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
Ratings:
2,225
Reviews:
758
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
281
Gots:
401
For Trade:
15
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Photo of hopsbreath
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zimmerbloke for helping me knock off yet another want. Bomber split between my pair of Portsmouth snifters and shared with the wife.

A: Very dark brown body with translucent light tan edges. Huge fluffy toasted marshmallow head. Lacing is as copious as they come. If the edges were darker the perfect score would be warranted here. 4.5/5

S: All about the hops here. Specifically, big citrus hops dominate. As hard as I can, I'm having a hard time picking ip on any dark malts. Some muted cola aromas are the best I can find. So far I'm thinking this is more along the lines of a black IPA. I happen to enjoy black IPA's so this is in my wheel house. 4/5

T: Leads with the green citrus hops but opens up with some nice sweet milk chocolate. Coffee on the finish leans more toward the porter classification but as a package this tastes like a black IPA and porter hybrid... In a good way. 4/5

M: Average carbonation with a sticky finish and smooth full body. I wish it finished dryer but that's more of a personal preference. This fits my definition of good but not great. 4/5

O: Not quite up to the level of my personal bench marks for the style. Although its not Edmund Fitzgerald or Black Butte, it's better than most porters out there. 4.5/5

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Photo of LaCoursiere
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured the last third of a bottle into a wine globe. It formed a half finger tan head. The head faded fairly quickly to a thin trace with a little bit of lacing. Color is similar to a strong dark roast coffee.

S - The smell is this beer's forte. Great citrus hop and sweet malt nose with notes of vanilla and anise. Outstanding.

T - Roasty malts up front with hints of coffee and brown sugar with a very nice piney hop finish. Slightly smokey malt is there in the finish as well. It has great balance. The smell had me anticipating a sweet beer but the sweetness level is just right.

M - Very smooth with medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Alcohol warmth is slight in the finish.

D - Very nice beer. I wasn't expecting a porter with this much hops but it was very tasty. It kind of blurs the lines between porter and black IPA. It's quite drinkable. A whole bomber in one sitting would be no trouble.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From My Notes:

A: Deep brown with a fluffly tannish white colored head. A bit more head than I would have liked but it held pretty well and left good lace

S: Some notes of chocolate and roast but really not all that aromatic

T: Despite the lack of aroma, this tasted great. Rich bitter chocolate, some nice roasted flavors and a slight hint of caramel. Also had some nice cinnamon notes too

M: Very full bodied but there was a slight bit of alcohol heat.

D: One of the better tasting porters that I can think of.

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Photo of HosP
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a lone bottle the other day. Love trying FFF beers I haven't had yet. 22 oz bomber.

A- Pours black. One finger tan head. Recedes down to thin cap with lace sticking to the glass.

S- Interesting nose. Roasted malts, more chocolate than coffee beans. Pine hop aroma comes in and out of the nose. Hard to distinguish if the bitterness is coming from hops or bittering chocolates.

T- Flavor follows the malt end of the nose. Roasted malts at first, bittering chocolate, then some subtle burnt coffee flavors. Piney hops peek through at the end of the drink playing off the malts nicely. Lots of good flavors coming from this porter.

M- Not quite full body with very little carbonation. Wants to have a stout body, but not quite. A little dry in the mouth.

D- Very interesting porter here. Lots more flavor than you would expect from a porter, but dead on from what you would expect from FFF. This would be a great on a snowy night, but it does the trick on a rainy, chilly evening. Would buy another in a heart beat!

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Photo of mbusster88
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a black body, mocha colored head. Great looking porter body that is dense and without any red. Lacing is fantastic on the glass.

S: Roasty, smoke and some milk notes. Very subtle nose that is not overly aromatic.

T/M: Wow, this has a great roasted coffee flavor right up front. Semi-drying flavors on the palate. Also get some good smoke flavors. The roasted flavors do overpower a lot of the other flavors, but I still get some milk/lactic flavors in this one. Great smooth body with some bitter notes and a nice finish.

D: Very drinkable beer that really was nice to sit down to. Easy to kill the bomber yourself and the flavor is very robust.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Grant for sending this one to me.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some definite red highlights. A short lived off-white head is present, too.

