterwards. A nice subtle hop finish makes this a well rounded brew. Full in body with a little bit of a dryness. I'm not big on porters, but because I wanted to try it for Christmas, I picked it up. I haven't met a Three Floyds beer I didn't enjoy yet, and this one is no different. Very easy to drink and very sessionable.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty fortunate that I was able to have this twice over the past few months. The second time I had it, however, it was a little bit past its prime so this is the review of the tasting at the December Albany Taproom bottle share, courtesy of jdhowe (thanks!). Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Darkened in color, save for a few reddish amber streaks at the edges. The head is an off-white color that rises to the top in a creamy manner, akin to an English porter, yet dissipates rather quickly over the course of consumption. Not too many bubbles show, but it does seem well carbonated overall. Solid in terms of color and body, and nothing too showy overall. Modest by FFF standards.

The aroma sure isn't, though - I've had my fair share of winter beers last year, but this may be one of my favorites yet. Big notes of dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs) meld with an underlying roasted chocolate profile with a plethora of spices, ranging from mint to nutmeg, from allspice to ginger peel. Pine and orange peel are also predominant, with some notes of cardamom and tamarind. Slightly pepper, with some light anise and molasses notes. Finishes with some caramel and toasted toffee. Usually, for the most part, these flavors are more predominant in Belgian quads or winter releases, but the part that makes it unique here is the porter base, which is roasted, bready, and far closer to an English style, save for the hop profile in usage. It's really nice overall, and highly resembles a mint and spice filled chocolate treat.

The flavor is equally on par, and by golly, FFF churns out yet another high quality beer in its own class. Lots of dark fruit notes, notably ranging from dark cherries to plums, with some molasses and anise, changing bases rapidly into the roasted dark chocolate profile (think powdered cocoa) that melts with the mint, nutmeg, ginger, and tamarind profile, to instantly satisfying results. The bitterness, nuttiness, and spiciness keeps things from getting too sweet or cloying overall, and the roasted profile, melded with the fruit and mint, becomes a high quality winter treat that is delectable and sharp, in many regards. The finish is filled with some extra pine and citrus, as well as a bit of earthiness, which accentuates the spice base in the porter. Roasted and grainy, yet at the same time, pretty filling and creamy overall. This is what so many winter warmers should strive for. Absolutely delicious.

This is to porters what St. Bernardus Xmas Ale is to quads. Gets a good base beer and fills it with a fun, jubilant hop profile and array of spices that makes this become the much needed holiday treat, at the end of the day. By far one of my favorite seasonal releases from FFF, and I hope to get this every year for the holidays as long as I can.

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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 DoctorEvil65
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BlueCat1
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Knowing that Xmas holiday beers are short-lived I make a point to try as many as I can during the season. Three Floyd's Alpha Claus Xmas Porter immediately jumped to the top of my list as best of 2010. I consider this beer a true celebration!

The color is dark. It's a clean looking dark but in holding it up to a light I could not see through it.

The smell is piney, citrusy hops and chocolate malt. Breathe deep and you know you're in for a treat.

It has a full rich taste and wonderful mouth feel. Certainly not the drinkability of a session beer but it is very problem having more that one.

At $10 a bottle I can't afford to drink a lot of 'em, but it was definitely worth the price. Hopefully Santa will leave me a few, though I haven't been that least that's what my wife says!

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stout glass. Pours an opaque black with two fingers of creamy tan head that dissipates slowly into a cap and leaves decent lacing. Had aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and bold citrus. Taste is very roasty with big citrus in the middle. Some dark chocolate begins the finish, but orange peel lingers for a long while. Drinks really big for the ABV, it's a slow sipper through and through.

Overall: Very hoppy and big for a porter, and I wouldn't expect anything less from FFF. This is one of the best FFF beers, and that puts it pretty high up there in the market place.

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Photo of Mrcfi
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unclekeith
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 into a Teku

L: Very dark brown with minimal lacing
S: Roasted malt, chocolate, smokiness
T: Nice bitterness, full roasted flavor, smoke, hops in there too, lots going on
F: Medium body, smooth
O: A great porter (not sure about it being Christmas specific), worth seeking out

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a nice dark mahogany brown color with some nice ruby reddish hints. There is a gorgeous 1-inch head that is nice and light tan with some tight bubbles and some intermingled bigger bubbles. Retention is near perfection. I think I can float a dime on that head. (5.0)

