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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
From Uber. Nice ruby color, with a nice cream colored head. Aroma is very malty and sticky, with maple syrup, caramel, and a faint hoppiness. Taste is lightly alcoholic, some toffee, caramel, dried fruit, black cherries. Doesn’t have much depth for a barleywine, but by no means is this a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2008
22oz bottle. Fruity yeasty bread aroma. Red body, not much of a head. Starts off with a killer dose of bitter burn. Then a sweet fruit juice flavor and on the finish a caramel nutmeg. Body texture little thinner than most barley wines. Alright but just didn’t have a wow factor to it for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Tap at HDG Daze. I was busy while drinking this one and not much stood out. Very sweet aroma and taste but a little weak as well. Not bad overall but I like more in my BW’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2008
2007 bottling, one of many of have received in trade and also bought locally, served in a NB worthy glass. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlight topped by a fading frothy head and good lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of caramel, toasted and even a touch of charred malt, light pine and herbal hops, plum, fig, green apple and light grapefruit esters, as well as some Grains of Paradise spice. The taste starts with sharp fruity quality in conjunction with a soft and sweet grain background. The hop bitterness comes about to play in midsection and does not let go. The bitterness seems to overpower the malt which is not a good thing with a Barley Wine IMO. Perhaps aging will improve this situation. The mouth feel is lively and aggressive with a medicinal touch on the finish. It is an okay offering but I want more richness. Lets see what the other bottles do with some cellar time. will need to re-rate this in late 2008.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coldbrewky (1698) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 2006 Bomber via BeerandBlues2 in trade. Pours a medium tea brwon with a ruby heart. Head is minimal and realy only rings the glass. The damn wax was a mother to get off the bottle, looks like they had it at just the right temp so they didn’t have to double dip it. Nose is all sweet malts and whisps of hops. The body is full and tingles lightly of hops around the edges. It finishes abrubtly with a ephemeral aftertaste of whole hops and spices. The bottle is pretty busy and attempts to hype up this average barleywine. Good on this moderatly cold evening. thanks again to B&BL2!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Dark red amber. Aroma and flavor is sweet fruits, caramel, citrus with a smooth, sweet malty finish. Smooth and easy drinking with a rather light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Cellar-aged 2006 bottling: Coppery crimson. Healthy off-white head turns rocky before nestling into a fine cream. Raisins, pineapple upside-down cake and stewed plum aroma. Mild whiff of oxidation, biscuity malt and doughy yeast. Dense and feathery carbonation. Softly bodied. Initial tingle of pineapple and grapefruit acidity melts into a backdrop of sweet caramel-drenched plums. Lively esters mimic notes of peach candy and a bright plummy fruitiness which is explosively juicy as it is bright. Body is borderline flabby due to the resins, but the fruitiness is tightly integrated. High concentration of fruitiness Slight grainy malt (Munich?) coupled with the cardboardy oxidation makes for a semi-astringent swallow which also taints the fairly bright fruitiness. Hop oils lap the palate with a dense sappiness which happens to overshadow the nuanced fruitiness, but the bitterness is subdued. Plenty of mango and grapefruit, but the acidity is overaggressive. Timid finish teeters on the edge of medicinal, due to the relatively strong presence of alcohol and steadily heightening sweetness. Lingering hints of plums and grapefruit (zest and all). Has some redeeming qualities such as softness and decent balance, but the nose is yeasty and the hops overly acidic. Definitely one of BBC’s best beers, which sadly isn’t saying much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
valpoaj (730) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Delayed entry from Tasting at Holiday Beerfest in Omaha: Pours mahogany with small off-white head. Aroma is mostly sweet malt with some dark fruit intermingled. Sweet flavor is dominated by caramel malt and some raisin-like accents...very sweet though! Light on the palate (esp compared to other BWs) with good carbonation. Some alcohol on the finish. Not bad, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2008
the waxy cap was annoying to get off but thats because i don’t like taking more than 10 seconds trying to open a beer. poured a cloudy dark amber, lighter than a typical barley wine. smell was malt, bread, heavy pine or spruce like hops. Taste was well balanced but not as strong as most barley wines, caramel acidic malt, powerful hops that lend to some bittering. alcohol warming. body was medium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Waxy cover. A decent barleywine, but a little light for a barley wine. Light in color and taste, but not bad.

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