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RATINGS: 51   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 11/29/2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade

clear dark red, nice fine light brown head, sweet citrus aroma, creamy body, big sweet carmel malt flavor with lots of hop character, low bitterness, good in a me-too imperial ipa kind of way,
-------- /> Date: 02/01/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: aa
Vintage: 2006
Score: 3.8 to 3.0

thining out with muted hops but the fruity malt is not kicking in yet, a muddy middle age mess

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8103) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 Dark orange and slightly murky. Pours with a decent head, with a strong, wafting nose of straw, cherries, burnt malts, plum, cinnamon, a symphony of various spices, and an undertone resembling most Belgian quadrupels. Citric acidity of grapefruit and orange peel, pineapple, pine and dark fruit from the hops, and a nice pleasent orange bite in the middle, before it settles out into a wood and grapefruit flavored finish. Needs a bit more holding up the hops, though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 12, 2005
Amber like with small disappearing crowning. Sweet, fruity aroma, good solid malt. Plums , alcohol at front , fruity and malty behind . Maybe not best but surely its very interesting brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - 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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6264) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted light bread, cookie), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, flowers), with notes of allspice, clove, cinnamon, ginger, hint of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily bitter, lightly acidic. Medium to full body, watery (almost creamy) texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. IMHO, this is what Igloo *should* be, and the brewer hinted that it was closer to this about ten years ago. Rich, warming without burning, big spiced aroma, but watch out for the crushing bitterness in the end (helped by the spices, I’m sure, which makes Lakefront’s Holiday Spice almost as bitter), only barely held together with the residual malt sweetness. Very good winter warmer if you like the spicy ones.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5365) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4900) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2007
rating from memory, had this around 11/06, 22oz bomber, purchased at Chuck’s wine and spirits outside of cleveland. pours dark amber, nose sorta old ale like, sweet caramel and fruits. taste was pretty enjoyable, sweet malts, fruits, chocolate, and subtle vegetable notes. pretty tasty and aged fine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Big head at first; dies down quick; leaves behind some rather intricate lace patterns. Deep, dark amber in color with a reddish hue. Spicy, somewhat vinous nose. Toasty caramel notes. Rather spicy, with allspice, cinnamon, and "hot" and peppery ginger flavors. Hints of citrus... and maybe even a bite of lemon. Bitterness shows in the finish and aftertaste; kind of hides behind the spices though. A little spicier than I like, but still pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2004 Clear copper color with an aged, spicy aroma. The taste is what it is all about. Caramel, oak, light smoke, malt and dried fruits are all apparent. This is one that will age very nicely as I guess the last batch was a while ago.


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