clefoodbrews (1) - USA - DEC 16, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This brew poured a darker orange in color with a fair amount of head that quickly dissipated. The smell was very strong in terms of citrus and floral hops with also a hint of sweet bready malt. The taste really was something special. The sweet malt flavors and a mild citrus bitterness hit you at first. Mid-Drink you are tasting the sweet malt flavors again but the hops are starting to dry your palate out a bit. In the end the dryness and bitterness kicks in at the right time leaving you with a wonderful lingering bitterness that has a sublet sweetness to it. The mouthfeel was medium with a fair amount of carbonation, it really fit the hoppy nature of this beer very well. Drinkability for me as a Hop-Head was very high. This is as close as I’ve tasted to a Christmas DIPA. I see myself buying more of this because I completely enjoyed every sip and was sad when my 22oz bottle was finished!
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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. .
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another great offering from southern tier. I wish x-mas was year round. Nice hoppy favor with citrus notes and co2 quality. Went well with pizza.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brewery Brew Version Size Sampled ABV IBU’s Rating Left
southern tier brewing company--krampus Imperial helles lager--Are You Naughty Or Nice?--2008-9 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 9.00% ABV--100+IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Helles--Imperial--Lacy thin white head. Clear rich bright deep amber color. Earthy floral hop malt front. Rich cloying creamy sweet caramel resinous hop infused doughy mild fruit body. Earthy hop spice cloying malt developing hot EtOH end. Big Hoppy tasty smooth Helles. Sampled 2/7/2009. $6.99 Each.
unclemattie (4118) - Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Deep amber body, light copper color, thick foamy head. Dry hopped aroma of Pacific Coast hops, loads of citrus and pine in the nose. Thick, hearty body. Sharp bitterness in the finish. Loads of hops. Man, Southern Tier really know how to make a beer! Flavor of leather, toasted bread, white pepper, caramel, cereal, pear, roasted nuts, all under a mouthful of oily hops. Nice grapefruit and pine resin, a blast of Chinook hops. Sticky, bitter, oily, and sweet... all in one beer. Happy Krampus!!!
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a really nice copper color with a thin yellow-ish head. Aroma was juicy juicy hops, a lot of citrus and some pine with an undercurrent of malt and caramel. Flavor was almost as juicy as biting into fresh fruit. There was some nice grapefruit hints. Nothing overly bitter. This was a fantastic beer. Really really tasty.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ellolovey (441) - Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber. Quickly dissipating off-white head leaving an oily, soapy residue. Nice lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops and bread malts. Very sticky and oily on the palate. Nice carbonation. Taste loads of citrus and pine hops with a nice malty backbone. Bread malts and some spice. Bittersweet lingering finish.
SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours caramel with a medium yellowish beige head. Smells like caramel and earthy hops. Taste is malty sweet with an earthy bitterness on the back end. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and average mouth-carbonation, Southern Tier Krampus finishes with a solid earthy
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stuff is christmas tree in a bottle! Pours a glowing clear red/amber with soda bubbles and a small white froth. Extremely fresh piney resiny hop aroma, almost like concentrated pine extract. Flavor is fresh crisp pine tree with a nice rich light caramel base, huge huge hops, can’t believe this is lagered and yet so fresh. Must try again!