Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
It pours a clear and placid bug-in-resin amber, complete with dino-DNA, or not. A full finger of fluffy white head drops to frothy isles. Sheets of lacing bed the inside of the glass.
In the aroma, caramel malt is sweet and fruity, while the hops deliver dry citrus and an underlying broad bitterness. A light floral note softens a warm nip of alcohol.
Upon sipping, a syrupy malt sweetness kicks in candy sugar and earthy caramel. The hops take over with a progression of grapefruit, orange, and pine, all crisp and ensuingly dry and bitter. Alcohol runs through it, warm and strong. The grain replays with plenty of residual sugar as well as a baked dough crustiness in back. The finish is carried by a twist of sweetness and dry, lingering bitterness. It's a stylistic surprise in a good way.
Medium bodied, it sticks for licks and flows slow with a vapory kick and a crisp glow.
Whatever I was, or wasn't, expecting, what I got is a big, rich, sweet, and wonderfully hoppy blend of happy good stuff. The malt is more subtly edged than in most IPA's, but the hops would match well against most, leading to a curious and refreshing departure. The hefty ABV be damned, it drinks just fine. I think I'll take Krampus over St. Nick any day, thank you kindly.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2009 22:22:15 | More by Foxman
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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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