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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Poured a hazy reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits, floral hops, pine, and tobacco. Taste of caramel malts, some wood, nuts, and dried fruits, citrus, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Foam Rangers January meeting. Amber pour with no head. Nose is sweet fruits with candied sugars and hops. Flavor is not very deep and lack what I’m looking for in a barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle. Amber / red pour with a thin film head. The aroma is a little grainy with sweet malt also. The flavor is the same, sweet malt elements like most barleywine, but a strange grainy presence also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2008
bomber. pours a rich amaretto hue, w little head, bubbly recession. aromas strong of maple syrup, sap, heavy caramel, and sweet juicy dark fruit, but in a candy setting. the taste reveals a weighty caramel syrup flavor, but quickly finishing and disappearing on the palate. also, there’s a raisin component, as well as plummy dates. the finish improves with the warming temperature. Originally served at 55 degrees. the heat is noticed. 10% is sometimes hard to mask. i’m impressed at a unique spin on barleywine ale, but it could be improved in a few areas. i will revisit after it gains some age in the cellar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Interesting bottle, looks nice but makes it a little difficult to open. pours fine enough, but the scents and tastes fall a little shorter than I had expected. The labaeling and description of the brew raised my expectations a little, and the beer fell short of them. Not too bad overall, but not exceptionally noteworthy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdjuice (497) - 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 (2681) - 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 (215) - 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.

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