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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2013
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.


2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Underdogs88 (97) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2014
2012 bottle. Complex malty sweet aroma that contains notes of caramel and bread. Appearance is a cloudy copper with a white head. Flavor is malt forward with intense toffee, caramel. Bitterness is a low for the style. Mouthfeel is super thin with low carbonation. Overall, this beer tastes too oxidized and thin and therefore didn't hold up well to aging. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JerseyBrew (35) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2014
This is a 2012 bottle. Aroma is good but a bit odd. Body needs a big bump up and beer is super super cloudy. Now that the bad stuff has been said I really like the flavor of this. Matches the best English style barley wines that I have had. Worth the $6 for the bottle ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bule (756) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2014
22oz bottle pours a reddy brown color with a bit of head. Malty aroma. Lots of malt and hop flavors along with some alcohol harshness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swesson (230) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle from a 4 pack. Pours a dark Amber with an off-white head and a bit of lacing. Aroma contains caramel, pine, and plum. Tastes of roasted malt, raisins and plum. Not as much alcohol taste as most barley wines which is a good thing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (678) - Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Pour is brown with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma is malty and tones of candied fruit. A very nice mouth feel soft and cream with lite carbonation. Maybe a little to easy to drink a 10% abv. A sweet beer but like the burnt caramel on a good pineapple upside down cake. Over all a great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4188) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Sweet caramel and vinous. Clear copper with a beige thin head. Lots of sweet caramel, little bitterness and a nice finish. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1290) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle from Breeze Thru, cellar aged 4 months poured into my New Holland tulip. I really need to get an alternative that is a big larger. Pours a brownish amber with a white head, that lasts and lasts. Many streaks and some spots of lace on swirling. Aroma is of sweet malts and fruits, with a bit of nuttiness. And alcohol. Taste brings mostly sweet fruits, tangy pine, light nuttiness, a significant malt presence and some effervescence. Medium bodied and sticky. Finishes sweetly fruity, with earth and nuts. A solid, tasty fruity-for-style brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Pours brown, sweet toffee, sugary, caramel, fruity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (2892) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2014
18-MAY-2014, bottle @home, from Whole Foods, P Street, Washington DC. 2013 version. Clear mahogany with lasting, lacing, off-white head. Malty with bread, dried fruit, nuts. Not hoppy as some American Barley Wines. Full body, medium carbonation. Fine drink, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (992) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Red/amber pour with a small off-white head. Aromas of sweet malts with notes of dark fruits. Flavor is similar, really nice maltiness to this one. Notes of raisins and even a touch of fig. Abv is well-hidden. Solid barleywine.


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