RATINGS: 669   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!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bricks (1091) - Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Dark red/brown appearance. Sweet malty aroma. Taste is sweet, spicy.. quite bitter bite . Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (2034) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2015
Poured from bomber. Had many years ago and decided to try again this year. Interesting holiday theme. Pours amber with off white head. Aroma is fruity malt, pine, bready yeast. Flavor is sweet, fruity, caramel malt up front with pine bitter finish, floral hops, and bready yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG111 (1656) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Sample at whole foods, Auburn Hills, Mi. Aroma is vague, not particularly potent. Maybe some bready notes with a hop prominence. Slightly sour note?Flavor is actually pleasant hoppy, with a nice lager feel. Wow, not bad. Bready as well but a hoppy finish. Not super complex, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Pour copper-burnt orange with a thin white head which quickly fades to very little lacing. Aroma is of pine, floral hops, spicy hops citrus, bready biscuit malts, sweet malts, caramel,and some light toffee. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and and a moderately bitter, semi dry, long finish. Overall, a pretty tasty, hoppy and crisp imperial lager that is a festive winter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (476) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Not what I expected for the style, but after I adjusted to the hops, this is pretty tasty. Pours copper with thin, clingy white skim. Aroma is all citrus and pine despite my attempts to sniff some malt. Flavor is similar - hoppy with the slightest sweet in the hoppy aftertaste. This is okay, but one-time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (5035) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - DEC 1, 2015
DOB 11/05/15. 0710 am This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a soft burnt caramel to amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Clingy white foamy lacing sticks around the glass. The smell started off with sweet bready to biscuity notes sliding over some grassy hops. Light lemon and a little bit of pine rounds out the aroma. The taste was moderately sweet with the bready to biscuity notes gracing all around the flavor. A sweet bready aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a sweet smooth rolling texture over my tongue. Overall, as a Munich Helles Lager, it fits, not sure why its an Imperial Pilsener on here, probably only because of ABV but even the ABV isnt even felt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (3328) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2015
From the 650 ml. bottle dated 10/25/15. Im drinking it 3 1/2 weeks out. Amber-orange colored pour with a long lasting big off-white head. Decent clarity. The aroma expresses itself with roasted sweet malts, pine, and floral hops. a slight sour yeasty note. Good medium body. The taste is smooth and clean with a modest and crisp hop finale. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jh773 (291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Amber, crystal clear, plenty of carbonation. Smell is crisp, some deep roasty notes, hint of booze. Taste is grainy, some ethanol fruitiness, phenols, pine and resin in the hops. Not hot at all. Nice clean flavor, especially for a lager this big.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (6226) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Sample at Strong Ale Fest 2015. Comes golden red with a decent off-white head. Aroma of malt, citrus, and pine. Taste is malt, citrus, caramel, and pine. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1857) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Amber with foamy Lacy beigey head; aroma is hoppy spice ; Flava is rich blend of hop and sweet malt with notes of caramel grain and alcohol;McEnroe medium to thick creamy with decent fizz; finishes dry slightly bitter

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