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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Poured a dark golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, honey, toasted malts, citrus, and some skunky herb. Taste of honey, citrus fruits, grapefruit, toasted dough, toffee, bitter hops, and some alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mahennin (16) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Pours a gold amber. Very deep color. Decent amount of thick head. Kind of a weird smell of hops and skunk. Tastes of slightly bitter hops, malt, and alcohol. Very unique taste. Almost sweet in the finish. Really unique beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2715) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Dark amber colored pour with the brightest white head I have ever seen. Nose: pine, clove, coriander, Taste: sweaty on the back end, caramel, wood, catty and spicy. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2964) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2008
This one is lovingly crafted and restores my confidence in this brewer. Fantastic lacing is left as I sip this stuff, it looks nice, a metallic sheen dark orange, filtered looking. Strong aroma of pine, some resin in there, along with a maltiness. The palate is noble, very ingredient heavy as I get plenty of malt, candy canes, then light carbonation and the full hop backbone. Absolutely no alcohol detected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a small, off-white head that goes leaving a clear bronze body. Aroma is strong pine and spicy hops. Taste is of berries, spice, pine and caramel. Light bubbles and a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2008
bottle thank to bu11zeye. amber pour with some creamy froth. pine, fresh hops and some malts. nice thickness with a good slight hop flavor and a nice hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2008
I picked this up at the Binny-apostrophe-s located in Orland Park, Cook County - the most corrupt county in the state of Illinois - the most corrupt state in the union. It pours a golden amber body with a tall frothy head and leaves much lace in its wake. Strong hoppy aroma of resinous pine, mint, and citrus zest covering some toffee-ish malt sweetness. Lots of hops in the flavor, although they come across less clean, a more generic bitterness. Sweet malty base that does not come across as lager-ish. Lingering bitter finish. Nice - but this sure as hell is not a European Strong Lager. The site really needs a new category for these big lagers from the U.S. that have been coming out the last few years. Or, is this a part of the Simple Mode?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Thanks 17thfloor! Pours a nice amber red color with a small white frothy head. Aroma is piney and huge hop presence with a nice caramel malt backbone. Very fresh. Flavor is bursting with fresh hop oils over a nice creamy and rich malt character. A nice sweet and smooth finish that is very warming. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation, extremely good beer and well rounded.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - 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 (3605) - 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.

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