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RATINGS: 515   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1461) - 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 (2429) - 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 (111) - 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 (750) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (575) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Not bad. Nice aroma but taste just average. Lingers a little to long in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (2361) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to John. Pours a crystal clear dark amber color with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, grain, old citrus, and booze. Taste is grainy, with notes of sweet caramel, toasted malt, and old citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1120) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Very cool garnet pour w/ a thin tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is subtle - soft caramel malt. The taste is dominated by a semisweet malt flavor w/out any bitterness which makes the beer quite smooth while leaving a little to be desired in the flavor department. Pretty good overall tho!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2711) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2014
From a bottle. Pours murky ruby brown with a bubbly off white head. Tastes very sweet, sugary, like raisins, honey, ash, syrup. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells sweet, ashy, and like brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3901) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy amber with a ruby tint and creamy off-white head. Aroma is cookie and bready malts, dates, mixed berries, faint alcohol spice, and some floral notes. Flavor is chewy malt base, berry esters, light floral hop bitterness, and faint booze; dry finish with a touch of sweetness. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Not much aroma for a barleywine. The beer, however, has a nice malty flavor with a slight taste of whiskey. Very easy drinking for a barleywine, going down smoothly.

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