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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1049) - 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 (2303) - 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 (3677) - 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 (1403) - 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 (1493) - 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 isn’t nearly as malty and big as the aroma indicates, in-fact it’s 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 I’m 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oscbert (1052) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
~Strong bready malt character with carmel and strong earthy hops, ~Pours a very clear reddish amber with small off white head. ~Earthy hop character with bready malt character vinousy alcohol. ~medium bodied, medium low CO2 dry earthy finish. ~A bit bland for a barleywine. Hop character is a bit strong. I wish malt had more backbone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4810) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Rich amber coloured body with a muddy brown highlight and a one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of pit fruits, caramel, toffee, pears, raisins and a subdued yet vibrant alcohol and oak scent. Full-bodied; Strong caramel and pit fruit sweetness throughout with a bit of vanilla, oak and scotch tastes and a little pear and tropical fruit sweetness. Aftertaste is quite complex with malt battling it out with the sugars and showing a touch of peat, alcohol and light spices. Overall, a nicely laced barleywine with some great flavours and a simple complexity despite not being too old. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 04-January-2013 for US$7.49 sampled at home in Washington on Christmas Eve 2013 - December 24th. 2012 Bottle (Wood Circle Marker) // Purchased Jan 2013 // Sampled Dec 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (783) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2014
22 Oz. Bottle. Poured clear reddish amber, nice head and decent lacing. Very malty on the nose but well balanced with hops, some dark fruit in there too. Taste is consistent, sweet and malty, balanced with some fruit, the bitterness of hops. Very nice and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rdixon77 (811) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Kind of disappointed by this. Not quite a full barley wine. Very hoppy a and thin. Clear brown color. Malts, pear, and hops on the nose. Taste followed pretty straightforwardly. A little bit of mineral. Watery. Maybe I got a bad pour.

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