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

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter
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4.12/5
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2,246 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:
#1,811
Reviews:
761
Ratings:
2,246
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
283
Gots:
416
Trade:
18
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Ratings: 2,246 |  Reviews: 761
Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of bbadger
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown near black with some dark reds at the edges. Moderate carbonation keeps a small tan head. A bit creamy with some sticky lacing and a clumpy cap.

Smell: Rich chocolate malts. A bit of cocoa and a mellow spice component. A nice bit of chocolate malt with some solidly roasted malts. A balance of milk chocolate and roasted malt sweetness. Heavily hopped with earth and pine elements. Almost reminds me of spruce. A touch bready with some mild burnt hints. Slightly herbal.

Taste: Pine needle and some serious citrus. A nice backing earthy element with some herbal notes to compliment the spice. A bit of brown sugar sweetness. Malts run heavy on the roast with a sizable cocoa element. Bitter chocolate, some milk chocolate, and a mild burnt edge. Caramelized malts as well as some solid chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with medium body and moderate carbonation. Coats the tongue without sitting heavy.

Overall: You can stuff my stocking with this anytime.

Hoppy with enough malt to be interesting. Well played Christmas beer.

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Photo of brystmar
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, lots of tan head on the surface. Strong lace, great retention. Huge hop aroma on top of decadent chocolate malt and crystallized sugars.

Taste follows the nose with roasted malts and chocolate up front. Mexican sugars show up midway through, fading slowly as the hoppy backbone cleans things up. Finish is neither dry nor sweet. A lingering hoppy bitterness remains in my throat after swallowing.

Big, creamy body sells the experience. I feel like a broken record saying this yet again, but hats off to FFF for brewing another superbly crafted beer. Top notch for the style.

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Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Alpha309
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbutler1
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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 kybeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of beerwolf77
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black that lets no light though even when held directly to a lamp. The beige head is a thick 3 fingers high. Full coating of web-like lace is left around the glass and a half inch cap remains on top of the beer.

The aroma is fairly hopped up. Pine and grapfruit are at the front for sure. This is mixed with a unique sugary chocolate and smoked malt. Making for a very interesting nose.

The flavor is a tad muted. Light chocolate, grapefruit, smoked malt, and molasses. It has a taste that I can't quite pick out. It's a flavor I've never had on my tongue. Nothing bad just very peculiar.

The medium to full body is almost devoid of all carbonation.

Overall a very good christmas beverage. I would love to revisit this every year.

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Photo of Thishops4u
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Eman17
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass - 2008 bottle.

Pours a very dark brown with a one finger fluffy light brown head. Nose os surprisingly hoppy with a nice solid maltiness. Very nice lacing.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich without being too thick, adds to the drinkability, it's smooth and has light carbonation. Taste is rich and roasty, light dark chocolate flavors as well as some holiday spiciness as well.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Filabee
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Viperman1316
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of rodlavers
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of aracauna
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is something that I was really looking forward to at the Southeastern Ratebeer gathering. Very dark brown. The huge aroma is screaming spruce at me. The malt is dry and clean and really comes across as a dry brown ale than a porter. Still, it's tasty and one of the few dark beers I've had that had dominant hops that I really think work that way.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a really old bottle so I hope its not ruined.

A- Pours out looking somewhat clear with a burgundy highlight. The head is weak, but its there. It still manages to leave lots of uniform lacing. The beer in the glass is black with burgundy around the edges.

S- Pretty weak nose but whats there is pretty good. Grassy hops, lots of grain and some bitter sweet cocoa and coffee. There is also a lot of smoke and wood

T- A hoppy porter for sure. The grassy, leafy hops are backed up by a milky sweet malt bill. If you told me this was a milk stout I would certainly believe you.

M- Pretty thick for a porter. Its very very smooth with a slightly drying finish from the hops. Carbonation is quite low and it promotes a silky smooth feel.

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Photo of brbrocc
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sazz9
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,246 ratings
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