S: Quite a lot of roast, and perhaps char, with just a touch of smokiness. There are some nice hints of dark fruits, earthy hops, and bitter dark chocolate. I seem to pick up just a touch of licorice.

T: Mostly roasted malt flavor with a nice char character. A mild sweetness in the form of toffee, and the same earthy hop notes. A mild to moderate bitterness to the beer.

M: Medium in body and medium carbonation, too.

D: Kind of heavy on the roast which limits the amount of other qualities you can pick up, but good.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lookin out on cracking this bottle drew

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some roasty character was present on the nose with chocolate, toffee, brown sugar notes and a little grassy boozy aroma.

T: the chocolate, roasty, and brown sugar flavors blended quite well and were more apparent on the palate with grassy hoppy accents. It also seemed to have a little caramel character as well.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, grassy, mild hoppy and silky finish.

D: it actually was really easy drinking and was a tasty porter, glad I got to try this brew again; pretty solid.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 12 oz snifter

A- Very dark appearance, slight lacing, tan mocha head that disappears fast.
S- Cocoa, molasses as well as espresso aromas, hints of hops at the end.
T- Coffee taste right away, a little bitter but not overpowering, syrupy flavors come out as I continue to drink. Well carbonated.
M- Smooth on the palate, bitter feeling on the tongue as well.
D- Easy drinkability, slight bitter taste but well balanced with the hops and coffee flavors, nothing too unique but enjoyable.

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Photo of betsona
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage 22oz bottle poured into a 12oz snifter.

A- Black with a mocha head that disappears, turn away for a second and it is gone. Ever so slight lacing of head.

S- Strong molasses with a slight hint of citrus hops. Hints of espresso also come through the longer it sits.

T- Warms me up on a snowy evening in February. Plenty of roasted malt at the front gives way to a pleasant citrus taste. Also a little bitter chocolate comes through.

M- little to no carbonation. A nice body that is pleasant on he tongue.

D- I look forward to next years release. It is a enjoyable porter with a nice hop. I gladly pick one up every time I see it on the shelf.

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

Poured from 650 ml bottle into an imperial nonic.

A: Very dark brown or black. A little carbonation. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, brown head. Settles very slowly. Leaves a persistent ring as it does, and never fully dissipates. Substantial lacing.

S: Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, baked bread, a little molasses, and just a touch of clove.

T: Roasted malt and coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and a little licorice. A touch of woody and peaty notes.

M: Thick, and hearty. Grainy and a little sweet in the front, a touch of peat in the end. Syrupy, lightly bittersweet aftertaste. A bit of a dry finish. Has a higher alcohol palette than what it actually is.

D: MMM. This is robust and hearty, but not overwhelming enough to slow you down.

Atmosphere is exceptional. Great dark appearance with a magnificent head. Nose is chock full of of great components. Well balanced flavor. Nothing overpowers, and it's not distracted by a high alcohol flavor. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to AwYeh for splitting this beer with me.

Appearance - Pours a dark brownish black with a well carbonated vanilla froth on top. Less than half a finger of head on this one. It has impressive lacing that hugs onto the glass tightly.

Smell - A hoppy chocolaty smell. I get slight hints of vanilla along with oak. Smells like some slightly different hops I'm not quite used to.

Taste - A hoppy and fruity porter. Very consistent in its hop profile all throughout. A slight hint of dark cherry with citrus notes. Slight spices are prevalent as well. I also get slight hints of cocoa, that add to the hoppy bitterness. The 'Porter taste' comes in the aftertaste. Further along in the drink, I noticed it became a little more watered down.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Fairly drinkable and radically different. It just got old pretty quickly. I was completely happy splitting this with a friend and not drinking the entire 22oz.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hurfer for the bomber! Poured into a dimpled glass mug. Pours dark brown with a thick foamy head that quickly fizzles, yet retains thin lacing throughout the session. At first, there was a strong hop aroma that overpowered everything else. Once the beer warmed up I was able to pick up caramel and chocolate aromas in addition to brown sugar and the hops. Caramel, cocoa, vanilla, and roasted malt flavors at the beginning. Then the hops kick in for a bitter hop and chocolatey finish. This beer has a silky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. I was glad this beer did not have a lactose milk sugar overkill like some of the 3F beers. This is a porter I would glady drink over the holidays!

