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RATINGS: 499   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5104) - 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 (1517) - 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 (3443) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Clear borwn liquid with zerobubbles any where. Nose is caramel and caramel only.Not at all what I envision for a Barley Wine. Taste flat and like a caramel candy bar.A lousey representation of the style.drainpour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
amboston (5) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
This beer is one of the best for Boulder Brewing. A bit of caramel taste with a hint of nut and spice. The Aroma has a bit more alcohol in it for the years past. Over all I would say one of the best Barley wines Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9986) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Bomber poured a clear reddish-brown with a small,short lived tan head. Aromas of raisins, plums, toffee, and some light vinous notes. Palate was light bodied, slightly syrupy, yet dry. Flavors of raisins, toffee, a bit of nuttiness with a bittersweet, dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2005
This beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small head and lively carbonation. The aroma is sweet and malty with raisin, vanilla, apricot and some faint cellar notes, The palate is moderate and the carbonation is fun in the mouth. The flavor is bittersweet in the start giving away to a bitter longer-than average finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6273) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot), with notes of vanilla, raisin, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. 2005 brings a new rendition of Killer Penguin to Boulder...no longer spiced, bigger in alcohol, and sporting the vintage in a neat wooden disc embedded in the wax that covers the bottlecap. The beer itself is pretty simple and straightforward. Watery and thin. I liked the old spiced version better; it was a lot more interesting.

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