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

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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 Erdinger2003
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is strong as is the lacing and the color is jet black and the head at first is so massive, it however falls into this thin head that doesn't break it's surface.

The smell is such a rush of coffee with a little cocoa and chocolate to blend together well. Has a slight flowery fruitiness of dark fruit like currants.

The coffee is bitter and overpowering like an expresso with a big hoppiness, yet it still has some fruitiness that it ends with. It also ends fairly clean, but with some taste still on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but more carbonated and very dry.

I like this, but the mouthfeel could have been smoother, yet dry, and the fruitiness could've gotten bigger to come and meet the coffee/cocoa flavors.

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

A black beer, no light gets thru. Has a big foamy light brown head and some nice lace. A marvelous sharp hop note jumps out of the Bottle/glass and straight into your nose. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee linger behind. A roasted malt bitterness washes over your tongue. Followed by a snappy hop bite at the back of your throat. The dry finish is mostly esspresso coffee with a hint of chocolate.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark chestnut brown and black with a small tan head that fades into a a mild cap. Tons and tons of spotty and scattered lacing is all over the glass.
Smell is of roasty malt with vanilla, dark chocolate, bitter citrus hops, and mild coffee, and chestnut notes.
Taste is of the same aromas with a decent hop expolosion and dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is bitter, roasty, full bodied, along with a coffee like finish.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured about only an inch of this beer into the mug and for that I recieved about 3 inches of foam. It took me probably five minutes to get to a near full glass as the foam wanted to keep rising outside the mug. Finally I had myself a nice dark porter with still a good cap of dark tan foam. Smell is sweet and chocolatey, with a nice roasted character. The flavor is semi-sweet with light coffee and chocolate tones, immediately clashing with bitter roasted malt flavors. The moderate bitterness lingers well on the tongue, while the alcohol doesn't seem too strong. Nice rich mouthfeel, smooth with strong carbonation. Good drinkalbility here, I like the bitter flavor on this one. It was worth it despite the difficult pour.

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

Bottle undated, presumably 2004 vintage Pours syrupy black with virtually zero head retention. Nose is super pine cone hops overpowering virtually all other aromas. Really, this one smells like nothing less than a freshly squeezed Xmas tree. And to my senses that’s a good thing. The body has a nice heavy gravity to it, sliding down the throat langorously like carbonated molasses... only a slight exagerration, but the enthusiasm brought about by this beer encouraging a bit of truth stretching. The hops aren’t nearly as dominant on the tongue as the aroma, but still marginalize the other tastes. The actual taste of the hops used is quite excellent, however. A fine, if nearly exquisite, example of what I look for in a Christmas ale. High marks all around

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Largest head I have ever seen on a beer - i think i filled about 1/8th the glass and it overflowed with head (and i poured slowly!). Head stayed forever - very fluffy so I just scooped some out. Beer looks thick, but is anything but - very light on the palate. Taste is amazing - dark dark belgian chocolate (like 75% cocoa or something) with a big hop sense as well. I really enjoy three floyds for the way they inject hops into different styles of beer while retaining the characteristics of the style. This is my favorite Three Floyds beer thus far.

N.B. Drink this one cold. Alcohol becomes overwhelming as it warms and overpowers some of the flavors.

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

Bottle Pours a clear dark brown with a fizzy light brown head. Head is pretty diminishing with good lacing. Has a great malty aroma of good chocolate. Has a little grain too and just enough hops to keep in blended very nicely. Has a thin texture and a mediun body. A decent amount of carbination. Has good flavors. Definately not a beer that would make you afraid of the dark. Has a nice light bitter finish. This is very good, well done 3F’s.

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Photo of phisig137
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black, with a huge, long lasting head. Cascades of bubbles fall down the head into the beer, and leave behind huge amounts of lace, and a cragy head.

Aroma is hoppy, with hints of roasted malts and chocolate.

Flavor is filled with roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Dry, slightly hoppy finish. Very well balanced and crafted. Mouthfeel is full and smooth... I'd swear that this came out of a cask if I didn't know any better. Drinkability is good, as this one hides its relatively high 7.5% very well. Drinks like a 4.5% beer.

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Photo of Derek
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Hey porter! Hey porter!
What time did ya say?
How much longer will it be till I can
see the light of day?"

A: Dark black; cream/tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Chocolate and molases with a pleasant hint of fruityness. Slightly bready.

T: Dark chocolate, VERY chocolatey, molases, bread/biscuit, slight nut & fruit, slight tartness in finish. Alcohol is subtle, but becomes more perceptible as it warms.

M: Moderate to full body is very creamy. Light to moderate carbonation; slightly chalky.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle.

Pours with a huge amount of thick, tan head that was difficult to control. The beer itself is very dark, pretty much black with tiny little bubbles. The head stays forever.

Smell is great with coffee, roasted malt, and plenty of hops. Complex and powerful.

Taste is bitter, coffee and chocolate with a dry finish that blends the roasted bitterness with some hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat sticky feeling.

