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:
757
Ratings:
2,214
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
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283
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400
For Trade:
15
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Reviews: 757 | Ratings: 2,214
Photo of FirkinDave
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A perfect beer.

As a Three Floyds beer, I expected a great balanced mouth of hops, and it was delivered. What I wasn't ready for was the drinkablilty factor.

A touch of granny smith apple flavor, slight hint of caramel, overtaken by roasted coffee bean/ chocolate malt. Then the surpise.. The finish dropped off to a light dry hop which forced me to do the whole experience over.

Sampled at 40 degrees and 65 degrees, the more toward room temp it got, the bigger the greenapple carmel/coffee roast got. Soft light brown head, very dark in color, an exceptional beer. The porter base was well chosen.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves an espresso foam colored one finger head that fades into just a foam ring at the edge, and it leaves some spotty lacing. Body is an inky black. Looks great.

Smell - floral and citrusy hops, chocolate, barley malt bread, roasted malt, candy sugar, and some caramel.

Taste - same as the smell. Floral, citrusy hops on the front, with the chocolate, barley malt bread, and roasted malt in the middle, with candy sugar and sweet caramel combining with a lemony hop twang on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good, and it can be sessionable.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich blackish brown with a nice off-white head.

The aroma was of earthy hops, chocolate, coffee, and toast.

The flavor of the beer was rich with toffee, caramel, coffee and chocolate malt flavors. The hops were assertive and had and earthy and floral character. There was a nice slightly smoky finish. What an array or flavors!

The mouthfeel was medium, but not too heavy considering the 7.5% ABV. The carbonation was just right.

This is an outstanding American porter and probably the best I've had to date.

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

Pours deep dark brown, not much of a head, and a lot of bubbles from the carbonation visible.

When I poured the second half of the bottle, it looked much nicer... bigger head, and less bubbles.

Aromas are excellent. Hoppy pine and sweet chocolate noted on the nose. Very nice.

Flavors are quite nice. Tastes of chocolate on the front, a touch of mocha hoppy bitterness, and then a nice creamy yet crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit light on the front, but makes up for it with the nice finish.

What a well done porter. My favorite offering so far from Three Floyds. This is a very tasty and drinkable brew.

Thanks a lot sman262 for sending this my way.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from FtownThrowDown, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a huge foamy brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is rich with dark chocolate and floral hops, unique but straight-forward.

T: The taste is much the same as the smell, dark chocolate and hops. The bitterness of the two is blended nicely to compliment each other instead of competing for dominance. The malt character seems quite subdued which is a bit different for the style. This also may be the hoppiest porter that I’ve had. The after-taste is bitter and slightly metallic.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation (again, different for the style), finish is dry but sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy, not very filling and the ABV is very well hidden, this is the perfect beer to sit and chill out with if you’re looking for something that’s a little bit more than just a sipper.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from a trade with liverletdie. I believe that it is a 2005 bottle.

A: The porter is a deep brown with ruby red highlights that appear when held to light. It pours with a very vigourous and active head that weighed in at close to 3 fingers. As the head recedes, it laces nicely.

S: The aroma has elements of an American porter, a winter warmer and a DIPA. There are roasted chocolate notes, brown sugar sweetness and explosive hops.

T: The flavor is primarily roasted malts and chocolate depth that I associate with a porter. The hops hit hard, providing a piney taste that is not too intense. Because I am familiar with FFF's beers, I think that the year's aging has softened up the hops a bit. In conjunction with the chocolate and hop flavors, there is a brown sugar sweet spiciness.

M: The mouthfeel is a good blend of chocolate, sugar and hops. I like the flavor and I like the mellowed hops.

D: A nice combination of flavors, with chocolate, sugars and hops all making appearances. It's too warm outside (despite it being mid-December, it is near 50) to properly enjoy this. It goes best in front of a fire on a cold snowy night.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting brew. Pours a nice head, creamy and chocolatey. Dark chocolate looking almost opaque black. Very full mouthfeel. Smells of dark chocolate and tons of hops. Very odd to have these hops in this brew. Leaves good lacing and is a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Jet black with a 1 finger head that vanishes. Minimal lacing. Minimal carbonation-very still.

