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RATINGS: 505   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 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2005
I have to disagree with some of the other raters on this beer. I found it thick and creamy feeling. It poured a dark amber with a medium white head and filled the room with the smeel of Barley and malt. The taste was strong and lead to a caramelly aftertaste that you could lick off your lips. Damn good BW

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2005
22oz bomber - Pours ruby with a small offwhite head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of raisin. Flavor is caramel, molasses, raisins and a bit of alcohol at the finish mixed with some hops.. Palate is somewhat sticky and a little overly sweet. Pretty average for a barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maddog (403) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
An average barleywine at best. Thin and unremarkable. Sweet, but lacking depth and complexity. No where in the same league as the great BW’s like Thomas Hardy or Old Foghorn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2005
No head, dark clear ruby body. Aroma is molassis, cinnamon bread. Flavor starts bitter, warms with spices, molassis, sugar and alcohol. Somewhat unbalanced as bitterness dominates and makes the beer a little harsh. Maybe one for aging I guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1478) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Bright garnet color with a tan head that thins out, but is small bead like a nitrogen stout. Aroma is vanilla and spice. Taste is vanilla as well along with moderate hop bitterness, pecans, and caramel. Don’t detect the 10% ABV. Goes down smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
2005 Bottle: Pours dark reddish amber with a medium thin beige head that lasts pretty well. Thin, stringy lacing. Aroma of malt and raisins. Not very full-bodied considering the ABV, with malt and spice flavors primarily, along with a touch of dark fruit. The finish is kind of syrupy and sweet. All in all this one just didn’t seem to come together for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Purchased a bomber in Wichita, I am surprised there are so few ratings. The body is a dark amber with a khaki colored thin head. The aroma shows that this is a massive beer. Caramel and light chocolate come out. There is also some pears and a little bit of gingerbread cookies. The taste is rich with toffee, milk chocolate and some high quality tobacco. There is also a little bit of peaches in the finish. The alcohol is not detected, but this does have a sticky mouthfeel. More carbonation than I expected for a massive beer. I enjoyed this one. This is not hopped up like a lot of other American barley wines, but it works for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is a strange caramel and hop mix. Flavor of caramel, raisons and a little hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3453) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Medium burgundy-brown; fading, light tan head. Mild carbonation; syrupy; curiously light body was kind of disappointing. Malts were richly sweet, with chocolate-covered caramel flavors. Had a sweet and woody vanilla aroma, along with a pinch of maple. Hops were grassy and somewhat pine-like with a pinch of citrus. 10 percent was hidden well behind a blanket of sweetness. Caramel sweetness became a bit much halfway down the bottle, and the mild bitterness didn’t cut through well enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Bottle. Thanks to SNOWTIGER. Pours a ruby brown color with a bubbly head. Aroma of hops and notes of alcohol. Flavor is weak on the hops with a sweet malt to it. The body is extremely weak and watered down. Doesn’t have a 10% abv taste. Mediocre. ** Beer gets better as the temp cools down. Just discovered this.

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