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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

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

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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Photo of Jredner
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had been aged a few years so the hop element was toned down, but still much more lively than an average porter. Piney hop notes with chocolate cake and coffee in the aroma. Foretaste is roasty followed quickly by dark chocolate and espresso and then a kick of hops int he finish. Reminds me a lot of Gonzo Imperial Porter.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a clear dark brown with an insanely big, meringue looking brown head.

S: The aroma is spicy and hoppy. There are chocolate and coffee notes as well as a noticeable metallic smell.

T: The taste is coffee, roast, alcohol, metallic, very bitter and slightly astringent.

M: The mouthfeel is full and carbonated with a slight alcoholic warming effect.

D: This is a nice sipper - but it could be an all night sipper.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of do_ob
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/13/2014, sampled and reviewed on February 17, 2015.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with red undertones around the edges. Massive 3 finger head and is a light, soft brown. Smells of spices, malt, caramel, chocolate, and molasses. Overall smell is nice but seems like it's missing something. Initial taste brings lots of hoppy goodness with a slight bitterness that only lasts for a second or two. Hints of chocolate and spices are the dominant flavors I get. Moderately heavy weight as expected, but a very smooth finish. Aftertatste is lingering sweetness and malt.

Very drinkable beer, but seems to me like it's just missing something I was hoping for. I would probably buy it again if I ran into it on the shelf, but probabaly not one I'd seek out in the future.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at 3 floyds brewpub

Fantastic looking beer. Good head although it was more bubbly than creamy. Tremendous laving. Black as a steers tuckus on a moonless night. Odor was nothing exeptional, just some hints of coffee and malts. Taste was a surprizing hit of hops first, then a chocolateness and then a heavy roasted malt taste. Creamy and dry in the mouth. Good drinkability...i could have another or 10.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Palmers in LaGrange IL

Served in a shaker pint glass

Appearance was a deep dark brown with a 1 finger head that lingered throughout much of the pint.

The smell is just this sharp grassy piny hop with a low amount of dark malt sweetness. To me it was similar to sticking my nose in a bag of hop pellets where the nuances of the variety are shadowed by the sheer plant smell.

The taste was once again dominated by the grassy hop taste. Behind the initial grassy taste there is a typical porter malt profile to stand up against. The nice thing is the bitterness is pretty low and this is all about the aroma and flavor hops. Quite enjoyable to say the least.

If it had anymore bitterness I think it would cut down on the drinkability considering it is already a pretty full bodied beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is from cpferrisheers Chad!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Roastyness, herbal & citric hops

T: Roasty grains, a touch of baker's chocolate & dryness up front. Coffee bleeds trough as this warms, plus piney & herbal hops dance around charred grains brown sugar & dryness. Finishes dry, roasty, with coffee & cocoa, some grainy astringency pulls this down to a 4.0

MF: Fairly chewy with fairly assertive carbonation. Creamyness comes through as this warms, great balance

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV & style, the dryness, plus slight coffee overkill slows me down a bit. Nice, but give me SN Porter or Black Butte any day

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz into .3l tulip, from mistakebythelake in the n00b2 BIF. Good people send good beer.

This'll be a quick 'un as there isn't much here to review (but in a good way). This is an easy drinkin', smooth pourin', nice smellin' brew.

I have become a bit oversaturated with the 'lets just add' phase of craft brewing that was heavily representedin the brews I've sampled over the past two months. It was very nice to sit down tonight and enjoy two brews that are what they're supposed to be. While, perhaps, not the best example of the style, this porter has a deep and rich mohagany color with a decent tan head and a small amount of lacing.

There's a rich malt aroma and a touch of hops up front that I'm not outright tasting but which is evident in the balance of the flavor.

The taste is bitter, bitter chocolate, perhaps a bit of pine in the back. It is full of malt.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for a porter, nothing wrong with it, but I'll use a heavier feel as the bench mark.



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Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerman207 for the hook up on this one. Review is from notes taken on 12/18/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours like a standard looking porter -- a deep dark brown color and it starts with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades quickly to nothing other than thin ring around the surface; body is dark and nearly opaque, showing highlights on the edges and where the light manages to pierce it through the center; body does show a little bit of carbonation, but leaves no lacing.

