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RATINGS: 499   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (880) - 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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dbeatdano (66) - - OCT 19, 2014
2013 bottle. Very musty on the nose with hints of apple. Also caramel malt, piney hops, sweet cherries, and . Taste is musty old fruit, piney hops, grain, and some sweet malt. Palate is full bodied with a chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is very soft, finish is sweet and a little sour as well. The year on it gave it some good flavors, but Iíve had other barleywines Iíd drink over this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20842) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2014
Bottled@SBWF2014. Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma and flavour are both quite sweet plummy and syrupy with some slight sweet alcohol, toffee and caramel to it. Not the most exciting Barley Wine around, but should work well as a dessert beer thanks to itís rather big sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"this stolen from kingerís review (which is spot on) "Sweet caramel and nutty malt aromas followed up by more of a candy sweetness, fairly one dimensional. Smooth and medium to lighter in body for the style, damn drinkable. Malt forward flavor of caramel, toffee, mild nuts and a residual sweetness. Seemed more akin to a Strong Ale in itís simplicity." definitely a one dimensional barleywine...just a touch of hops and candy fruit sweetness, but for me, it worked. very very drinkable for a 10% beer. nice sipper, nothing more or less.2012 a little hot. "

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11343) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Clear amber beer with a decent offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, onions, toffee, caramel, figs and raisins. Fruity toffee flavor, raisins, warming alcohol, toffee, some hay.

2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Underdogs88 (119) - 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 (37) - 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 (829) - 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 (254) - 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 (704) - 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 (4748) - 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.


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