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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Traditional winter seasonals are warm and comforting - not this Penguin. Diving in at around 10 percent alcohol by volume, Killer Penguin uses over twice the malt as other winter beers, and is aged for over 6 months to perfect the condition and flavor of this barleywine style ale. This beer doesn't ferment, it hibernates, and wakes up with an attitude.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is a strange caramel and hop mix. Flavor of caramel, raisois and a little hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2015
[Tap] Light shade of brown with a fleeting head of off-white head. Nose is of toffee, caramel and hints of alcohol. Flavors include more caramel, light spice, earthy hops, booze and general roasted grainy notes. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but pretty pedestrian for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (1935) - - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle. Comes across as a mixture of Fruity Pebbles and booze. Some caramel sweetness is also present. Could be better if it was a bit more balanced and less sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (957) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2015 Waxed bottle 2014. Clear copper. Roasted barley, burnt sugar aroma. The taste adds alcohol and rich sweet toffee/caramel malts. The mouthfeel leaves something to be desired for me. Too thin and light. Low carb. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mufreq (1) - Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2015 does not count
Very nice color, sweet, caramel flavors smooth and malty. A bit of bitterness, but very light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (488) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2014
tried at Monday beer tasting at work....thanks dusty.....loved it sweet malty and delicious...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
steelhead3686 (254) - Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Pours a dark copper with a medium caramel head. It has an even malt and hops aroma with hints of chocolate, sugar, and herbs. Heavy sweetness with the slightest bitter. Light to medium body with a clean and somewhat tangy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCaptMatey (179) - Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Poured a dark hazy copper colour with a cream colored head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is of sweet candied sugars with a notes of caramel and nutty malt. Flavor is of malts, caramel, dark fruits, and a light hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation at first and thickinging into a sweet warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XaenDovet (1202) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle share. Clear brown. Aroma is medicinal, caramel, raisin. Taste is sweet, and bitter. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbuskirk (569) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Killer Penguin has some bite, Ill give it that. The hops and booze combine to create a particularly aggressive barleywine. Copper color is a bit lighter than Id like and the head could be fuller. Smell is okay. Lots of citrusy hops but Id like to get more from the malt, especially since this brew has had the benefit of some aging. As a hophead, I certainly didnt dislike the piney and crisp taste. This ale would need some TLC before Id try it again. Not bad with a decent cigar, though.

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