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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2008
reddish with thick white head. flavor has little malt complexity, a lot of hop bitterness and a dry finish with little esters. a uique brew, i would enjoy a little more malt presence, but pretty good

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle shared by ucusty at the Carolina Crew tasting - thanks, David! Dark amber pour, with a somewhat still body. A bit odd considering the description: imperial helles lager? Is that an oxymoron? Anyways, it’s even more surprising to drink, with some spicy clove notes in the nose and a bizarre mixture of wood and menthol in the taste, all making it some strange amalgam of traditional spiced ale and . . . Krampus? Weird, but weirdly enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Shared at AlohaC’s gathering. Yummy. Hoppy and malty. Reminded me of an Imperial red or IIPA something. I liked this one a lot. Thanks WeeHeavy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - DEC 29, 2008
bomber. Not my favorite. Looks great, tastes ok, smells not so good. Not horrible though; the hops are the saving grace.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
22oz bottle from Swolf3, thanks Wolf. Copper pour with a white head. Malty and somewhat acidic aroma, very lager like.Pretty good hop bite too it, very clean with a nice alcohol warmth in the end, decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2008
the hop flavor is kinda strange to me..and it seems a bit cloying and not that balanced...but perhaps I am just an idiot....and I have not really tried any imperial helles to match it to....thanks weeheavy for letting me try this...

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
22oz bomber opened by WeeHeavy at alohaCs 2008 end of the year tasting. Nice, very hoppy aroma. A little bit of ethanol amplifies the aroma. Earthy, grassy citrusy aroma. Very nice aroma. Easy to drink. Very nice. ST is great brewery.

3.7
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5708) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13021) - 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.


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