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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
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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 gford217
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of SixPackSunday poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown out of the bottle that looks black in the glass. The head is a dense three-finger tan that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin coating along the top leaving decent lacing.

S: Smell is mainly burnt coffee and chocolate malts. There is also a definite sweetness as well with vanilla and maybe some oatmeal in the background.

T: Taste picks up where the aroma left off with sweet malts up front but with a burnt coffee kick and some oatmeal smoothness. I also got more chocolate in taste and a hint of hops in the finish with some coffee bitterness as well.

M: Mouthfeel is super smooth with solid carbonation and helps the flavors stick to your mouth.

D: This is one of the better porters I've had in a while and it is certainly drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black color with a caramelized creme brûlée colored foamy head. The head forms quickly and largely. Some semblance of head lingers throughout the beer. Lacing and spider webbing coat the glass from top to bottom. Late summer mown grass, coffee, and roastiness on the nose. Moutfheel is thick and slick, but dries out a little at the finish. Perfectly balanced roasted malt and resinous hops. It fills the mouth with flavor. Grassy hop flavor blending well with large roasted malt. This is a magnificent beer with a lot of balance. I've missed it so much.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer in trade (sorry, another case of not writing down who it came from...but thank you). Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass...a Christmas Porter...in early May.

A: Gigantic, crackling, bubbling frothy head, a good 4-fingers high crowns this deep brown brew. Rocky and s-l-o-w to dissolve, the dusty tan head is really what makes this so outstanding-looking. With every refresh, that huge head returns. Surprisingly, only a little sticky lace...

S: Molasses, plums, raisins, vanilla, oak, a little holiday spice. Big chocolate syrup and cafe au lait. Becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T: Darker chocolate with ample lactic sourness, nice and bittersweet. Some sticky burnt caramel, charred & smoked wood, sweetened chicory, roasted nuts and dashes of cinnamon - a holiday party going on in my mouth.

M: Warm & luscious. Enveloping, full mouthfeel with bitterness clinging down the middle of the tongue. Long-lingering roasted malt and sour flavors with a little malty stickiness.

D: Very nice beer all-around. Heavy without being overwhelming. A sipper for certain, and an extremely enjoyable one - well-balanced, filled with flavor, a treat to look at. Would love to have this again - highly recommended!

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Photo of klewis
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a massive foamy head that refuses to die. Lots of lacing.

S: Rich chocolate aroma with a touch of cappuchino. Very nice.

T: Semi-sweet with a big chocolate taste and a roasted coffee bean finish. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium-bodied with an unusual crispness. Moderate carbonation.

D: This is a damn good porter, but at $9 a pop, it's only good enough to have as an occasional treat.

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Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from the ever generous TheodorHerzle some time ago. I've been sitting on this one for awhile and I'm excited to try it. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish red that allows the faintest amount of light to seep through about a quarter inch around the glass. A fluffy one finger medium tan head that recedes fairly quickly leaving a lily pad cap and thick collar with some randomly sticky lacing.
Smell- You could smell the hops in this bad boy upon opening. Some fairly vibrant citrus notes are present along with some piney hoppy goodness. Plenty of chocolate and cocoa give it that familiar Porter nose. Mixed with the hops it reminds me of chocolate covered mints.
Taste- Definitely some solid Porter familiarity here with the ever present hoppiness that you'd expect from FFF. Rich and chocolaty, it's fairly roasted and gritty with a dark roasted coffee aspect that seems to hang around forever. The real star of this brew is definitely the hops though. Piney and slightly citrus they add a rock solid hop bite that when added to the roasted malt, makes this thing very tasty. A lemony bitterness lingers for what may be days along with a light roasted nuttiness.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice gritty feel and aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- A very nice unique spin on a Porter that really takes the whole hopped up Porter to the next level. Dangerously drinkable for 7.5% ABV I'm really enjoying this thing immensely, maybe to immensely. I couldn't be any more pleased that a couple more bombers are sitting at my local brew store waiting for my consumption (I traded for this when I stilled live din the North West). Big thanks to Matt for another great beer!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm very impressed with this beer. It is slightly hoppy and extremely roast-y without a tremendous amount of chocolate or coffee. It reminds me a great deal of Founder's Black Rye, which I tremendously enjoy.

Color is a dark black, but is not the inky-black of imperial porters. As the beer went from bottle to glass, it appeared more of a light brown. Aroma is lightly of centennial hops, superceded by pleasing chocolate malt roastiness. Flavor is very dry and roasty, but not too cholate-y or coffee-ish. The dryness is great, and reminsicent of Founder's Black Rye to me. Mouthfeel is almost "chalky," perhaps due to the dry character of this beer, but somehow matches the flavors I'm detecting. Quite drinkable.

