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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

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757
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2,212
Avg:
4.15
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10.12%
 
 
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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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Photo of dancinwillie
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, almost black, creamy coffee-hued topper is gone within minutes.

Mainly chocolate. Light traces of caramel and coffee.

Sweet up front, and all the flavor that the aroma had promised me, are here. I like the strong hop flavor, and there's a little roasted bitterness here too. I'd like to know if there's any brown malt in here, just for the sake of knowing. Bit of a maple syrupy flavor as the beer warms up.

On the thin side body-wise. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

I like it. Pretty good beer, I would probably get a couple more, and cellar them, if I see them anywhere. I would drink one every now and again, but nothing too regular. Just to see how they cellar. Cheers!

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a pitch black with a fat head on top of it, excellent lacing is left down
the glass

S:Nose picks up some great aromas. Roasted malts come thru first
followed up by a huge amount of citrus hops that really cut thru everything else.

T:Up front in the initial sip a smooth amount of roasted malts come thru that follows
into the middle. On the backend the hops really come thru that follows as in runs down the
throat.Very exciting and tasty.

M:The body was expecting to be a little thicker but still does a good job overall, the palate
is left slightly dry from the alcohol and the hops begging you to take another sip.

D:This is a really easy drinking that is extremely tasty with that FFF twist on it. Taste like
a porter that you would expect with a awesome hop kick on it as well, definitely going
pick some more of this up to take to some holiday parties.

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

This was a bottle of 2004.
Basically brilliant. Very dark, deep ruby when held up to the light, huge fluffy head of sparkling tan large bubbles.
Smelled and tasted of rich, deep, dark chocolate. Not sweet to start, very dry. But chocolate dominated, with a bready middle, and a stout like bitterness in the finish.
Very much a medium, actually not as thick as I expected, gave some tingle on the sides of the tongue and mouth.
You could taste the alcohol, but still very drinkable. I would like to have more of this beer. Sad that FFF can't be had around here.

cheers...

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Photo of sbxx
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark with 2 fingers of cream-colored head that hung around for a bit.

Smell - Piney and malty. Very welcoming.

Taste - Fabulous piney hop presence, but not overwhelming. The blend of hops and malt was damn near perfect.

Mouthfeel - Light. Finishes very clean. Excellent.

Overall - Very drinkable! Excellent brew overall. Calling it "Alpha King's festive cousin" is spot on. Can't wait to get more of this ASAP.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 Floyds Brewing Co. - Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter. 6% ABV. 650ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/7/15.

Look: Pours a very rich black, and settles the same. Semi aggressive pour created a small half finger mocha colored head.

Smell: Aromas of strong roast coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted dark malts, caramel, and some hops, all backed by a nice smokiness.

Feel: Viscous and creamy, with some carbonation.

Taste: Instant smoky roast coffee and sweet chocolate, with the dark roast malts, and caramel coming into the back end. The hops emerge about the same time, and mix with everything into the aftertaste.

Overall: Been waiting to try this since getting into craft beer back in September, and my brother managed to score two bottles. It sounds just like a typical Porter, until you take into account that is is brewed with hops, along with everything else. Since being so, it is a very unique brew, and actually is pretty good for a change.

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

Got this one a while back from Chadquest, I believe.

Pours a very dark black body with a small tan head. Straight up porter aroma, lots of roasted grains with a hint of vanilla sweetness behind it and a slight smell of alcohol. Very balanced on the palate. A little bit of burnt bitterness, good dark roasted malt, not too complex but enjoyable. Mouthfeel was a touch thin but not watery, very drinkable. Overall this is a solid porter, I didn't pick up on anything exotic that made this a "Christmas" porter but it was still very good.

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

Pours black, big tan/brownish head. Big aroma spewing forth, coffee some chocolate notes and the hops, oh yes the hops you expect from any Three Floyds brew. On the tongue you have a magnificent porter, with all the roast you want plus all those citrusy/piney hops you come to expect from 3F's. Love it. I'm still sad over the fact that I can no longer easily get their beers here in VA but I do respect them for pulling back distribution to better serve the folks at their home. You want a big aggressive porter, this is it.

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Photo of dmfrench
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A piney pale that wants to be a porter :p

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A: Deep blackest brown body, no discernible highlights, with a persistent, one finger, creamy light mocha head that adequately laces the glass.

S: A typical FFF piney, citrus hop parade hits you strong up front, with delicious burnt cocoa, cinnamon, and brown sugar following. An epic nose that promises much.

