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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2752) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 30, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Clear amber color with a beige head. Aroma of caramel malt and spices. Flavor of malt and spices. Has a little alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3978) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 16, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Malty sweet in both the aroma and the flavor. Balance well with hops. Maybe a little pepper is the only spice I might notice. Slightly bitter on the finish.

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