I've been saving this beer for the right occasion where I can properly enjoy this beer, and this afternoon in front of March Madness is it.

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Photo of davemathews68
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- brown black with brown highlights. Two fingers of head that linger for a bit leaving some decent lacing.

S- my favorite part. Glorious hop aromas, herbal, dank, a little pine, toasted slightly burnt dark malts. The combination is of a spent bong but in only the good ways!

T- at first the Tate follows the nose, dank hops and toasted malts. As it warms the pine hops are noticeable and the malt follows and finishes with milk chocolate.

M- a little thicker than other porters but I think it still would follow all the style guides. Nice carbonation for the style.

O- like much of the FFF line up the aroma is great. The pine with chocolate flavors give it a Christmas feel. Will seek this out again.

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Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CrellMoset
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of hrking - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: A pitch black beer - we held it up to the light to verify - with a half-finger tan head of perhaps average retention and a collar of lace. The lacing itself is incredibly splotchy, pox-like almost, coating the sides of the glass pretty, part runny, part sticky.

Aroma: Fantastic. Tons of hops here, very leafy, with lots of mint and lightly spicy, sprucey pine needles. Maltiness if heavy, thick, and wonderfully chocolatey, milky, and sweet. These notes blend beautifully with one another, lending a definite air of York Peppermint Patty. There are flourishes of other malt notes, as well - caramel, mocha, toffee, sweet coffee.

Taste: A wonderfully balanced porter. Like the nose, there are tons of hop notes - mostly leafy pine notes, though flourishes of heavy citrus and pine, which again meld beautifully with the lightly buttery, heavily toasty, chocolatey malt notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and even, milk-chocolate esque, but fairly light in body. Crispness abounds, however, but it's just a very even crispness.

Drinkability: Dan says "mint chocolate milk," I concur, and being among the class of people who would find such a thing terribly drinkable, I'll have to rate this one sort of high. At 7.5%, it's getting near the upper range of the style, but it's a drinkable enough style to begin with, so that's ok. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very dark and roasty aroma with big hints of chocolate and a pretty strong hop presence. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, biscuit, burnt toast, sweet caramel, toffee, cream, grains, and nuts. Sweet hints of the Mexican sugar come through. Big scent of earthy hops that give a black IPA like aroma. Hints of spicy pine resin and grass. Subtle citrus hints of orange and lemon. A very good and interesting aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a dark, roasty, and hoppy taste with big notes of chocolate malt and spicy hops. Upfront taste of dark roasted barley malts with notes of dark chocolate and cocoa, coffee roast, burnt toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, cream, and nuts. Big balancing presence of hops with earthy and herbal notes of spicy pine resin and grass. Slight citrus notes of orange and lemon. Sweet notes of the Mexican sugar. A pretty unique and good taste. Its like a cross between a stout and black IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, moderately slick, and somewhat oily. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A very solid dark brew. Its more like a black ale than porter. A nice combination of roast and spicy hops.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bought from the wine joint in Hamden. Enjoyed last evening as a NYE warmup during a viewing of "War of the Worlds"

Pitch black porter with a dark tan head. Nice retention and excellent lacing.

Hops? I could've sworn that this was a batch of kind bud swimming around with dark roasted malts.

Dark chocolate, coffee, and a bunch of spices that I couldn't figure out. That is, after your tongue is assaulted with Christmas tree sappy hops. Even with the big flavor, a bit lighter than a lot of porters out there. Though not traditional in any sense, very enjoyable and worth a few.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh, it's so good.

Poured a deep thick dark brown with ruby edges, some elusive light sneaks through. The nose is filled with chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, earthy pine, and whiffs of alcohol. First sip carried right off the smell, with up front notes of smoky strong bittersweet chocolate, bold roasted malts and dark grains, and strong hoppiness, finishing with a light porter-type mustiness that fades to an unmistakable well hopped bitterness. Good body with a balance of consistency and stickiness. Extremely drinkable - goes down smooth but not too heavy. An outstanding winter release.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brystmar
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, lots of tan head on the surface. Strong lace, great retention. Huge hop aroma on top of decadent chocolate malt and crystallized sugars.

Taste follows the nose with roasted malts and chocolate up front. Mexican sugars show up midway through, fading slowly as the hoppy backbone cleans things up. Finish is neither dry nor sweet. A lingering hoppy bitterness remains in my throat after swallowing.

Big, creamy body sells the experience. I feel like a broken record saying this yet again, but hats off to FFF for brewing another superbly crafted beer. Top notch for the style.