A tasty and drinkable beer, but the head is a little out of control and all the bitterness and decent strength make it not something to drink all day.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Many thanks to Chazwicke for sending this along.

A hallowed brew that I’ve had once before. Three Floyds is one of those breweries that, somehow, someway, can’t manage to make a bad or even mediocre beer. Nothing like a Christmas porter at the end of April, but what the heck…

APPEARANCE: Jet-frickin’ black. If I squint, I can see ruby mahogany highlights when held to the light. Serious tan head, fantastic lacing.

AROMA: WHOA. Malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, hops, this baby has it all.

FLAVOR: Wow… reading the tasting notes from the BJCP, I could almost copy it straight over. Hoppy, sure, but a good sweet-but-roasted black malt vibe. Good dry finish. Smooth all the same. Espresso and chocolate are strong here. Never knowingly had a beer that used Mexican sugar, but I think I can taste it as well in the complex sweetness. Maybe not. It’s a great blend either way. There’s still head at the bottom of the pint! Now THAT’S staying power.

MOUTHFEEL: Very smooth. Good proper weight; somewhat high carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: At 7.5% ABV, it’s not quite a session beer, but it’s not supposed to be. This is a Winter Warmer of a porter, and on a chilly night in Indiana, this gets my first choice.

OVERALL COMMENTS: This beer is stellar in every way – it’s got it all. Not a weak link anywhere to be had. Nothing like Three Floyds, man – even on a warm Sunday afternoon, this beer hits the spot. Now we just have to get them to distribute to Colorado.

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

Thanks to tyrawlings for the bottle.

Appearance: Big beautiful tan head, probably over and inch, sturdy and slow fading. Very dark brown body, barely lets light penetrate.

Smell: Very nice coffee and rich milk chocolate with a generous dosing of hops.

Taste: The essence of a porter revealed here. Rich chocolate, but slightly sour, smokey and bitter (although that part is kind of subdued). Enjoyable drinking.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation gives this a substantial body.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable porter, that shows off the best features of the style.

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Photo of dustified1234567
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with unlimited head.

S- Smell was hard for me to distinguish but a little bit of coffee or chocolate.

T- Molases or coffee somewhere in between those.

M- Thick and very carbonated.

D- The only reason that this beer got a 4 for the drinkability is because of all of the foam it was hard to drink for like twenty minutes. I would recommend this because it was a good sit down and relax beer.

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

I picked up a bottle of this for half off because it was off season, so I was pretty happy about that.

Poured a nearly black color with a gigantic dark tan head that just wouldn't quit.

Smelled and tasted like chocolate and coffee. With hints of sweetness though. Still pretty drinkable even though it was so dark and rich, probably due to the, at least what I would consider lower for a beer like this, ABV of 7.5%.

Overall I really enjoyed drinking this beer and would certainly recommend it to anyone that likes dark beers.

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

Opaque black with a thick, coffee colored head. Great roasty aroma with coffee, chocolate, earthy hops, and a little bit of something herbal in the background. Maybe mint? Really complex flavor with a mix of brown sugar, coffee, and chocolate primarily. There's a nice, strong hoppiness without being a citrusy hop bomb. Also noticing a bit of the herbal note in the flavor. Well carbonated and medium bodied. This is a really flavorful and enjoyable beer!

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Twentytwo ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Deep, impenetrable brown (almost black). Dense rocky beige coloured mousse recedes slowly leaving patchy lace behind.

Robust notes of grapefruit, flowers, & pine cut right through the chocolately background, screaming "Drink me!"

Wow! That's some hoppy porter. Tons of hops flavour right up front & in your face. Plenty of citrus & pine tree sap & hop induced bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering chocolate flavour medium/full bodied, moderate carbonation. I wish this were available year round, and around the corner from me.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to highclassdrinker for the trade.

This was a dark brown brew with a HUGE, four finger, rocky head. It nearly filled my pint glass when I poured it.

Aroma was sweet, with milk chocolate, a bit of hops, and roasted malt down underneath. Very layered.

Taste was rich roasted malt and bitter coffee, with a lingering, bitter roasted finish. No chocolate on the palate.

Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Very nice.

Drinkability was very good... went down easily, and I wouldn't mind having more.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour starts with a "wow" - heaps and heaps of sticky mocha colored foam towering over the brew even with a relatively gentle pour. The foam eventually collapses leaving gobs of lacing on the glass.

The smell is all malt and roast - notes of molasses and coffee abound in the aroma.

The flavor is surprisingly toasted for a porter. There's a reasonable body of caramel and molasses underlying the brew but the predominant experience is bitterness - not of hops but of toasted grain. Flavors of coffee (expresso) dominate over any more subtle notes that may be present. There's a mild amount of hopping at the end but it doesn't compete with or compliment the bitter dark malt.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for a malty brew with lots of carbonation leaving a clean palate after each sip. There's a strong bitter aftertaste of black coffee as a finish with no real hop dryness.

