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RATINGS: 496   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allendodd (114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2005 from cellar Dec 2013. I was fully prepared to be disappointed by this beer: moderately good ratings, a style that Im frequently indifferent to, and several recent disappointments from the cellar in the form of barleywines that slipped past their maturity into awefulness while I wasnt paying attention. This is mellow and just slightly sweet, caramel and dates, with a light, thin head, and a clear coffee color and hints of ruby-red when the light passes through. No noticeable alcohol or boozyness, the only complaint that I have is that it doesnt finish as smoothly as I wish that it did with a slight metallic aftertaste. Im very happy with this glass and am now wishing that Id saved this bottle to share with someone else. I think that there is one left in the cellar and Ill be sure set it aside for company or a gift.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3662) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Draft: Pours red-brown with a small, off-white head. Caramel and fruit aroma. Taste is caramel malt, fruit, spices. Slight alcohol presence, but pretty mild for the ABV. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DWestrick (434) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2013
bottle. Was not impressed with the first few sips, but I let it sit awhile (let it breathe) and I warmed up to it. Tame for a barleywine, but had some interesting characteristics. Good beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1248) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Beautiful ruby pour with fluffy white head--one of the prettiest colors of beer. Nice warming, malty aroma. Crisp flavors, malt backbone and spicy hops. Alcohol flavor comes through more as it warms. This is really nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (1791) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2013
bomber sdhared with mike at club w, clear dark red pour with fruity alcohol aroma, taste is fruit, carmel and some bandaid

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
v8powered (125) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2011 bottle: Amber color with white head. Lots of floating yeast in this one. Seems pretty sweet and may need to be aged a bit longer. Smooth malt with balanced hops. Good contender in the class but nothing that will blow your socks off. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Djstein (2) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2013 does not count
Very boozy, not as malty as I would expect from a barleywine. Carmal notes. Beautiful pour.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (172) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours a lovely dark copper with white head. Has a wonderful roasted malt aroma. Has a very sweet taste with a subtle bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2145) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Advent beer #11 - 12oz bottle with a 2013 date on it. clear for the style. Nose is new shoe smell. Sip adds caramel, herbal hops, and a little citrus. balanced taste-wise. Not what I expect from a barley wine, but a decent beer nonetheless.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbfobes (2293) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2013
2013 vintage, poured from bottle, pours a clear dark amber red with an off white head and spotty lacing, aroma is pretty sweet, decent amount of caramel and dark fruits, a little hot on the nose as well, the flavor is overly sweet on the front end, tons of caramel and fruits, the finish is sweet as well with a little bit of the burn from the alcohol, kind of a funny mouthfeel, maybe this would be a different a little down the road, but this one fresh is just really hot and sweet, meh.


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