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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Working on a winter seasonal, our brewers fell through the Looking Glass and found themselves staring right in the bloodshot eye of a penguin gone bad. Bigger, bolder and with even more attitude than Igloo Ale, the smooth, spiced, high gravity Killer Penguin Strong Ale puts the "hot" in winter warmer. Grains: British Dark Caramel Malt, U.S. 2-Row Barley. Hops: Nugget, Willamette, Cascade and Top-Secret Brewmaster's Spice.

NOTE: This entry is for the spiced versions (made prior to 2005).


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (533) - Naples, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Reddish orange color with an off white head. Sweet carmel, sugar candy aroma with some florals. Some veggies in the taste along with some sweetness and some bitterness. This one may have been past its prime but still enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5065) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle: #600. Lots of caramel in the aroma with some light hops for balance. Pours a dark amber with a nice off-white head with good retention. Flavor is caramel and wood with a light hop finish. Thanks to Eyedrinkale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
This brew pours with a clear amber body topped by a medium thick head with great lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with nice caramel notes and great hoppy notes, as well as, alcohol esters. The flavor is bitter and hoppy with a slight sweetness, a touch of caramel and a little alcohol. Full bodied and smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours a golden orange hue with a halo of a head. Aromas of spice, honey, roasted malt with flavors of the same. This bottle was about 3 years old, so they say, and the alcohol was barley noticable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle pours brownish amber, large foamy sand colored head, sticky lacing, with lively carbonation.   Sweet Gingersnap like aroma, somewhat malty, gives off either an American Strong Ale or Barleywine like aroma as well.   Fairly strong ginger taste up front, subtle hops, sweet malts, slight caramel, feels somewhat heavy.   Strong body, medium mouthfeel.   Finishes with a bit more of a hop bitterness than the start, and maybe some pine.   Interesting that it smelled and somewhat tasted like Gingersnaps.   Unique, and quite tasty.   Thanks goes out to Eyedrinkale for the trade!


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Received a while back in a trade from eyedrinkale, I am finally getting around to sampling this beer. From the brown 22 oz. bomber, to the glass, the beer looked reddish orange, and clear, with a smallish head, and a steady stream of carbonation underneath. The aroma was malty, with strong notes of coriander, orange peel, and roasted grain. The alcohol was also pretty evident on the nose. The taste was similar to a Belgian Tripel, with spicy tart alcohol, candi sugar, rum, and orange peel. There was a lot more hop bite here than a Tripel, however. Although full to medium bodied, and with a very bready character, the beer still managed to come across as light and airy. The alcohol did not detract from drinkability at all. Well balanced and satisfying in almost every department. Seek this one out.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 A red and brown color resting in my glass with a thick layered head on top that is a true beauty. The lacing left behind looks like a spider web was made. Has a hoppy pine smell and the flavor has a hop presence that lively ups the citrus and spices. Thanx to Eyedrinkale!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Cinnamony earthy spicy stuff - what else? Nutmeg? Has what I like to call "flat" malting - back of the toungue breadiness. Cascade? Yes, some pine, but mixed in with a lot going on. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Mike says, "IPA turned Old Ale." I say, "Happy trainwreck!" This stuff rocked. Fantastic malts--caramel, biscuits, sweet figs and plums. Great hop *bite* and flavor but little bitterness. I venture to say that Top Secret Brewmaster’s Spice is cinnamon...and for some reason the word cardamom pops to mind. Awesome. Thanks to Eyedrinkale!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Parking garage of Holiday In Express, 13th and Walnut... Copper color with a small off white head and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon spice, caramel malts, and even some light fruits. Taste was much of the same as the aroma, with just a little bit of alcohol as well. Thanks Mike!


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