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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 | website

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

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Reviews: 749 | Ratings: 2,167
Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown, red visible on the sides, big tan head forms, nice sticky lace. Smell is coffee/chocolate, roast, then big pine and grapefruit hope blasts. Taste is chocolate, coffee and caramel, with a super resinous piney finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation. True 3F interpretation, my only complaint is that by the end of the glass the hops have killed taste buds enough to weaken the roasty flavour, but other than that spectacular.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear deep ruby. Almost black. Thin creamy brown head recedes to a fluffy coating that retains nicely. Lacing is quite nice.

One helluvan aroma. While the hops are the main player, there's some great underlying chocolate and roasted bitterness. The hops impart a Huge citric characteristic and some pine notes as well. Some burnt malts, tobacco and char hit the spot as well. One of the best smelling beers I've ever sniffed.

The taste is a plethora of goodies. Many different aspects kick in with some big flavors. I'll start with the hops again. Big, bitter, piney, citric and raw. But that's not all and they don't overwhelm other flavors. Tobacco juice and char, burnt malts and bitter sweet chocolate. Spicy black pepper mingles with sweet molasses. And there's a dry cocoa residue left on the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Lightly carbonated. Body is about medium-full.

This is a great fucking experiment in Porter Brewing. It's rough and raw and jagged and fabulous.

Thank You Dale!!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 8.21.12.

A - Pours an opaque dark brown with a one finger medium brown head with good retention.

S - Roasted malts, coffee and some hoppiness as well.

T - Subtle and smotth coffee and roasted malts, the hop backbone is still there.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Coffee finish lingers.

O - It's a nice porter with a hop background. It's Christmas in August.

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Photo of Bung
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. Nearly black pour, white head. Surprisingly piney aroma, some peat and roast malt. Flavor is also surprisingly crisp, very dry and hoppy. This over-rides the earthy malt, chocolate and coffee. Nearly creamy, but the bittyness hurts the mouthfeel a bit. Finishes with some linering coffee and hop bitterness. Really too much hops for the style. More alcohol warming as well than I would prefer, even though it is not that terribly high an abv. Drinkability is pretty meh. Unfortunately I had rather high expectations for this. Hopefully with some age this will mellow out a bit.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While it's still early December, I'm going to get a head start in my resolutions for 2011 - rid my cellar of detritus in a way that makes me keenly aware of the idiocy that is aging more beers than I can consume in time. Exhibit A: the Alpha Klaus I picked up at Three Floyds at my first (and only) DLD, back in 2008

Highly carbonated, this beer is a very dark brown with coffee colored highlights, there's a dense, brown head with excellent retention and particularly spectacular lacing. The nose is pretty solid too. A very strong anise character is noticeable right away, along with a blend of lactose and moderate roast. The lactose creaminess is particularly enjoyable, working very well with the dark grains which lend chocolate, coffee and graham crackers. And despite its age, there's a definite pine hop presence. It makes me wonder what sort of beast this was fresh. Pretty solid.

The palate opens surprisingly fruity, there's some mellow oxidation with raisins present. This works particularly well with the chocolate and the moderate creaminess that are present, creating a true cookie-like character. Roast character is light, there isn't too much of the balancing bitterness one expects from the heavily kilned grains, especially in a porter. The anise character that I picked out up front isn't as prominent on the palate. While present, it does lend a balancing spiciness to the sweetness. Again, as with the nose, with time, what my palate does pick up is a firm, but present hop undercurrent, piney and mildly juicy.

Medium-light in body with a wonderfully soft and creamy carbonation, this beer has a blend of lactose sweetness, a touch of coffee-like acidity and a little oxidation. At this point, the hops have faded and by quite a bit, but I quite like it this way. I don't remember how much I paid for this, but I'm happy to report that this doesn't fall into the shouldanevercellaredthat file. Enjoyable, I'd drink this again.

