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RATINGS: 505   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
On my want list for the name alone. Amber body, small tan head fades. Premature hops leap out of the glass and peter off quickly to a rough grainy alcohol follow up. Dry, moderately bitter hops in the flavour are lightly astringent and washed out. Average palate. Bit dull, pleasant but not killer. “It’s more like the Happy Feet penguin barleywine!”

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Crystal-clear, red body - nearly no head at all...too filtered to be a true beer IMHO...The aroma is very metallic and pungent. It is sweet and filled with raisins, but something is not "quite right". The flavor is a little bit better, with more fruit flavors coming through, and a fuller hop/malt balance. The finish is fruity, filled with cherries and even vanilla. Somewhat bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (4993) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Clear ruby pour, with pretty much no head to speak of - the aroma is oddly tart, with notes of cherries and some spice, almost like a kriek, but the background alcohol and caramel malt remind you it’s a barleywine - thin bodied, with a rather weak flavor - some cherry and spices are present, with moderate bitterness - some light phenolic flavor - finishes with sythetic, corn syrup sweetness - way out of balance, and not terribly flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle. Poured a red-brown with an average white head that quickly retreated and left some lacing. There was a medium dark bread aroma with som toasted grain and molasses sweetness. There was also a light doughy yeast aroma. There was even some bubble gum and cherry in the aroma along with some alcohol and a very light underlying vinegar. Not much hop aroma if any. Heavily sweet throughout the mouth with a short finish that becomes longer as it warms. This was a nice example of a barley wine but not quite as flavorful as some other barley wines I’ve tried. I just kept thinking it was just missing something. It also could have hid the alcohol better, it wasn’t an extreemly high abv., but it did have a little alcohol burn to it going down the throat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2006
This offering from Boulder Beer pours a dark caramel, ruby clear body, with just a touch of carbonated bubbles that leave a thin head spotchy and thin. The aroma is sweet caramel, toffee, bready, marshmellow. The taste starts smooth, nutty, tangy, sweet, with a barely a notice of that 10% abv it is touting. The finish is nice again you get a toffee, slightly herbal hoppy finish, that warms you up and can cap the night off as a great digestif.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2006
bottle from Kingdom Liquors - 2006 bottle - thin tan head, pretty malty and small hops, pretty well balanced and didnt taste the alcohol that much - very enjoyable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Sampled at Broudys Holiday Beerfest,Jacksonville FL 12/2/2006. Good barleywine flavor with some sweetness and caramel. Fairly high octane, which I always appreciate. Not great, but good, and better than expected for Boulder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bscanlon (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2006
2006 bottle. I should have let this one rest for a while longer. Was a good blend of hops and malt. A good transition beer if you are not used to barleywines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (1811) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Nice reddish brown with medium large tan head. Aroma is pineappley hops, and taste is metallic and apple juicy with light carbonation. $6.25/22oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Pours a nice amber with a medium sized head. Decent hoppy aroma, some caramel as well. Mellow flavor, some sweetness.

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