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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 11, 2008
Appearance: clear, crystal reflection on amber body with mid frothy top. Good lacing noted. Aroma: Wonderful pine and spruce like hop aroma, side of mango fruit follow up by full malts. Splendid blend of fruity sweetness with bittering feel. Flavour/Palate: full bodied. Heavy pale malts. Brew set up is fairly straightforward. Quality excellent presentation of malts and hops with just enough of alcohol to keep this brew going. Brew that borrowed from best , central European soft heavy sweet malts with west coast refreshing hops. .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3268) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a moderate off-white head that faded to a film by mid-glass and laced the glass well all the way to the end. Very bright and pleasant aroma of oranges and grapefruit, and to a lesser extent caramel and pine. The flavor is not quite as fruity as the aroma suggests, and is more influenced by prickly pine. There is a decent malt backbone to support all the hops. The alcohol is well hidden. Honestly, this one was better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Amber to copper in color. Two fingers of heavy cream colored foam. Big hoppy aromas. Reminds me of the new Gouden Carolus Hopinjoor. A mix of oranges, grapefruit and menthol. Mild caramel in the background. From the first sip you can tell this one means business. Alcohol is quite present. Luckily it is not a higher alcohol and has a little sweetness to it. Pine flavors come out that remind me of a floor cleaner. A serious strong lager with an imperial IPA attitude. Some mild malt returns in the linger. I kind of like this now but I think I may feel like I was beaten by the stick and chains when I am done with the remaining 40 cl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
On tap at Cole’s. Quite a citrus/pine hoppy nose, decent malt also, orange, with a small custard head. Taste begins with a full hoppy burst, malt is well placed, giving a fine mouthfeel, tongue dances with the hops bitterness, and then mellows with the very well balanced malt. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, grapefruit, light flowers, light malts, dish soap, and light lemongrass. Poured amber in color with a small, rocky, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly bitter and light to medium sweet. Tastes of hops, lemon, pine, citrus, and light biscuit. Light to medium body. Thin, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, soapy, piney finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2008
A quality Euro strong lager, with significant hops. A little soapy head, a good amount of lace. The hop aroma is there. Creamy mouthfeel, initially, and then more or less average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3179) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2008
22 oz bottle. Crystal clear copper with a sudsy white head. Nose is pine, yeast and toffee. Medium body gets oily and resiny with soft carb. Taste is grapefruit pith and peel with some apple and toffee. A pretty basic hoppy lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bomber. Pours an amber body with a half inch white head. Nose is sweet fresh cinnamon a hint of mint. Light fruity citrus yeast. Dry fruit and bubblegum. Good beer did some damage too at 9%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Clear orange red pour with a light off-white head. Lots of hops on the aroma - almost like an IPA. Piny earthy hop flavor with citrus and roasted malt Some spicy notes and yeasty funk. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bomber. Pours a coppery amber with a small and frothy, tan head. Aromas are sweet and fruity... a bit of a grapefruit and pineapple hops presence, some pear like sweetness and a little touch of caramel. Flavor is an odd mix of fruit and bitter, and I am not completely sold on it. At times, the caramel and pear seem to play nicely with the pine and grapefruit hops, but most of the time, the two seem dissonant. The aftertaste is almost cloying... a bit of a white grape/wine flavor there.

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