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

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4.12/5
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2,230 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,791
Reviews:
758
Ratings:
2,230
pDev:
10.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
281
Gots:
406
Trade:
17
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 2,230 |  Reviews: 758
Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellently hoppy porter. Spruce pine aroma. Black. A fullmouth treat of quality chocolate on the sweeter side, and hoppiness. Some roast, something dairy, ginger, cardammon, anise, cinammon, grapefruit and other citrus Thanks Wohlfs for bringing in.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger tan head nearly completely black body with a touch of light getting through. Nice smooth coffee/espresso aroma. The flavor. Burnt roasted malt with a very nice hop flavor, very distinct that many porters lack. Very smooth beer. Moderate carbonation and full bodied. The hop character for this one sets it apart from many other porters. Excellent beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!


Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and pine-like herbal hops. There is also a slight coffee aroma if you smell hard enough. Taste is of dark roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and some citrus zest hops on the finish but not as strong as the smell would suggest. Medium roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a much lighter body than I was expecting with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter by itself but I don’t really understand the whole Christmas aspect attached to this one.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I just have to say this one kicks ass! A monster thanks to Billakowski for trading me a bottle. The beer poured out looking black and thick looking. The head was brown in color with laces the glass nicely. The smell of the beer has some big hops coming off of it, along with plenty of roasted malt aromas and chocolate notes. The taste of the beer has a hoppy kick up front, it's almost like a black IPA at first. Then as the hops fade the chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. The beer has several layers of transitions in the flavor. It makes this beer very impressive. The mouthfeel of the beer had a great body to it along with a a solid carbonation. Overall It's not really a Christmas brew but regardless it's a damn fine beer. I would drink it again without a doubt.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer shared by azagthoth in his fridge clearing event yesterday. 22oz bottle.

Pours very dark brown, real small tan head, no lacing, not much retention but I guess the lack of head is forgiveable given the style.

Aroma is of roast, chocolate, and alcohol in that order. Didn't detect much hops in the nose(certainly not like the other reviews would suggest), just a little hint of some citrus. Smells more like a stout.

Flavor is more of a sweet porter. Some brown ale flavors coming out, ie nuttiness. Not much roast or bitterness, some booze and chocolate flavors make things interesting. Possibly a hint of spiciness but that could be hops, don't know.

Body is medium, CO2 is ample, the beer warms as you drink it. Not a bad beer over all.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though I don't usually enjoy big hops in my chocolate-flavored beers, I'll make an exception for this. Right from the pour, a big boquet of hops swirled around big toasted grains and chocolate for imense complexity right from the aroma. Pours a thick and silky dark brown that is entirely opaque. Nice tan foamstand rose from the glass and left ideal lacing and it subsidded. Tastes of sweet chocolate malt, toasted grains, and barley malt up front. Creamy and smooth texture that led right into the spicy, earthy hop flavor. Creates serious bitterness to offset sweet chocolates. A coffee like finish rounds out the sweetness and boldness. Finishes a hoppy crispness. Quite clean for such a bold beer. Never drying or cloying. The alcohols never get out of hand.

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, 2005 release, cellared for a year.

I've been staring at this bottle in my fridge for the better part of a year...time to drink it.

After trying this on cask recently, I was curious as to how a cellared bottle would stand up. Brilliantly, I would say.

THe main difference is the subdued hops, still vaguely sprucey, but not overpowering at all. The version on cask carried a fresh hop flavor, like every other 3F beer.

Pours a deep black/ruby, nearly opaque. Thick foam takes it's time to settle, leaving residual lacing. Almost too much foam, even from a slow pour, but that's minor.

Smell is a piney hop with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste is unique, with notes of chocolate, coffee, spruce, and maybe a slight grapefruit hint in there too. Lots going on, and never a dull moment. This is far from one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is rich and velvety, definitely a sipper. One bottle per sitting, usually a rare occasion around here...

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an indigo color with just the vaguest rusty brown highlights; a massive head adorns (too much head, frankly) and leaves chunks of lace

Smell: The aroma is somewhat boozy and I think I may be picking up a b it of acetone; once I get past that, I get dark chocolate, prune, cinnamon and loads of pine

Taste: Opens with a pruny chocolate flavor that moves in a piney direction almost immediately; cinnamon flavors joins to add some spice as well; after the swallow, the roasty malt flavors dominate but don't diminish the pine

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied but foamy and fizzy

Drinkability: I'll need to try a fresh bottle sometime as this is interesting but a bit flawed

Mou

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with an above medium dark foamy head with good retention. Aroma of pine is really non-expected but enjoyable nonetheless when mix with roasted malt. I couldn’t really detect any chocolate or coffee, which I would have expected. Taste is dominated by the pines and IMHO doesn’t leave enough places for roasted malt and bitterness. I guess I’m kind of surprise this is rated so highly since it seems to be liking character and I must say that I’ve had much better beer from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of zeff80
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, thick dark, dark brown color with a small, foamy, bubbly tan head that left some sticky lace.

S - It smelled of dark chocolate, roasted malt, some coffee beans and a floral hop aroma. Very interesting for a porter.

T - This is probably the best tasting porter that I've ever had. Great dark chocolate flavor with a smooth roasty malt quality. It had a sharp hop bite from the hops that also added a subtle citrus taste.

M - It was soft and smooth with a crisp finish from the hops. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is quite possibly the best porter that I've ever had! Just and amazing blend of flavors.

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

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

22 oz bottle from dyan, thanks dogg. This has been a long time want.

Appearance: Poured into a US pint glass. This stuff is extremely foamy, initially pouring with about five fingers of head, which takes a few minutes to settle. Nice head retention once it does settle, holding strong at a 3/4 inch height. The body of the beer is black, opaque, appropriately porterish.

Smell: Nice malty sweetness, big chocolate and coffee notes. Hints of vanilla, carob. Very pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Medium roast coffee and the surprising presence of citrusy hops, which doesn't taste as bad as it sounds. Not as sweet as the aroma suggests, has more of a baker's chocolate sort of quality to it. I was expecting this to be overcarbonated, but the mouthfeel hits the mark for the style quite well; medium bodied, not quite stout thick, and pleasantly dry in the finish.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature Teku tulip; November 2012 release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, orange zest, floral, cocoa, caramel, coffee, light char, and piney spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance of hop and dark roasted malt notes. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, floral, char, coffee, caramel, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, pine, citrus, floral, char, coffee, caramel, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of very dark malty flavors with citrus/pine hops; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, sticky, fairly crisp, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. I know this is labeled as a porter; but in my view, this is an absolutely fantastic Black IPA! Big balance and complexity of dark malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely awesome offering!

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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