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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6100) - Pennsburg, 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
11-Sep-06 (22 oz bottle: Obtained 30-Jul-04 in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!) Lots of age under this one, so the characteristics aren’t surprising; it tastes and smells malty, earthy (the aroma is almost pungently so), chocolaty and moderately sweet. Brown sugar and dark fruits, but it’s moderately sweet, staying far away from anything remotely cloying. Bitterness, either from roastiness or hops is very mild if it ever existed in the first place. Whatever spice might have been in this winter-warmer-gone-wild is tough to pick out at this stage over the earthiness and dark fruits. Really coming across as an aged old ale to me. As mentioned, the aroma is earthy, but unmistakable sweet fruits come out even more. Body is medium-full and medium carbonation has held up perfectly after two-plus years in the bottle. Light brown in color, the beer is cloudy out of the bottle, but it pretty much clears up completely over time. Small, light-tan head shows more life on the second (and thus warmer) pour, but either way, it settles to a filmy layer after not too long. Only a few wisps of lace stick to the glass. Very enjoyable to drink, but this has almost certainly transformed into quite a different beer from when it was fresh. And with the aging, it has followed a pretty standard transition toward earth and dark fruits, but the chocolate overtones give it a nice note of distinction.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Aroma: strong pineapple juice and other tropical fruit flavors, also some carmel malts, yeast, hops, and earthiness.
Appearance: deep cherry red color, creamy head, lacing.
Flavor: hops, moss/earthiness, slight bittersweet chocolate, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, and hints of other tropical fruit flavors; some maltiness as well. quite complex.
Palate: smooth with great hop bite--hoppy, malty lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Sampling at Radek’s courtesy of Eyedrinkale - cheers! Nice reddish-coppery-amber colour with great wafting maltiness. Caramel sweet and fruity aromas lead to a nice crisp hoppy flavour. Lingered nicely with just a touch of alcohol evident - very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dacrza (852) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2015
DATE TASTED: January 26, 2015... GLASSWARE: Duvel oversized snifter... OCCASION: still waiting for Superstorm Iola to hit... APPEARANCE: starts well with an imposing label; intimidating dark garnet body that sports a frothy off-white head that laces with a brazen two-finger strength; lacing is spectral and substantial... AROMA: BIG apple, pear and sour fruit; powerful cherries--a nice mix of a beefy malty base and a kriek... PALATE: full-bodied, warming and hearty--yet smoothly sippable; a balanced barleywine, though it lacks a dry finish...TASTE: cherries are front and center; soft brown ale elements play on the sugary fruits; oddly not as winy as a barley purports to be...OVERALL:as I recalled from years past, a beer worthy of a blizzard watch; the price is about right for its heft; within its genre, not a standout, with enough imperfections to seek out better-rated beers...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
Cloudy dark copper w/ light brown foam. Aroma is sweet, malty (caramel, toffee, cookie dough), reasonably hoppy (tobacco, grapefruit) & spicy (allspice, ginger). Medium, somewhat sticky feel. Flavour is sweet, moderately complex, mildly bitter. Finish is peppery & spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
Bottle. Orange amber in colour. Aroma was a nice balance of caramel malts, fruit and spices. The flavour was of citrus hops, some caramel, slightly sweet with some dark fruits. Medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with some pepper heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - 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.

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