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St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, is a magical figure, the bringer of gifts and an icon of holiday spirit. Forgotten by most is his evil side kick and enforcer of ‘the list’. European tradition says while St. Nick is busy delivering presents to good little boys and girls, Krampus hands out punishments to the bad. A fanged, goat-horned bully, the Christmas Devil uses sticks and chains to beat the naughty children. Dark malts and aromatic hops create the diabolical spirit of this brew. It is finished with lager yeast and aged cold for no less than 30 days. This Imperial Helles Lager will warm even the darkest hearts. This season, replace the cookies with a bottle of Krampus. If he happens to pay a visit, toast to him with this devilish brew. Merry Kramp-mas to all, and to all a good pint!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3753) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
22 oz bomber. Copper in color with an average off-white head. Aroma is of citrus, caramel, bread and spicy hops. Taste is of pine, caramel, bitter herbs and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle. The look is clear, whitish head, and copper in color. The smell is hops, grass, florals, malt, and pleasant. The taste is crisp, florals, hops, malts, and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roxtersoxter (307) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Pours clear amber with small tan head out of bomber. Aroma of citrus, grain, and hops with maybe a slight hint of caramel. Herbal taste with a dry finish. Leaves a citrus taste on your tongue. Great beer...better than I expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1246) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours a. Clear golden yellow with a frothy white head. Lemon and apricot notes dominate the aroma. Taste is tart and fruity followed by a stiff bitterness that morphs into bready orange zest. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (3722) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2013
650 ml. Clear golden-amber with a lasting film of bubbles. Aroma is citrus zest, dry grass and menthol liqueur, maybe a touch of caramel. Taste is menthol and boozy lemon hard candy with touches of citrus zest and dry grass. Medium body finishes mineral-dry and wooden with a nice warming alcohol presence. Carbonation is pretty smooth. Well crafted, but the wooden and mint-tinged hop mix seems to only amplify the abv to my tastebuds.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - NOV 20, 2013
his pours with brilliant clarity and s small stream of bubbles rising up to meet a loose thin head of off white foam that dell pretty fast and left reasonable lace. Nose is at first bright with citrus peel and caramel malt. Then as it warms a mineral or metallic smell starts to evolve and a yeasty twang like in a traditional lager. The hops are floral and the malt is caramel instead of bread and I find that it smells a lot like a DIPA one minute and then a little bit like a lager the next. Orange peel. The taste is somewhat flat and muddled. I would even call it stagnant mid palate. The beer has a tremendous citrus but it isn’t crisp it’s just tart. The yeast trying to be a lager yeast adds a bit of sour twang and the metallic taste doesn’t go well with that. The malt is sweet and caramel but bread would be enough. There’s a bit of spice and a bit of alcohol on the palate.

This finishes with not only a hop bitter but a metallic aftertaste and a sour off flavor. It also finishes slick and with some hop oil. As this drinks it becomes more pleasant. Lemon takes over in the finish and the spice turns musky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11835) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle. Hazy golden color, medium white head. Aroma of citrus, pine. Taste is bitter lemon. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1940) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 12, 2013
On tap at Whole Foods in Market Square in Fairfax, VA. Clear, dark copper amber with an off-white head and outstanding lacing. Aroma of pineapple, raisin, pine, caramel and tropical fruit. Taste of citrus, raisin, pine, caramel, light fruit, grass and pineapple. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1445) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Strong hoppy aroma - pine and grapefruit. Pours a clear medium amber with an off-white head which has good retention and provides moderate lacing as the breww is consumed. The taste is rather surprising, especially after the hop filled fragrance. It is malty and slightly sweet. Malt, bread, grain, cardboard, combine with a piny finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, enjoyable. Raise a glass to Krampus!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonNYC (23) - New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Yes, imperial helles is a contradiction in terms - but if the Germans aren't going to do it, someone has to. Too much carbonation to fully enjoy, but... ok. I give them points for even trying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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