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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2006
22-oz. bottle. Pours mahagony, very bubbly like a soda, with a tiny off-white head and ruby hints. Soapy caramel malt (cookie) and yeast (horse blanket) aroma with a hop nose and candied fruit (plum), port notes. Moderately bitter and spicy, moderately acidity that slowly fades, medium sweetness and a candied fruit, caramel malt and maple body. Medium bodied and fizzy-spicy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2006
2005 Vintage: Pours a transparent dark copper orange with a frothy, nicely-lacing off-white head. Sweet sugary caramel malty aroma has a nice piney hop balance. Body starts with sweet dark gritty caramel toffee sweetness and a good green spruce and pine hoppy balance. FInishes crisp, dry, and slightly warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Dark mahogany color, thin off-white head. Aroma of malts, plum, and some light maple syrup notes. Sweet malts, and again maple syrup and plum in the flavor. Some light toasted notes and bitter hoppy finish with hints of citrus.

   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 (8598) - 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 (3835) - 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.

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