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RATINGS: 493   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1390) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Lucent brown, creamy beige head, thick creamy body, medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: silage, caramel malt, bready yeast.

Taste: caramel malt, alcohol, fresh bread, and hints of chocolate malt and candied fruit.

Great beer. Big and malt-centric but balanced. Alcohol is notable but smooth.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
amboston (5) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
This beer is one of the best for Boulder Brewing. A bit of caramel taste with a hint of nut and spice. The Aroma has a bit more alcohol in it for the years past. Over all I would say one of the best Barley wines Ive had.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (155) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours a lovely dark copper with white head. Has a wonderful roasted malt aroma. Has a very sweet taste with a subtle bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
This is the best Barley Wine I have ever had. A great start with a heavy almost purple/dark red body and heavy tinted head. Finishes with a great after taste and not too dry. The extra malts give it a heavy flavorful taste that is to die for. A great Beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1850) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Had this beer on 1/2/2006. Aroma is a deep rich sweet malt scent. Color is a brown amber with light carbonation and a very thin head. Taste is smooth and sweet. Starting off with a medium body it goes down with a very smooth feel. The finish comes out easy with light sweet tones of malt backed by a gentle bitterness and leaves you with a warm alcohol feel. Its a bit lighter then other Barley Wines and a bit more drinkable. 2/2/08 - 2007’ bottleing.Aroma is a rich sweet scent with dried orange tones. Color is deep rich orange amber with slow carbonation making it look like it may be thick. Head is thin but tight. Taste is rich yet clean. Starting with a medium body it goes down crisp. Finish comes in with a sweet dried fruit flavor then a faint citrus taste and an alcohol feel. In the after taste is this wonderful dried orange peel flavor that rides out the alcohol feel. This is the best this beer has ever been

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2376) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2011
22oz bottle from Westroads poured into a Snifter. 2010 version, label says best before January 31st 2012. Pours a beautiful tawny red with almost no head. Aroma is sweet with fermented fruit and some slight pine hops. Taste starts lightly sweet and ends medium bitter. Taste of fermented fruit and much more noticeable pine. Slight taste of oak wood chips. Medium bodied with a thick yet slick texture. Soft carbonation and a long bittersweet finish. Overall, this is a damn good beer. I can’t wait until this years version comes out so I can compare.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2012
This is a great solid barleywine. The typical profiles that warm the heart. I prefer Stone though still.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3200) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Hearty aroma has robust notes of brown sugar, roast malt and spices (cloves & cinnamon). Comes out of the bottle (Was that bloomin’ wax really necessary? Makes it a pain in the arse to open!) a clear chestnut with a nice dirty wheat head that is not thick but hangs around. Flavor is - WHOA NELLIE! A powerful alcohol bite like the chomp of an angry pit bull, with brown sugar, nutty, caramel and malty notes and a hint of clove. Smooth texture has plenty of fizz, if not the firmest body. A killer penguin indeed!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2006
This offering from Boulder Beer pours a dark caramel, ruby clear body, with just a touch of carbonated bubbles that leave a thin head spotchy and thin. The aroma is sweet caramel, toffee, bready, marshmellow. The taste starts smooth, nutty, tangy, sweet, with a barely a notice of that 10% abv it is touting. The finish is nice again you get a toffee, slightly herbal hoppy finish, that warms you up and can cap the night off as a great digestif.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4785) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a red-orange color with a large beige head. The aroma was sweet port wine, brown sugar, ripe fruits and pineapple. The flavor was sweet and tangy candied fruits with notes of caramel and brown sugar and light undertones of nut and fruity hops. The finish was medium length sweet caramel and fruit. Full and smooth body. Alcohol was well hidden. Very good.


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