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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thome50 (1246) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle from Sean, thanks as always! Pours a deep orange with very little head. Aroma is fruity caramel, slight cardboard oxidation and a faint stale hop. Taste is very sweet and has this "Christmas beer" spice thing going on that might just be more in my head. Slight nutmeg and then a noticeable alcohol presence. Overall, maybe a little fresher would cut down on some of the negative stale hop aspects I now come to hate in any style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
86Moose (62) - - MAY 8, 2014
Another fine entry by Southern Tier to be enjoyed by all beer enthusiasts. Pours a dark amber. Deep aroma of coffee, chocolate and nut. A subtle sweetness. Recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Malaclemys (421) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle, pours amber with a thin white head. Aroma of nut, caramel, fruit, slight alcohol. Taste is caramel, pine, fruit, nut, and a bitter finish and medium body. Very caramelly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nero55 (917) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Copper with thin beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit (pear and citrus), and some sweetness. Medium body with nice carbonation, caramel malt notes, medium sweetness, and a pronounce bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (761) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2014
I’m a little overdue with drinking this one. Pours a clear amber with a medium white head. The aroma has a good amount of caramel and pine, with undertones of lighter spices and ginger. The taste is a bit sweet with some mild bitterness, with pine flavors standing out the most. Some citrus elements of lemon and grapefruit are noticed, with caramel remaining quite potent. Mild cinnamon as well. Aftertaste is a short and piney. Medium in body, with a thick texture, with softer carbonation. This one isn’t bad. I can’t really find many holiday or wintery impressions in here though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4532) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Rated on 02-19-2010 (Bottle) This beer forms a medium off-white head that mostly diminishes, hazy amber body, visible carbonation, and a good amount of lacing. The Aroma is malty, very aromatic, citrus, and some pine hops. The Taste is lightly bitter, caramel malt, and citrus hops. The Palate is tingly carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. In conclusion, this beer is one for the hopheads as the hops definitely make their presence known.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1096) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle. Taste is caramel, lots of hops, grass, malt and a nice dose of booze. A hell raising good time in a bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (4480) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Associated Cityfresh, Bushwick growler: Pours a copperish amber with a white head. Aroma is pretty hoppy, somewhat piny, some light caramel style malts. Taste is quite bitter. Also somewhat lightly sweet. Hard to drink quickly. This is well-made but it ain’t my favourite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarleyandVine (56) - Stockbridge, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pours with a creamy long lasting head. Hoppy aroma. Flavor is highlighted with hops followed by a tasty, smooth maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2151) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Growler from the Craft Ale House in Limerick. Clear copper color with a soft and bubbly white head. The head leaves a cascading, sticky lace around the edges of the glass. Bright hops in the nose along with some hint of roasted malts. Clean and crisp flavors, with plenty of grassy and dry hops. I also tasted some caramel malt and some roasted malt flavors. Very clean and dry finish with more bitter hops in the aftertaste. Excellent imperial helles / pilsener.

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