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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KornDogg (554) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Bomber I snagged from southern tier... great hop aroma with a malty balance... a nice change for a christmas seasonal

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2848) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Bottle courtesy Hopscotch. Golden honey colored pour. Big hop aroma, lots of citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pine and a big malt body that combine together really well. Has a nice spicy bitterness that accents everything, as well. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9643) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2008
This brew pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium and creamy bone white head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Earthy malt and spiced hops in the nose, along with some pine. Medium body with flavors of malt, grapefruit, hops and pine. The finish is bittersweet hops and toasted malt. Overall this beer is well-balanced and rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2008
On tap at Capones. Pours amber with a creamy white head. Smells clean, almost like a Belgian, hoppy. Very tasty and quite easy despite the 9.0abv. Hoppy and malty at the same time. I like it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2009 huge nose of hops, which comes across unique either because of the strains themselves and/or the lagering process. seems very fresh right off the bat. same unique undertone for flavor that is so fresh and enjoyable its nearly unmeasurable. this beer has taken what seems to me personally to be a broken process and repaired it. helles don’t interest me, but this certainly does! doesn’t necessarily come across as unbalanced but the malt is second fiddle to the huge buds. this beer is alive, sharp and tasty, everything i wish a good pilsner could be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Shared at the O town Tasting courtesy of Hopscotch.Big time piney hop nose. a nice light amber color.Full onslaught of hops with a hoppy bitter finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle shared at the Otown December Tasting. Very odd color! Pour was a light VERY light pinkish orange color, and crystal clear. VERY hoppy piney smell. Flavor was hoppy and very thick and piney. Well blended, but not a fan of the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2008
22oz bottle from Beers of the World. Cool back story on the bottle, I have never heard of Krampus before. The pour is a reddish gold with a nice fluffy head of froth. Aroma is solid hops, but there is also some malt sweetness swirling around. The flavors work surprisingly well together. I was afraid that the very American hops would clash with this very European styled beer. Quite the opposite - much like the flavors of the better tripel/IPAs that appeared over the last few years, the flavors of this beer highlight and accentuate each other. The sum is better than the parts... and dangerously drinkable. I had to slow myself down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zeke626 (450) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2010 18Jan2010: Bottle, pours a clear amber body with off-white, creamy head. Aroma and flavor of grapefruit and pine hops, caramel malts, and sugar with a hint of spice. Flavor tends to emphasize the piney hops a bit more. Smooth mouthfeel with a light carbonation. Finishes with the bitter pine/resiny hops without becoming too astringent. {8/4/8/4/15}

21Dec2008: Draft. Pours a clear, amber-orange body with an off-white head. Aroma of malts, spices, and floral hops. Flavor is more of the same with pine and floral hop flavor near the front of the palate turning to fruity tart flavor near the back of the palate. Medium bodied with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Bitter hop finish. {7/4/7/4/14}

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Bomber from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor. I was extremely happy to see this since I tried to trade for it and failed to acquire it by those means. Pours a lucious amber orange with a nicely laced bubbly tan head. Nose is quite nice, some light spice big malts and a touch of fruit, Possibly a bit of pear as it is the season. Taste is full of big malts spiced and sweet. Just enough spice for me and a lot of nice prickly notes on the tongue. Great overall.

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