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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdjuice (474) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JAN 13, 2008
2007. Doesn’t taste like a barleywine at all. Flavor is strong, solid hops, with not much else. Hop flavor dominates the beer, which seems to be lacking any qualities that would mark it as a barleywine. Relatively thin, darker fruit flavors are non-existant. Alcohol is hidden well. Final word: a pretty decent IPA/Double IPA, not a barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2464) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle. A mix of light bread, toasted and caramel smells for the malts, moderate spruce note for the hops, light broth for the yeast, and port, alcohol and carboard in the background. Head is small, wispy, white, with virtually no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is red/brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly bitter. Palate is medium, creamy and has a lively carbonation.. Not bad flavors, just weaker than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rainley (3) - USA - JAN 4, 2008 does not count
22 oz. bottle. 2007vintage. pours chestnut with tan head. malt and caramel aroma. medium body. slightly bitter, with a light burnt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
22 oz bottle, 2007 vintage, 27 Dec 07
Rich chestnut /reddish-brown brick color with nice tan head.
Malty, carmelly aromas predominate. Not much hops.
Malty flavor - carmel, cookie. very slight bitterness
Smooth, lt carb, md body
Nice Barleywine, very smooth and malty. Not much bitterness, but there’s enough to provide balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bomber pours a mostly clear chestnut body with a small and fleeting beige head that diminishes to a film and cap. Aroma is malty and bready, mostly caramel, with a hint of pine hops. Medium body with subdued carbonation. Taste is malty caramel and toffee, almost chewy. Red apple notes add complexity. Hop biterness, pine and a hint of grapefruit, adds a nice balance. This 2007 edition is an improvement over earlier bottlings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of markgugs. Clear, amber golden with a dense, shaving foam-style like head. Aroma of overripe fruit and sherry. The body is surprisingly only medium with a little caramel and overripe fruit in there. Discreetly bitter. Fairly average Barley Wine. 191207

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Medium sweet aroma. Smells of caramel, malts, piney hops, rye, and some alcohol. Poured copper/amber in color with a small to medium-sized beige head that lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Clear. Sparkling. Lightly sweet, medium bitter flavor. Tastes of malts, alcohol, chocolate, rye, dough, tar, and spices. Medium body. Thin, watery, but slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Malty, slightly sweet, alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle. A amber beer with a big beige head. The aroma and taste is of caramel malt, rye bread and some sourness. Medium to full body with a light sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle. Clear amber colour with a huge head. Aroma of malt, caramel and some burned caramel notes. Great flavour of sweet malt, burned caramel and some bitter and warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10888) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2007
Bottled. Orange coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Sweetness, alcohol, fruits and some bread, caramel and herbs. Flavour is sweet and spicy. Has caramel notes. Is a bit fruity and has distinct herbal and flowery notes. Medium bodied. Is quite bitter in the end countered by a light fruityness.

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