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RATINGS: 521   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (199) - Nevada, USA - APR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours deep rust-orange with a tan head. Aroma is grapefruit, cocoa, caramel, canned mandarin, bread and a bit of roast. Taste is broiled grapefruit, hop bitterness, orange hard candy, a little dried fruit and roasty malt. Finishes slightly sweet. Nothing too exciting here, but still a nice barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8815) - Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
650ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Pours a clear copper, nice suprisingly long-lasting tan/caramel head. Smell is thick color, flowers, bit of earth. Flavor is tangier, more of a fruit presence, but still retains a hoppy presence. It is heavy but not overly boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (638) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Hazy amber brown color. Lasting white head. Light note of figs and raisins in the aroma. Nice bitter front that fades to mellow fig and raisin in the taste. It rinses clean leaving trace sweetness behind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smaynard6000 (733) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours a deep red with foamy tan colored head. Some pine and citrus notes in the aroma along with some biscuit. Hoppy flavor up front followed by some alcohol warming and a bit of diacetyl in the finish. Full bodied. Not the best barleywine I’ve ever had, but I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (5680) - Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2014
On tap at the brewery
Clear copper with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, caramel and woody. Flavors is sweet caramel, malty and woody

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Pours a clear red-amber with a fair amount of tan head. Fair lacing and good legs. Head didn’t hold all that well though. Aroma is of sweet toffee malts, earthy hops, and a bit of oak-like wood. High carbonation and medium body give it a pretty enjoyable mouthfeel. Taste follows aroma very closely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1468) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
On draught at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. 2012 vintage. Murky amber color. Aroma is citrus and plum, with a hint of caramel. Taste is candi sugar, prune, citrus hop bitterness, and sweet malt. Finish is fairly boozy, with a note of oxidation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2506) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2013 bottle. Clear reddish brown pour foany head. Not much aroma. Slight musty. Yeasty syrup. Biting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EcnarM (112) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2014
I am usually not as big of a fan of barley wines, but this one was a decent experience. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (823) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Poured from 2013 bomber. Appearance: medium light tan head that diminishes quickly, amber red, clear. Aroma: light vinegar, leather, herbs, floral, cereal, leaves, spruce. Palate: medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish that lasts. Taste: sweet and tart front, sweet lessens, tartness transitions into bitterness. Overall, very unique, but not what I look for in a barley wine.

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