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RATINGS: 658   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Courtesy hopscotch. Clear golden color, thin broken white head. Earthy hop aroma, mild spicy profile, pretty hoppy on second smell. Somehow finishes dry, along with a graininess. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Clearish copper body, medium dense, clumpy off-white head. Surprisingly potent bitter, piney aroma, toasty, with citrus rind. Sweet, with potent alcohol. Sharp, sweet but mainly rindy herbal, earthy hops body with biting tannic bitterness and grapefruit. Bitter, rough mouthfeel. Unrefined but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Thanks to each Goldtwins and Jah Noth for the bottles. 22oz bomber pours a dark gold, light amber with a small off white head. Aromas of citrus, and pine hop notes. Flavors are mainly hops, a bit of malts in there but mostly hops. I enjoyed it, and I look forward to my next bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
(22oz. bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of pine, floral, citrus, mint leaves, and pepper. Flavor of pine, brown sugar, toffee, toasted malt, and seasonal spices. Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2541) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Good sized light orange head of fine and fluffy bubbles. Butter and flowers dominate the aroma. Some floral hops and sweet malts. Color is a slightly hazy dark orange. Sweet and sticky malts that fall flat in the mouth. No real body or life to this brew. Light alcohol presence. Sweet and malty with some hops bitterness and a bit of flowery dryness. Finishes pasty, bitter and flat. Not a great brew but I am sure the 9% will mess me up in a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Tasted 11/28/08. 22oz bomber. Filtered with a dark amber hue. Finely bubbled that leaves a moldy off-white head. Initial aroma is Belgian candy sugar and caramel. Bitter undertone and an odd spice character. Floral and spicy. The aromas are ample yet slightly off-putting. Medium to full bodied with a crisp and fresh palate and, of course, hoppy. Total herbal and floral flavors from both the yeast and the hop character. Banana yeast and citrus hops. Nice amalgamation of flavors. There’s an odd spice that hits the olfactory more so than the palate. The second pour is mildly smokey in the nose. As it warms, the dregs hold an apple and tart fruit character. Spicy citrus acidity. Worth checking out, but I feel that a few months in the bottle might do it good. I’ll give it another go another time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1570) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Clear amber/copper pour with a smallish light-tan head. Grapefruity, resiny aroma with hints of malts and some spiciness. Medium body. Decent balance with lots of sweet caramel at the start. Ample winter spices follow - mainly cinnamon and cloves. Grapefruity flavors finish things off. Subtle warming alcohol throughout. VERY enjoyable, extremely drinkable stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Pours a dark translucent gold. The nose is spicy and resinous hops, fruity, citrusy, mild alcohol, malty sweetness, not much lager character. The flavor is very intensely hoppy, spicy and resinous, has a very nice backing malt character. The hop profile and overall character of this brew screams ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2008
16oz glass served up at the beer engine. Copper colored, relatively clear, with a medium head. Plenty of fresh grain just like you would expect from a straight forward helles. Spicy, earthy hop profile. Nice hop profile in the flavor. Earth and spice. Well balanced with just a touch of sweet malt to balance the hops and pleasant toasted grain. Full bodied with a semi-dry finish. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
Amber beer, thin white head. Aroma is quite spicy. Clove, cardamon, and a light spicy/citrusy hoppiness. Some light lemon zest. There is a bit of pine and a soft sweet maltiness. There is a bit of light fruitiness on the back as well. A bit of brown sugar and a soft honeyed character as well. Hops are quite prominent along with a nice kick of pine and spice. Another pretty solid hoppy beer from Southern Tier.

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