RATINGS: 663   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10093) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2009
2008-12-05. Dark amber body with a modest white head and lacing. (3+) Interesting hoppy aroma, light resin, fruit and something a bit different... Rather nice. (7+) Pleasant hops throughout, light resin, mild pervasive fruit. Something I cant place. Smooth average plus palate. (3+) Alcohol starts to show in the finish. Rather good. Pleasant hoppy goodness. Reminds me a fair bit of Unearthly but with a different hop profile. <i>On tap at Coles, Buffalo</i>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Bottle, courtesy SeaBass. Clear amber gold pour, creamy lacing and loose white head. Nose is hoppy, with vanilla, caramel, flowery esters. Some cinnamon. Bitter hops in the flavor, flowery esters mix well with caramel malt and some spices. Spicy, crisp body, drinkable. Basically just an Imperial IPA, flavor-wise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AskForJenny (1075) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2009
22oz - This was a fun one. The flavor wasnt as developed as I expected. Close to a tripel, with astringent, hoppy flavors abounding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle shared by ucusty. Thanks David! Pours a slightly hazy amber with a light white head. Nose is bitter, fruity hops. Flavor is very bitter, bordering on astringent, with some mild fruity notes. Thin mouthfeel with more bitterness. Blah imperial lager, not a huge fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2009
pours a hazy gold-amber with a lingering off-white head. nice lacing. aroma is hoppy grass-pine with sweet light brown sugar notes blended into floral goodness. taste is strong hops bitterness with a little orange rind. also more pine and a little bready malt with some very light spice. not getting the spices as strongly as other people are noticing, the hops seem to really overwhelm in my opinion. lightish prickly mouthfeel. mid-bodied. after the hoppy bitterness dies out i get a twinge of sweetness followed by one more bitter zing on the finish. good. hoppy. if you’re an STB fan, then go for it, you’ll love it. not much variation from their other brews though, in my opinion. but i’m a biased STB local, so try it yourself!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Courtesy hopscotch. Clear golden color, thin broken white head. Earthy hop aroma, mild spicy profile, pretty hoppy on second smell. Somehow finishes dry, along with a graininess. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Clearish copper body, medium dense, clumpy off-white head. Surprisingly potent bitter, piney aroma, toasty, with citrus rind. Sweet, with potent alcohol. Sharp, sweet but mainly rindy herbal, earthy hops body with biting tannic bitterness and grapefruit. Bitter, rough mouthfeel. Unrefined but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Thanks to each Goldtwins and Jah Noth for the bottles. 22oz bomber pours a dark gold, light amber with a small off white head. Aromas of citrus, and pine hop notes. Flavors are mainly hops, a bit of malts in there but mostly hops. I enjoyed it, and I look forward to my next bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12894) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
(22oz. bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of pine, floral, citrus, mint leaves, and pepper. Flavor of pine, brown sugar, toffee, toasted malt, and seasonal spices. Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Good sized light orange head of fine and fluffy bubbles. Butter and flowers dominate the aroma. Some floral hops and sweet malts. Color is a slightly hazy dark orange. Sweet and sticky malts that fall flat in the mouth. No real body or life to this brew. Light alcohol presence. Sweet and malty with some hops bitterness and a bit of flowery dryness. Finishes pasty, bitter and flat. Not a great brew but I am sure the 9% will mess me up in a bit.

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