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RATINGS: 493   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Poured from 2013 bomber. Appearance: medium light tan head that diminishes quickly, amber red, clear. Aroma: light vinegar, leather, herbs, floral, cereal, leaves, spruce. Palate: medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish that lasts. Taste: sweet and tart front, sweet lessens, tartness transitions into bitterness. Overall, very unique, but not what I look for in a barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (325) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Not bad. Nice aroma but taste just average. Lingers a little to long in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (1977) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to John. Pours a crystal clear dark amber color with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, grain, old citrus, and booze. Taste is grainy, with notes of sweet caramel, toasted malt, and old citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (946) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Very cool garnet pour w/ a thin tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is subtle - soft caramel malt. The taste is dominated by a semisweet malt flavor w/out any bitterness which makes the beer quite smooth while leaving a little to be desired in the flavor department. Pretty good overall tho!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1944) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2014
From a bottle. Pours murky ruby brown with a bubbly off white head. Tastes very sweet, sugary, like raisins, honey, ash, syrup. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells sweet, ashy, and like brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3377) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy amber with a ruby tint and creamy off-white head. Aroma is cookie and bready malts, dates, mixed berries, faint alcohol spice, and some floral notes. Flavor is chewy malt base, berry esters, light floral hop bitterness, and faint booze; dry finish with a touch of sweetness. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Not much aroma for a barleywine. The beer, however, has a nice malty flavor with a slight taste of whiskey. Very easy drinking for a barleywine, going down smoothly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (1301) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2014
On tap at BLB pours a clear but dark mahogany red with a small khaki head. Aroma of candied cherries and lots of caramel malt. Taste similar to aroma with a touch of booze on the finish. Decent barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keanex (1395) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2014
2013 release.
Appearance: The body is a beautiful clear ruby hue with a tall but short-lived tan head. The head settles into a frothy coating.
Aroma: The aroma is fruity and malty. The fruits were most notable on the pour coming off as fig with a hint of cherry. The malt aroma is sweet and inviting hinting at butterscotch and toffee. The aroma could use some strength.
Taste: Ah this is a shame, the flavor isnít nearly as malty and big as the aroma indicates, in-fact itís rather light overall. The intro is watery with some of the fruity aromas adding something to this. The malt base builds by the finish to a moderately sweet butterscotch and caramel flavor while the fruit gets stronger, sort of like medicinal cherry with a rather spicy finish. The finish lingers semi-dry and spicy.
Palate: Full-bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: Let me get this straight, I enjoy this to an extent. It shows a lot of promise, but Iím left underwhelmed. The malt base is lacking and the booze shows a bit by the finish. This is priced decently though and is a decent barleywine all things considered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROBC3366 (547) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Pours a nice dark amber with an off white head. Smell is of malts and tastes of dark fruits, a very smooth sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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