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RATINGS: 493   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Very hazy, deep and murky with a teeny tiny ring of bubbles, and no head to speak of. Aroma is immediately sweet candied fruits and brown sugar. Rich nutty malts and sweet maple syrup. Body is way too light and and flavors fade way too quickly, but while they are initially on your palate they are delicious. Body could be a little thicker, it is sweet buy not cloying, but becomes challenging to finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2006
[2006 Lucky Labrador Barley Wine & Big Beer Festival] 4oz Taster - A strong ale, A very strong malt presence. Hops where hardly noticeable. A Dark reddish brown color with a nice light head. This was a good taster and a good sipping brew. Get out the skis and fake cast, cigar and a snifter full of this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a funky yeasty taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2006
reddish-brown color, beige head. nothing too exciting in the aroma. flavor is loaded with chocolate, little bit of spice, hint of alcohol, vanilla with an earthy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (19216) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2006
Draught at Rose and Raindrop, Portland. Clear nut brown. Grassy lemon juice aroma. Somewhat syrupy and vinous with thick mouthfeel. Creates a sweet/sour sensation that Iím not terribly sure I like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LolaLovesBeer (17) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2006
An energetic pour into a snifter resulted in a small, flash-in-the-pan, tan head. Itís a pretty reddish, brown color but the body is SO thin and watery, not what I expected. I like the aggressive, trash talking label and waited until I was in the mood to open it, thinking I was going to get a rich, full, dynamic, barley wine. The aroma is pleasant, too mild, but nice caramel and spice scents. I didnít spit it out and after the initial shock I actually enjoyed it for what it was. I donít think Iíll have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2006
2005 Vintage. Dark red color with a whispy head. Strong aroma of malt and raw barley. Taste oddly switched to dry malt and finished quite bitter. Nothing horribly wrong, just nothing inspiring either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2006
2005 bottle poured into a snifter. Aromas of honey, maple, faint hops and alcohol. All quite mild. Very underwhelming. An aggressive pour conjured up a head the fizzed out within seconds. Looks like black cherry Kool-Aid. The flavor also leave something to be desired. You catch some caramel, honey flavors, but nothing interesting. The mouthfeel is just as thin as it looks. Watery, with an alcohol burn. Hope this gets better for next year.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 30, 2006
22 oz bottle (2005) from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo NY (Dec 2005). Cellar temperature in a Maudite glass. Very little head forms and even less survives a minute atop the dark ruddy molasses body....big burnt-sugar, agressive hoppy tone immediately in the nose; wet dried wood and a rather stale malt component lessen the impact....the flavor is syrupy-sweet and fairly hoppy, sort of a maple-honey-brown sugar meets fresh pine and burnt tar....and it just doesnít work at all...the sugars seem not nearly fermented out, itís like drinking a sugar-spiced IPA more than anything, though the hops arenít distinct and interesting enough to really help matters. Alcohol becomes way too prominent as it warms; carbonation quite low. I donít know where Iím going with this, but it may be to the drain....a mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Translucent, tawny brown color, bright clarity, with a thin, tan head that dissolves quickly. Aroma is rich, dessert-like, crystallized, caramel sugar with some milk chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit like figs and raisins that makes this more like a strong belgian brown ale. Flavor has many of the aroma components but a strong hop bitterness and hot alcohol detracts from the palate. The malt flavors already taste like they have been cellared for many years, even syrupy in texture, and even have an oxidized note to them. Drink now...age at your own risk.

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