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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 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 (1927) - 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 (435) - 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 (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3628) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2008
[bottle - 22 oz] Amber pour with a puffy white head. Aroma is lots of pine along with some spices, pears, and some light malt. Flavor is, once again, tons of pine notes with some spicy and floral hops underneath. Citrus and light malts fill the middle and then give way to a very spicy and bitter hop finish that lingers on the tongue with a hint of pear skins and raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 bomber from grape and gourmet. pours a bright, clear amber with a two finger white head leaving solid lacing. aroma is something very special with big time hops, pine, nutmeg, figs, citrus, and winter spices. flavor is quite unique and certainly tasty. huge hops up front with citrusy notes giving it a slightly tart flavor, hints of cinnamon and spice, caramel malt in the background adding some sweetness, and finishing with a lasting bitterness. mouthfeel is clean, slightly oily, and nicely carbonated. easily the best "lager" i’ve tried and much more akin to a winter IPA. easy to see why this brew disappeared from GandG once word got out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (2923) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 The aroma is strong earthy and spicy hops, some piney hops thrown in, some caramel. The appearance is amber, clear, off-white head, some lacing evident. The mouthfeel is a little on the thick side, and oily. The flavor is significant pine hops, molasses, caramel malts. A lot going on in the flavor. It gets a little bread-like toward the middle. The finish is citrusy hops. Very pleasant. Nice bitter, lingering finish. Excellent overall. A little dark in color to be a helles. A little too hoppy as well for a Helles. Excellent beer though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (959) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle shared. Pours crystal clear amber orange with a white head. Aroma is really nice. Lots of piney hops and spice, with some malt. Taste is similar, with the malt profile and spice keeping this from being a IIPA. Really, a nice beer. Finish is bitter. Mouth is sticky and body is pretty full. Overall, a very enjoyable and unique winter offering.

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