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
Ratings:
2,226
Reviews:
758
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
282
Gots:
402
For Trade:
16
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Photo of JDizzle
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Filabee
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jwinship83
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- big and black with a coffee colored head that quickly becomes a crown.

S- mild roasty smell, some chocolate and alot coffee in there too.

T- very coffee flavored with a nice hoppy finish. im kind of surprised that the hops lasted the year that this one has been sitting.

M- creamy with a medium body feel. nice feel from the carbonation in here.

D- probably my favorite american porter to date. i cant wait to have it fresh later this year. this is the sort of beer id be more than happy drinking all night. three floyds comes through once again. recommended.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this one from a friend at the Wine Specialist. Pours a pitch black color with extremely hard to find brown highlights. Solid head that leaves fairly weak lacing. Nose is nice: huge roasted malt, coffee, and some light chocolate. Also very mild hops. Taste is as advertised. Huge roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, a strong piney hop flavor as well, that quickly transforms into a consistent bitter lemon (actually quite similar to the other Three Floyds brews I've had). Good body with solid carbonation. Overall, quite a tasty beer, although not as earth-shattering as I'd expected (I think BA got my hops for FFF up a little too high - I've been let down by everything except for the Alpha King). Quite good though, irrespective of my expectations.

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

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jp32
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color. A dense, thick, tan colored foam sits on top. The aroma is of chocolate malts with pine-like hops in the background. It's flavor has more of the chocolate malts, backed by a subtle vanilla flavor, and a bunch more from the pine-like hops. Big piney, earthy hops in a roasted chocolate malt porter. Relatively hoppy for a porter in my opinion, but it seems to fit well with the rest of the beer. It's a good beer, I enjoyed it, but I doubt I'd get all crazy over buying it a second time.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None
Glass: Tulip

Three Floyd's Alpha Klaus is a hop-forward American porter, with focus on the hops growing as the beer warms. Charred or roasted malt mixed with pine (primary) and grapefruit (secondary) hop characters are the dominant characters of this beer. The feel of the Klaus is somewhat thin, appropriate for a porter, but perhaps too much so for a 6% ABV beer. Ultimately similar to their Black Sun Stout in many ways, for ample pine-like hop flavors mixed with chocolate malts, I'd choose the brewery's Black Sun Stout over this in general, I think.

Pours a tall, 2.5cm head of dark tan to light brown bubbles, small in size, very dense in appearance. Retention is average, lasting a bit over a minute, as the head settles to a thin cap atop the body, thicker around the sides. Lacing is slightly above average, the head leaving many small dots, and a few larger clumps, of foam along the perimeter of the glass. The body is dark brown to black, opaque, with carbonation not being visible through the void of color.

Aroma is of some papery ash with fainter roasted malt and chocolate notes, which are mixed with mild pine and grapefruit-like hops. The result is a bit like inhaling the smoke from a pine-scented cigarette, not altogether pleasant, though not too unpleasant, either. In general, I'd say that the beer has a bold aroma, which I'd expect from Three Floyds, but it is not one of their better-smelling creations.

In taste, Alpha Klaus is not so much about alpha acids as it is about fairly balanced chocolate malt with pine-like hops. The front of palate is fairly generic sweetness, perhaps from the Mexican sugar, with hints of roasted malt. Mid-palate of pine and grapefruit-like hops welded to a solid backdrop of charred and chocolate malts, not particularly bitter, but with detectable bitterness. Back of palate with obvious charred malt and chocolate flavors, with a slight increase of pine and grapefruit-like hops and a touch of ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of pine resin-like hops that coat the mouth fairly well, with moderate-to-mild bitterness and a bit of roasted malt sweetness and flavor.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity. This leads to a slightly prickly, fizzy mouthfeel at first, which then fades to a marginally foamy, generally smooth mouthfeel for the remainder of the sip. Ethanol can be felt flashing across the throat, or upon the tongue (if held there). Closes dry, with fairly substantial stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Motor oil black with 2 fingers of mocha head that dissipates most of the way and leaves a reasonable amount of lacing.