T: Unfortunately, the nose can not keep it's promise. The hops, particularly the evergreen half, completely dominate the taste of this brew. There is still some malt left underneath, but it is just not coming through like it does in the nose. As a huge fan of toasty porters and stouts, it;'s kind of a let down for me.

M: A bit too carbonated for me... feels almost like soda, but otherwise well weighted.

D: Crisp and cleansing for a porter.

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Photo of Heatwave33
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: Black with a light brown head.

Smell: Chocolate and earthy hops up front. Followed by sugar and slight smoke.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slight coarse, good carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: A well rounded porter with a good balance. Medium bodied and a nice Winter brew. Cheers.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a frighteningly decorated 22oz bomber, acquired on a recent trip to Indianapolis. Been looking forward to trying it for a while. The Alpha Klaus pours out an deep dark suede brown with a creamy and persistent dart tan head. Aroma is surprising and mouthwatering, a unique blend of roasty chocolate notes and a very hearty dose of citrusy hops. Taste is amazing, different and leaves you craving more. It has everything a great porter should, lots of good roasty flavor and complexity with hints of chocolate and coffee drifting across your tongue. But just as you're starting to appreciate the perfect traditional porter flavor the hops grab you and make you sit up and listen, lots of crisp grapefruity flavor. A surprisingly good match, very well done brew, a bit too drinkable perhaps, as I wish I had lots more...

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Photo of YankChef
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into uk size pint

appearance: deep dark black/brown with some light coming through the edges. nice offwhite pillowy head that makes some nice lacing

smell: subtle hints of chocolate, also some spice like peppercorn and maybe a little vanilla

Taste: Lots of hops for the style, taste is complex and malty with pretty prominent bitterness akin to the peppercorns. Espresso type bitterness, srved pretty warm its all coming right out at me.

overall: a bit hoppy i thought, with another 3-6 months on it i bet this one is really nice but that kind defeats the point. I have been a little un-impressed with FFF to be honest

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours pretty dark, almost black, light brown head that hung around for a couple of minutes before leaving a little lacing on the glass.

S: A little bit of malt and carmelized sugar, but mostly just overpowering citrus... grapefruit for sure. Amarillo hops?

T: Dark malts and coffee but mostly citrus. Too much for me, I really don't care for it because it overpowers the subtlety of the malts.

M: I do like the mouthfeel, it's nice and creamy and some good carbonation.

D: Pretty low on the drinkability. I had most of the bomber but just couldn't finish it. It would be interesting to have this beer with a slightly more normal hop schedule to it.

Overall, it's a little disappointing for me, I always stop by the brewery on my way to Michigan and I've had just about everything they offer. This is the first by them I didn't really dig.

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

Poured from bomber into nonic, nice sticky looking off white head that dissipates into little more than a film, and leaves little thin lacing. Body is musty black brown, almost opaque except when held up to light then the typical ruby is apparent and I can see the figure of my hand. Smells immediately of typical Three Floyds hop bouquet, with a chocolate underbody or backbone, hints of coffee, cocoa, pine, there is a mild roasted nutty character to this, and hidden bits of vanilla. I think as this warms the hop character mellows out or maybe I just adapt to it. Its strange one minute I feel the hop character is in competition with the dark malts and then the next I’m fine with the balance, its sort of a strange brew that way. The taste is reminiscent of dry roast coffee, with an underlying smokey nuttiness, that then exposes a slightly milky chocolateness with little hints of vanilla and then turns back to roasted coffee. The bitterness in the flavor is very nice especially as it warms not over bearing. Personally this could be a little more robust, I enjoyed this beer a great deal, but its not quite what I had hoped for still tasty just the same I'm sure I'll grab a bottle next year.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a nice dark black with tan head that gripped the glass. Once it settled it kept a nice thin tan foamy layer on top S - Nice deep coffee aroma with earthy hops and some sweet malt. T/M - Bitter coffee follwed up by a touch of chocolate sweetness then bitter hops. It was decently carbonated and not too thick. I wasn't expecting so many hops though. D - This was good but didn't live up to the hype I expected. It had too much hops and not enough malt, chocolate, sweetness. Pretty good beer but could be better I think.

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

A- Pours dark brown and opaque with a thick, lingering head

S- The bright smell of the hops comes through before the dark, caramelly malt aromas

T- Very malty with notes of brown sugar, cocoa and caramel. A surprising hop kick: a floral flavor followed by a bitterness to round out the beer.