Good but not great. It's a bad sign when a beer reminds you of another beer and you wish you were drinking the other brew instead. In this case it's one of my favorite dry stouts: North Coast Black Hart which has similar roasted malt characteristics but a serious hop finish that leaves no doubt it's a *dry* stout. Too bad the Alpha Klaus wasn't equally interesting. Mind you, it's a good beer but not one I'd spend all year looking forward to...

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Photo of mcallister
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I happened across a bottle of this and figured I better pick it up considering it's 3 Floyd's and I love porter and I forgot to purchase one in the "holiday" season.

Pours a dark burnt brown with an enourmous fizzy off tan head with significant lacing. Main smells of choclate and oats with a little vanilla lingering way back in the background.

Very smooth porter with good roasted choclate malt, very oaty and grainy mouthfeel but not necessarily in a off way. I don't know this beer has left me a tad dissapointed. Not a bad brew at all but for the price many other beers are around to be taken. This beer lacks in complexity and mouthfeel. Still not bad

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a surging, out of control head (its been a while since I’ve had to clean up the aftermath of a raging head). But once the light brown head finally does calm down it is frothy and very well-sustained. The mostly roasty aroma also features a distinct touch of hops. The palate is also intensely roasty, with a variety of your typical burnt flavors: bitter coffee, unsweetened chocolate, etc. Some slight malt sweetness balances the other flavors but only to a certain extent. A bit of hop bitterness makes itself known throughout but is especially noticeable in the lingering finish. The mouthfeel is light for a porter and the carbonation is pretty active.

A solid, roasty porter, but I wouldn’t expect anything less than a solid brew from Three Floyds. Recommended.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a thin light-tan head. Aroma is a dry malted chocolate and a little bit of molasses and vanilla. Consumed fresh, no aging.

Taste is very rich chocolate malt but not nearly as sweet as a chocolate stout. Faint elements of dark wines or some dark-fruit juice, like the liquor off of macerated raisins. Malty charcoal with soda syrup flavors and just a taint of hoppy bitterness in the end. Finish is dry and extremely clean.

Mouthfeel is medium, dusty, carbonation keeps it light and active. This is a little more chocolatey than a traditional porter but it is highly quaffable and very satisfying. Seasonal or not, traditional or not, one of the better porters I've experienced.

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Photo of Crosling
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m usually not a fan of highly hopped beers of this nature but this one actually works pretty damn well. Dark brown. The aroma is fairly subtle (but I assume it may have something to do with its age) with a gigantic chocolate candy bar malt taste in the flavor and an extreme hop flavor and bitterness. Rich and full body.

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

picked up this bomber at acme

my perception was that this would be a battle to drink, or an experience worthy of legend. not so. the hoppiness is actually quite tasteful (appreciable, but not overwhelming)

juicy NW hop aroma with dry roasted malt scents
dry darkness in the flavor too
very light bitterness. nothing at the end, really. not a big porter in flavor or malt profile, but it easily hides the 7.5%. hops are in their primacy at the aroma stage, but i can taste 'em too. like i said, minimal bitterness

the appearance is nothing spectacular: dark walnut color with a head that doesn't feel too committed to longevity

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Photo of numenor1
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very thick black, forming an enormous dark tan head. A bit unexpected, this is almost impyish in appearance. Beautiful lacing. Nose is full of coffee molasses, burnt cherries, even a bit of vanilla. Very deep. Taste is pretty damned impressive. Upfront there's a stab of sweetness, but it's quickly overridden by an onslaught of burnt molasses, deep caramel, coffee and burnt dark fruits. There's more than a little bit of woodyness, from hops perhaps? and at the same time a note of green hops as well, and a vague yet profound citrus hop undertone. Midpalate there's a sensation of bittersweet chocolate (70%), which is incredibly impressive and not a compliment i concede lightly. It makes the beer. Substantial supporting bitterness. It all ends in a lingering dry roasty note and a very storng ebbing hoppiness. Body is medium with good supporting medium low carbonation. Somewhere between chewy and creamy. Very drinkable. I like it.

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

22 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, black, the color of coal with a foamy, fairly thick tan head. Rings of lacing encircle the glass.

Smell: Kind of odd at 1st. Piney, citrusy hops fighting with roasted, caramel malt to see who is 1st out of the glass. Different to say the least in a good sort of way.

Taste: A big hoppy porter, very interesting. The beginning starts with hints of piny, herbal hops that transition to a roasted malt with hints of coffee middle that finishes with a smoky, hoppy finish. A smokey, hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. Alcohol well hidden but warms the face.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick and chewy as it looks, medium body with a smooth, dry finish.

Drinkability. I could see making Alpha Klaus a Christmas time regular. Very easy to drink. The blend of roasted malt and piney, citrusy hops is very interesting. A beer to savor. I could put a couple of pints of Alpha Klaus away without a problem. Not a session beer but one to seek and enjoy.

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