S: Huge aromas of hops, roasted coffee and chocolate, and toasted malt.

T: This beer is such a rare balance of hops, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, malt, vanilla, and did I mention hops, coffee, and chocolate? No one flavor eclipses another one. Exceptional balance!

M: Due to it's minimal carbonation this beer has a smooth velvet-y mouthfeel.

D: Could drink this all day long.

I've had the good fortune to try this years batch on draft at FFF and in bottled form. I have to say i prefer the bottled version. In my opinion, at FFF, they serve this too cold with too much carbonation.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the first pint that I enjoyed at the Three Floyds brewpub. It was presented in an English pint glass. Dark brown with a huge dense rocky head that didn’t want to go away. The nose was all hops. Amarillos if I had to guess. Some chocolate and roast flavor. A touch sweet, but the hops were the feature act here too. A bit on the thinner side. Overall, Alpha Klause did not live up to expectations.

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Photo of malcontent
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick, clingy head mounted atop a deadly-looking, pitch-black body. Can't really comment on the lacing as the head refuses to die. Awesome-looking brew.

Amazing burnt edges highlight the unexpected hop-scent and incredible coffee/caramel malt character with just a little alcohol thrown in.

Oh, shit. I'm not quite to 100 reviews but this is it so far. Stunning in its effortless combination of competing flavors. The dark toasted malt taste with the obvious themes of coffee and smoke are laced with hints of cinnammon, cream and clove. The real surprise is the hops. Now, hops are almost always the key component of any 3F's brew, but for them to work so well within the parameters of the porter style is sublime.

The mouthfeel is creamy without succumbing to excessive thickness and doesn't sit as heavy as one might imagine. This is just a killer beer. Killer.

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

3 Floyds- Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter

Apearance- Black with a thick heavy lacing head.
Smell- Strong bitter chocolate, coffe, cherry, vanilla icing, and burnt hops.
Taste- Bitter dark chocolate with dark roasted coffee beans.
Mouthfeel- A little harsh up front, bitter and dry. Finishes off smooth and warm.

Overall- A porter I've been looking for, for quite some time. Definitely worth it! This should be offered all year!!

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Photo of yelterdow
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Props to Ego for hauling home some 3F goodness back to NJ... little surprises like this make the world go 'round that much easier.

Served from a bomber into an imperial pint glass at cellar temperature on a chilly November evening the week before Thanksgiving. *takes breath*

Appearance- Four fingers of light chocolate brown head grace this ridiculously fabulous looking beer. The sheer density of the crown is stupefying, with large craters rather than bubbles marking its surface. Like some object from space, it looks like a chunk of ice or rock from the outer limits. Color is real dark and brown for a porter... webs of lacing drape the inside of my glass, I'd have guessed this was an inperial stout blind.

Smell- What a strange and interesting nose on this beer... it's an odd blend of Amarillo and other hops blended with chocolate malt and something from my third grade art room. Solid.

Taste- The initial hop blast rips across the tongue and exudes a balanced display along with a softly roasted, bitter chocolate finish. As with all of this brewery's selections, the character is distinctly their own... big flavors with a hoppy, lasting finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Adequately creamy and light in the mouth. The beer's duration of being alive and exciting could be longer, but it's good nonetheless. A satisfying porter that pushes the envelope to go further... but don't try too hard, as the style would be lost completely. Much hops, now I must sleep.

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Photo of Gavage
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown / black color with a 2" head that lasts forever. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: loads of chocolate, roasted malts, and huge hop bitterness. Pure pleasure for the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, brown sugar sweetness, rich dark chocolates, licorice, and a large but non-offensive bitterness. This beer just absolutely excites the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is loaded with the great flavor profile and lasts quite a bit. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: this is simply a great beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Callenak
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this when I was recently in Cleveland. More than excited to see it and try it.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours jet black with a small, but lasting off-white head. Other reviews really made it seem like there was tons of carbonation, but mine was a perfect amount. Maybe from the age.

Beautiful nose to it. Coffee, chocolate and a surprising amount of hops.

