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RATINGS: 517   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.


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2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2013
2008 Vintage
Tasted on 5/13/12 from a waxed and capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil quite a long time ago. Pours clear but dull dark amber with a thin beige head that slowly recedes to very thin lace. The nose is classic barley wine, with tons of caramel, toffee, honey, and milk chocolate, with a nice touch of roasted bitterness. The flavor starts off very nicely with tons of sweet caramel, maple, toffee, and honey up front, but before moving to the bitterness, a cardboardy oxidized flavor. The body is full with light carbonation and a long, unfortunately, oxidized finish, with the caramel taking a back seat.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1461) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ordybill (382) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4240) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2015
Pours clear amber , good white head . Smell is thick , rich and sweet . Taste is grainy , touch of bitter , sweet ambermalts . Ambermalts build up quite much . Bit too boozy though

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (1653) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Deep copper with red-brown hues. Nose of candiend citrus and citrus/grapefruit hops with caramel. Flavor is citrus bitterness and caramel/toasted malts with a tinge of alcohol. Lingering sticky malt and hop bitterness. Not altogether bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3899) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2015
On draft at Mad Fox Barleywine Festival 2015. Pours a hazy deep copper with an ecru head. Aroma of tropical fruit. Flavors of pineapple and caramel. Smooth, boozy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2927) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
14 feb 2015, bottle. Light brown, clear, no bubbles. Nose is winey, bready malt. Med/full body and mildly fizzy. Sugary, bready malt, some yeast, mildly nutty. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2533) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is a strange caramel and hop mix. Flavor of caramel, raisois and a little hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2015
[Tap] Light shade of brown with a fleeting head of off-white head. Nose is of toffee, caramel and hints of alcohol. Flavors include more caramel, light spice, earthy hops, booze and general roasted grainy notes. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but pretty pedestrian for the style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (1817) - - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle. Comes across as a mixture of Fruity Pebbles and booze. Some caramel sweetness is also present. Could be better if it was a bit more balanced and less sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (866) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2015 Waxed bottle 2014. Clear copper. Roasted barley, burnt sugar aroma. The taste adds alcohol and rich sweet toffee/caramel malts. The mouthfeel leaves something to be desired for me. Too thin and light. Low carb. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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