M- Mildly carbonated and thick

D- A slow sipper, but definately drinkable (AND delicious)

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served at FFF brewpub before Christmas. This is a first, after recently trying more porters and was pleasantly surprised by the balance of traditional porter characteristics with hops, I didn't expect to enjoy as much as I did. Great pour with solid dark brown head and lacing. Nice hop aroma with dark malt, chocolate aroma.

Really great beer, enjoyed two and wish they had some bombers to go.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer. Can just barely see through the deep garnet at the bottom of the glass when held directly up to a light. Nice beige/tan head that just covers the top of the beer. Really appropriate for a porter I think.

Definately get some hops in the nose. Big brash hops. No locos here. Also get some of the chocolate notes I think, or roasted or black patent or whatever.

Wow. That's a bitter porter. Really nice though. Its really almost an Impy stout really. Reminds me of some of the smaller impy stouts. Maybe not as agressive on the roasted notes, this still has them. Big hops bitterness and a refreshing hop flavor. Really enjoyable. But leaves a bit to be desired in the finish. Just a little rough. Might be the hop bitterness that's rough in the finish.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Little too carbonated for my tastes though. Little too prickly for all those hops. I could have the CO2 toned down just a hint.

Pretty drinkable. Definately tasty and not big enough to prevent me from having a couple bombers...but I'd definately be feeling good after more than 2 or so.

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

This beer pours a pitch black with a thick long lasting tan head that leaves a wall of lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

In the aroma I get an amazing mix of citrus hops, caramel, roasted, and chocolate malts.

The flavor is sweet, chocolatey, roasty and hoppey as hell. The finish is all hops with a malt profile to back it up.

The mouthfeel is thick and sweet more like a stout than a porter but what the hell its 3F and it has a ton of hops. This is a very clean well put together beer I just wouldn't call it a porter but I guess it gets a pass since it is really a christmas beer.

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Photo of scott
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great find for Ohio this time of year-2005 vintage, I presume.
Beautiful pour of a black bodied beer. Is this a stout in disguise? Amber rim with very little head retention.
Smell is a robust welcome from your favorite coffee shop.
Taste started off gnarly, but led the way to a disembodiment from it's 38 degree state of stasis, only to become a very watered down version of a very good stout. Very close to Guinness. You can pull it to your lips and smell huge coffee, but you end up tasting water. No shit.
Mouth of fluffy dark water that is only reminiscent of coffee, and I'm so glad to have bought a bottle instead of a case.

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Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The smell is all cascade and chinook and similar smelling hops. Things that I love. If I were going by the scent alone, I'd be planning on having myself a nice IPA here, and friends, that ain't no jive. Deeper huffs show a percieved rye background and then a pine needle reprise.
As far as superficial looks are concerned, this is opaque brown with a head that is sexier'n a black thong.
Tastewise, the first notion is of dark rye toast. Maybe it's because I was braced for a hop blasting as eluded to by the olfactory hues of yesterbreath. The toast becomes more burnt, and the hops a bigger bringer of alpha acids. I didn't really find some of your more traditional porter suggestions like chocolate, coffee, and nuts to be players in these reindeer games. And maybe that should be chalked up as a real achievement here-pulling off a depth of flavor and intensity in a porter using hops as the main event without bastardizing the whole project.
My only ding here is that this lacks the girth I was hoping for in a big porter. For all the hops and loudness, it seems to me that there oughtta be a little bit more around the midsection. Especially for a beer named after Santa Klaus, big fat old fucking gluttonous slob that he is. Be that as it may. I can't really complain about the overall drinkability with this one. I drank the shit out of it.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque blackish brown, full finger of foamy beige foam slowly gives way to a moderate sticky ring of lacing, spotted coating also hangs on for the ride. Aromas are primarily roasty espresso and bittersweet chocolate, sweet and malty, pleasant hoppiness also present. Taste is also sweet, rich coffee and chocolate flavors, light bitterness, hops are more subtle in taste than in the nose. Mouthfeel is light to moderately bodied paired with medium levels of carbonation, washes down super smooth. Delectable beer, very drinkable and enjoyable, Will purchase the next release.

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

Picked this up at Binny's in the South Loop, Chicago. Ironically, a few hours before I drank this, my sister in-law asked me if brewers ever combine aggressive hops like in an IPA with a roasted malty porter. I told her that I hadn't experienced anything quite like that. Well, now I can say I have!