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Photo of claspada
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a 2008 version of this beer. I bet I would have not enjoyed it fresh because of the extreme hoppy nature of 3F beers.
Appearance is ridiculous. Glorious dark mocha with a dark brown head and crazy crazy crazy lacing. This definitely used to and may still have some hop character.
Aromas are fudgey brownies; dark and milk chocolates are amazingly aromatic. Some sweetness; maybe caramel, light toffee and a bit of earth as it warms but the chocolate duo is by far the alpha dog (or should I say lead reindeer because this is Alpha Klaus... sorry). As it warms the espresso and toffee become more evident and borderline equal with the chocolate.
The tastes begin with lightly roasted coffee and slight toffee and burnt caramel maltiness. Dryer than I originally expected; roasty. Not the blast of chocolate that I got in the nose at all. Fairly straight-forward and simple, yet still delicious but I was expecting more from the nose. This is only a 6% porter so I should have tempered my expectations, but those aromas were hard to ignore. I am pleased that as it warmed the fudge brownies came back into the fold more, hooray!
Initially while slightly chilled the mouthfeel is overbearingly carbonated, but as it warms and I "snift" this a little it is exponentially more drinkable. Medium to full bodied which is saying a lot for a 6%ABV adequately carbonated beer. This drinks like a much heavier beer, in a good way, with so much flavor and complexity and fullness, a tad sticky once it reaches room temperature.
Overall, this is a great great American Porter, by far the best American Porter I have ever had. I have had many many great English Brown/Robust Porters, which have been great and plenty of good Baltic Porters as well but as far as American Porters go this is tops. Great Lakes was great but not as full bodied and complex. I don't consider any porter like Ballast Victory @ Seas an American porter because it's an Imperial Porter @ 10%ABV, so anyway yum. Glad I tasted it aged to avoid the bitter hoppiness that apparently exists when this brew is fresh.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle into my rochefort chalice.

This beer pours black with about 2 fingers of medium tan head. The retention is really good as it takes about 5 minutes to go down completely. As it falls there a nice chunks and lots of soapy lacing that covers all sides of the glass.

The aroma is very very strong. It smells like smoke which is amazing to me, never smelled that in anything other than a rauch. There are also some notes of oak and coffee.

The taste is also wood/smoke that is quite intriguing. I would have thought this was a smoked porter. There are small hints of hops and coffee.

The beer is very heavy on the palate but limited in drinkability.

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

Had this from a 3 Floyds bomber. Looked dark and thick, had the trademark 3 Floyds smell (maybe they use the same hops in many of their beers?). Really good taste too.

I don't try too many porters, I guess I never got into them all that much. But this one was good. I'll have it again in the future, especially if I can find it in smaller bottles.

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this at Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington DC.

Pours an opaque dark brown color with a two-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells mostly of sweet chocolate with mild spice and roasted malt aromas.

Tastes very good. Very mild spices up front followed shortly by a big chocolate taste that segues into roasted malt flavors. There's a very mild bitter ending. There's absolutely no hint of the alcohol - I would've guessed that it was 5%.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very good thickness and carbonation that's on the low side for a porter, which I'm a fan of.

Drinkability is great. I had no problem downing my half of the bomber, and wish I could've had the second half. I could very easily drink more of these.

Overall this is one of the better porters that I've had. Everything worked very well together and there are no off flavors. Definitely give this one a shot.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Courtesy of brewczar. 750ml bottle served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured one shade shy of black with deep red highlights around the edges. Pour revealed a quarter inch, frothy, off-white head that dissipated almost immediately. Nose consisted of espresso and a roasted quality. Taste was smokey, roasty with a dry hops bittering at the back. Mouthfeel was light and watery with a carbonation level slightly over the top for the style. Easy drinking, well-hidden abv. Somewhat lacking in flavor, but improves somewhat as it warms.

