Boulder Beer Killer Penguin Ale



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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, 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 Brewmasters Spice is cinnamon...and for some reason the word cardamom pops to mind. Awesome. Thanks to Eyedrinkale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6371) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Aroma of cinnamon, soy, and caramel. Taste is hoppy, big caramel/slight soy maltyness. Long finish. A very good big beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2307) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Copper in color with a decent off-white head, nice lacing, big malty & spicy nose, very strong & upfront body, hints of chocolate, caramel & fruits in the flavors

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Nice dark amber color,small white head that faded quickly and left little behind.The aroma was malty and caramel with a decent light fruit and maybe a mild spice thrown in there as well.The flavor was mild malt and fruit with a decent sweet side and mild hops over all id say not bad and better then some brews ive had of this style.Its well worth a try at least once and for sure a few more times beyond that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Deep garnet red in colour, short lived off-white head. Sweet pineapple taste, strong hop presence with an equally present hop aftertaste. Finest lacing clings to the glass all of the way to the bottom. All of the characteristics of a world-class west coast IPA; grapefruit, pine, orange, pineapple, rather acidic. Pleasant malty balance, with a touch of spice in the aftertaste.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9299) - 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.

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