Krampus comes from the legend of a fanged, horned goat that punishes the naughty children while Santa’s out giving presents to the good ones.
It pours something of an orange-looking cloudy brown color with a thick off-white head.
The aroma practically screams “hops” at the top of its lungs.
The flavor starts with a moderate to high amount of hops bitterness and pine-like flavor. This hides a subtle caramel sweetness which is difficult to make out with the hops blasting at you.
The hop fanatics at Beer Advocate rate it 88-90 or very good to “outstanding”. The Rate Beer crowd similarly adores it, giving it a 96 overall. To me, this beer lives up to its namesake. It’s a punishing, hoppy thing that I hope never visits me again. There are many other Christmas and winter beers I’d drink first. I’m giving it a 4/10. If you’re an IPA fanatic, you’d probably rate this a 9/10.
I tried this on draft at The Daily Growler. I’ve seen the bottled version at Giant Eagle Marketplace and other local retailers.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Bitter, bitter, bitter
Spice Level: Non-existent
Hops Level: According to Southern Tier, “our highest”
Dominant Flavors: Hops, Caramel
IBU: Unknown, but probably in the 60+ range
My Rating: 4/10