JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Rodman’s or Chevy Chase Wine, D.C. (can’t remember which). Somewhat opaque pour, deep copper, with a modest carbonation still hanging around. What was once a very boozy nose is now muted, toffee and leather like an old ale almost, whereas this one is pretty aggressive when young. Dried fruits, loads of sugar, but enough hops still in there for balance. Not being in much of a barleywine mood these days, I’d probably not seek this out too quickly. But it’s a solid example of the style.
troyc (2585) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[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.
conway (1694) - - JAN 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
John25 (734) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
mufreq (1) - Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2015 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Very nice color, sweet, caramel flavors smooth and malty. A bit of bitterness, but very light.
johnnymusky (375) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tried at Monday beer tasting at work....thanks dusty.....loved it sweet malty and delicious...
steelhead3686 (252) - Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark copper with a medium caramel head. It has an even malt and hops aroma with hints of chocolate, sugar, and herbs. Heavy sweetness with the slightest bitter. Light to medium body with a clean and somewhat tangy finish.
TheCaptMatey (134) - Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark hazy copper colour with a cream colored head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is of sweet candied sugars with a notes of caramel and nutty malt. Flavor is of malts, caramel, dark fruits, and a light hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation at first and thickinging into a sweet warming alcohol finish.
MrFecesious (1136) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share. Clear brown. Aroma is medicinal, caramel, raisin. Taste is sweet, and bitter. Dry finish.
jbuskirk (496) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Killer Penguin has some bite, I’ll give it that. The hops and booze combine to create a particularly aggressive barleywine. Copper color is a bit lighter than I’d like and the head could be fuller. Smell is okay. Lots of citrusy hops but I’d like to get more from the malt, especially since this brew has had the benefit of some aging. As a hophead, I certainly didn’t dislike the piney and crisp taste. This ale would need some TLC before I’d try it again. Not bad with a decent cigar, though.
Fatehunter (1414) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a finger of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is raisins, caramel, lemon and dark ripe fruits.
The taste has brown sugar sweetness and mild bitterness. A short profile.
The texture is crisp.
It’s flavor is on the lighter/milder side for a barleywine, still tasty though.