First taste surprised me, unlike most porters where it's all roast, this one was a solid hop bitterness. Taste like Northern Brewer. Excellent. Hops was of course followed by a wonderful chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Hops rule this one though. Probably the most noticeable hop presence I've had in a porter/stout.

Mouth feel was thick and enjoyable. Carbonation was perfect and really brought out the aroma.

Final verdict, a really good beer. Not like any porter I've had. Maybe not something I'd crave every day, but for the cold night I was drinking it on while homebrewing, this was perfect. I paid $9 for this bottle though which I think is entirely to much. I do dislike that about 3 Floyds. I can't blame them, with the demand they have it's more than understandable. Just hard to know I could have bought 2 Old Viscosity's for the price of this, which is a much better beer.

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Photo of EPseja
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this one from BeerBeing in the Birthday BIF. Just in time for the chilly weather...

Served from a 22oz. bomber in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with mahogany highlights that can barely be seen through this beer's dense body. The head rises quickly -- cocoa brown and chunky -- immediately creeping up the sides of the glass. Lacing is spotty, but what this beer does have is some big legs. Nice.

S - Big notes of brown sugar and molasses that lounge atop a divan of cushiony and cold floral hops. Piney notes can also be found mingling with dark espresso tones and (cold) hot cocoa-mocha, like a General Foods International coffee.

T - Given the big presence of hops in the hose, the taste comes off as superbly balanced. Starting with molasses brown sugar cookies, the sweetness subsides as a dark baking chocolate bitterness steps in. Also noted are coffee, pralines, and figs. The alcohol is nicely concealed, although you know it's hiding there somewhere. The aftertaste is only moderately bitter, and the drying is just enough to keep you in suspense for the next sip.

M - As with most FFF products, the mouthfeel on this baby is superb. Enough carbonation to keep it tingly, but never rising above a fine froth in the mouth, leading to a creamy, chewy swallow that doesn't leave your belly feeling full of CO2.

D - This is an excellent staple for any fan of "colder weather beers" with some nice backbone. At 7.5%, it's also feasible to knock off a bomber on your own without getting whacked. An excellently hoppy take on a traditionally mildly hopped style.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful black pour is capped with a full finger of craggy, beige bubbles that melts to thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is pure coffee...a wonderful sweet, rich dark coffee.
Lacking the sweetness of malt found in stouts, this one is an excellent porter. Slightly sour black malts with roasted dark coffee and then a light brushing of bitter citrus hops. As it warms, more chocolate notes enter the flavors.
It leaves the mouth clean and very dry with a hint of the coffee behind. Although I don't taste the alcohol, I definately feel a wonderful warmth spreading throughout my chest and tummy.
Mouthfeel is tingly with tons of very tiny carbonation.
A wonderful warming and relaxing winter porter.

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Photo of Ego
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

found for $72.95 a case plus tax. psyched to get my grubby little hands on it...

eyes...
this one poured a huge volcanic head of tan foam, a full 3 fingers tall in my duvel chalice. it settles at a good clip, I can see the carbonation bing replaced at the bottom of the head where the beer meets the foam. not completely opaque but pretty damn close, the head is much better than many porters poured into this glass, the head initially reminded me of kid from kid n play... good looking stuff (and the lacing is superb)

nose...
aroma is of deep chocolate and vague hops, cocoa powder and some coffee notes... nothing thrilling here to my nose honestly, slightly better than average.

taste etc...
super smooth, velvety and slick, great mouthfeel. dominant burnt flavor is deep and fantastic.
the hops are not overpowering in the least, to me they are "just right". The flavors are not all over the place here, they keep it rather simple and it is a readily drinkable beer. Where as some of the 3F line bash you over the head with hops (not a bad thing) this is balanced. I am really enjoying the burnt flavor over the bitterness.

verdict?
a great american porter. not worth mortgaging the house over but if you see it, definitely pick up a bottle.

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Photo of SchaefMan
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, this one took a while for me to get from the bottle into the glass. It poured a nearly opaque black, with a tan head that I could not avoid, and took time to disperse.

The smell had some vaque molasses or brown sugar, but very mild.

The taste had roasted malts, some coffee, and the characteristic hops, with a slight aftertaste, but not unpleasant.