Smell: Um, hops, but I want to say that it actually smells more like pot. Tons of grassy hops are right up front on the immediate pour and I'm a little let down -- I like hoppy beers, don't get me wrong, but this comes across as overly hopped at first; thankfully, after a while the smell starts to settle down, and while the hops are definitely present throughout, a nice bittersweet and syrupy sweet chocolate presence sneaks in and kind of brightens my night; some roasty and toasty maltiness is in there as well, with a bit of a burnt espresso presence. It ends up quite good, but it really had to work its way there for me.

Taste: Much like the smell, starts as totally hops and really nothing else, and they're very bitter and grassy, again, kind of like pot (I almost feel like I'm drinking at a Dave Matthews show or something here) and the hops dominate, until, after a while of warming and settling, the syrupy sweet and bittersweet baker's chocolate/cocoa start to sneak in and offer a balance and suddenly this beer comes across more like a Black IPA as opposed to a porter -- really, I feel it's a bit of a lucky save.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and watery, but not "light" by any means like some porters tend to struggle with; the carbonation is quite full; a thin, semi-dry sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth; belly is left warm from the acidity, but not likely the ABV as it's quite doable at 6%.

Drinkability: There was a little bit of contention amongst the tasting group about what to do with this bottle. I feel that it would do well to sit for some time, perhaps 6 months to 1 full year to allow the hops to mellow out and allow the malts to showcase their flavors; the argument to that would be that it is only 6% ABV and may not stand the test of time, even if kept in a relatively decent closet/cellar or whatever. Frankly, I'm willing to give it a shot -- after all, what's 6 moths?

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a random surprise to taste at Beachwood BBQ. Don't get the wrong idea, this was from a fellow customer, not the restaurant itself. On to the beer:

A dark porter, as its color goes into obsidian territory. Head retention is acceptable, and it leaves a few spots of lace. The nose is strangely hopped up. There are tons of hops in the aroma, leaving a very bitter aroma. There's bitter chocolate in there as well, so it isn't a total hop assult (not that I was asking for more anyways).

As hoppy as the aroma was, the taste is more bittersweet, with the malt and hops fighting more supremecy. It starts sweet with great amounts of fudge and chocolate. The sensation of spice, like that of chipotle peppers, diversifies the beer. Finally, we get the blast of hops which taste very raw and green. Yet despite their rawness, the beer isn't really bitter. It's actually on the smooth side with a medium full body, helping to knock down any lingering concerns I had over the dose of hops used in this porter. Turns out to be a good one, in fact.

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Photo of cetherid
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into tulip


pours black with a head, similar to that of a root beer. It essentially looks like a glass of pop.


Getting the dark roasted malt smell you get with most porters, then you get that piney hop aroma. No aroma really stands out but still good smelling.

*as this is getting warmer, I get some subtle coffee. The hops smell dies a bit..perhaps I'm drinking this a tad too cold*


basically like an alpha king with bitter chocolately roasted malts. You get the really bitter piney hops in there as well. A little more piney than alpha king as alpha king also has those citrusy hops in there as well. Good tasting, but a tad too much pine bitterness for my taste.


faily thin. about medium bodied. lots of carbonation. A little resiny hop aftertaste left over.


decent. I'll have one or two a year probably around this time of year. I'm close to the brewery but it's only a 1 month item. ABV not too bad so a bomber would be easy in one sitting. I'd like this more if I was a fan of very piney hops.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bell's Tulip

Pours almost 1 finger of near tan head. Decent retention with some splattered lace left. Color is a dark dark brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: A lot of burnt malts/roasted flavors. Caramel with tons of earthy hops and chocolate. A nice smelling porter.

Taste: Very sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, and a ton of grassy hops. Well balanced. A lot of roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and a lighter bodied makes this beer refreshing. Great amount of carbonation for the style. Leaves a really dry smoky aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad porter at all. Very roasted. Fairly drinkable. Nothing to special. Still trying to figure out what makes this an Xmas beer.

