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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 16, 2007
tasted at crescent moon winter beerfest. rootbeer color with minimal head. sweet, roasted scent. thin palate, good flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2007 vintage. In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Pours a deep dark purple reddish amber with a thin white head. Seems a bit oxidized. Big ethanol in the nose. At this young age, the beer is rather disappointing. It just does not seem as big as it should be in any category. Iíll age my 2007 bottles for awhile before opening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (3396) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2007 bottle. soapy. thinner than I would have expected. figs and raisins. caramel malt and maple body. somewhat dull barley wine, but more drinkable for me than most of the type. would try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6200) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 22 oz bomber with a waxed seal - 2007 bottle. Dark burnt orange to dark tan pour with a light off-white head. Floral-like aroma with some spruce, hints of mint and a bit of booze. Flavor has some bourbon undertones, citrusy notes, sweet cake mix and caramel. Smooth mouthfeel that turns quite vacant near the end of the bottle - probably could use some aging. Overall, decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Copper-amber body. Small wispy head. Sweet, caramel malty hot nose. Metallic at end. Not very impressive even with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (421) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2007
2007 bottle. The aroma is of molasses, raisins, prunes maybe a touch of pine. There is virtually no head, a little lacing. The body is clear and black/copper in color. The initial flavor is a little bitter, sweet. The finish is long and turns a touch acidic. Probably get another bottle to age. The body is medium, the texture creamy and the carbonation soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle. Fresh 2007 vintage. Interesting barleywine. Lots of dried fruits: prunes and raisins especially. Leather. Pound cake. Mint and fresh cut grass. Pours a rich toasted amber with a frothy white head. Flavor is quite sweet... even for a barleywine. Lots of maple syrup, brown sugar and honey. Dried pitted dark fruits. More brown sugar finishing with zesty citrusy dry hops. Medium to full bodied. Not that viscous and oily given its high sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4651) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Dessert-y cake aroma crossed with a pruney AIPA. Nice sealing wax top, donít care for the label. Darkish, clear mahogany brew. Vanilla, tangerine, caramel milkshake flavor with moderate hopping. Better as it warmed. Chainmail foam that clings to the side of the glass. Woody, lightly sweet finish with a milky body. Kind of like a baseball game -- brief flashes of interesting stuff with pretty big tracts of boredom. But then, thatís why you drink beer at the ballpark. Looks like this is going to finish out my November 2007 ratings unless the Beer Fairy shows up here in the next couple of hours. A little better than fair.Market Square Liquors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
From a 2007 22oz bottle this poured a very clear red to burgundy that looked like a fine red wine in the glass except for the small reddish tan head. Nose was caramel malts with citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel, and a mild bitterness mixed into fruits. Alcohol a bit too apparent. Long bitter finish. I think this could have been a little warmer when I drank it for top performance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2007 bottle. Pours a rich clear crisp burgundy reddish brown with a dense light tan creamy head. The nose is very lightly sweet with subdued malt. A bit more toasty than caramelly. A bit of a citrus rind hop note. A bit oaky and dusty with a touch of bootleather. Subdued carbonation with a bit of viscosity, but not nearly enough for the style, in my opinion. A bit more sticky than creamy or smooth. A good bit tannic overriding the low malt profile. Much more toast than caramel. A good measure of alcohol. A bit of soapy citrusy hops. Dry and not so sweet or round as Iíd hope a barleywine to be. The alcohol forward dryness is more in line with an american strong ale, especially given the bits of dark malt in this beer. Toast and slight roast. A good bit of oaky cherry in the finish. Long and dry lingering aftertaste of toast. Not the greatest barleywine Iíve had, Iíll put it that way.I donít know if age would have helped.

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