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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5351) - 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 (1905) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2006
tawny brown small head. smells hoppy and malty and like honey. taste half barley wine half ipa. bitter resin with a malt backbone. very prickly mouthfeel. a little hint of metal too. eh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11901) - 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.

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