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RATINGS: 643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 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 (1367) - Seattle, Washington, 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 (2609) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 Thanks to N8teball for the sample! Clear copper pour with an off white frothy head. Sweet fruity flavor, actually reminded me of fresh cookies with a spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2441) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
a busy and delightful brew to one with a jaded palate. this beer is everything and not just a little. hop character is citrus (not just grapefruit) and pine this brew manages to be chalky and sweet with a good slick mouthfeel and light stingy carbonation that mellows from the bottle. good yeasty body it first comes off like fire water... this is a top notch beer. great stay around finish that is complex fruity and a bit sugary. addicting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1740) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Pours copper/orange, with a white head. Aroma is piney hops, spices, and malt. Flavor is hops, caramel, malt, spices, and fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Bottle pours crystal clear copper with a big and sustaining head that clings leaving lace. The aroma is of under ripe banana, spice, floral hops, and some cereal malt. The flavor is very sweet and fruity, with some hop resin to shore it all up. The palate is quite heavy for a Helles Lager. OK, lets just rule out Helles here, I think we have it categorized right as a ESL. A bit more EKU 28 than any Helles I have ever had. Having said all that, either Im in the mood for the ABV, or it just suits me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Bomber, pours an amber color with frothy off-white head. Aroma is bitter hops, malt, pine, and spices. Taste is bitter, sweet, and mainly pine. Decent beer. Love the mascot though, Krampus is cool!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3031) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Bottle: Pours a rusty copper with good clarity and a thick tan head. The aroma is pretty fresh and zesty. Lots of spicy hop character- piny, spruce, pepper lemon hop presence, lightly sweet chewy bread malts. Quite zesty. The body is big and chewy. The flavor has a big spicy and zesty hop character. Very lemony and resiny, but quite sweet as well. It is almost reminiscent of lemon cookies. The hops offer a big twiggy character as well. A sweet bready chewiness is supplied by the malts, yet there is an off flavor- almost saccharine like. It seems suggestive of artificial sweetener, and coats your tongue. This, meshed with the peppery, leafy hops become reminiscent of lemon furniture polish. This stuff on the surface is big and tasty, but for some reason there are off flavors that kind of ruin what could be great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 3, 2008
22 oz bottle - pours a crystal clear amber color with medium sized light tan head. Aroma has nutty caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean, toasted oak, brandy, hint of apples. Flavor is full of chewy malts, caramel, touch of molasses, toasted saltines, an ever so slight roastyness, faint apple and apricot notes. Finish is mildly sweet, with a thick, slightly sticky palate. Overall a great seasonal brew.

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