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RATINGS: 494   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10544) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Bottle 2006 at Cock & Bull, Sarasota, FL. Poured clear amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy toasted tart citrus and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable not great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2006
2006 Bottle. Pours ruby red cranberry with an aroma of strawberry and peach wine. Notes of strawberry, raisin, and plumb round out the taste. Coats the tongue like a thick cough syrup. Not bad, but needs a tad more assertiveness; relatively tame barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
11/25/06: Bottle.
Body is a gradated tone of medium orange to red. Aroma is hoppy with tones of C-mas hops. Flavors include fir tree, malt and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2006
22oz bomber 2006. Nice clear copper color with tan head. Aroma is light with roasted malts, sweeter caramel malts and an even lighter smell of hops. First taste is true Barleywine flavor. Like the aroma I get roasted and caramel malts. But also some dark cherry type fruitiness thrown in. There’s also grapefruit hoppiness that’s not too tart but a bit sweet. I also get a slight cotton candy like flavor. Nice tasting Barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2006
deep amber with red highlights. Medium off white head. Aroma is a combination of light caramel and citrus/floral hops. Taste is caramel, but not enough, hops, and some alcohol warm in the finish. Just not enough malt flavor in this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
I think maybe I must have had the back wash from Sammy, Aged Oak Jsquire and Sliffey, because I found it tastless. But eventhe end of the bottle had good head. A dissappointing turnout for a barleywine in the middle-of-no-where. I could have gotten better out of an American Ale out of a can--at least it is what it proports to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2006
A hopped up barleywine, with some malt. Style bender. Great bubbly head on dark dark brown body.Citrus, fruit, alcohol, active carbonation. Different sweetness but not an exemplary barleywine. Wasn’t the night for it to shine, and I do not know if I will give it another chance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3417) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Deep golden beer out of the bottle with a hoppy nose with hints of alcohol. Pretty standard barley wine with lots of orange citrus and sticky caramel. I thought I got some smokey wood toward the end. Okay barley wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Very thin in body. Tastes more like a poorly crafted IPA than anything. Has an off-metallic finish. The aroma has some promise, but not overly prominent. More malt would really help this beer out. Actually, more of everything- except water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2347) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2006
2005 red waxed top bomber. Pours a mahogany amber brown color with a small white lacing as a head. Aroma is a malty woody solution with alcohol detected. Taste is mildly malty with hints of dark fruit blended with soaked wood and grain. Alcohol is detected in the back of the throat. A rather bland barleywine. Seems as though all the effort was put into the design of the bottle instead of the actual beer.

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