Cellar Dweller: 3 Floyds Brewing 2018 "Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter"

Cellar Dweller: 3 Floyds Brewing 2018 "Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter"

Billed as Alpha King's festive cousin, this seasonal porter from 3 Floyds is nothing like its pale relative.

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Initially, there's a cloud of light smoke, followed by a lot of chocolate. As it warms there's a charred marshmallow flavor that is elicited in each sip. No graham crackers, for that s'more trinity, but that chocolate stays present, and there are hints of cinnamon.

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As always, cellaring allows the beer to chill out, for lack of a better phrase, as the ingredients all fade a bit. This one isn't barrel-aged, so it's not boozy. I will say that aging has helped diminish some of the smoke character, so it's not overbearing.

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If you have a 2018 Klaus, it might be a good time to bring it out. There's still a chill in the air, and right now is the perfect season for opening some of those porters and stouts you have been saving.

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