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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
03-May-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 30-Dec-09 for $8.16 at www.liquidsolutions.net)
With barley wines being one of my favorite styles, I’m always excited to try a new one, but that makes it even more disappointing when something like this hits my palate. This barley wine is extraordinarily floral, perfumy, sugary, and fruity, with some grassy hops in the mix, but it is seriously lacking malty richness. Heavy caramely malt flavor in the entry, but the finish descends into a bath of sugary perfume and bitter grain huskiness. Light to moderate carbonation and medium-full in body, though the weight seems sugary rather than malty. The nose offers a bit richer malt character with a touch of earthiness, and as a result, the perfumy and floral hoppiness is somewhat tempered, but alcohol fumes are also apparent. Clear in appearance and amber in color, with a pretty, off-white head initially occupying the top inch of the glass before gradually settling to a filmy layer. Definitely not my style of barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Justacowpoke (1) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2015 does not count
I had no idea what to expect as I had never tried a "barley wine." But this was a very pleasant surprise. It is very malty (my preference over bitter beers) and very similar to Belgian style beers. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arn8897 (202) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2015
UPDATED: APR 8, 2015 Pours a very hazy caramel color. With a tan head. Aromas of caramel apple, raisin, licorice, bread, nuts. Taste of the same. Very complex taste. Medium mouth feel. Little alcohol flavor. Overall very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (5218) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2015
Draught at Rattle N Hum cons 2015-05-16 New York AP: amber/ruby, stouty head AR/F: dried fruity, rasins, pruns, dry, short flavors, warming feeling

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ordybill (769) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Malt and fruit, has a sweet smell. Appearance- This is an amber colored beer with medium sized off-white head. Taste- Malt, toffee and alcohol; not a bad mix. Palate- A medium to heavy bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a strong alcohol aftertaste. Overall- Not a bad barleywine, my first beer from Boulder Beer. I will drink this again and try their other labels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Hazy dark orange. 2012 vintage. Aroma is great. malt, pecan, booze, sugar, maple syrup. Taste is great. has aged great. brown sugar, some oxidation, vanilla, some shoe polish. Really well integrated. booze is faded. a bit sweet but it is really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2441) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Poured from 12 oz. bottle after cellaring for 5 months. Murky, rusty dark orange with a 2-finger khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of raisins, prunes, other dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, maple, apple, butterscotch and a bit of citrus. Very complex taste of butterscotch, alcohol, maple, dates, raisins, plums, toffee, licorice, brown sugar and more. Full/medium body and medium/high carbonization with a rich mouthfeel appropriate to such a complex beer. Very complex--what a barleywine should be. I only regret that I did not cellar it longer, as it still had a bit of an edge. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2015
2012 vintage from a 22 oz. bottle thanks to Adrien. Aroma is sugary with raisin and a roasted malt and even shows some lasting citrus hops. Flavor shows some lasting bitterness that really surprised me, good balance. Pretty good body with a nice creamy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1584) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2015
22 ounce wax capped bottle, 2013 vintage. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a hazy ruby red/copper color with about an inch and a half frothy tan head that stuck around a long time. There’s also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel, dark fruit, bready/grainy malt, candied fruit, and some apples. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s the addition of toffee, citrusy hops and some booziness. Nice mix between the malty and bitter hoppy flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a bit syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good barleywine, I’m glad I tried this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1506) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle shared by Cliff. Thanks! Pours a transparent anger with a layer of light tan head. Aroma and taste of heavy malts, caramel, dark fruits.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lionus (10) - , Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Massive complexity and balance make this beer one of the best I have ever had.

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