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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle: Nose of sweet plum, tons of caramel malt and a bit of alcohol. Sweet plummy hops and caramel are strong. The flavor is a bit thin with a light menthol note and some expected candyish hop notes and sweet malts. A bit unbalanced, but still has a nice nutty character. A bit of overbearing alcohol in the tial. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Pour is haze amber with a thin tan head...smell is strongly malty and bready...taste is sweet and grainy...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2006
(bottle - 22 oz: 2005 vintage) Murky copper pour with not much of a head. Aroma is very rich and malty with dark fruits and candy sugar. Flavor begins kind of malty with some bitterness in the middle and a very smooth and malty finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Warming, but hides the alcohol well. Very muted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kepano (261) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
The attractive copper robe and fizzy beige head of this beer, show a certain flair you might not expect from a blackbird with conjunctivitis. Pleasant on the nose, yet not terribly exciting, its aroma features honey, toasted caramel, wheat bread, burnt grains and the light touch of alcohol. Not a fascinating experience but I must admit, I like this direction more than the usual American barleywines that are so commonly over-hopped. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and generically malty but it seems watered-down especially as the flavor disappears with no hint of an aftertaste. While I feel insulted by the label, I would dare say the recipe needs far more work. Not a bad barleywine, but don’t make it a special occasion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2006
22 oz bottle, 2005, or so the little wooden ball marker sealed w/ wax says: Deep coppery amber w/ a short lived, thin, cream colored head. Sherry notes and deep caramel malt aromas at first, followed by some faint hop aroma. Mostly sweet malts w/ a bit of bready and toasted notes and dried apricot fruitiness and raisiny notes when it warms. Well balanced overall. Neither hops nor malts dominate flavor, but they all meld together well into some sublte, but very distinct characteristics. Toasty malt, caramel, sherry, some light raisiny fruit, a very light bitterness @ the finish which is semi dry for a barleywine. A little bit of a nutty flavor mid palate. Aftertaste is herbal hop and very light, but lingering. Fuller medium body, lower medium carbonation, well hidden alcohol, and a lightly dry m/f at the very finish. All in all, a very tasty and well made BW. I like that it is more English than American in the flavor and aroma as it is not hop dominant, but malt accented. I like this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle: Ruby tinted dark caramel, thin light beige fizzy head, spotty lacing.   Cinnamon & raisin bread aroma, slight honeycomb cereal.   Interesting nose to say the least.   Malty start, low hop bitterness, fairly sweet, with the aformentioned honeycomb.   Slightly grainy.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, not too far from being full tho.   Clean finish.   Lingering honeycomb and sweet citrus rind.   I enjoyed the honeycomb cereal, but dont care for it in my beer.   Still, not bad.   Thanks Ernest for the freebie!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Strong and earthy. The hop aroma is pretty forward with definite grapefruit notes. Alcohols are there too. Sweet dark fruity malts are apparent, with a slight caramel-raisin character. There’s a weird, dark earthiness to the finish, that when mixed with the alcoholic finish, detracts from the overall quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Very hazy, deep and murky with a teeny tiny ring of bubbles, and no head to speak of. Aroma is immediately sweet candied fruits and brown sugar. Rich nutty malts and sweet maple syrup. Body is way too light and and flavors fade way too quickly, but while they are initially on your palate they are delicious. Body could be a little thicker, it is sweet buy not cloying, but becomes challenging to finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2006
[2006 Lucky Labrador Barley Wine & Big Beer Festival] 4oz Taster - A strong ale, A very strong malt presence. Hops where hardly noticeable. A Dark reddish brown color with a nice light head. This was a good taster and a good sipping brew. Get out the skis and fake cast, cigar and a snifter full of this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a funky yeasty taste.

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