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RATINGS: 483   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1201) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Beautiful ruby pour with fluffy white head--one of the prettiest colors of beer. Nice warming, malty aroma. Crisp flavors, malt backbone and spicy hops. Alcohol flavor comes through more as it warms. This is really nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (1614) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2013
bomber sdhared with mike at club w, clear dark red pour with fruity alcohol aroma, taste is fruit, carmel and some bandaid

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
v8powered (123) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2011 bottle: Amber color with white head. Lots of floating yeast in this one. Seems pretty sweet and may need to be aged a bit longer. Smooth malt with balanced hops. Good contender in the class but nothing that will blow your socks off. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Djstein (2) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2013 does not count
Very boozy, not as malty as I would expect from a barleywine. Carmal notes. Beautiful pour.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (132) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours a lovely dark copper with white head. Has a wonderful roasted malt aroma. Has a very sweet taste with a subtle bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (1782) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Advent beer #11 - 12oz bottle with a 2013 date on it. clear for the style. Nose is new shoe smell. Sip adds caramel, herbal hops, and a little citrus. balanced taste-wise. Not what I expect from a barley wine, but a decent beer nonetheless.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbfobes (2152) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
2013 vintage, poured from bottle, pours a clear dark amber red with an off white head and spotty lacing, aroma is pretty sweet, decent amount of caramel and dark fruits, a little hot on the nose as well, the flavor is overly sweet on the front end, tons of caramel and fruits, the finish is sweet as well with a little bit of the burn from the alcohol, kind of a funny mouthfeel, maybe this would be a different a little down the road, but this one fresh is just really hot and sweet, meh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (1666) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2013
22 oz bomber from Evergreen Discount, vintage 2010, poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Caramel colored and cloudy with a small tan head and light lacing. The aroma is caramel malts, fruity esters, brown sugar, light alcohol, vanilla, wood and earth. Similar flavor adding milk chocolate, leather, medium plus sweetness and light bitterness. Nice full body with a creamy, smooth mouth feel and low carbonation. A little sweet, but itís pretty mellow and seems to have aged quite well. Overall, a rich, malty and semi-sweet barley wine that gets better with age. Cellarable for at least 3-4 years. Easily the best thing Iíve ever tasted from Boulder Beer Co.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (783) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle at a party. Snifter. Pours a golden apple cider looking with a thin white head. Some lacing. Aroma was odd with booze, malts, sugars and spices. Taste was similar. Kind of a weird mix of flavors that didnít seem to tie all together. Medium to full body. Finish was boozie and some barrel. Medium carb. Not my favorite Bwine.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Dr_MedievAle (107) - USA - NOV 15, 2013
Light amber in color with an off-white and foamy head. Smells of Oktoberfest malts, with some floral hops. Tastes like an IPA sweetened with Robitussin. Did they age this in Robitussin bottles? Thin mouth feel. Strange beer. Glad I didnít pay for this.


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