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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5280) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2015
On draft at Mad Fox Barleywine Festival 2015. Pours a hazy deep copper with an ecru head. Aroma of tropical fruit. Flavors of pineapple and caramel. Smooth, boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (3725) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
14 feb 2015, bottle. Light brown, clear, no bubbles. Nose is winey, bready malt. Med/full body and mildly fizzy. Sugary, bready malt, some yeast, mildly nutty. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (3307) - 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 (2210) - - 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 (1291) - 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 (747) - 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 (258) - 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 (199) - 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.

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