From Southern Tier – 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!
Southern Tier Brewing – Southern Tier Krampus Imperial Helles Lager. – 22 oz.bottle poured into a goblet. 9.0% abv. Purchased at Dawson’s Liquor in Severna Park, MD
Appearance: A clear amber with a 1″ egg-custard colored head. Plenty of sticky lacing.
Aroma: Like someone blended a lager with a Double IPA. Plenty of earthy malts with pine and mango.
Taste: The dark roasted malts shine through on the palate (perhaps a hint of chicory) while the hops create an incredibly long finish.
Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with only slightly more carbonation than an English Bitter.
Overall: Yet another fantastic beer from Southern Tier. The high alcohol content and thick, rich body make this a perfect winter sipper.