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Photo of WesM63
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a decent 2finger light brown head. Decent amounts of retention and lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate malt and a hint of pine.

T: Spot on the nose, lots of chocolate, roasted malts and some pine/resin.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Pretty good porter, I don't get as much hoppyness as others, but good none the less.

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Photo of marksto
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong toffee malt and coffee. The flavor is coffee and roasted malt. The flavor is pretty basic American porter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Erish
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in a nonic pint glass at the FFF brew pub.

A: dark coffee color, goodly cappuccino-colored head with good retention and good lacing.

S: coffee, chocolate, pine and floral hops, oaky malt backbone.

T: so much coffee.... in the front, middle, and finish, also lots of citrus and grassy hop character, the finish has vanilla smokiness and a nicely bitter hop backbone.

M: medium-bodied, creamy to oily, moderate carbonation.

D: very tasty, but the overwhelming coffee flavor was a bit much for me at times. This beer needs a dessert to go with it!

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Photo of grover37
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (for $8.49 from Indiana) poured into two imperial pint glasses.

Appearance: Very dark brown, nearly black. Reddish brown around the edges with a cream colored head which shrinks from half an inch to a full, thin but covering layer, of small and medium sized bubbles. This reduces to large patches with a heavy ring around the outside. Not much lacing.

Aroma: I can't believe this beer is only 6%. Huge aromas of bitter chocolate, vanilla, (whisky soaked?) oak, and some pine. This smells like a 10% imperial stout, like Yeti or Left Hand RIS.

Taste: The flavors don't do the aroma justice. A bit more watery than I imagined with some sweet chocolate up front. Earthy hops in the middle with a little bit of bitterness and a hint of the sweet vanilla in the aroma. Roasted barley in the finish along with pine which really sticks around along with a prominent burnt chocolate taste. The roastiness has a bit of a mocha, coffee with cream flavor as well. The finish is enjoyable but the initial flavor is somewhat underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned, a bit thin, but the long-lasting flavors make you forget about it quickly. Medium carbonation, perhaps a bit more than I expected.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink a lot of this. It smells huge but drinks easy. The taste in the finish leaves you craving more.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lookin out on cracking this bottle drew

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some roasty character was present on the nose with chocolate, toffee, brown sugar notes and a little grassy boozy aroma.

T: the chocolate, roasty, and brown sugar flavors blended quite well and were more apparent on the palate with grassy hoppy accents. It also seemed to have a little caramel character as well.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, grassy, mild hoppy and silky finish.

D: it actually was really easy drinking and was a tasty porter, glad I got to try this brew again; pretty solid.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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..


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.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a jet black color, forms a nice finger and a half of extremely dark tan to light brown colored head. Really good head potential and retention, nice, solid lacing is left on the walls of the glass.
S - 3 - Middle of the road here. There is a decent amount of malts and cocoa, but the hops seem a bit overdone in the aroma.
T - 4 - Very unique, never had a porter quite like it. There is a quite large bite of carbonation upfront I'm not too keen on, but this fades into bittersweet chocolate, cocoa nibs, malts, and strangely enough, there is a very distinct nuttiness, quite savory ones. Straight boiled peanuts mix with a hoppy ending in a way that sounds strange in text but works very well. Make no mistake though, this beer is very much savory and not too sweet.
F - 4.25 - Nice thick mouthfeel.
O - 4.25 - A very unique and good porter. Is unlike any other I've tasted and is recommended to fans of the style looking for something a little different from the beaten path.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this big beer from bottle to tumbler at 48 degrees. BE CAREFUL with this beer. It has like pepsi amounts of carbination in it. Poured a mountain oh head, big lumpy brown biscuit head. I actually floated a potato chip on top of it. Smell oozing from this mass of foam was nutty and sweet. Taste was also nutty with big amounts of roasted coffee and a little peaty. I thought the carbination was a little over the top but all in all it is a fine porter. maybe a little heavy for a porter though. I would call it a stout. i will buy again.

