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 | website

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:
749
Ratings:
2,173
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
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281
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388
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Reviews: 749 | Ratings: 2,173
Photo of farrago
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Generous three finger head, very dark brown in color with a high number of larger bubbles which continuously pop across the surface, the retention is quite respectable and the lacing forms wide and lengthy splotches with serious stickiness. Maybe a hint of brown in the otherwise black and opaque liquid, near the glass sides you see active tiny bubbles rise upwards. Dark chocolate and a heavy roast dominate the nose, vanilla, coconut flakes, Brazil nuts, some campfire smoke which complements the wet wood and grass notes, curious amount of white grape and peach among the plum, cherry fruit scents, ends with something along the lines of cayenne pepper. In the mouth it is medium-bodied with carbonation that is more creamy than prickly, the roast and toast set the tone early and evoke bitter chocolate, coffee and wood ember notes. There is a cola bean and vanilla element, close to licorice, gets more piney as it finishes. At the same time the herbal qualities linger most at the end, having it veer oddly into bitter territory. Any fruit flavors are dark in taste and otherwise indistinct. Again, there is a hot pepper spiciness going on. Beguiling and not over the top so it remains both complex and drinkable.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark Amber / chocolate color. Has an aroma of chocolate malts and hops. Flavor is chocolaty with slightly bitter hops and a touch of sweetness to balance. Overall this is a really nice porter.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown, almost black with a 1.5 finger head that lingers for a while
S: As others have said- lots of roasted malt, cocoa and some smoke
T: Matches the nose though smokier. Still lots of malt, some cocoa and a bit of hops
M: Medium-bodied, round, creamy
O: Also like others have mentioned nothing reminiscent of most Christmas ales but this is very well made and enjoyable to sip on a cold winter day

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.12/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured very dark, rich looking with smooth creamy tan head. Started at about two fingers but dissipated within a couple minutes. At first smell, I initially lost all hope that it would be pleasant-my first thought was 'a piece of clothing drenched in cigarette smoke that was left in the cold rain for a day and then wrung into a beer bottle'; however after a bit of warming up I realized it was my fault for not letting it initially warm. Smokiness persisted but turned a bit creamy dark chocalate after ten minutes. Mouth feel was thinner than what I expected and strong coffee hints entrenched every crevice of my mouth. Overall a very interesting porter that, as always, I would have a second time before either loving or not liking. TWENTY MINUTES LATER UPDATE: After it warmed the nice sweet smokey chocolate came to life and I had to give better props to one of my favorite semi-local breweries. Lesson learned: Always let it warm up!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin, tan head. Smells of chocolate malt. A wonderful porter taste. Smokey, chocolate abound! The hops show up a plenty and linger along with the chocolate smokiness. Great medium mouthfeel which results in you wanting more. A wonderful FFF offering.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
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 BrewThru_29
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel like this beer doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a porter? Is it a black ale? Is it spiced? Yes to all. However, all the parts don't exactly work well together in my opinion. Not a bad beer. Just not impressive.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a large head. Good retention, great lacing.

Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and smokiness.

Taste is somewhat odd, and it may be in part the slight smoke flavor, or the fact that it's pretty hoppy for a porter, but it's also the fact that this thing is just too sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and the beer is nicely carbonated

Overall, this is a very rare disappointment for me with a Three Floyds beer. I had it last year and wanted to wait to review it this year to see if I could enjoy it more, but I can't.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark black pour with plenty of light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Nose is hoppier than I expected. Spicy, resinous hop aroma. Also plenty of chocolate and roast. The flavor profile starts bitter and hop forward. I get spice, chocolate, and a bitter bite. Medium body with somewhat more carbonation than I'd prefer. Overall a really nice porter.

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Photo of jwc215
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle - Bottled 11/11/15:

Pours black with a lasting off-white head Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of rich chocolate with picy pine/resin.

The taste is of dark chocolate with pine/resin (some citrus). Malt and hops blend well together and are both robust. Lightly roasted coffee in the finish adds balance and more complexity without clashing with the bitterness of the hops.

It has a silky smooth body.

A deliciously rich, unique malty yet hoppy, porter.A nice Christmas treat!

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Photo of Chris585
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark with a two finger or so tan head. A bit hoppy and dark malt on the nose. I have had this for a few years now just reviewing. It's different than I remember but maybe my palate has changed. A little thin from my recollections but good. Alpha King with dark roasted coffee hints and slight hop bite. Enjoyable

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Photo of Ri0
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into snifter. Very dark brown with a 3 finger tan head. Nice chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Flavor reminds me of a black ipa with big roasted malts that give it a chocolate and coffee taste. The hops are plentiful, but it works well. Feel is medium and creamy with the right carbonation. I thought this was excellent on tap and would be interested to see how it is in the bottle.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 Floyds Brewing Co. - Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter. 6% ABV. 650ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/7/15.

Look: Pours a very rich black, and settles the same. Semi aggressive pour created a small half finger mocha colored head.

Smell: Aromas of strong roast coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted dark malts, caramel, and some hops, all backed by a nice smokiness.

Feel: Viscous and creamy, with some carbonation.

Taste: Instant smoky roast coffee and sweet chocolate, with the dark roast malts, and caramel coming into the back end. The hops emerge about the same time, and mix with everything into the aftertaste.

Overall: Been waiting to try this since getting into craft beer back in September, and my brother managed to score two bottles. It sounds just like a typical Porter, until you take into account that is is brewed with hops, along with everything else. Since being so, it is a very unique brew, and actually is pretty good for a change.

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Photo of patpbr
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is brown with a tan head. The nose is mostly chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is similar to the nose and has a coffee flavor along with a hint of hops. Worth Buying

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