S - Roasted malt notes are coming in very strong and delicious. There are some slight bitter chocolate notes and some nice chocolate sweetness. There are some mild hop notes in the nose as well with some slight citrus and some nice grassy hints. The roasted malt and hop balance in the nose is near perfection. (4.0)

T & M - Flavor starts off with some nice roasted coffee notes with some French roasted hints and some slight espresso hints. There are some delicious chocolate notes in this beer. Nice dark chocolate bitterness is quite smooth and silky and the slight milk chocolate sweet notes really hold well. Now the hop hints in this beer are quite impressive. There is some nice grass and great citrus notes. I would say that this is a nice roasted Classical Porter with the hop profile of Alpha King. I love the way the chocolate malt notes combine and play well with the hops. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with some nice balanced carbonation. (4.5)(4.0)

D - The beer is delicious and all the flavors are very well represented and well crafted but also work well together. This is something that might not be expected. Very refreshing and yummy brew. (4.5)

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Photo of Floydster
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with sman262, thanks for giving me the opportunity to finally try this brew, poured into my Russian River pint glass tonight after a rough day

A-Dark black color with no light shining through, small 1/4 inch tan head that was very creamy, some retention, very impressive lacing

S-Floral hops, hints of oak, some different fruits, mostly roasted malt and a variety of nuttiness, faint coffee, lots of dark chocolate

T-Dry at first with some floral hoppiness, then a little sweet in the middle with hints of cream and coffee, as well as dark chocolate, finishes with a bitterness that I cannot really put my finger on, hint of raisins as it warmed, chocolate really came out then, tasted a lot like its aroma, went down easily

M-Sweet and bitter mouthfeel, small amount of carbonation, thick bodied for a porter, taste lingered nicely, dry on the back of the tongue

D-Could have drank a bomber and then some of this, took a while to drink but very smooth, ABV is not too high, alcohol is hidden, easy to drink

Have been wanting to try this since I initially got into craft beer, did not disappoint and was even better than I thought it would be, one of the better porters I have ever had, wish this was a year round release and available in my area but neither of those is a possibility, I would love to drink this again some time, highly recommended

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Gooch83
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Osiris9588
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no date. Pours a black color, nearly opaque except for a slight caramel glow at the base when held to the light. The beigh head didn't firm up all that much, but showed decent retention and left a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is toasty and nutty, hints of chocolate, toffee, and some tree bark.The flavor follows, with a strong carob and grainy coffee finish. It improved greatly as it warmed, more subtle and nuanced.

The mouth is medium bodied, rather light compared to some porters. It deomonstrates solid complexity, lighter and cherry-like on the tip of the tongue, then dries nicely on the luscious finish. A tip o' the cap sirs.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Christmas time treat pours a heavyduty brown and holds a substantial cocoa coloured head upon its shoulders. Eventually the cap departs leaving only the tell tale shreds of froth floating and some nicely strewn lace work. The darkness makes a gaze into the core of this beer's soul an impossibility, but small bubbles near the outskirts of my glass can be seen rising upward. This creation is quite pleasing to the eye.

Upon cracking the festive looking bomber, the smell offered up a hearty jab of hoppy pine and green cannabinoid skunkiness as I nosed the opening to the bottle. After evacuating a portion of the contents into my glass, aromas of scorched malt entered the forray. This burnt character carries a smoky aspect that envelopes the bouquet and draws some of the attention away from the florals. The hops are still notable, but chocolate scents and black patent qualities assert themselves just as aggressively while cloaked in the smokiness. The burnt overtones greatly contribute to the overall character of the nose. Nice. The second pour seems to be even more intensely scented.

The flavours cascade through a sort of milky chocolate into a dry bitterness. The burnt quality lingers on the palate with the hop dry and bitterness to great effect. Sweetness is relatively low, or at least seems to be held in check by the hops and smoke tones. The flavour ends up being fairly well balanced for something so robust. As the bottle wears on, sensitization seems to cause the smoke character to become less pronounced to my taste buds. The hops still seem to hold up without much fading. The "heavy handed" use of said hops must produce enough bittering that even with acclimation to their presence, it is impossible to become numb to their effects. This is a pretty impressive beer. These guys can whip up a mean recipe.

The body is medium with a strong lean to the heavier side. It is somewhat creamy and fluffy. Very satisfying to be sure.

The drinkability factor is self contained. Most reasonable humanoids wouldn't drink a few of these in succession. One bomber is capable of providing all of the enjoyment one could ask for in a sitting. Not to say that you couldn't have something a bit less intense before or after. FFF! Unbelievable brews! Thanks for the Christmas present.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,271 ratings