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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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (855) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On draft at the Oskar Blues restaurant. 2010 vintage. Pours a hazy amber-red with a white ring. Big sweet aroma, with dark fruits, citrus, sugar, malt, and wood. Taste is almost sticky-sweet, of dark fruits and candied fruits, with malt, wood, and ends with a big alcohol bite. Lingering sweet wood. Nice barleywine.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swesson (179) - 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 (626) - 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 (2988) - 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 (1170) - 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 (1605) - 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 (2835) - 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 (924) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (815) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - MAY 13, 2014
25 ounce bottle. Pours a reddish-brown with a one inch tan head that lasts. Taste is of malt, caramel, toffee, citrus, hops, pine, fruit and some resin. Has a nice malty aroma. Has a medium body with some warming notes. Easy to drink and a nice barleywine.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zimbo (526) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
yellowish head. clear medium copper colour. decent medicinal nose which is dominant. Sugary&sappy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (14006) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet toffee nose bah ... Sweet malts ... big soft caramel toffee ... dry roast ... sweet toffe ... not me at all


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