Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, spicy and lightly grainy aroma, with touches of candy apple and piney, woody Pacific Northwest hops, perhaps some very faint alcohol. Deep garnet color, faintly hazy, with a slight, fine head. Flavor is fruity and tangy to start, becoming sweeter and sugary with faint notes of cherry and a moderately bitter, citric and spicy finish. Light amount of acidity present, mouthfeel is rather thin, smooth and low in effervescence. Better than many spiced Winter ales.
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very attractive, an orange-tinted ruby, with an even firm layer of foam which dissipates gradually leaving a pitted creamy head that clings just right. Nicely clear and almost glowing. Aroma is a bit of a letdown, with a strong earthiness joined with winter spices of nutmeg and ginseng. Highly reminiscent of Anchor's OSA but without the malt layers to support it. Surprisingly, the flavor makes me take that back: a nicely pillowed backbone of toasted biscuity malt, a complement of earthiness. The spices are subdued, mainly present in the aftertaste, and not well defined. Hop flavors are difficult to identify but are well balanced in the semi-dry finish. Not too bad for a spiced ale, although I think they could do better after a few more wintry attempts at it.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A delicious, heavily spiced dark ale...just the right amount of hops added. For some reason, I'm not having a lot of success describing this one. It isn't extremely complex; the ale just a very good winter warmer. The alcohol is well-hidden, I thought 7% max. The labels are kind of a turnoff -- juvenile. But of the ones I've tried, the Killer Penguin is especially mature and well-crafted.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish color with a huge, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is malty with a maple-syrup like sweet with caramel. Flavor has caramel and some toasted malts, with a pretty significant bitterness towards the finish. An alright brew.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 clear shiny amber/mohangany, woody colored...sweet & candyish aroma like samichlaus-ish...fruity candy flavors..smooth creamy creamy texture malty and caramel and cream!
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look out - this penguin has quite a bite! I smell and taste a lot of ginger in this - ther real kind - biting, spicy and warm. This is bundled up with a generous hopping and some dark fruit flavors. Body was a little thin. Appearance is clear dark golden brown with hints of red. Nice.
Darkover (1508) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber color with a beige head. Aroma of caramel malt and spices. Flavor of malt and spices. Has a little alcohol warmth.
Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellar Temp:Surprisingly light in flavor and body for a beer with so much alcohol. Pleasant amber color with very little head. Nose is mostly hoppy with a hint of ginger. Similar flavor. Nicely hopped but lacking malt depth. The spices are quite mild, mostly making themselves known in the aroma and finish. The slightest off-note of soapy bitterness. Light bodied with zesty carbonation. Uncommonly refreshing for either a spiced beer or a beer thats 9% ABV.
Room Temp: Much thicker and with less pronounced carbonation, more befitting of a brew of such strenght. More pronounced malt helping to balance the spice. Also, the soapy note I noted earlier is all but gone. Much better at higher temperatures. I'd say this beer doesn't wake up until about 65 degrees or so at least.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very little head, covering the dark amber brew. Flavor is good, but it isnt that exciting. I was hoping for more of a robust flavor. However, they did a fine job of hiding the 9% in it. The only hint of it is the thin, hoppy, spiced ending.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 16, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark brown with a big head that dies quickly. A good nose of spices and alcohol. I smell allspice, cinnnamon, and ginger. Flavor is tame for such a big beer. The spices and the alcohol are hidden well. Not too impressed as it doesn't even warm the stomach and the spices are so in the background that it is hard to distinguish them.