Smell- Very piney in scent with a little bit of chocolate and coco thrown in.

Taste- Pine up front with a long finish of unsweetend chocolate.

Mouthfeel- A slick and smooth mouthfeel with just the smallest hint of carbonation.

Overall- Me not being a huge piney hops fan, I really wasnt blown away. I thought it just had 2 distinct flavors and was nothing crazy complex. In the end, I get the tie in with the piney hops and Christmas, and it makes for a decent seasonal brew.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of earljones199
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks bgramer for this large capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

It is quite dark, one shade below pitch black, with a minimal head that disappears in seconds.
Aroma is mostly coffee, with some roasted malts that are a bit understated, and citrusy hops. I also thought it is a bit thin on the palate, particularly considering the high ABV.
Taste is as expected, with less roasted malts than I like, and more hops than I expect for a porter.
Ok, but I was expecting more from Three Floyds. The hops do not really blend that well here.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kevanb
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Three Floyds' Teku glass

The beer pours a lovely jet black color, extremely opaque texture with a thick, cloudy khaki head that leaves behind a touch of lacing. The aroma is nice, lots of rich chocolate, touches of vanilla with some nice brown sugar notes as well, roasted coffee with some nice dark grain brings out a touch of alcohol at the finish. The flavors are very pleasant, big rich dark grain right off the bat, a bit of sweet chocolate and vanilla, grassy bitter hops bring out some smokiness. There is a nice bit of roasted coffee flavor that lingers really nicely. The body is nice and rich, almost milky yet almost thin, carbonation is right in the medium sweet spot with a very dry finish.

Verdict: A very tasty Christmas Porter from Three Floyds. The flavors are nice and rich, but the grassy hop presence really adds something interesting to this beer, per their motto, “It’s Not Normal.” Definitely a nice treat to enjoy each winter.

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Photo of ahbithwabm
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Chingringo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DCon
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a 22 FL OZ - 650 ML bottle of this in a trade w/ mdvatab. Poured from the Bright Orange/Green Labeled bottle w/ Yellow dots, Alpha King's cousin (Alpha Klaus) wearing a Santa Claus hat & festive ornaments drawn around the bottle into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Does not have a freshness date like all FFF's brews but know its from this past season so not worried.

Aroma- Has only a bit of roast in the aroma. The hops hit the nose hard (like many FFF beers) and overpower this one. Can't say I don't mind this either!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that is dark tan and has great retention. Has an opaque brown colored body and can't see through it, even while put up to the light. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of roast from the beginning of the drink and then the awesome American hops come in the middle and take this one over. Has a very dry finish with a medium-high bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Slight burnt taste, and stays roasty on the palate. The one "true" category for this style.

Overall Impression- This one was all over the place! Of course the average FFF hops are used but they are quite overpowering in many categories. Still appreciated the brew and will be checking it off of my list of beers enjoyed by my favorite brewery. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of Warren2621
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Poured black hue with large frothy light brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Full body with creamy texture and flat carbonation. Aroma and flavor of heavy roasted, molasses and vanilla. Long full complex sweet flavor with moderate sweet finish of long duration. May be the best of style.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don’t quite grasp the hype surrounding this beer. It’s quite good but I don’t see why it’s worth paying so much for it when equally or better brews like the Fitz, Tommy, and Great Dane’s Cascade or Black Earth are available for half the price.

Pours a bronzed cocoa with moderately lasting sticky white-brown head.

Smells of citrus hops and cocoa, dark roasted malts and grape fruit. Also bits of anise.

Tastes cakey but also of iced down chocolate milk. A bit thinner than I would like, fluffier too. I want cream and am only getting iced milk. Sweet front, dry finish.

Very drinkable.

I’ll pick of a bottle of this and try it again soon. Maybe their was something wrong with the keg I had or my taste buds that night but like I said, I don’t get the hype.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,226 ratings.
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