Rating: 7.75 out of 10
Brewery: Southern Tier
Style: Imperial Helles
Southern Tier's site says, "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 (No comment from TB here). 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." They use2-row pale, debittered black, Munich, and caramel malts. Their keetle hops are chinook and dry hops are willamette.
The Beerman Sez: The first couple sips of this copper-colored lager are fairly bitter but it finishes nicely and it's a good beverage to warm you on a cold winter night. Not The Beerman's absolute favorite winter brew but it's growing on him. It's worth a try for anyone and hop heads will love it.