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RATINGS: 640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle share by ucusty. Clear dark amber pour and quickly disappearing head. Nothing lager-y about this beer. Strong resiny hops on the nose. Spicy from the hops and a little peppery. Some orange peel. Big and assertive; a little sharp and slightly soapy. As with many ST beers, big and interesting at first, but a bit much after a few tastes. Still solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5168) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2008
22oz bomber. Orange amber color, a pinch hazy. Nice long lasting half inch head. Piny christmas tree aroma. Wow. This is one of the best and most original Winter beers Ive had in some time. Wonderfully combining hardcore piny with eastern euro pils hoppiness, almost peppery. Creamy and drinkable, very smooth on the palate. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12433) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2008
(22oz bottle) Small fluffy off-white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, light pepper. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, some pepper, alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, some acidity. Very enjoyable for what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Poured a crystal clear deep orange-amber color with a medium sized and long lasted off-white head. The aroma had a nice stiff but not over the top or out of balance citrus nose. Light malt and a touch of pepper spice. The flavor was a mix of malt and grapefruit that did not mix well for me. Almost like a carton of juice getting ready to turn. The finish was semi-dry with a touch of spice and a mild bitterness. Close to a medium body with nice warmth and a silky feel in the mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (5691) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
22oz bottle. Deep amber with a huge white head. Simple balanced aroma of hop and malt. Flavor is overly yeasty with a bit of a hop finish. I was hoping for better out of these guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2106) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2008
22 oz bottle poured an amber color with a thin off white head.aroma has juicy grapefruit citrus dry hop, sweet malt, tangerine, and pines. very nice and juicy. mouth feel is medium with average carbonation. flavor has such big citrus pine hops, good bitterness, just enough sweetness, and a hit of alcohol. very enjoyable and the hops used are quite tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (6513) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2012 650mL bottle. Body is dark, clear amber. Aroma is very strong hop. Taste is smoother than the aroma hints towards, but I was personally let down a little by this S.T brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Pours a very nice clear deep red color with froathy bubbly white head. Aroma is tons of citrus grapefruit hops. Flaov is very biscuty with huge citrus hop presence. Overall, a winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10198) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle… Clear golden lager with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. Musky, earthy aroma – pine and resin. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. Very malty and sweet, but generously bittered to provide decent balance. Big toffee and biscuit malt; earthy hops. Lengthy, bittersweet finish that dries out. <b>Thanks go out to scraff for shipping this brew my way!</b>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1575) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bright amber appearance with an average size, off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Resinous, sprucy hop aroma. Initial taste of pine and spice, briefly balanced by caramel malts. There is a smooth lager-esque quality in the aftertaste after the effects of the hops and alcohol wear off in the long lasting finish. Does not seem to fit the sites deScription of a European Strong Lager, but still very interesting and very tasty.

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