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Shared by BigSexy410; thanks man, this was a Want of mine. 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a jet black color with an inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, chocolate, roasted malts, and light citrus hops. Interesting.

t - Tastes of pine hops, citrus hops, floral notes, soap, roasted malts, chocolate, and sweet sugar or fruit. Again interesting.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - An interesting porter; can definitely see the resemblance to Alpha King with the pine hops. Lots of pine and chocolate/roasted malts; definitely enjoyable. Would have again.

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Photo of Dhren1979
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 22oz Bomber poured into a Tulip glass.

A: A very rich, dark brown with about 2 inches of light, sandy-color head. Lacing is ample.

S: The aroma of hops is present, but is quickly overpowered by coffee and roasted chocolate.

T: Hit with a tiny, bitter hop taste as it hits my tongue. A sweet, fruity roasted malt dominates.

M: Creamy with tiny bubbles introduce themselves to my tongue. A heavey, medium body Porter that finishes a little dry.

D: Very drinkable! Looking forward to Christmas 2011!! Kidding...let's enjoy some sunshine in 2011 first! A great way to start the weekend.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass a dark brown color with a fluffy mocha fan head of 2 fingers. The aroma is a nice blend of chocolate and hops. Almost has a spice to it as well in the nose. Nice lace as the head settles. Medium mouthfeel. Cocoa like sweetness up front with a transition to a dark chocolate bitterness. The hollow are pretty bold towered the end as well. Slight booze.

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

Pours black with ample tan head. Smells like pine hops and subdued coffee, sweet chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and coffee, hops, dry, high carbonation. Kind of like a porter IPA. Pretty good. I'd call this a good Cascade Dark Ale :) I'm diggin the hoppy aroma and the back flavors in this porter.

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

Big thanks to Gratefulbeerhead for this one, Cheers Eric!

Deep dark brown, may be mistaken for black if not held to the light. Dark brown sugar head stand two fingers tall.. Head recedes rather quickly leaving a slight cap and moderate lacing behind.

First and foremost I was not expecting this kind of hop contribution. The brighter citrusy hops really stand out. Moderate levels of roasted malt, appropriate for the style, blends with cocoa and slight java aromas. The constrasting aromas really work well.

Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and espresso roll across the tongue. The citrus hop flavor lightens the flavor as it follows just behind. Hints of caramel linger on the back of the palate.

Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate though adequate. The sweetness linger on the tongue just a bit making the finish slightly long.

Very nice beer. Better than many porters but does not quite reach the top tier. This is one I would seek out on occasion if it were available locally. Worth a try.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a speck of ruby, with a fuller spectrum of cherry red colors in the edges of the glass. A fluffy, creamy beige head forms on the pour and lingers for a while, leaving lacing to cling to the glass.

Smell: Chocolate malt, lots of pine hops and some light earthy and grassy hop aroma.

Taste: This is sort of a simple porter. It starts off with some chocolate malt, but the pine hops are the focus. Some earthy and grassy hops are present as well, mimicking the aroma. Lingering hop bitterness. It seems like I do not agree with their recipe, but as usual, the execution was skillful.

Mouthfeel: Moderately full, with medium creamy carbonation. The hops pull at my taste buds a little bit and leave the tongue dry, with some residue behind my lips.

Drinkability: Heavily hopping this beer just was not a decision that coalesces with what I am looking for in a Christmas Porter. This is quite possibly the first time I will want a less-hopped beer and most likely the last.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, dark brown, near black in color. Head is a huge four or five finger of brown foam despite a rather gentle pour. Foam slowly fades to a two finger cap and leaves solid rings of lace ebhind on the glass.

S - Roasted hops? Piney, citrusy dark malts? It really bounces back and forth between strong pine aromas with a touch of citrus and dark, roasted chocolate and coffee beans. Very impressive nose due to the very strong, yet well melded hop and malt profiles. A love the aroma of this beer.

T - Piney bitterness quickly matched by lightly roasted dark malts. Hints of bitter chocolate and just a touch of burnt coffee bean. As the beer warms the malts certainly become more dominant but the hops are strong throughout. Three Floyd's name is stamped all over this one.

