RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
I love chinook hops... The almost medicinal/herbal flavors they create make for some of the best(or worst depending on your perspective) beers... Pours a deep copper with a nice white head that leaves good lacing... Huge hoppy aroma or citrus/herbs/pine... Tastes of big herbal hops with a bit of spice and a hint of the alcohol coming through... Medium Bodied with a lingering finish.... I assume the only reason this is a European Strong Lager is because of the yeast used...

3.5
sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2009
pours copper with white head. Aroma is hoppy and malty with nice herbal nose that give the beer a very fresh nose. Taste is again loaded with hops with underlying pine and herbal touch. Overall taste remains fairly herbal with notes of sweet sugar and fruits. Really got the feeling this beer was more of an IPA than a Helles Lager.

3.5
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
22oz bottle, no date from Swolf3, thanks Steven! Clear orange amber with a small off-white head, fading to a thick ring and sparse film before long. Grapefruit rinds and resiny pine are the hops up front. There is also some light mango and alcohol, but hard to pick out the malts other than being sweet. The flavor continues to be quite hop dominated (mainly pine) with a lightly sweet malt backbone. Semi-dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 4-5. Alcohol was present down the back of the throat, but didn’t seem like it was 9%. Medium-full body with light prickly carbonation. Another pretty good high gravity offering from Southern Tier.

3.8
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2009
22oz - Aroma of doughy sugar cookies and hops, both citrus and pine. Pours transparent auburn with a medium bubbly head and great lacing. Flavor is hop forward, sharp and crisp. The sweet malts finish it off. Palate is bitter. If you like hoppy lagers, this is your brew.

3.5
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Pours a clear copper amber with white head. Aroma is mineral hops and pine. Flavor is pine and hops with nuts. Body is light with high carbonation. Definite bitter floral notes that offset it. Strange.

3.5
topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Poured a dirty amber with lots of flowery hops in the aroma. Bitter hops, sweet malts and a belgiany note. Different.

3.6
jercraigs (10365) - 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>

3.5
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.

3.5
AskForJenny (1086) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2009
22oz - This was a fun one. The flavor wasn’t as developed as I expected. Close to a tripel, with astringent, hoppy flavors abounding.

3.3
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - 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.


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