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RATINGS: 520   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2006
2005 Vintage. Poured a deep amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is thick. Sweet malt and fruitiness. Mostly peach. Malty flavor with caramel, biscuit, and fruit. Medium body with an acidic finish. Nice warming sensation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Aroma: light brown sugar, dried plums, some light honey, molasses?, some mustiness, and minerals
Appearance: golden orange-yellow brown, small head, lacing
Flavor: brown sugar, light honey, dark fruits, and some wood
Palate: smooth but thin (for barleywines), fizzy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8462) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Semi-dark brown and rusty red hue, clear. Nose contains scents of sharp scotch, plums, cherries and wood, along with a more harsh or biting alcohol and unrefined bite - but the thing to note is that overall itís a very faint scent... very light. Flavor-wise itís on the low end of barley wines as far as texture, thickness and flavor goes... which is funny after reading the obligatory "you canít handle this beer" blabber on the bottle. If anything, this would work well as a scotch or winter beer, but not what they try to call a winter barley wine. Light, crisp and fresh, with cherries and slightly sweet dark fruits and wood in the malt flavors, and a more sharp and biting hop presence. Seems they should give this one another go, itís boring. Drinkable and tasty, but boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3747) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2006
2005 bottle (barleywine). Rich red color. Malty aroma, fried shrimp and pine. LIghtly sweet. Caramel and toasted touches. Smooth with a slighty alcohol-driven tingle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Dark brown with no head. A awesome ruby red glow in the light. Aroma is chocolate, nutty, and planting soil. Body is a bit too watery at first. Has a herbal tea flavor, some sweet dark fruits, and earthy tones (planting soil). Body seems to beef up as you drink it instead of diminish. Mineral esque? Not much like other Barley Wines I have had. Could actually be a session beer it is that smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Wax-dipped 22 ounce bomber, baleful bird glares from the label. Clear crimson color, with a thinnnish, cola toned head, that gently deteriorates. Bright, bold, dark fruit beams in the nose. Cherries and berries melded with a mildly cognac-y feel. Smooth and rich on the palate, sweet and luscious. Despite being a 10% biggie, itís not loud, nor brash. Velvety slick. Thick malt, mellow hops, hefty body, dreamy mouthfeel. Soft, solid finish, dries off gallantly. A very convivial brew, a delight in the mouth. This menacing bird turns out to be a pussycat, but a very tasty one. I like it, though it doesnít resemble my favorite barleywines, itís a resfreshing change, and one still stocked with character. Iíll enjoy this all night long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Superb bottling. Nice red Mahogany color with a small lingering head. Very Malty aroma. There is maple somewhere in the Malty caramel flavor. It has a small bitter element that would be rounded off if it was aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a deep red with a long standing off-white head. Very heavy fig sweetness grows as this beer warms. For a young barleywine the hops were well balanced alowing for quick consumption rather than having to holding it back for a while. Iím suprised at the low ratings on this, i found this to be a very nice barleywine for being so fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Ruby, thin to no head. Nose is grapes, brown sugar, alcohol. Some other dark fruits are present as well. Somewhat vinous, an alcoholic dryness with a brown sugar, caramel & grape finish. Too thin - tho it does make this easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2005
I nearly needed a hacksaw to remove the wax surrounding the cap. I served the beer at 55.5į in my NB worthy glass. The color is copper toned amber with a nearly non-existant "hazy" head and some small bubbles surrounding the beer. Malty, nutty aroma with some bright hops notes and some holiday spiciness. The mouthfeel is large, with some dark fruit, citrus, spice followed by some great holiday spices and a warming, alcoholic finish. Seems more like a 6% holiday beer than a 10% barleywine.

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