M/D - Big, full bodied roastiness with a decent bit of hop bite as well. A sipper, but certainly one I can sip for a long time.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by some kind BA at the BA gathering at GI.

A - Deep brown, almost black, with a tan head that left a nice bit of lacing on the sides. Somehow the browner color gives it a more interesting look than just plain black.

S - Pretty sweet. Sugar and coffee and chocolate with a little bit of fruity note.

T - Somewhat roasty, with chocolate notes and surprising sweet fruit flavor. I was not expecting this to be as sweet as it was, but perhaps because it is a Christmas porter, it is a little sweeter than normal.

M - Smooth, creamy, light carbonation.

D - Pretty solid, although it feels bigger than it's 6%, which is good or bad depending on if you want to feel drunk or if you want something to placate your need for beer but not mess you up. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of klikger
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pour served in a Darkness tulip

A - Blackish brown, small brown head, decent lacing

S - Tons of fresh, piny hops, mint, milk chocolate

T - Pine needles, lactose --> peppermint and lots of bitter hops, and some chocolate malts --> ends surprisingly bitter and piny.

M - Medium-bodied, great carbonation, fantastic feel overall

D - For sure -- one of the most drinkable porters I've had.

Overall, this is a deliciously minty pine tree dipped in chocolate. If that sounds appealing, you will dig this. For what it's worth, I like this beer better than pretty much any Black IPA I've had. Not quite sure what differentiates this porter from that style, but if you're after the hops, look no further.

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Photo of chaz01
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle that's been aged in cellar for at least a year, poured into a snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, black, with a tannish brown head. Beer is very dark, thick and opaque.

S: Roasted malt flavors including some chocolate flavors.

T: Semi-sweet taste of cocoa initially, followed by a little bit of a cocoa-mint taste. Finishes with more cocoa flavors and just a little hint of roasted coffee.

M: Creamy mouthfeel reminds me of chocolate milk, just enough carbonation.

D: Nice sipping beer on a cold winter night. Very smooth and easily drinkable at 6%.

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Photo of JLeege
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured into an extra large snifter. Pours a very deep brown with a creamy 2 finger tan head. Good retention and lacing left behind.

Smell- Lots of coffee and chocolate malt aromas at the start. Some sweet sugar with lots of pine hops underneath.

Taste- Notes of bittersweet chocolate starts it off, with a nice roastyness, similar to a dark coffee. Fairly sweet in the middle of the drink, which must be the Mexican sugar addition. An earthy pine hop balance towards the back end to even everything out. Lots of noticably assertive hops in this porter, rather than just bitter coffee roast, in your typical porter. But this is three floyds and an x-mas "style" porter, so what do you really expect!?

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Not "hot" at all, but this feels bigger than 6%.

Overall- Another winner from Three Floyds. They are constantly re-cementing themselves as one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz into .3l tulip, from mistakebythelake in the n00b2 BIF. Good people send good beer.

This'll be a quick 'un as there isn't much here to review (but in a good way). This is an easy drinkin', smooth pourin', nice smellin' brew.

I have become a bit oversaturated with the 'lets just add' phase of craft brewing that was heavily representedin the brews I've sampled over the past two months. It was very nice to sit down tonight and enjoy two brews that are what they're supposed to be. While, perhaps, not the best example of the style, this porter has a deep and rich mohagany color with a decent tan head and a small amount of lacing.

There's a rich malt aroma and a touch of hops up front that I'm not outright tasting but which is evident in the balance of the flavor.

The taste is bitter, bitter chocolate, perhaps a bit of pine in the back. It is full of malt.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for a porter, nothing wrong with it, but I'll use a heavier feel as the bench mark.

Fin.

(70th)

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: solid black with hue of dark brown/mahogany, trace head evident. good lacing occurred.

S: coffee, roasted nuts, bitter chocolate, malt.

T: sweet chocolate and malt up front with hint of roasted nuts and bitter in the finish.

M: medium body, very smooth pour and drink. a little more carbonation than I like in my porters, but the flavors make up for it.

D: Quite good. Not my favorite porter, but a good one and nice offering by Three Floyds; give it a spin.

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