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RATINGS: 643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttutony (794) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Potent noble hop aroma and bitterness on the palate, with some malt sweetness to back things up. Balance could be a little bit better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (923) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Usually not a fan of imperial pils I have had in the past but this one was pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttoadee (1076) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Draft. Tan pour, small white head. Nose is soft fruit and grain, hint hops. Middle is medium roasted grain. Finish is alcohol and light caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (1111) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Deep amber orange color. Nice creamy beige head. Note able grapefruit hop nose. Some burnt sugar malt as well. Tangy toasted malt flavor with a big resiny hop punch. Bitter citrus peel and brown sugar notes upfront. Crisp, bitter and boozy. Long bitter aftertaste seems to go on forever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (313) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden with a creamy white head. Aromas are sweet caramel malt and floral hops. Flavors are bitter citrus, pine and caramel. Creamy mouthfell; slightly oily, but also a bit peppery. This is like an IPA, but with a smooth, malty backbone. Very nice. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sjohnny (440) - - NOV 7, 2014
Being a fan of the Krampus I couldn't pass this up when I saw it at the store. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Cloudy light orange amber with a thin white head which fades relatively quickly leaving a good coating on the glass. Medium bodied. Initially soft mouthfeel with a crispness. Velvety warm ester finish. Lots of citrus. Some resin. Well balanced with sweet maltiness. If this is what visits naughty children at Christmas, put me on the naughty list.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
outlawskies (481) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Julie called a pale ale. She gave a 2.5. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
generallee08 (764) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
The body had a good dark golden amber color with very good clarity. It also had some slow moving, small carbonation bubbles that make there way up the glass to the lovely creamy colored head. The head was of average size, had very good retention and made lots of cool lacing on the glass. Its aroma had an assertive heavy and sweet character along with a strong hit of floral hops and just a touch of lemony citrus as well. The flavor like its aroma is big, bold and full bodied. Big floral and slightly citrusy hops mix with an equally big malty body that shows its 9% alcohol. The finish is slow with hop bitterness hanging on to the tongue. Its texture is slick, smooth, a bit thick, well rounded and slow sipping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (2089) - - JUN 20, 2014
Transfer from BA review from 6-25-12 - Poured from bomber into snifter Appearance – Poured a lightly hazy orange/amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades rather quickly to leave a fair amount of lacing. Smell – The aroma is largely of citrus as well as a nice floral/herbal aroma. Mixed with this is a light funky aroma as well as some hints of alcohol. Taste- The taste begins bready and malty with some citrus and yeast flavors. The citrus develops more toward the middle with it being largely of a more bitter grapefruit At the end an alcohol taste as well as a strong presence of some earthy and grassy flavors come to the tongue leaving a rather interesting slightly off flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The beer had a nice creamy body with a low level of carbonation. Good for the malty and floral hop flavors. Overall – It was a tasty brew, but nothing that was really worth going out of the way for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3108) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Best of this style (that I’ve tried). Dark golden body with adequate but thin head. Wonderful malty aroma, and robust taste. perfect all around.

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