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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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:
#1,808
Reviews:
760
Ratings:
2,245
pDev:
10.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
282
Gots:
414
Trade:
18
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Ratings: 2,245 |  Reviews: 760
Photo of dfillius
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of dark tan head with okay retention. I'd like better head retention please. Nearly opaque dark brown and good looking.
S: Chocolate, some hops that are mildly reminiscent of marijuana. Cascade too? Hoppy and roasty.
T: Chocolate and pine. Very nice blend of porter and hoppiness. The hops surge forward with juiciness then the chocolate roastiness fills in behind. Very nice!
M: Bitter and very full.
D: Very high. Great stuff. I want another and will buy again. Terrific seasonal.

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Photo of Drucifer
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of ronricorossi
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bit smoky? Probably just picking up smething in the malt base, but it adds a certain element.

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Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to David from the Publick House Brookline for hooking us up with this beer which you can't get in MA.

This beer poured a brownish/black body with a huge pillowy tan/off-white head. There's some serious carbonation in this puppy.

Nose is an interesting mix of dark cocoa powder, mellow wood, olive juice, fresh toasted malt, toffee and coffee.

Medium bodied with a mild grain touch from start to finish. Dark roasted malt and very dark espresso beans dominate this beer. Very astringent with a sharp roasted malt bitterness. Has a slightly grainy and very bitter base. Citrus and Earth hops are over the top and surprisingly big for a porter, but never overtake the malt bitterness giving it an almost deceptive hop taste.

Quite a porter. Tastes sort of like someone crushed a butt load of espresso beans into a dark malt based beer, but beyond that... good beer.

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Photo of Lelampp
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IndyDad
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Ssippisam
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SweetChicken
4.45/5  rDev +8%

Photo of antoines15
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. The liquid is dark, almost black with nice carbonation. The head is almost two fingers, a very velvety creamy brown and it fades to a nice lace. I great looking brew.

The smell is bitter and slightly burnt chocolate malt.

The taste is bitter chocolate with some interesting sweet note as well. The light burnt taste surfaces but does not linger long. The brew is rich and delicious.

The mouthfeel is good but perhaps a bit thinner than I expected.

The drinkability is very good. This brew is good but also growing on me.

Many thanks to Mac300 for a truly great trade for this brew..Prosit MK

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Photo of Gregf51
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Kevincredible
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +1.2%
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 -2.9%

Photo of allenson21
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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 alpinebryant
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark tootsie roll brown with a two finger dark mocha head with lacing and spiderwebs on the edges of the glass as it went down.

S: Fresh hop dry hopping of citrus , pine and grapefruit. Dark roast malt is there, but definitely a pleasantly Black IPA aroma going on.

T: Very strong and forward hop presence with sweet aroma hop that makes the first sip decadent. A great bouquet of pine and citrus hops blended with mocha, coffee, and sweet malt. The finish is slightly licorice with cocoa and a bit of vegetal taste.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel, which for a 6% porter seems about right. Mild carbonation.

O: This is a delicious American porter, I would drink this frequently I suspect if it were available around me.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of HollyHops
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of AlexJ
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +15.3%

Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,245 ratings
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