Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter

Review Date 12/19/2022 By John Staradumsky


Everybody knows and loves Three Floyds Alpha King, right? Of course they do. Alpha King is an amazing American Pale Ale, arguably one of the best you can buy. It has a relative, though, according to Three Floyds: Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter. Now, I do not know what it is precisely that makes a porter kin to a pale ale, but they are from the same brewery, so weíll go with that.

Three Floyds says:

Alpha Kingís festive cousin. A big American Xmas Porter brewed with English chocolate malt, Mexican sugar and, of course, tons of strange American hops.


I like the idea of a Christmas porter, especially a delicious robust porter like this one. The beer is not to be found locally, but I did score a bottle from Halftime Beverage, for which I paid $3.49 for a single 12-ounce bottle. Total Wine sells it for $14.99 a six-pack in Sir Barton, Kentucky. A little high I think, but what isnít expensive these days? The beer has an alcohol content of 7.3% by volume with 67 IBUs.

Three Floyds Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter pours to a jet-black color with a thick creamy tan head and a nose of deep roasted malt, dark chocolate, and grassy hops. A thick layer of Brussels Lace forms on the sides of my glass and follows the liquid all the way to the bottom.

Taking a sip, the beer is medium in body, rich with roasted malt and dark chocolate pudding like your mom used to make on the stovetop with skins on top. Itís punctuated wonderfully with a grassy herbal hop bitterness and aroma at the last.

A truly wonderful porter, and a great idea for a holiday brew. Iíll be sure to have it again, if I can find it, that is.

Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned