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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter

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1,700 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,700
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 230
Gots: 216 | FT: 12
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Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

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

(Beer added by: zerk on 12-06-2002)
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +14%

Into an imperial pint glass, pours a near solid black, even when held right up to a lamp, with a creamy tan head, sticks around for a bit before receding to a film thin in the middle and thick at the edge. Some nice lacing forms with some sticking.

The aroma is full of chocolates (and cocoa as it warms), with traces of pine hop, coffee, and toasted malt. The body (and taste, for that matter) are much fuller than the nose, a big body with fine carbonation and a smooth texture, with little awareness of the alcohol besides a slight warming. The taste is the best, very well conceived and balanced, the chocolates, coffee and thick roasted malt just melt into the mouth as the pine and hop oils spritz across the tongue, and comes to a close with a dry, dark chocolate.

Let this one warm up to let it all out, its a delicious beer that only gets better as you drink it... how can it get any better than that!?

01-04-2008 23:42:30 | More by objectivemonkey
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Monsone

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

A – Poured a dark, cloudy brown. Big brown head. Lots of sticky brown residue/lace.

S – Big roasted caramel scent. Spicey and sweet scents.

T – Lots of caramel with a nutty and spice kick. Hops are present but restrained. Dry and bitter at the end.

M – Smooth and creamy. Heavy and cheawy.

D – This is a sipper. Big flavors and more alcohol mean you are only drinking one.

Overall a pretty great beer. Good for the cold weather and very well crafted.

01-02-2008 20:58:53 | More by Monsone
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

22 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with light tan head.

S - Coffee, hops and some pine.

T - Good bitterness, slight citrus, and great hops.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Great for a seasonal. Slightly more body than I would have expected from a porter. Most porters I have tried are definitely medium bodied, this was a little more than that.

01-01-2008 06:09:32 | More by jeffmonarch
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +7%

Oh, it's so good.

Poured a deep thick dark brown with ruby edges, some elusive light sneaks through. The nose is filled with chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, earthy pine, and whiffs of alcohol. First sip carried right off the smell, with up front notes of smoky strong bittersweet chocolate, bold roasted malts and dark grains, and strong hoppiness, finishing with a light porter-type mustiness that fades to an unmistakable well hopped bitterness. Good body with a balance of consistency and stickiness. Extremely drinkable - goes down smooth but not too heavy. An outstanding winter release.

12-30-2007 21:21:48 | More by lightindarkness
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap @ Local Option

I've been on the hunt for this concoction for quite some time, and now it's relatively easy to find bottled, but I wanted to taste it on draft. I was rewarded a few weeks back at Local Option.

It pours dark black... like you're hiding in the shadows, trying not to be seen. Smells like a seasonal should -- chocolate, hazelnut and like the reviews below me say, pine. Definitely piney.

It tastes like it smells and if you've ever had a FFF beer in your life, you can taste it's signature, hoppy taste. Chocolate and hazelnuts come through with a wallop to your taste buds. There's that delicious pine again. There's also a little smoke here as well. Not a raging fire though, more like a smoldering flame.

It's a thick beer, but not medicine thick. Heavy, but doesn't weigh you down... like a small burden you can shrug off... allowing you to go back for seconds.

I've also enjoyed this bottled, so don't feel bad if you can't find this on tap anywhere. The experience is just as good at home, provided you give it the respect it deserves by enjoying it slowly with friends.

12-29-2007 14:17:58 | More by rudylaw
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Got this as a Christmas gift from a very nice brother in law. Served in pint "boot" that was also a gift.

Dark black, no light passing through with thick mocca head.
Smells like Christmas. Piney, smoke, chocolate, hazlenut all in great balance.
Taste is prefect for the holidays. Nice piney hop bite throughout sublte undertones of chocolate and smokey hazlenut.
Feels slick, with enough coating to let the flavors soak for a bit.
This is a great choice for the holidays and another reason to go to Indiana, not that there is many, but this is one.

12-29-2007 08:22:57 | More by Homerbag
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atrus138

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Had this on-tap. Dark, dark black color with hints of brown and orange. No head, but a little bit of thin froth floating around on top. Smell was intriguing. I was not expecting this strong of a hop presence in a porter. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and coffee all made their expected appearances, but the hops caught me off guard. They were fresh and piny. Interesting. After tasting it, I was more than grateful for the strong hop presence. Added a very nice balance to the strong malt backbone. After the first sip, I could not help but immediately look at the drink in admiration. Medium bodied and extremely drinkable. I think I may have found a holiday tradition. A porter for hopheads.

12-28-2007 03:18:25 | More by atrus138
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seaoflament

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

12-26-2007 06:39:02 | More by seaoflament
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Overlord

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to LeftMindedRighty for the gift.

Pours a nice looking black with a big coffee-colored head. Nice bubbling, good mouthfeel: solid all-around.

Smell, and flavor, are of roasted chocolate, some coffee, a bit of piney-ness/hops, and a surprising amount of smoke. For a non-smoked porter, it was heavily laden. By the end of the bottle, it was a bit much, but this was still a very, very good beer.

12-26-2007 05:47:56 | More by Overlord
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +8%

Absolutely incredible beer here. Second beer I've had from this brewery and I'm a believer!!

I enjoyed this beer on Christmas Eve while waiting on the kiddies to drift off....

Black as midnight with a caramel head this is impressive as hell. It just keeps climbing and climbing...

All dark chocolate and coffee here with just the slightest hint of piney hops in the background. This smells too good to drink. Amazing.

This tastes unbelievable. You know, there is a lot of hype surrounding the FFF stuff and I've always wondered if it was warranted. Let me tell you this... in my eyes, that's a big yes.

Smoky, chocolatey, hoppy, hints of coffee, vanilla... very good tasting beer. This beer is a dessert.

My wife actually kissed me after drinking this beer and asked me what it was. She said, "Damn, whatever you're drinking smells good enough to eat!"

My sentiments exactly.... Unmatched in the porter realm to this point. I do have an Olfabrikken waiting on me in the fridge so we'll see how they stack up against one another.

12-25-2007 03:11:12 | More by Tilley4
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

This is the 2006 variety that I have been holding on to for no apparent reason.

Pours a wonderful black with a huge and unforgiving fluffy cocoa head into my Smutty Big Beer glass. Nose on this one dominated by dark roasted chocolate covered coffee beans.

Taste has much going on; dark bittersweet chocolate, chewing a coffee bean, with just a hint of alcohol riding the surf. A dark roasted bitterness dries on the finish. Overall very smooth and creamy on the mouth with moderate carbonation - maybe a bit more than I like.

Overall right up my alley with a very strong after taste - not that it is a bad thing.

12-21-2007 00:37:03 | More by gpcollen1
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tapman

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured from a oz. bottle into my favorite Unibroue snifter.

Black body with dark brown head. Looks just like a giant espresso, really. Carbonation retention is beautiful; the thick, light syrup body resists against the bubbles pull towards the surface creating a slow motion cascade. That’s what did it for me in this category. Lacing is decent and creamy, but eventually fades to a thin ring that remains throughout the sampling.

Bitter chocolate, roasted malts and lots of coffee make up the nose of this brew. Alcohol is barely noticeable and does nothing more than warm up the nostrils. There is a pleasant bitterness to the nose, which I attribute to the hops. Coffee is very sweet and pungent.

Taste is full of sweet, creamy espresso roast coffee. It is warm and delicious and inviting. Mix in bitter dark chocolate and medium roasted malts and you got yourself a winner. I detect a hop presence playing the role of bitter fruit to balance out the dark flavors. Bit of an Alpha King grassiness to it in the aftertaste. Not sure if that does to much for the balance, but being in the finish it doesn’t get in the way of the other flavors yet adds a degree of complexity to this brew. For such a light porter, however, I would like to taste some flavor from the lighter malt categories to peek through, even slightly.

Thick yet lighter than one would expect. Not heavy syrup but definitely a thick texture. Carbonation is trapped well and help to break up the thickness of the brew. A little thin for the style traditionally, but it adds to drinkability in my opinion so I’m torn on this issue.

Overall one of the best porters I’ve had in a while. The only rival I’ve tried recently would have to be Arcadias shipwreck porter which works with bourbon barrel ageing so hats off o them. But this is a reat coffee porter and a must try for this holiday season. Prosit!

12-13-2007 04:05:29 | More by tapman
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DavidEddie

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

2007 vintage
Poured a dark cola brown but black in appearance. Khaki head that reduces to some sticky lacing. The first initial aroma is chocolate and piney hops. As it warmed, a black liquorish (Jagermeister) scent appeared. After my sip I tasted chocolate, coffee, roasty malt and burnt carmel. Finishes with some crisp citrus piney hops. Perfectly balanced. Mouth feel is creamy then oily and coating. Good carbonation. Overall drinkability is excellent. Full flavored without being over powering. AVB is well hidden. Highly recommend!

12-08-2007 08:18:14 | More by DavidEddie
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

2007 fresh bomber. Pours into my glass a deep black with dark brown hues on the edges. An inch of creamy tan head sits on top and lingers. Aromas begin with a big bold sweet cocoa and lots of rich brewed coffee as well. Creamy with a piney hop aroma in there as well. Light caramel with lots of roastiness overall. A touch of vanilla. Very enticing aroma, seems to have less hop presence than previous years.

First sip brings a roasted dark malt that's flowing with rich chocolate and coffee flavors right off the bat. Hints of caramel and a touch of vanilla. It moves into slightly floral, piney hops that bring along a nice touch of bitterness. Finishes with a wonderful chocolate aftertaste. Yum.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, smooth and creamy. Spot on for a porter, it never gets too heavy. Quite a drinkable brew and one I always look forward to imbibing in large quantities around this time of year. Glad to see it on the shelves again. I give this one my approval yet again...go get a few bombers!!

12-02-2007 02:45:07 | More by orbitalr0x
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marksto

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours very dark but not quite opaque, with a thin head that falls rather quickly. Aroma is of chocolate, some malt, and fruity cherry. Flavor starts with a chocolatey roast character, as it warms more complexity starts to show, with a touch of cinnamon and some oily hoppy notes.

Overall, certainly a nice and respectable porter, but not something I would really go out of my way for. I've found other FFF beers more enjoyable.

09-22-2007 02:13:35 | More by marksto
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WesWes

New York

4.47/5  rDev +8%

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a sweet chocolate scent along with a stiff hop bitterness. It's rich with roasted and black malts as well. The taste is great. It has a crisp black malt and hop bitterness up front and then it mellows with a sweet chocolatey finish. It warms a bit, but that only increases the enjoyment of it. This is a very flavorful porter. It has a bountiful wealth of flavor and an excellent arrangement of hops. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one tastey beverage. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. These guys only produce nothing but the best.

09-11-2007 17:20:04 | More by WesWes
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours black with ruby highlights when held to the light, the most rediculous amount of head Ive seen and slow to die before it laces, dammit it spilled over a little. Wheres the warning label Wowza! Awesome smells of some floral...hops perhaps? roasted malt, molasses, chocolate coffee? This is a treat to the senses. Tastes every bit as good as it smells with a little spice and a carousel of flavors. Medium in the mouth with some nice carbonation. Drinkability? I could make quite a night out of these. Went in with good expectations, came out a believer. Cant wait to try a fresh one.

09-05-2007 01:43:25 | More by franksnbeans
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Totally happy to be reviewing this one today. I had tried and tried to hunt this one down for the longest time, and I was finally able to secure one through the BDAY07 BIF. Awesome looking bottle, with classic Three Floyds artwork. Just a real treat to be able to crack this one open tonight and enjoy it..

A – Poured a very dark, murky brown. A large two inch plus head formed quickly on the top and held on for what seemed like forever. Unrelenting as I thought it would be it finally gave way and left behind tons of gooey sticky brown lace in its wake. Obscured pretty much the whole glass and never really left. Some nice carbonation could be made out as it was not totally opaque, rather some light was able to get through. Overall had a nice thick look to it and I knew right away that it totally meant business.

S – Wow, what a warmer was my first impression of this. Huge roasted caramel like smell, sweet and sugary mixed in with a touch of a brandy like quality upon first aroma. As it started to warm, a lot of subtle things started to come about. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg were present, a noticeable bitter hoppiness, not quite a citrus hops, more a piney and spicey type of hops. Either way lots of spice was very evident in the nose. Great really great aroma.

T – Wow, a very strong powerful ale this was. Immediate smokey, rustic type of taste would be the best way to describe it. Lots of caramel, nuts, and cinnamon were intermixed with a nice deep cereal and grainey base. The hops were ever present, but no where near in total control. This was really more then balanced, it was more unique and intrsting. Some many flavors, almost tasted like a yule log. It was just everything you would want in a winter brew, lots of spices, and it defiantly kept you warm, with a nice dry hopped bitter finish too!

M – Super smooth, and very creamy. The first sip was actually misleading. I thought it was going to be lighter in feel then it was. Came off quite heavy at times, not in a bad way, just heavy. Drank like a stout more then anything. Very good carbonation kept it lively and it had a great smooth finish, but yet it was somewhat quick and crisp at the same time.

D – Great, this was really a good sipper. Now normally I can have two or three of something, but this one was a one time. I really had to sip through it due to it having such a full heavy feel about it. But it was really good nonetheless. I was actually looking for something in the vain that day so it served its point very very well.

Overall I was really impressed with this. You could tell that a lot of work had gone into it as it was just almost too complex to accurately describe. I was like a kid in a candy shop with this one. Just really fantastic. I would gladly come though with more of this anyday, but will more then likely wait until the winter, as with it being this hot, its just a bit too big for the summer. But really awesome and deserves the reputation that it has. If only three floyds were closer!

08-24-2007 00:33:24 | More by mikesgroove
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

When I popped the cap and took a whiff I knew this was going to be very, very good. This beer was black with a foamy, mocha colored head. It wasn't pitch black as some red tints could be seen if held up to the light. The smell was really sweet and enticing with a subtle aroma of roasted coffee beans. The taste, WOW! The taste was very chocolatey, sweet, roasty, coffee-like, amazing. The hops were also noticeable in the back and the aftertaste, almost minty. I have to buy several bottles of this when it is released, I can't believe how good this was.

08-23-2007 15:26:50 | More by ArrogantB
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bradford

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

I bought this bottle at Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA.
I was excited for this since Stan pulled it out of his personal stash from the back. Came with a $13.99 price tag.
Looked about like every other porter in the world, dark brown, almost black with a big tan head that stayed for a while.
Smell was good, lots of roasted malts and hops
Taste was good but way less than what I expected
Mouthfeel was preety good. Full but smooth and slick
Drinkablity was good. It's a good beer but nothing spectacular.
It's tough to live up to the 3F name and this is the only beer from Munster that has not really thrilled me. I love 3F's use of hops, but it seems a little excessive in the Porter.
Can't wait to try again the Dark Lord, Dreadnaught, Gumballhead, Behomthe Blonde, Robert the Bruce and Alpha King though. I have been fortunate enough to try many of the hard to find (in the West) beers from 3F, and I want more

08-05-2007 02:51:50 | More by bradford
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kpantz

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1%

Executive Summary: A finely crafted holiday porter. Makes you wish Christmas was year-round.

Appearance: Poured an aggressively frothy deep, opaqueish brown with amber/ruby highlights around the edge. Tan head is ample and resembles, at times, that of a soda poured atop ice cream.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of hoppiness, which is a bit unique among porters. Should be interesting.

Taste: First thing from the initial sip that stands out is the bitterness of the hops. This is not your normal porter! Not so bitter as to detract from the rest of the proceedings, but enough to make it unique and memorable. Nice job there. So the whole sip goes like this: some initial sweetness that carries with it some serious chocolate is eventually replaced by some true hop flavor. Coffee seems to develop next and bridge you to the bitterness provided by the hops. This is a pretty sweet ride.

Mouthfeel: A little heavy on the carbonation for my tastes, but not bad. Light overall body, which is what I look for in a good porter (otherwise I'd be hitting the stouts).

Drinkability: Once you can get past the monumental head, it's a very drinkable porter indeed. Great flavor combinations and a few differentiating characteristics make this one that holds your interest.

05-21-2007 02:23:06 | More by kpantz
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Murchmac

California

4.18/5  rDev +1%

I love this beer. Pushes the envelope of a porter. Smells of chocolate, hops, and deep malts. Pours a beautiful wood brown with a one finger head. Begs to be drank immediately. At the forefront of haute beer where the smell influences the taste. Coffee tastes, with outstanding hops, alcohol tastes that deepen as you drink it down. Smell vanilla towards the end. What an amazing beer. Long coating lingering aftertastes, I dont want to see more of clones like this, this one is enough. Three Floyds have a good thing going and I want more.

05-12-2007 06:28:54 | More by Murchmac
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Bought this in the bottle shop in the back of Capones in P.A. during their Russian River night.

Appearance is jet black/opaque. Huge, rocky, tan head with excellent lacing.

Strong aromas of piney, citrusy, grassy hops blend well with the bitter chocolate maltiness.

Taste is bitter up front then malty caramel, smoke, chocolate, licorice and coffee flavors follow.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

This is a very drinkable beer and at 7.5 abv it won't kill you to have a few. Very enjoyable.

05-10-2007 22:40:18 | More by BillyB
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Received this beer in trade (sorry, another case of not writing down who it came from...but thank you). Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass...a Christmas Porter...in early May.

A: Gigantic, crackling, bubbling frothy head, a good 4-fingers high crowns this deep brown brew. Rocky and s-l-o-w to dissolve, the dusty tan head is really what makes this so outstanding-looking. With every refresh, that huge head returns. Surprisingly, only a little sticky lace...

S: Molasses, plums, raisins, vanilla, oak, a little holiday spice. Big chocolate syrup and cafe au lait. Becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T: Darker chocolate with ample lactic sourness, nice and bittersweet. Some sticky burnt caramel, charred & smoked wood, sweetened chicory, roasted nuts and dashes of cinnamon - a holiday party going on in my mouth.

M: Warm & luscious. Enveloping, full mouthfeel with bitterness clinging down the middle of the tongue. Long-lingering roasted malt and sour flavors with a little malty stickiness.

D: Very nice beer all-around. Heavy without being overwhelming. A sipper for certain, and an extremely enjoyable one - well-balanced, filled with flavor, a treat to look at. Would love to have this again - highly recommended!

05-09-2007 04:59:21 | More by msubulldog25
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -25.1%

(From Notes)
22oz bomber, split among two people.

Smell, very sweet coffee, semi-tart smell also present.

Taste, this one has a very interesting flavor, even for 3F. That semi-tart flavor hits a big chord, followed by a very, very strong fruity flavor, I was puzzled deeply drinking this beer. The usual coffee and chocolate flavors that you would find in most examples of the style must have gotten lost on their way to the brew kettle.

Overall, a very interesting beer to say the least. If you gave this beer to someone without telling them what it was, its a 10-1 shot they would say its a porter. I dug this beer only for it being unique, I wouldn't buy it again anytime soon and could never finish a whole bomber on my own.

04-23-2007 14:36:38 | More by leftmindedrighty
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,700 ratings.