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 tavernjef
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep and very dark brown, nearly black with slivers of glowing amber at the bottom. Finger high foam of light tan sits atop for a good stay. Lacing coats in a thin sheeting eventually breaking into webbings all around the glass top.

Mild chocolate and roasted sweet malt mix with a nice and clean floralesk piney hop start the nose off with a decorous medley. Other mentionables beyond the milk chocolate make for some charred brown sugar and a lovely bourbon laced molasses under current. Impressionable and close to cloning an Imperial stout-like nose. Sometimes wiffs were lighter then others; seemingly changing and without much stability but well worth it when the strength assumes control.

Great flavors here, super fine balance between a sweet and soft chocolate cake backing that continues to lift itself through the softer yeilding piney hops that perk with a incredibly nice and easy bitterness. Very nice to behold. The chocolate borders a coffee roastyness while maintaining its full-on chocolate cake-like fluffyness and richness. The subtle but eager piney edged hops blend across and within the chocolate without much effort and fit together with a swimmingful smoothness. Great finisher too. Bits of anise and licorice spice pop to the surface blending with leftover roasted barley and oatmeal along with mirco bursts of heavy roasted coffee. Wow and yum!

Strikingly fine and smooth body, lightly creamy, lightly bittered with swell chocolate tones and piney hops; just past a medium fullness thats very well rounded and clean. Nothing harsh or out of place here. Finish is strikingly subtle, yet complexing with a delicate drying character and all that wonderful leftover stuff.

An excellent porter! A big chocolatey balancing act with hops and bittering bite that holds true, bold,smooth, and rich the hold ride through. This is a top notcher in my book! Goes down quickly without much labor and is just a f*ckin' great beer. Kudos 3F!

And an even bigger kudos to rhoadsrage for the chance to try this wonder!! Yummalishious!

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

Appearance – This porter came out very, very dark in color with a beautiful white head.

Smell – The malts here are dark and roasty. There are some light coffee ground notes here along with some rather aggressive, leafy hops.

Taste – The hops really come out at the taste. They are big for a porter, even an American-style one. The coffee flavor is mild but well represented. There’s a milky sweetness to this flavor profile as well that makes it a complex, very interesting beer.

Mouthfeel – This AP is medium-bodied with some good, gritty bitterness that works well with the creamy milky sweetness.

Drinkability – This is a very balanced, good-drinking porter that went down way too well.

Comments – Big thanks to my BA bro BuckeyeNation for hooking me up with this classic Three Floyds offering.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage. Some of the dice has faded but is still moderately present. Solid Porter but nothing outstanding. A little thin on the body. Not great but something cool to drink at Christmas.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip. Purchased at Liquor Barn in Louisville for approx $10.
Pours a nice deep black brown with tan hue and sticky tan head. Roasted malt, vanilla and chocolate aromas.
Taste is slightly bitter vanilla chocolate roasted malts and slightly sweet, but well blended with obvious hops (but very mild). Nice crisp-ness to it. Its fresh and bold. Nice porter...nothing really "christmas" about it...well some vanilla I suppose, but regardless, its a great porter. Not as robust as I like (Evil Twin Lil'B)...but very very good nonetheless.
Drink one anyway...drink it now

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of SixPackSunday poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown out of the bottle that looks black in the glass. The head is a dense three-finger tan that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin coating along the top leaving decent lacing.

S: Smell is mainly burnt coffee and chocolate malts. There is also a definite sweetness as well with vanilla and maybe some oatmeal in the background.

T: Taste picks up where the aroma left off with sweet malts up front but with a burnt coffee kick and some oatmeal smoothness. I also got more chocolate in taste and a hint of hops in the finish with some coffee bitterness as well.

M: Mouthfeel is super smooth with solid carbonation and helps the flavors stick to your mouth.

D: This is one of the better porters I've had in a while and it is certainly drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It was very dark brown with ruby highlights. An ample mocha head rested atop.

S - The aroma has a nice balance of floral hops and chocolate malt. The roasted malt aroma opens as it warms.

T - The taste is just like the smell. There is balance between hops and roasted malt. I got floral and chocolate/roasted flavors.

M - Full

O - It is a well done, well balanced porter. I am not usually a fan of hoppy porters and stouts, but this one is exceptional.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. I believe this is an 09.

4.5 A: Pours a black color. Two fingers of dense creamy light brown head. Good retention and some lacing.

4.0 S: Lot of chocolate in this one. Toasted and roasted malts next. Hop character is subtle at this point, but is herbal and citrusy.

4.0 T: The taste is still pretty hoppy however. Orange, pine, and grapefruit hops are most powerful and give an almost sourish flavor. Roasty, but more so toasty and burnt flavors. Some grainy malts as well.

4.5 M: Medium body. Moderate amounts of carbonation. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth.

4.0 D: Good hoppy porter. Definitely a good one to try. Solid in each category.

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Photo of jsh420
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my last bottle from the 2008 batch

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 1+ finger tan head that coats the glass with lacing

smell is great - still leads with the big fruit hops and then the chocolate roasted malts

taste - hoppy porter anyone? look nowhere but here then - just like the nose this one lead with the friuty hops then follows with the chocolate and leaves you with a nice roasty malt aftertaste

mouthfeel was good i think the beer lost some zip being cellared for almost a year - still decent carbonation along side the medium body

drinkability is high - why wouldnt every porter want some nice fruity hops in it?

cant wait until the 09 batch hits the stores

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Photo of francisweizen
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 2003 Edition. Awesome label on a standard bomber bottle.

Appearance: Holy Shit! Thanks to Qarre for this excellent brew! An opaque, into the void black with a huge head of brown/tan/beige foam, that settles down to a thin layer. This thin layer stays throughout the life of the brew, and leaves lovely brown lace on my Arrogant Bastard shaker pint glass.

Smell: The smell is out of this world. What happens when you mix together a Fullers London Porter and a classy imperial stout? This happens! The aromas are strong and pungant and consist of deeply roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits, caramel, heavy citric hops, and alcohol.

Taste: The taste is simply magnificent. Lovely citric hop flavors waltz with deeply roasted malt flavors, to create this excellent melange of flavors. The hops are assertive up front but calm down towards th middle where the dark fruit and alcohol tastes shine through. The finish is long and everlasting, until the hops appear again, in the form of magnificently piney hop burps! Yum!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is great. Thick, yet not cloying. Heavy, but not too heavy. This is how a porter should feel. Very satisfying!

Drinkability. The 22oz bomber was drained in no time, and I was craving more. This is definately one of the best, if not the best Porter brewed in the good ole' US of A!

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Photo of Domvan
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light bodied mouthfeel with a balanced attack of spices. Didn't have the overhopped bitterness that 3 Floyds does with all of their dark beers although I imagine it was as hopped as usual, this was a nice easy drinker for me.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: A mighty fine looking Bomber, just as the BA Database picture. Delivered into my hands at the hotel that I was staying at for the BA Extreme Weather and Beer Festival by fellow BA Quarre – what a star!

Appearance: A lovely tan brown head forms readily as the beer pours, its starts thin but immediately the beer is in the glass the foam forms from deep within the beer itself and expands upwards with a nitrogenous characteristic, but eventually settles to a thick uniform covering that is over ½” thick. Some lacing above the dark brown, almost black, body lends a very solid appearance.

Nose: Cocoa and rich chocolate, big and bold and just like the aromas you get when you open a box of hand made Belgium Dark Chocolates. In the back end there is a spicy and floral hop aroma that fills the glass together with some light roasted Coffee.

Taste: Wow. This is a bold synergistic mix of all the best characteristics of a modern day Porter with that of a nice well balanced IPA. Chocolate, coffee and hints of toffee, all juxta-posed with raw hops, pine needles, hop oils, and a thick tar like residue that turns bitter as it evaporates on the tongue after the swallow. Finishes with a dry powdery cocoa ending, which has a last gasp hop twist. Hey this is very good. Impressive. Lingers for a while with a dark bitter chocolate mouth.

Mouthfeel: Just perfect, the carbonation aids the well balanced body and the excellent flavor profile. Feels good.

Drinkability: This beer just glides down the gullet; it is so quaffable as to be unbelievable. Immensely drinkable and incredibly well-balanced.

Overall: This really is like a mix between an IPA and Porter, an India Porter Ale perhaps? It is difficult to find fault with this beer. Does that mean it is perfect, well, erm No. But it’s damn near close!

It says “It’s Not Normal” on the label, yep, that just about sums it up!

Highly Recommended!

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

Pours pretty damn black with a massive rocky tan head with great retention. Quite the interestingly complex aroma of big chocolate and coffee smoothly blended with almost resinous hops...dank - I have never really smelled a beer quite like this one. Smoothly complex porter flavor infused with pine hops. Sweet and toasted malts with some herbal and earthy hop qualities...very, very interesting. Medium-full body, a little oily and lightly carbonated. This porter makes you want more because its so damn unusual.

A hoppy porter? Pretty much...and they do it so well. A porter for the hopheads. The label proudly proclaims, "it's not normal" and they were right. It almost defies categorization. What a crazy and unique porter...

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

22 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, which is typical of Three Floyds.

