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:
281
Gots:
402
For Trade:
17
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Photo of joemochas
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevincredible
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I gave this one a hard pour from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. What I got was about half of a dark black with just a fain glow of burgundy and the other half was a huge tan head that slowly dissolved over a few minutes. This looked great and was a lot of fun to watch. It eventually fell to an irregular creamy film.

Smelled cool, smooth and clean with some smoky molasses, honey and corn bread with a well blended and subtle pineapple and pine hop with just a touch of grapefruit. This was delicately woven around a slight but welcome alcohol.

Tasted of a light and simple, nutty coffee and chocolate with a nice blend of grapefruit. The way the flavors flowed together was impressive. There was also a slightly tingly lime rind bitterness that complimented the flavors well.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with a light and tingly carbonation.

This one’s pretty solid. It’s simple, but in true FFF fashion, the quality really comes through.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

And my love for FFF continues, though this isn't quite as good as most of their offerings.

This beer pours black with good lacing and dark brown highlights as the glass is held to the light. Thick look with a ring of head.

The smell is alluring. Smoky, hoppy esters, roasty malt notes and coffee notes all hit at once. Very savory and a little sweet, this aroma is nice.

The taste is good with highlighted roasted chocolate notes and some bitter hops leading to a bittersweet finish. Doesn't seem to live up the smell, but it tastes tastes good.

Very creamy mouthfeel and a nice balanced body overall, which makes this an easy to drink beer. Nice stuff.

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Photo of PopnLoads
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of allenson21
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Alpha Klaus 2007
A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam
S - i'm picking up a nice amount of smoke still and some sweet roasted malts. Very nice still 4 years later.
T - Nice roasted malts, alot of coffee and hints of chocolate. It seems like i'm drinking coffee at some points and an nice roasted porter at other times. Its actually very enjoyable. I am curious what the flavor is fresh if its this good later on.
M - smooth and creamy, with light carbonation. there is a slightly dry finish that makes this very drinkable.
D - I am enjoying this one alot. I wasn't expecting alot from it after this many years..

4/3.5/4/4/4

Alpha Klaus 2008
A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam and nice oily lacing
S - same as the 2007 just a bit stronger, the sweetness seems a bit more intense and the roastedness
T - The taste is where this one seems to lack compared to the years prior. The coffee and chocolate seem a bit more muted along with a thinner watery feel. There is a slight roasty bitterness in the finish.
M - light-medium bodied but I don't think its meant to be that way. light carbonation.
D - I'm disappointed with this one. I find it to be quite different from the previous years.
4/4/3/3/3

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Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of HollyHops
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

A high pour yields a ruddy black brew topped by an impressive peak of chunky,beige head. As the tight head unwinds, it leaves lacing as thick as your Grandmother's doilies!

Intoxicating aromas of pine-drenched Cocoa Pebbles (mmm) and good coffee roastiness are a prelude to what lies ahead. Smooth porter aromas and massive pine sap gooeyness somehow balance eachother out.

A sip reveals a magnificently tastey porter with a uniquely 3 Floyds twist. Rich chocolate, vanilla, and roasty coffee flavors upfront, an assault of evergreen sappiness throughout, and a smooth finish that is neither sweet, nor bitter, but smoothly perfect.

Body is medium-big, silky-smooth, and very rich on the tongue.

Overall, one of my new favorites from 3F. Absolutely dangerous in drinkability. Each sip brings a smile to my face. Not a trace of the alcohol within. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

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Photo of M1A2
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of asabreed
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So here it is. I've been looking for this for over a year now, and finally I saw a bomber and snagged one. I was going to grab both left on the shelf on general principle of Three Floyds kicking ass and the beer's reviews, but alas, at $8.99, I opted just for one.

Why pour this into a pint glass when it certainly would go much better, as far as presentation and aroma go -- along with the deep sipping -- in an oversized wine glass? So in the glass it goes.

Appearance: Head stays beautifully frothy despite its at-first possibility of dying quickly. Rather than a Belgian, it bubbles up slowly, then hangs out and refuses to go anywhere, like the top of a malted milkshake. Lacing's thick, clumpy, with layers folding atop one another down the glass. Body is thick and oh-so-close to near opaque black, though the faintest hint of dark amber can be discerned.

Smell: Oh the beauty of the citrus and piney hops. I don't know exactly what's used, but that's the backbone, and beneath it lies the subtle flavors of burnt-to-all-hell toasted malt, dark and deep unsweetened chocolate, molasses, and slight maple and raisins. Also somehow some dark and tropical fruit flavors inch their way in as it warms. Just awesome, especially when the hops lessen slightly and the malt (and slight fruit) character gets more dominant and complex when it warms. Tons of stuff going on, and it's all extremely well balanced.