The mouthfeel consisted of strong, carbonation, but not too much. I could also feel what I saw in the glass. You could see how it clung to the sides of the glass, as if it had some viscosity to it.

I am not a porter guy, or stout for that matter, so I could not drink this all the time, but I am glad I tried this, because it was full of flavor, some of which I am still trying to peg.

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Photo of scott
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great find for Ohio this time of year-2005 vintage, I presume.
Beautiful pour of a black bodied beer. Is this a stout in disguise? Amber rim with very little head retention.
Smell is a robust welcome from your favorite coffee shop.
Taste started off gnarly, but led the way to a disembodiment from it's 38 degree state of stasis, only to become a very watered down version of a very good stout. Very close to Guinness. You can pull it to your lips and smell huge coffee, but you end up tasting water. No shit.
Mouth of fluffy dark water that is only reminiscent of coffee, and I'm so glad to have bought a bottle instead of a case.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bottle of 2004.
Basically brilliant. Very dark, deep ruby when held up to the light, huge fluffy head of sparkling tan large bubbles.
Smelled and tasted of rich, deep, dark chocolate. Not sweet to start, very dry. But chocolate dominated, with a bready middle, and a stout like bitterness in the finish.
Very much a medium, actually not as thick as I expected, gave some tingle on the sides of the tongue and mouth.
You could taste the alcohol, but still very drinkable. I would like to have more of this beer. Sad that FFF can't be had around here.

cheers...

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite a beer. Pours a black-as-night color with a brown tint to the medium-sized head. Smell is close to non-existant, but is a bit like coffee and dark malts. The taste is huge. It seems monolithic at first sip, but as you continue down with the bottle you start to notice the subtle complexites that make it the BA 91 rated that it is. Whats nice about it is that nothing really jumps out at you. The taste of the dark malts is well apparent throughout. There is also a bitterness that is no doubt attributed to the hops, but its not overpowering. This is just an incredible beer, and something well worth seeking out.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I gave this one a hard pour from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. What I got was about half of a dark black with just a fain glow of burgundy and the other half was a huge tan head that slowly dissolved over a few minutes. This looked great and was a lot of fun to watch. It eventually fell to an irregular creamy film.

Smelled cool, smooth and clean with some smoky molasses, honey and corn bread with a well blended and subtle pineapple and pine hop with just a touch of grapefruit. This was delicately woven around a slight but welcome alcohol.

Tasted of a light and simple, nutty coffee and chocolate with a nice blend of grapefruit. The way the flavors flowed together was impressive. There was also a slightly tingly lime rind bitterness that complimented the flavors well.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with a light and tingly carbonation.

This one’s pretty solid. It’s simple, but in true FFF fashion, the quality really comes through.

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Photo of djeffbee
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First encounter was a bottle provided by Opski Rock...

A: This beer poured a deep brown with a nice brown/tan/ head.

S: Dark chocolate and, toasty malt, english toffee and coffee.

T: Nice hoppy porter, as expected judging by the name, not overpowering the malt. Very well balanced.

M: Let this one sit on the tounge, enjoyable.

D: Sipping on this one slowly, you can drink a few in a session. Very, very good porter.

I will hopefully be able to land a case of the 2006 variety....

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Photo of BlindPig
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Thin tan head that fades fast. Maybe a hint of red in the head. It is very black.
S- Coffee. Really nothing else besides a little sweet.
T- Has a sweeter taste and really couldn't pin point anything to much for the actual taste but in the aftertaste it was pretty strong coffee and seemed a bit smokey also.
M-Medium body maybe a bit thin. Light/medium carbonation.
D- It is to coffee for me not all bad though. I not big fan of porters or stouts (do prefer stouts) and I do try to keep opinion out when I am doing my review besides in drinkability.

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Photo of badbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Christmas '05 Edition.

Black with a stunning tan head leaving excellent lacing. Complex smell of pine, coffee, currants, and chocolate. Coffee starts you off, then pine with a dry roasted and chocolate finish. Low carbonation and light bodied, I could stand a little more body. I enjoyed it and look forward to trying it again.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,214 ratings.
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