A - Pours dark as the night. No light shows through. Tiny 1 finger chocolate cream colored head that goes down quick.

S - Surprising hop potency jumps out initially. A bitter boozy chocolate smell creeps out as the beer warms a bit.

T - Hoppy, chocolatey taste. Kind of a strange combination. Nice bitter hops, but I am not a big fan of porters really. I am a big fan of IPA's so the hop forward aspect makes this porter unique and tolerable to me.

M - Sticky, bitter, buttery aftertaste.

Overall, one of the better porters that I've had, but slightly confusing. Why wouldn't they just make this beer an amped up, spiced pale ale of some kind instead of a hop-heavy porter? Still a delicious beer, and I'd be interested to see one of the many other incantations of the Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, one of the barrel aged versions and see how that tastes. Merry f**king Christmas.

Three Floyds Alpha Klaus ---4/5.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to paco1029384756 fo0r providing this great beet in trade.. Thanks man... (he's an excellent trader!!)

Pours with a light tan head that forms and recedes fairly quickly. Deep dark brown in color. Lots of lacing remain in the glass. Looks a little lighter in body....

Nice aroma. Chocolate at first. Some nice spices. Cinnamon... A touch of roasted malt. Not burnt,, but nice.

Flavor is really nice.. Starts with a spice note.. then a touch of sweetness... Chocolate... cinnamon again... roasted notes.... And a nice lingering bitterness. Probably from a combination of roasted malts and hops. A touch of a mineral flavor...

Light creamy mouth feel. Medium bodied. Just a touch of carbonation.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. I really enjoy this..

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Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours nearly pitch black with a small fizzy light tan head that reduces quickly, leaving nothing being

S- surprising dank, full of hops in the aroma up front with some piney and earthy notes. Sweet chocolaty malt with a touch of burnt coffee. A nice spicy bouquet closes it out, giving it a holiday-like aroma

T- a burnt coffee taste is first noticed, similar to the aroma. Nice sweet chocolate malt base, the danky hops give an interesting complexity to it; piney, hemp, earthy, spicy, ash tray

M- medium body ad carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- The hops certainly made this one interesting, very danky, almost weed-like. It overpowered the base porter a bit, worth a try but not something I'd go back to

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Photo of cokes
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkest cherry with a short, ashen brown collar.
Fragrant of burnt coffee, burnt spruce, burnt pine, burnt grapefruit, and vanilla bean (unburnt). There is also a mellow, almost illusory cognac impression deep down in.
Begins with a thickened molasses and chicory maltiness that grows to encompass prune and black raisins and bakers chocolate. It ventures even farther, as rasping cigar smoke and oily espresso shatter forth, then subside to a caramel glaze and oaky vanilla (a la bourbon) sweetness. The next shattering moment is delivered by the hops. All wintergreen menthol, spruce tips, grapefruit rinds, and pine rosin. It's oily, and it is forceful, and it is bitter as hell, but equal on the hop associated flavors. At the close there are lingering burning leaves, a dusting of coffee grounds, a tweak of sugary, red grape vinousness, and more sugared evergreen branches.
Generally medium bodied, teetering possibly thinner, but well situated within the porter domain, with its steady sense of diffuse fleece.
Price not withstanding, this is endlessly gulpable. A fattened hophead porter. If I could get this in sixpacks for the price of the bomber, I'd drink it all season....but that seems to be the case with all of FFF's specialties.

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

Christmas 2006 release

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown (nearly black) color. One finger, creamy brown head which left very light lacing.

Smell: Rich coffee and chocolate aromas. There's also hints of toasted nuts, toffee, and molasses.

Taste: Initial taste is coffee and toasted nuts. Chocolate flavors are definitely present. There's also a nice, malty flavor to it. Alcohol is nicely blended.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a very good, smooth beer. I'd probably be hard pressed to drink more than one bomber, but two might be possible. Overall, very nice offering from Three Floyds. Highly recommended.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rich cola-brown with a finger and a half of dense tan foam that fades slowly and leaves a decent amount of lace.

Smell is rather intense, and it's hard to unpack at first. The initial wave in your nose is pure West Coast hoppiness, almost like you're sniffing a pale ale. A seriously bitter pine/spruce hop nose kicks in, but underneath there's a solid roasted maltiness with some coffee and chocolate.

Flavor is more of the unusual same: a big, IPA-ish wave of evergreen hop flavors that then mellows out into a slightly bitter, balanced chocolate and coffee flavor. The lingering aftertaste is an interesting blend of bitterness, both from the coffee and hop flavors and sweet chocolate/roasty tastes. Quite unique. Some little spices slip in as well, notably cinnamon, but I also get a little tiny licorice flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant.