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Photo of Apok23
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerguy101
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate malts and floral hops. A medium bodied porter. The roasted chocolate malts are offset by a surprising amount of grapefruity hops. A flavor fest: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cheery/berries and caramel. Smooth taste. Very well balanced. Soft round taste. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 22 oz bottle brought to the in-laws Xmas party. Thought I'd share some Midwest craft brews with my deprived Canadian family...

A - Black, two-fingered mocha head that dissipates slowly leaving complex lacing. Tiny amount of visible carbonation.

S - Sweet burnt malts and chocolate juxtaposed with floral piney hops and the slightest hint of citrus, largely orange. Much hoppier than one would expect from a porter - kind of a "Darkness-lite" in that respect.

T - Starts hoppy and sweet, ends chocolate. There's an oatmeal consistency midway through, and the ending bitterness is interesting because it's unclear whether it's from the hops or from bittersweet chocolate or from espresso.

M - Smooth, creamy, great viscosity. The moderate amount of carbonation complements the bitterness in the back end of the palate.

D - It's a little to rich and strong for sessions, but a single 22 oz goes down pretty easy. Nice for sharing during the holidays.

I wish Three Floyds had a regular porter I could get instead of having to wait until December each year. I'm not sure it's worth stashing as the hops will probably fade by March.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep dark brown color almost black with a billowing offwhite head about an inch or so thick. As I pour this brew its aromas make themselves quite present almost immediately. There is a mix of beautiful resiny hops, followed by some deep roast like aromas, and just a hint of bread. Initial flavors to this brew start off quite roasty with a slight nutty character to it. But these flavors are quickly overwhelmed by the intense hop flavor that lets you know this isn't your ordinary porter. The hops give off an almost spruce like, piney resiny flavor that mix in the most interesting way with the malts. At first I was a bit overwhelmed but as the brew warmed up a bit, the flavors complemented themselves quite nicely. The finish to this brew is slighty bitter, with the the malts lending a night chocolate roasty finish. The body of this beer is truly superb, almost chewy and the carbonation just tingles on the tongue, keeping me fully excited for the next sip. Overall a truly original porter than will warm up your holiday spirits.

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Photo of blackearth
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a black body with a nice tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts and coffee beans. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation and feels soft and creamy. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and a touch of vanilla lead to a mellow finish. Excellent drinkability from this porter.

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Photo of marvin213
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The liquid looks pretty normal: black, little bit of head...that's basically it. Swirling the glass does produce impressive lacing (particularly for a porter), but I was going +0.5 on the cool Three Floyds bottle (and cap) anyways.

This beer's nose is indeed exceptional, unlike any other Christmas concoction I've tried. The chocolate is background at best (more apparent, I suppose, in the black appearance), the hops are there via lacing (again, appearance), but the smell is sweetly unique. Based on the label's description, I guess it's the Mexican sugar. It probably wouldn't smell like this all by itself, but kudos to FFF for such a treat. While novel in its aroma, it still seems seasonal--I'm sensing brown sugar...and (maybe) some ginger; regardless, it's alluring like sweet Christmas cookies!

This brew oozes character. The English chocolate malts are indeed like a medium on which the sugar and American hops dance a jig. It actually tastes like equal parts of each ingredient. Though unlike a dessert beer--all congnacy and strong--it's like dessert IN a beer: hopped-up sugar and chocolate. There's a bitterness in the aftertaste that dulls this effect but, undoubtedly, it's among the neatest beers I've come across.

Aside from that bittering, it's like a cookie fresh out the oven. It must be the hops that make the sugar tingle; meanwhile, the chocolate coats cheeks. I expect something like this is trial-and-error (I mean, really, how do folks come up with stuff like this?), but this feels like a well-designed beer.

As with most unique tastes, you don't want to overdo it. It's novel enough to share with Christmas party strangers, and good enough for me to pursue each and every year. Alongside Gumballhead, this beer puts fits Three Floyds on the frontier of craft brewing.

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joepais
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again Santa (Deuane)
Bottle poured into my new smutty snifter produced a large tan head that lasts for a long time. I was really surprised how much carbonation this one had. The body of the brew was a typical black.

Big hops what I expect from 3f's and this one ids no exception. Other aromas included coffee and chocolate all of which assaulted my senses, quite aromatic.

There are flavors of roasted malts, coffee and sweet chocolate. This is a very interesting for a porter very good in the flavor department. Awesome full body brew with tons of carbonation.

Great brew my first one this Christmas Day I am easily going to polish this one off while enjoying the festivities. Thanks again Santa

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,230 ratings
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