A: Nice reddish dark brown - almost black. Tiny mahogany highlights on the bottom edge against the light. Dark tan finger head that quickly dropped to a quarter and then dissipated to surface wisps. Produced big spotty lacing that didn't stick around too long. Quite attractive.

S: Big hops - more hops than you would ever imagine from a porter. When you smell more deeply, you get the roasted malt chocolate/coffee smell hiding under the floral hop. Combo of big hop, big malt and slight alcohol is almost medicinal - in a good way. Some cinnamon spiciness there too. Very unique and an appropriate seasonal warmth.

T: As I concentrated on the drinking, the smell focused in on the dark bitter chocolate which added a lot. Very lively hoppy fresh experience. It dissipates to a more chocolate malt and the hop bitterness comes back in the aftertaste. Strange combination of the smooth porter with an aggressive hop bite. Worked for me.

M: Really light and crisp. Carbonation tingles on the tongue and the back of the mouth. Medium/low body. I would usually feel like this was thin but considering the uniqueness and level of hopping, it felt appropriate.

D: Very light and drinkable. If I was trying to evaluate this brew as a regular porter, it may disappoint me in some ways. If I think of it as a hybrid of porter and seasonal Xmas ale, it becomes a very unique and enjoyable experience. It felt right for the season which I think is a very important factor. It offered the comfort of a porter with the optimism of hops - a really nice change. As a malt head that has developed a hop addiction, I find this beer to be extremely enjoyable. The higher than usual ABV didn't hurt either. Happy holidays!

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

Package: 22oz. crowned brown bottle. Typically ornate 3F label depicting a green elf-like creature maniacally dropping hops into a full pint of beer. Blurb describes beer as an American version of a London Ale made with English malts, Mexican sugar, and unique hops; and having chocolate and floral flavors and aromas. Additional Christmas-y pictures. No ABV or date information listed, but believed to be this year’s.

Cost: Acquired via trade

Presentation: I figured an Anglo-American ale needed an Imperial pint. ~50º

Appearance: Fairly typical for a porter. Not quite black, with a nice, medium-gauge, light-brown head at first. Unfortunately, the head didn’t last very long, resolving to a thin but intact ½" layer. Bubbles percolating through the beer seemed somewhat large.

Smell: Nice, but somewhat underwhelming. The piney hops were definitely there, along with some coffee notes; but little in the way of the thick maltiness I expect in a porter, much less one modeled on an English ale. Not much in the way of floral notes either. Primarily pellet hops and pine.

Taste: Hops make the first impression, with a sharp, citrus-pine tingle. The next impression is of a very nice bittersweet coffee flavor, which turns out to be the highlight on the palate. There were some faint cocoa notes, but they may have been part of the deep, multilayered coffee flavors. There was no hint of alcohol (too little, really) and not much follow through. The finish was fairly short and dry, leaving mostly a preponderance of hops and some of that delicious coffee.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin and austere. The malts were underplayed, and the very low alcohol sensation robbed this of some of its impact. The flavors were all too fleeting in the mouth, with little finish. I also thought that this was a touch overcarbonated, more like an IPA in texture than a traditional porter.

Drinkability: While not unpleasant, nothing really stands out about this beer for me. Because I can think of several well-hopped and traditional porters I prefer, this ranks fairly low on the drinkability scale. Furthermore, the high cost and limited availability make searching this out a somewhat dubious proposition.

Backwash: To be fair, this was based on only two bottles from the same source, but I feel they were somewhat representative. I hope that the draught version is much better and I get to try it. Still, this is the first Three Floyds beer that I’ve found to be disappointing, especially after being so eager to try it. Aside from some nice coffee flavors, this wasn’t very flavorful in a multi-dimensional way and not much akin to any English ales or porters I can think of. Sure, the hops are there; but the malts were weak and the body and mouthfeel were thin. Especially after drinking some other porters recently, I found this a bit wanting. Not anything like a Fuller’s London Porter and a classy Imperial Stout. I’d take either of those (esp. the Fullers) over this in a heartbeat.

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Photo of zjungleist
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First of '06. This looks great. Pours damn near black, with a hefty mocha head. Smells heavily of malts, hops, and maybe some spice or something. The flavor has a karate chop of roasted malts and a meaty portion of hops. As my palate adjusts the the intense taste, bittersweet chocolate and espresso come through. There is also that "something" that I can't put my finger on. It may be just a spicy hop. The mouthfeel is thick and foamy and slighly astringent. A strong sipper, in my opinion. A great way to start the year.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,212 ratings.
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