Overall: I didn't buy this one last year because I thought it was too much for a single bottle. Wow. I was wrong. A completely unique porter that really uses aggressive hopping without being over-the-top and losing all of its porter characteristics. Outstanding.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-12-02 in Clarksville, IN

A - Dark brown with a 1.5-finger light brown head with good lace.

S - Mocha, medium roasted grain, dark bread.

T - Sweet and dark chocolate, dark roasted/char grain, milk, earthy spice, Herbal, citrus zest and roast bitterness. Dries nicely.

M - Medium body and mild-medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Fairly substantial.

O - A very good brew. On par with Founders Porter

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

sent down from the land between the lakes - probably not sufficiently settled, but here goes:

a: pint serving, healthy mocha head coats the black beer below, retention is strong

s: first impression - American hops dipped in semisweet chocolate, caramel structure complimented by layers of roast and sweet grapefruit hops, licorice, more dark chocolate

m: carbonation smooth, medium-full bodied

t: chocolate coated tropical hop nuggets sit atop a bed of well roasted barley, underlying caramel rolled in dark chocolate, hop flavors of fresh grapefruit, more of the astringent side of the roasts comes out towards the finish with a lingering citrus peel bitterness, expertly pulled off without the hop-roast clash I was expecting

d: pretty unique porter that's a pleasure to drink

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

22oz. bomber: Thank you for trades, or I would have never gotten this gem. It pours an inky dark brown color. There was some tan head, but it dies down quickly. A pleasant aroma. A mix of hops, roastiness, coffee, and some smokiness. The taste is an all-out assault on your taste buds (but a pleasant assault). Smokiness, some chocolate, some hop bitterness coming through (although it is sweet to the taste overall). This is just flat out excellent. Thanks to TAR for the trade!

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Slightly bitter nose with floral hops and coffee. I get a bit of of citrus, herb and pine from the hops, with a brewed coffee and chocolate malt.

The flavors are well balanced as a hoppy porter isn't overly appealing sounding. The hops are lightly blended with lemon, pine and ever so slight dankness. The porter like malt backbone isn't overwhelming and emits mostly coffee tones. There is some chocolate malt but the coffee is roasted, brewed and bitter.

This has a relatively full feel with a super easy drinkability and moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable!

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

Poured from the bottle an opaque black with two fingers of mocha-colored head.

A somewhat sweet aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke.

The taste matches the aroma. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, and a bit more smoke than offered up in the aroma. The finish is a combination of toffee and coffee.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with a light-to-moderate carbonation.

This is a top-notch porter from Three Floyds. Though, I'm not sure what makes it an Xmas brew. Any spices are pretty much nil. A must try.

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Photo of tpd975
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Really nice looking brew. Pours a dark cola brown/black with tinges of cherry red poking thru. A big fluffy 3 finger head builds before dying down to a collar that leaves behind lovely layered lacing, and an oily film.

S: Not as big on aroma as I would have liked, but what I smelled I did enjoy. Nice toasted malts coming at you in waves of dark chocolate with a bit of coffee. Just as you start to enjoy the malty goodness, the hops come cutting thru. The hops yield a nice citrus touch that has an almost floral/green characteristic to them.

T: Man I love 3 Floyds. This one has a wonderful taste from the start. They have built one solid porter here. Tons of burnt cocoa with touches of coffee and smoke. Sweet molasses and a touch of dark fruit make up the middle. Just as you think the flavor will fade into malty oblivion you are smacked across the face by the hops. Tons of floral bitter green c hops come at you in waves of sweet yet bitter citrus fruit. It is like no other porter I have had before. (Go figure coming from 3 Floyds)

M: Medium in body with a lively amount of carbonation. It really clings and allows you to enjoy how multi-dimensional this beer is.

D: Rather drinkable. No hint of the ABV, just malty hoppy goodness in a bottle.

Overall: This is one of those love it or hate it brews. Some of the porter traditionalists will hate what 3 Floyd's has done to this porter. On the other hand I am one of those guys who love brewers who push the envelope. As we know 3 Floyd's never shies away from doing just that. This beer without the blast of hops would be good. I feel as though the added hops bring it to a different level though. That level will be loved by some and hated by others. I find myself in the former group rather than the latter.

I loved Stone 11 for the same reason I love this beer. You can't go wrong with a dark malty brew that has been nitro fueled by the addition of a ridiculous amount of hops for the style.

3 Floyd's keep doing what you do. I'm lovin' it!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/21/09. Bottle. Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, very sweet. Flavor of sweet malt, chocolate malt, some lactose notes. Pretty bland and boring really; I'm quite underwhelmed. Too sweet and not complex at all. Meh.

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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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