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Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter by Three Floyds Brewing LLC
American Porter
7.50 % ABV

Alpha Klaus is Alpha King’s cousin. A big American X-mas Porter brewed with English chocolate malt and Mexican sugar and of course tons of strange American hops! Cheers. 

Review by tavernjef on 08/17/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 19 4 9 2010
Deep and very dark brown, nearly black with slivers of glowing amber at the bottom. Finger high foam of light tan sits atop for a good stay. Lacing coats in a thin sheeting eventually breaking into webbings all around the glass top.

Mild chocolate and roasted sweet malt mix with a nice and clean floralesk piney hop start the nose off with a decorous medley. Other mentionables beyond the milk chocolate make for some charred brown sugar and a lovely bourbon laced molasses under current. Impressionable and close to cloning an Imperial stout-like nose. Sometimes wiffs were lighter then others; seemingly changing and without much stability but well worth it when the strength assumes control.

Great flavors here, super fine balance between a sweet and soft chocolate cake backing that continues to lift itself through the softer yeilding piney hops that perk with a incredibly nice and easy bitterness. Very nice to behold. The chocolate borders a coffee roastyness while maintaining its full-on chocolate cake-like fluffyness and richness. The subtle but eager piney edged hops blend across and within the chocolate without much effort and fit together with a swimmingful smoothness. Great finisher too. Bits of anise and licorice spice pop to the surface blending with leftover roasted barley and oatmeal along with mirco bursts of heavy roasted coffee. Wow and yum!

Strikingly fine and smooth body, lightly creamy, lightly bittered with swell chocolate tones and piney hops; just past a medium fullness thats very well rounded and clean. Nothing harsh or out of place here. Finish is strikingly subtle, yet complexing with a delicate drying character and all that wonderful leftover stuff.

An excellent porter! A big chocolatey balancing act with hops and bittering bite that holds true, bold,smooth, and rich the hold ride through. This is a top notcher in my book! Goes down quickly without much labor and is just a f*ckin' great beer. Kudos 3F!

And an even bigger kudos to rhoadsrage for the chance to try this wonder!! Yummalishious!

Price: $8.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 07/25/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 18 4 8 0
22 oz bomber that was sent to me by the great spointion. He knows how to hook a brotha up. Served up in my favorite Terrapin pint glass.

A: Poured up, it fills the glass with a very dark brown liquid that builds a seemingly black body. Held to the light, it is dark but it does let in a few sneaking beams of dark red highlights. The pour did build a finger or so of light mocha colored foam. It tightens but quickly falls to a thin top cap. Sadly, it doesn't have any stick on the lace.

S: This smells pretty good. The first thing I pick up on is just a candy bar kinda smell. Its nutty, has some caramel and a varied chocolate aromas (dark and milk). There is a bit of some dark roast coffee coming out. Behind all this sweet and robust, I am getting some hops. Maybe a little pine and a little orange. Hard to fully tell behind all this sweetness in the aroma.

T: This is nice indeed. Getting some really nice, heavily roasted qualities coming out of the malt. Just a good amount of chocolate and coffee (oh so dark on both accounts) coming out. Caramel is in there but its taking a back seat to this two guys. The roast is heavy and reminds me of some bitterness you get from some coffees, so that transitions nicely into the hops. The hops are not as big as I was expecting but they are a presence. Little bit of pine, floral, comes out with just a touch of citrus. Its enough to take over the aftertaste completely. Very nice.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium carbonation. Its got some weight to it with some nice creaminess and stickiness to it. Really coats the mouth nicely. Its sweet and bitter on the tongue. Just really nice combo. Aftertaste is lingering bitterness from the hops. Very nice here.

OA: I wasn't expecting this one to be as easy drinking as it is. Just highly drinkable. The flavors work incredibly well and they meld together beautifully. Very different but in the best of ways. Mixes it up when it comes to expectations from the style. Really enjoyed it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 0
22oz. Bomber
Big Red Bloomington

Alpha Klaus poured deep dark brown into my pint glass. When I hold it closer to the light for inspection I see mahogany highlights throughout. Formed a creamy 1 finger head upon the pour that faded to a super creamy half-finger head that lasted. Leaves faint drink history lacing with each sip. Very nice looking.

The smell of this beer is so unique and wonderful it fully deserves a 5. The first whiff I take reminds me of caramel corn. Strange but nice. I then take a deeper whiff, the caramel corn leads things off again but transfers flawlessly into herbal and mildly piney hops in the middle. This is again transformed seamlessly into a bittersweet chocolate bar with mild coffee. I don't know how the hops pair so perfectly with the other aromas but they do. This stuff smells amazing.

I wasn't sure what to expect. I've never really sampled a porter with the obvious amount of hops that this has. I couldn't have wished for more than I got. This beer is packed full of big chocolate and coffee notes. Big roastiness and somehow the hops pair perfectly. With an herbal bite that lightens up all the dark flavors. Finishes with slight coffee ground bitterness and instantly after that a mild pine hop bite. Such a unique beer.

The mouthfeel is close to perfect. It's medium bodied yet creamy. Mild carbonation lets things work through on their own. It just slides through my mouth so easily. There's also a nice mild lingering bitterness that is a very nice touch.

Drinkability is outstanding. This one goes down so easy. It's so creamy and flavorful you have to work to not gulp it down.

Alpha Klaus is another incredible beer from Three Floyds. It amazes me how perfectly all the big flavors go together. I have never had such a unique and fun drinking porter. Definately worth seeking out.

Reviewed: 1/6/07

Price: $7.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 12-26-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Got this one from sprinkle through the Secret Santa 07, thanks!

Dark looking porter, not too much head after the pour.

Very good aroma. I get some notes of chocolate and toffee right away, followed by a generous amount of hops (earthy and a bit of pine), warm milk, French vanilla coffee, a hint of hazelnut, and a bit of wood.

Taste of chocolate and hops upfront, a little bit of a hop bite too. There’s also a good dose of coffee flavors and roasted malt, charred wood, and bitter chocolate. Very aggressive flavors going on for a porter.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 03/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 16 3 7 2008
Pours a deep black with a big foamy brown head. The foam settles very slowly and coats the walls of the glass in sticky lacing.

Smells of roasted malt with a nice dose of chocolate. Dark caramel and medium toffee break through with a nice sweet malty aroma. Hops are present with a nice hint of bitterness along with some burnt malt bitterness. More smooth chocolate at the end.

Smooth malty body with a nice chocolate malt sweetness. Notes of toffee and a hint of caramel. Roasty malt is nice and slightly sweet. Hops come into play and break through the big malt flavors. Nice big of fruity hops and a nice bitterness. Tasty porter with a nice hoppy profile too.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
Review from 12/27/06

A - Pours a dark black color that doesn't allow a ray of light throught. Little head on the pour is cocoa brown and turns in a wisps and a ring on the surface.

S - Robust and unique. Big chocolate notes come along with the signature Three Floyds hoppiness that they have in almost every style they put out.

T - Starts with bittersweet chocolate that lingers on a tongue for a bit. That changes into a nice hop bite. Finishes with big floral citrusy hops. Not a ton of different flavors going on, but what there is here is presented in nice layers of flavor.

M - Medium mouthfeel with sticky hops. Carbonation is subtle and lends itself nicely to this brew.

D - Does Three Floyds make any subpar beers? Another fine brew!

Served In: Pint Glass

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