Taste: Total malted milkshake at first, walking the line between burnt and frothy and creamy, it brings the party to the mouth. Dark and burned chocolate malt come next, sliding into the maple, vanilla, and raisin combination for some subtleness. Then it finishes beautifully dry, with the hops lingering on the tongue along with the malted milkshake divine thickness and taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, a bit velvety but somehow a bit astringent, and somehow it works really well. I like the slight astringency, yet it's not quite up to the standard of a five, though close.

Drinkability: The biggest thing decreasing its drinkability is the price. In addition, it's so thick, complex, and tasty that to me it's more of a sharing porter, or else a nightcap to be enjoyed but maybe purchased months down the road for another treat. Still one of the best porters out there though, and one of the best that uses a fantastic combination of hop and malt to near perfection, in a porter to boot. It ain't easy, and Three Floyds have it down. At least snag one of these to see what you think.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-review (orig below)
Poured from a 22oz bomber that I brought back from Indy into a pint glass. No dating info. Was pitch black in color but could just see burgundy highlights at the edges when right up to the light. Carb bubbling in the center with slight lacing. It has a small cocoa head that slowly settled into a constant film fed by the carb.

The aroma was heavy on the hops - mainly pine but some citrus. Didn't get as much of the roasted or chocolate malts this time. Liked it better last time - probably had more age on it then so hops were tamer. This is more IPA than porter to me in both aroma and taste. The taste it still good but seems to be between styles and conflicted. Too hoppy for a porter but not enough hops for an IPA. Mouthfeel was good but again would have liked it more creamy.

Overall, a good beer but didn't enjoy it as much as last time. Still recommend. I'd like to try one more time to see how a 3rd compares and which review is closer to normal. If closer to the original then a bottle when I can get is good. If closer to now then maybe even few years on a whim.

***Original 1/9/07 review below***
4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.0
Poured from a 22oz bomber with no bottling information. Was basically black with some burgundy deep in the color. Had a 1/4" inch cocoa head that slowly whittled to a constant film. The smell was heavy on the roasted malts - very and of course the hops. Mouthfeel was pretty good but wanted just a little more creamy. The taste was excellent. Goes down very smooth with a not too bitter finish. It's been recent that I've started to enjoy porters so can't wait to try this again next year to see if I love it even more. For now, it's good to have the one bottle and then try again so just 4 on drinkability but sure it will rise in the future. Highly recommend especially if you like porters. (4, RR, T, Y)

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NucularGeorge for this long awaited beer.

A: Deep, rich, dark brown allowing only a fraction of light through the thinnest part of the glass. Head sprang up, a good three fingers thick of creamy, roasted marshmallow colored foam.

S: Chocolate milk, cafe au lait, roasted barley and a lot of hops.

T: Interesting that the first impression I get is pine...but this is a 3F beer so I really shouldn't be surprised. Teeny sourness comes next, reminiscent of cola, day old coffee or perhaps some grapejuice. Once the sourness hits, the malt really starts to blossum with a roasted current following tow. Chocolate and coffee at this point start to come more to the front. The more I drink, the more apparent the hops become until I almost forget I'm drinking a porter. Finishes really spuce like, almost minty.

M: Full bodied and silky. Haven't had a beer with a mouthfeel this good in a really long time.

D: Another winner from 3F. This is a great, unique beer that seizes the holiday feel very well. Not so heavy that I couldn't drink a lot of it either.

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Photo of Ssippisam
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gobuccos
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cfrances33
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend. Served in a nonic pint.

Pour: Nearly pitch black body, with a thick, two fingers deep khaki head. Head sticks around for most of the glass, and leaves really nice lacing the entire way.

Smell: Roasted malts up front, with some tobacco. A floral hoppiness comes in and completely hijacks the whole affair. Finish is a mix of hops and roasted coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts hit first again, but then dance with a bitter hop floral and grassy flavors. Some light dark chocolate bitterness. Finishes roasty and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Quite light and drinkable. Amongst the best drinking porters I've ever had to be honest.

Overall: This beer blurs the line between a black IPA and a porter. I actually really enjoy it, and the hoppyness is exactly what I should have expected from Three Floyds.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ttylicki
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown in color. There was at least a two inch head sitting atop this beer. Smell is subdued hops and some chocolate malt. Taste is much more of the malt with a little bitterness as well. There is a grassy and pine flavor of course coming from the hops. Pretty decent medium full on the mouthfeel.

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

Nice brown frothy head that clings fairly well. Stays for a while.

Smells like an ipa with some chocolate malting. Very strong hoppy smell.

Taste is hoppy and has a nice chocolate malty backbone. It tastes like an IPA had sex with a porter and this was the offspring. Complexities are there with the malting. Some caramel malting too. Has a hint of minty flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice. Malts cling well and aren't too thick.

Drinkability is awesome. This is one hell of a beer and it's hard to put down (as in stop drinking)

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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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