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

The beer disembogues a deep brown to almost black with ruby high lights and the head behemothic in size, spumous in texture and the color a beauteous light tan with the resultant lace a thick sheet welded to the glass to seal it from the light. Marvelous floral aroma at the front, sweet toasted malt, molasses, crisp and a real treat for the schnozzle this one with the start ambrosial and nicely malted, top is middling in its feel to the senses. Finish is temperate in its acidity and the hops puissant in their spiciness, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste. One of the best porters I have had in years, and certainly will move into my porter top ten

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, Sams-suburban chicago, a whopping $8.99 bomber

popped to celebrate bears and giants W's

appearance: wicked awesome bottle, as usual from FFF. Pours a silky dark, almost black, color. creamy chocolate brown head forms with nice lacing...some ruby highlighting

smell: dark and robust chocolate, characteristic of fresh hopppiness always found in 3F brews. roasty and creamy, some light toffee, coffee bean, cocoa poweder

taste: silky smooth and delicious, fresh and clean hoppiness, milk chocolatey. full flavored, some dark fruitage, raisin, toffee. Quite hoppy for a porter, very enjoyable

mouthfeel: silky smooth, quite nice

drinkability: very very drinkable

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Etan for sending this bottle!

A - Pours a dark, opaque black with a healthy three fingered light caramel colored head that sticks to the sides of my thistle glass like sticky, cotton candy.

S - Roasted chocolate malt, light charcoal, and pine.

T - Consistent throughout with dark chocolate, charcoal, light smoke, coffee, and ends with some citrus bitterness. Leaves a pleasant coating in the mouth of coffee, roasted chocolate, and citrus.

M - Light medium body and at times it feels too watery and thin.

O - The finish is unique for a porter but I wish it had more body. When I think of a porter, and especially a Christmas type of beer, I think thicker with more body.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this late Christmas brew!

A - Totally black with a dark tan head and moderate retention and sticky lace covering the glass. This is a nice looking porter right off the bat. One of the other guys commented on the label and how Three Floyds is "messed up" or something like that. I proceeded to tell him about the type of people 3F employs which made it make sense.

S - Dark chocolate roasted malts with a moderate sweetness and a fig and dark fruit nose. Dry cocoa compliments the American hop pine and citrus character that finishes out the back end.

T - Delicious roasted chocolate malt and semi-sweet chocolate with cocoa and a hearty helping of American hips that balance with the malts. A little pine blends well in this one.

M - Medium-full bodied and completely roasted with a dry bitter finish of roasted malts and hops. Good balance in the mouthfeel.

D - Christmas in July. Nice. It's a drinkable porter year-round but definitely would be more fitting with snow on the ground.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Huge resinous hop nose...leafy...tobacco....cannibus...all mixed with an underlying chocolate aroma...truly fascinating...

Rich black appeareance...some light shines through when held directly to a light...and that adds some crimson notes..small black head..

The taste is a slight let-down off the nose..Big Cannibus/tobbacco flavor...chocolate notes...very subtle but they add a nice touch..flavors really mold together nicely as it warms...

Creamy, medium bodied...maybe a tich watery feeling..

This is a hell of a unique porter...unlike any I've had before...hat's off to them for their creativity...this has the feel of a "Special Occasion" beer...I wouldn't want to drink it everyday like I would Dreadnaught, but I would greatly anticipate enjoying a bottle or two every winter..

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Photo of mynie
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler. One half of one gallon. Poured and consumed the same evening.

Pours as blank and black as the time before you were born. Excellent head. You couldn't see through this if you held it up to the sun.

Smells like grapefruit death hops mixed with raw porter chocolate. Wow. Nearly as hoppy as the Alpha King only with a wonderful malt balancing it out.

Tastes; mix a perfect IPA with a perfect porter and somehow have them both retain their perfect complexity and not bash into each other and this what you get. The stages are so distinct it's like you're taking a sip of one beer and then a sip of another. Big bread, yeast, and grapefruit hops in stage one, hitting you all in a rush. Followed up by earthy roasted chocolate, raw like potting soil or summertime sex, growing into a more processed, candied chocolate, and ending on a big hit of hops.

