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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
This is the best Barley Wine I have ever had. A great start with a heavy almost purple/dark red body and heavy tinted head. Finishes with a great after taste and not too dry. The extra malts give it a heavy flavorful taste that is to die for. A great Beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Pours a nice dark amber color with a small thinning head.aroma is sweet.Flavors of cereal,syrup and fruit.The alcohol crept up on you but not overdone.Has a slight bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, fruit, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet caramel, alcohol is present, slight dark fruits, and mildly bitter. Body is thin, just ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Nose-cherry, stale hops, unsweet malt. Body-iced tea with a thin ring of bubbles. Taste-cereal, dried cherries, medium-high CO2, low straw, very English, alcohol comes out in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of fruit bread, caramel, hazelnut, and vanilla. Flavor of nut bread, fruit, maple syrup, and alcohol. Bit thin; not malty enough for a barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Caramel colored pour with a scant off-white head. Nose dominated by malty sweetness, some caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than it looks, moderate carbonation. Flavor starts sweet and finishes dry with some candied fruit in the middle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Bottle... Clear copper ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Vinous, dark fruit nose with a chocolate and caramel undertone. Rich, malty flavor with a sturdy, caramel backbone. Perfect bitterness to balance things out. Full-bodied and a touch syrupy with moderate carbonation. Dry, lightly bitter, grassy finish. Kudos to boboski for giving me the bomber!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3727) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2007
bottle - Pours coppery with a thin head. It smells very malty with a little alcohol. Caramel sweetness and some moderate hops balance okay in the flavor that’s joined by a touch of dark fruit. Overall it seems to lack depth. It’s definitely a barley wine and tastes pretty good, but it’s just not very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle on DLD at Hampton Inn tasting courtesy of patrick767. Small fizzy vanilla head that mostly diminished, virtually no lacing, visible carbonation, transparent, and an orange hue. Nose was malty, syrupy, caramel, barley, and hoppy. The taste was lightly sweet and lightly bitter, malty, barley, syrupy, and sticky. Tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Not my favorite style, not one of the better barleywines out there, drinkable, just okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1223) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle rating. Pour is orange-red with a splotchy head. Fruity aromas of cherry/grape and spices. Subtle hop prescence detected. Mouthfeel is thinner than most in this style. Alcohol is noticable. In a good barleywine, the alcohol is usually masked better. Overall, this falls a little short within the style designation.

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