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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
22 oz. bottle 2007 vintage, from Johns Marketplace in Portland. Pours hazy chestnut color with little to no head. Aroma of brown sugar, overripe pear, earth, florals and a hint of roast. Flavor is dominated by malts, with a bit of dark fruit and molasses, herbs, black tea and light pomegranate notes, with dust and alcohol present as well. Full body with carbonation almost absent. Pretty good, but with little hoppiness to balance all the rich earthy malts, really my style of barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Sample @ Coles Barleywine Tasting Buffalo NY. Pours a medium to light amber color. Sweet caramel malt mixed with citrusy hops. Pineapple & Grapefruit. Nice. 2006 version

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark garnet-hued body with a small, frothed, off-white head. Smell: Caramelly crystal malt nose. Cherry fruitiness. Fresh-brewed ice tea. Touch of spruce. Blast of ethanol. Taste: Caramel with a dash of southern iced tea and a bulky crystal malt sweetness. Topped with two, maybe three maraschino cherries. Spruce hints. Citrusy hops with a moderate bitterness. Bittersweet, boozed up finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A little hot, a little harsh when first released, Ive got some bottles of the 06 in the cellar which will soon be joined by the 07 vintage for a long, quiet, much needed rest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14888) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
2007 bottle. Warm roasted caramel aroma with some alcohol and raisin. Dark copper red color with a white head that quickly ringed. Medium to full body with creamy carbonation. Roasted dark malt with heat and dark fruit. Very smooth and tasty. Finish is a bit sweet and theres not a great deal of bitter. One heck of a good drink though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2008
2005 bottling. Clear copper color with a frothy head. Strong smell of figs, dates, raisons, caramel is lightly oxidized. Med/heavy body. Decent taste is bittersweet with caramel, pit fruits, and hot alcohol. Pretty decent aged brew here. 103006

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1782) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2008
(2007 vintage) Starts with an aroma of sugar, fruit, and alcohol. Pours a dark reddish-amber, with about a finger of off-white head. More of a roast/caramel flavor to this beer then anything else. Light mouthfeel, alcohol hidden very well in the flavor. Not a bad barleywine, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
From Uber. Nice ruby color, with a nice cream colored head. Aroma is very malty and sticky, with maple syrup, caramel, and a faint hoppiness. Taste is lightly alcoholic, some toffee, caramel, dried fruit, black cherries. Doesnt have much depth for a barleywine, but by no means is this a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2008
22oz bottle. Fruity yeasty bread aroma. Red body, not much of a head. Starts off with a killer dose of bitter burn. Then a sweet fruit juice flavor and on the finish a caramel nutmeg. Body texture little thinner than most barley wines. Alright but just didnt have a wow factor to it for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Tap at HDG Daze. I was busy while drinking this one and not much stood out. Very sweet aroma and taste but a little weak as well. Not bad overall but I like more in my BWs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2008
2007 bottling, one of many of have received in trade and also bought locally, served in a NB worthy glass. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlight topped by a fading frothy head and good lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of caramel, toasted and even a touch of charred malt, light pine and herbal hops, plum, fig, green apple and light grapefruit esters, as well as some Grains of Paradise spice. The taste starts with sharp fruity quality in conjunction with a soft and sweet grain background. The hop bitterness comes about to play in midsection and does not let go. The bitterness seems to overpower the malt which is not a good thing with a Barley Wine IMO. Perhaps aging will improve this situation. The mouth feel is lively and aggressive with a medicinal touch on the finish. It is an okay offering but I want more richness. Lets see what the other bottles do with some cellar time. will need to re-rate this in late 2008.

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