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Photo of Soneast
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a 3 finger, pillowy, light brown colored head with some great retention. Eventually it recedes to a thick, creamy layer that floats ever so enticingly on top the beer and leaves a lot of lace on the glass. In fact, the whole glass was effectively coated by the end of my beer.

The aroma has a very strong "cut-grass" hop profile up front with some nice roasted malt mixed in and a hint of chocolate in the background.

The taste has a very complex combination of flavors including a wonderful hop profile that is detected throughout, as well as roasted malt, toffee, hints of chocolate and coffee as well as a very nice dry, bitter end, that leaves a sort of bitter, dark chocolate flavor on the tongue. I enjoy the hop presence in this beer.

The beer feels lighter in the mouth than it actually looks. I expected a RIS thickness but this was actually medium bodied with some nice crisp bubbles, which makes this fairly drinkable.

I always enjoy most of FFFs offerings and this proved to be no different. The hops evident in this is an awesome balance with the delectable roasted sweetness that accompanies the rest of the beer.

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Photo of hardy008
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a 2 finger creamy tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark chocolate malt, roasted malt, and hops.

The taste of the beer has dark chocolate malt, roasted malt, sugar, and hops. There is a light amount of sweetness, balanced by the bitterness from the roasted malt and hops.

Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, and properly carbonated. This is a nice, easy to drink Porter. Not too hoppy, which is a plus for a porter in my book. I would buy this again.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None
Glass: Tulip

Three Floyd's Alpha Klaus is a hop-forward American porter, with focus on the hops growing as the beer warms. Charred or roasted malt mixed with pine (primary) and grapefruit (secondary) hop characters are the dominant characters of this beer. The feel of the Klaus is somewhat thin, appropriate for a porter, but perhaps too much so for a 6% ABV beer. Ultimately similar to their Black Sun Stout in many ways, for ample pine-like hop flavors mixed with chocolate malts, I'd choose the brewery's Black Sun Stout over this in general, I think.

Pours a tall, 2.5cm head of dark tan to light brown bubbles, small in size, very dense in appearance. Retention is average, lasting a bit over a minute, as the head settles to a thin cap atop the body, thicker around the sides. Lacing is slightly above average, the head leaving many small dots, and a few larger clumps, of foam along the perimeter of the glass. The body is dark brown to black, opaque, with carbonation not being visible through the void of color.

Aroma is of some papery ash with fainter roasted malt and chocolate notes, which are mixed with mild pine and grapefruit-like hops. The result is a bit like inhaling the smoke from a pine-scented cigarette, not altogether pleasant, though not too unpleasant, either. In general, I'd say that the beer has a bold aroma, which I'd expect from Three Floyds, but it is not one of their better-smelling creations.

In taste, Alpha Klaus is not so much about alpha acids as it is about fairly balanced chocolate malt with pine-like hops. The front of palate is fairly generic sweetness, perhaps from the Mexican sugar, with hints of roasted malt. Mid-palate of pine and grapefruit-like hops welded to a solid backdrop of charred and chocolate malts, not particularly bitter, but with detectable bitterness. Back of palate with obvious charred malt and chocolate flavors, with a slight increase of pine and grapefruit-like hops and a touch of ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of pine resin-like hops that coat the mouth fairly well, with moderate-to-mild bitterness and a bit of roasted malt sweetness and flavor.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity. This leads to a slightly prickly, fizzy mouthfeel at first, which then fades to a marginally foamy, generally smooth mouthfeel for the remainder of the sip. Ethanol can be felt flashing across the throat, or upon the tongue (if held there). Closes dry, with fairly substantial stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of jpalarchio
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark but very thin for a porter. Smells almost of pine needles; maybe it's the whole "christmas" thing that has me thinking of pine needles.

I think there is a lot of unfounded hype around this one. It's good but like most FFF I've had, price per beer is just way too high for what you're getting. One 22oz vs a six-pack of Bell's Porter and I'll take the Bell's hands down.

Pretty drinkable although the 7.5% seems a bit low; this one really hit me.

Good to try, wouldn't be a regular beer I would seek out.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,176 ratings.
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