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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 22, 2007
Pours a golden brown with a light tan head. The aroma is mild with some maltiness and a little bit of hops. Rather weak tasting for a barlywine with a little bit of mailtiness and barely a touch of hops. Somewhat disappointing overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Clear amber, heavily filtered body with a big, fluffy white head. The aroma is heavy with the caramel and toffee with some resinous pine. The flavor is moderately sweet, lots of caramel, not much else. Body is watery and lifelessly thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, Mabel, Jerc, and Blankboy, courtesy of Harry. 2006 Bottle. Ruby red, foamy white head. Mild fruit and alcohol in weak aroma. Nice soft malt taste. No alcohol really. No complexity at all. Finishes better, with some wood and slight alcohol notes. Maybe it is just too young; what is here is nice enough, but there just is not much here. Great name though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2007
22 oz Bomber. Hazy rich amber supporting a small but dense off white head with faint lacing. The aroma is more in line with a standard amber ale than a barleywine with predominant notes of caramel and a touch of citrus. Citrusy flavor with more hop presence than expected in a barleywine but typical overripe fruit and some port-like notes dance about as well. Alcohol reveals itself in the otherwise long and sweet finish. To be fair, I sampled this one when it was probably too cold so Iíll rerate after allowing another to warm a bit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pailhead (6427) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma consists of fruit, caramel, and some off chemical vapors. It pours a transparent amber with a small white head. The flavor starts with some faint caramel that quickly fades to some citrus hops with some off chemical flavors and alcohol. There are some hints of peach in the background. The chemical aroma and flavor just isnít very pleasing and the alcohol is not covered up enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2007
2006. 22oz bomber. Deep ruby garnet hue. Sparse spiraling bone white head. Sticky malty sweet aroma. Full bodied with sweet malts and a bitter finish. Lively malt flavors. Cocoa and red fruit. Bready and toffee. Smooth initial flavor. Burn is apparent but nothing crazy. Finish is bitter and sticky. Lively and pleasant. Effervescent. Slight cola dried fruit flavor. Finish has a sweet and bitter dichotomy. Well done in my eyes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Pours a ruby/copper color with a large head, that reduces itself to a lasting ring oí foam fairly quickly. Aroma is of sugar, biscuits, butter, pears, and alcohol. The malt flavors blend pretty well, and tastes of some caramel and toffee, but thereís also some pear and citrus/bitter hop flavor. I taste a bit of that booziness as well. Pretty hot from the alcohol. Finishes with some dark/dried fruit flavors, some toast and a slightly off-putting Pinesol-like hop finish. Like others said, this is a bit light bodied for a barleywine. Would be better labelled as winter warmer, with less alcohol. Due to the lighter body, this beer canít hide its heat which makes the booziness out of place. Pretty good creaminess though. A decent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 2006 bottle, possibly spoiled. Malty aroma, a tiny bit of dark fruit and something very chemical, diacetyl maybe? Tasted the same as it smelled with a very metallic taste lasting on the tongue. Medium body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7275) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. 2006 bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small lasting white head. Mild fruity aroma with yeast, brown sugar, hops, wood and alcohol. Flavourís a bit boozy, once you get past that thereís sweet malt, hops, fruit and wood. Medium bodied. Itís a little mild (and probably too young) and far from "Killer" but I still found it decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2542) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Good sized head of off-white bubbles. Minimal carbonation. Head reduces slowly and leaves a thick sticky splotchy sheet of lacing. Caramelly sweet aroma with a plethora of piney hops. Light malts and a bit of spicy zest. Color is an amazing bright, glowing mahagony red. More malty sweetness and caramel. Little bit of hops presence. Still tastes young and a little hot. This could use a little nap time to mellow. Decent flavors in there but they donít compliment each other very well yet. Separate sweet malts and separate hops presence that seem to be fighting against one another. Flavor is also a little weak for a barleywine. Finishes warm and spicy with the hops dominating the aftertaste. Not a bad barleywine just one that could stand to age and develope for a while.

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