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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. Red pour with an off white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel malt. Flavor of earthy hops, booze, sweet caramel malt and some some grapefruit. Medium body, bittersweet/boozey with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Pours lite coffee brown w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Good hangtime receding to a full thick canopy and ring. Aromas are sweet w/ rasins and cakebread. Full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. Nice! Huge toasted chocolate cakebread steals the show. Bread pudding with white grapes comes to mind. This is an interesting specimen. Only midly bittered at best w/ a touch of peachpit. Nuances of cherry, plumb, and cocoa compliment this well made brew. The finish is long and sweet w/ lingering cakebread.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1914) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Had this beer on 1/2/2006. Aroma is a deep rich sweet malt scent. Color is a brown amber with light carbonation and a very thin head. Taste is smooth and sweet. Starting off with a medium body it goes down with a very smooth feel. The finish comes out easy with light sweet tones of malt backed by a gentle bitterness and leaves you with a warm alcohol feel. Its a bit lighter then other Barley Wines and a bit more drinkable. 2/2/08 - 2007’ bottleing.Aroma is a rich sweet scent with dried orange tones. Color is deep rich orange amber with slow carbonation making it look like it may be thick. Head is thin but tight. Taste is rich yet clean. Starting with a medium body it goes down crisp. Finish comes in with a sweet dried fruit flavor then a faint citrus taste and an alcohol feel. In the after taste is this wonderful dried orange peel flavor that rides out the alcohol feel. This is the best this beer has ever been

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
bottle red wax 2006: pours an amber huewith a good size head with some lacing. aroma of slightly burnt caramel malts. dark fruits of raisins. dark sugars and some earth hops pretty nice but very young smellilng. flavour is of dark fruits and sugars, some background of toffee like malts. pretty sweet tastingbarley wine. finishes with a nice short lasting after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
2006 Bomber from kmweaver. Thanks Ken. Pours with little to no head, except for a small bubble ring around the edge of the glass. Deep amber color with high clarity. Buttery melanoidal malt aroma. Flavor is still a bit sharp, despite the year of age. Sweet, medium to low hop bitterness of the grapefruit variety. Alchohol presents itself. Not well hidden, but not bad either. Best with cheese. I like this much better than the breakfast stout I had yesterday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Pours a clear copper amber with a big, light tan head . Smells of big dark fruits, malts, berries, and maybe some plums. The taste is pretty big on the alcohol, the malts and dark fruits reign supreme in the taste as well. Kind of thin on the palate, maybe a touch watery, but not too bad. Fruity sweet finish with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Pretty unintereting barleywine. Nothing special about it at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Date: 02/10/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer
Vintage: 2006

clear dark amber, wispy head, rich dark caramel aroma with earthy hops, rich sweet caramel flavor, lots of earthy bitterness and a long bitter finish, needs age to mellow the rough edges
-------- /> Date: 10/01/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: roadtrip
Vintage: 2006
Score: 3.1 to 3.4

sweet and fruity aroma with some fusel alcohols that fade a bit but never totally disappears, body gets creamy as it warms, rich and fruity flavor, much lighter bitterness allows the fruit to come through stronger but still offers balance, only a hint of the fusel alcohols at first and then fades away, the bitterness slowly grows as it warms, age has helped but more would be better,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4
-------- /> Date: 02/10/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Vintage: 2007

clear dark blood red, frothy beige head, dry caramel malt aroma with lots of earthy hops, sweet caramel malt flavor, touch of candy sweetness, light fruity character that will improve with age, lots of earthyness for balance, truely a beer to age,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 22, 2007
The 22 ounce vintage 2006 bottle poured a clear, deep reddish-orange colored beverage with an ample frothy light tan head that was fully lasting and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was complex and strong as one would expect with ample notes of malt and grapefruit-like hops. The body was full with lively carbonation and a smooth, slightly dry texture. The flavor started out just a bit on the sweet side but quickly took on a typical light tart character. The finish was lasting and had a nice alcohol warmth in the chest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
2006 Bottle Vintage, sampled August 2007
I’ll admit to the fact that I have been sort of avoiding this beer for quite some time; I haven’t heard too many great things about it, but there is only one way to really know.

Topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a lightly hazed, reddish amber colored brew. Up front the aroma is a concentrated mix of hop and malt character. Almost immediately though it starts to pick up a note reminiscent of rancid cheddar cheese, fungal focused mushrooms, and dirty old socks; somehow these lost, out of place aromatic notes bring a smile to my face as they make me think how much I would like to be smelling a funky Lambic beer right now. Alas this is no lambic, and the funk just gets in the way of the concentrated malt and hop character that should be the sole focus of this beer. The malt and hop aromatics are noticeable, in fact they are bigger than the funk (which is just so out of place that it is quite noticeable); notes of caramel, toasted grain, sweet citrus and a herbal, almost menthol-like hop character. Interestingly enough the super funky aromatics seem to dissipate, for the most part, after a short bit of time leaving nothing but a tainted memory for the nose to live through.

The flavor is lightly sweet for a beer of this stature; the malt sweetness is well balanced by a herbal hop character and bitterness. Candied grapefruit peel, a zesty carbonation, notes of pine and a touch of minty basil help to balance and even at times show up the malt character of this beer. The malt character focuses on crystal malt like notes of caramel, toasted grain, sweet raisins, brown sugar coated biscuits, and even some hints of roasted malt character in the finish (perhaps reminiscent of almost black toast, or even lightly roasted, spent coffee grounds. The beer has a solid bitterness, though it is certainly not on the high end for an American-styled Barleywine.

The aroma of this beer started out down-right wrong, but seemed to correct itself after being allowed to breath for a bit. Luckily by the time I got to the taste, the really weird funky notes had almost all but disappeared, if they were ever noticeable. In the end this beer is quite a bit more enjoyable that I had feared; part of this may have been my initial low expectations and the fact that the aroma started out so poorly; the beer recovered though and has become quite a tasty tipple. The lesson, definitely let this beer sit for a while after you pour it to give it a chance to breath and open up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (685) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Pours ruby with a tan head that is kinda fizzy but laces well. Nose is creamy malt and molasses. Initial bitter notes in the flavor are quickly overwhelmed by sweet maltiness, plums, and the finishing alcohol bite. Medium body, oily or creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff.

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