Krampus | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-15-2008

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the devilish yet festive looking bottle a deep orange/bronze with a brooding storm of carbonation bubbles in the glass. The dense head lasts forever, its not very big but it never disappears and it drapes the glass in foam. Bready, sweet malts, herbal, spicey hops and fruity, bubblegum notes make up the aroma. The taste shows much more hops and bitterness then the nose let on. Scads of floral hoppiness, a bit of sourness and some warming alcohol also show. Malt is biscuity and prominent enough to provide some semblance of balance. The mouthfeel is quite full and creamy. The finish is earthy and as bitter and long lasting as any respectable IPA or Imperial Pilsner.

This is an interesting and delicious beer. Doesnt have any Helles qualities except maybe the clean malt profile, but its a joy to drink anyways.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear orangish-brown color. Big, creamy light tan head with very good retention. Leave sonly moderate lacing though.

S - Big aroma of piney hops and a hint of mint. A light sweetness underneath, but big pine forest is the dominant aroma.

T - Light, honey sweetness initially. Then the big, sappy pine taste comes in. Excellent bitterness along with it. Ther sopmewhat perfumy, mint/spice taste lingers underneath but the big pine hops are the star. Light, toasted breainess underneath. Excelent all around taste profile.

M/D - Medium bodied and very sticky. The hops resins just coat the mouth. Alcohol is well masked as well but still provides a nice warmth.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good beer. No holiday spices - Pours an amber color with a one finger head when poured into a red cup (classy). Smell of malt on the nose. Nice flavor. Will revisit this beer.

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Photo of Yancey82
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dacrza1
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE: December 2, 2016... OCCASION: having returned from Lenape Valley's title game (loss), time for a consolation glass... GLASSWARE: Schneider's Edel-Weise pokal... pours a transparent golden amber body that releases reasonable bubbles into a clumping, thick, sudsy white head... the two hops work overtime with a tail-whipping strength of resin and citrus... slight caramel embeds in the bread malts... again, those hops! a clean ping resonates with the helles profile... a dry chardonnay body blends with a cider-like sweetness to leave a draw that belies its potency... toasted malts mix with fruity dryness--apple, lemon, fig, and astringent alcohol (slightly reminiscent of cheaper vodka?)... this is powerful--one bottle is enough to both entice another and evoke the buzz of something with proof on its bottle... some heat is produced, and that is a good thing--the imperial nature of the beer demands the drinker asks forgiveness for his year of sinfulness and enjoy the punishment... sweet honey, brisk malts and fruitiness make for a fearful, rewarding experience... Southern Tier, thank you for a lager that celebrates the winter season with its power and glory....

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Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a pilsener glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amber, light tea in color beneath a frothy, off-white foam with stable retention. Delicately webbed lacing that makes for nice eye candy.

Bright, pungent hop oils: fresh, young pine, lemon, grapefruit. Touches of semi-sweet toasted wheat with just a faint hint of diacetyl. Rum-like, slightly astringent and noticeable alcohol presence. Not quite the aromas that I was expecting from a beefed-up Helles.

Rugged pine and spruce flavors up front that assault the tastebuds. Beneath this layer of sharp, young hops is a weaker, slightly metallic, tea-infused malted wheat base. Notes of coconut and candied sugar; like that of a Belgian Tripel, creep in at mid-sip. Smooth, yet hefty, but somewhat rounded deep alcohol flavor leads to a slightly dry finish.

Full bodied; a complex range of textures that come to the front at different times throughout the sip: initially rough, almost smooth prior to mid-sip, and ultimately dry in the finish. Unique, but the textures never seem to come together.

The style would have definitely fooled me. The flavors resemble more of a Double IPA or an Imperial Pilsener, than of a Helles. Big, pleasant flavors, far from being smooth or balanced. A nice experiment, but one that lacks cohesion, drinkability, and maturity.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of adamette
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the bomber that I bought at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $7.99 the other day into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date but the very "fresh" appearing label as well as the 10 or 12 it was stocked next to in the cooler at the store lead me to believe that it is this year's vintage.

A Fluffy very light brown head over a translucent honey colored body. Head leaves good lacing on the glass. 4.0

S I am loving the Chinook wet hop and Wilamette dry hops in the smell of this beer! They are very floral and aromatic but not overpowering. Really, I returned to sniff several times, enjoying how it smells. There is also some grainy malt sweetness in there after repeated smells but it is those hops that will please you first. 5.0

T/M Great, great balance of the aforementioned hops and malt with a nice light syrupy feel, not unlike a full nectar which coats the inside of my mouth and allows for a great, long aftertaste. There certainly is a bite to the tastes but they are all nicely balanced and I would say moderate in intensity. This might be my new favorite lager! I am very impressed. I think that you will be too. 4.5

D This is one of the easiest drinking 9% ABV beers that I have had and, for the style, I am very impressed. The bomber, however, will be enough for me this evening! 4.0

Notes: Another really good beer from Southern Tier which expands my appreciation of them.

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Photo of Rick778
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JVan
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, honey colored ruby with a white head and soapy lacing sticking everywhere.

S - Floral and grapefruit hops, herbal spiciness and sweet caramel.

T - Citrus and grapefruit hops, herbal, rye like spiciness, slight sweet caramel and toasty bready malt.

M - Medium bodied, slightly slick with low carbonation.

D - On the hoppy side but fairly smooth for 9%.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Krampus from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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