One of the very best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky brown-black with an enormous, thick khaki head that takes some time to recede.

S: Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt toast, roasted grain, and kola nut vie for dominance against aromas of grass, herbs, grapefruit, lemon, lime, bitter orange, and juniper berry.

T: The entry offers up notes of coffee, dark chocolate, heavy cream, vanilla bean, leather, burnt toast, dried black cherry, kola nut, and roasted grain which are chased by flavors of lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat, bitter orange, herbs, grass, cedar, and juniper berry. The finish is slick and oily with a turbulent balance of roasted malt, bitter citrus, and pungent herb flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, slick, and silky. Carbonation is gentle and unobtrusive. All in all, this beer could stand to feature carbonation that is a little firmer, but this is a very minor qualm.

O: This is an excellent porter, one that expertly presents a balance of malt and hop aromas and flavors. I would recommend it highly to fans of the style.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds always does a good job of taking a well-known style and tweaking it just enough that it is still within the boundaries of the style yet memorable because of its uniqueness. This is another example. The beer is a deep mahogany color with a thick tan head that lasts pretty much the entire glass. Nice lacing too. The aroma bursts with hops, coffee, alcohol and pine. Rich body with a very pleasant blend of flavors. Roasted nuts, coffee, malt and tons of piney hops never let up. The finish is roasty and bitter to the end. I thought the $9 price tag was a bit steep but this is a fine beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rebekah as part of an awesome FFF box. Thanks again! Pours nearly black with a super creamy two finger mocha colored head. Big hop aroma that I wasn't expecting. Pine galore, some lemon, some roast, chocolate, and big sweet sugar. Big chocolate and hop mixture in flavor. Lots of bitterness and pine, some sweet chocolate, then a bit of buttering roasted malts. Medium bodied, pretty smooth, with medium plus carbonation. Very drinkable. Dry finish. I was not expecting this at all, and for some reason was thinking this would be a big sweet chocolate dessert. I like it though, and it is a big hoppy porter bordering on black IPA. Glad I finally got my hands on this one.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, one finger off white head.

S-Roasted malt, candied sugar, chocolate and a tad bit of spice.

T-Roasted malt, good deal of spice, some chocolate, not much bitterness though.

M-Medium bodied, creamy.

O-A solid porter, not as good as Topless Wytch though.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by some kind BA at the BA gathering at GI.

A - Deep brown, almost black, with a tan head that left a nice bit of lacing on the sides. Somehow the browner color gives it a more interesting look than just plain black.

S - Pretty sweet. Sugar and coffee and chocolate with a little bit of fruity note.

T - Somewhat roasty, with chocolate notes and surprising sweet fruit flavor. I was not expecting this to be as sweet as it was, but perhaps because it is a Christmas porter, it is a little sweeter than normal.

M - Smooth, creamy, light carbonation.

D - Pretty solid, although it feels bigger than it's 6%, which is good or bad depending on if you want to feel drunk or if you want something to placate your need for beer but not mess you up. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is pine, coffee, light toffee and slight vinous notes. The flavor is dark malts, coffee, mild/medium grapefruit, hop resin, vinous notes and an acidic/tart/sour finish.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This porter came out very, very dark in color with a beautiful white head.

Smell – The malts here are dark and roasty. There are some light coffee ground notes here along with some rather aggressive, leafy hops.

Taste – The hops really come out at the taste. They are big for a porter, even an American-style one. The coffee flavor is mild but well represented. There’s a milky sweetness to this flavor profile as well that makes it a complex, very interesting beer.

Mouthfeel – This AP is medium-bodied with some good, gritty bitterness that works well with the creamy milky sweetness.

Drinkability – This is a very balanced, good-drinking porter that went down way too well.

Comments – Big thanks to my BA bro BuckeyeNation for hooking me up with this classic Three Floyds offering.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.