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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
Wax-sealed bomber, 2006. Clear golden-amber body with low carbonation and a dissipating off-white head. Stale malty aroma with a light edge of toasty caramelization and virtually no hop profile. Flavor is a mixture of sweet malt syrup and toast along with some cidery applesauce qualities. Moderately bitter with a modest impression of alcohol. Reminds me of over-chewed chewing gum. This wax-sealed beer was likely dead before it even hit the bottle. Boulder can do much better than this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2007
Dark Red Coloring with White Creamy Ring. Heavy Syrupy Sweet Barley Aroma. Smells Quite Potent. Initially the Taste is as Potent as the Aroma...But it Drops Out Shortly After. Overall a Raw Barleywine Without Alot of Staying Power...But Perhaps a Good Start to Something Better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2007
2006 bottle. Pours an orangish amber with a thin white head. Soapy, yeasty aroma over malt. Slightly metallic taste and very thin bodied. Hoppy and altogether too young, I think. This bottle could’ve used a year or two of aging to mellow out the flavors, which seem disparate. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of bitter hops is dominating with some notes of alcohol and sugar. Taste is way too hoppy for my own taste in barleywine with some medium sugar and light alcohol peak. Body is slightly too light with some medium carbonation. Overall, I thought this was too hoppy and bitter and generally lacking some character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2007
rating from memory, 2005 vintage, had pretty fresh. poured copper with tan head. nose is pretty fruity, hoppy, and sweet. flavor is pretty caramelly sweet and mild bitterness. pretty sticky and cloying, sweet finish. not too good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Pours clear bronze with a soapy tan head. The aroma is sweet toasty malt, wtih some creamy fruit and a cotton candy-like sweetness. Medium body with quite a bit of sharp carbonation. The taste is sweet and sharp - neither hops or malt taste big enough. There is some malt and it has a tinniness to it. The finish has some spicy and woody hops. The more it warms the more sticky and cloying it gets. This is pretty boring for a barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2007
[144-20061221] Bottle. Sweet boozy aroma. Clear, orange-amber body with a quick creamy off-white head. Tastes like sweet yam, light wood, and a bit of bitter grain. Medium body. Bitter togetherness and comfy around a fireplace but there’s something wanting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oakbluff (437) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 25, 2007
2006 vintage. Pours a fairly light caramel (for a barleywine anyways). Not much head, although decent lacing. First taste was moderately hoppy with frankly a thinnish malt backbone. It doesn’t seem to have the creamy mouthfeel I’m looking for in this style. That being said, its quite drinkable. Not one of those slow sippers. Finish is dry with some tobacco notes. Overall- decent brew for a cold snowy day like today.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2007
2006 22 oz. bottle - Pours a deep amber color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is esters (apple), toasted malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is very subtle. Caramel malt and light esters. Medium body. Thin palate for a BW. Not one of the better BW’s, but worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9984) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Red wax sealed bomber. Pours a nice candy apple ruby color with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, figgy fruit, brown sugar, some notes of scotch, cognac, cabernet, and oaky bourbon. Fairly dense palate, with flavors of dense malt, on the tart side, with some fruit, cognac, and oaky bourbon spirity notes. Almost a beer/spirit hybrid, this one is not for lightweights.

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