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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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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3.3
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 2006 Bomber via BeerandBlues2 in trade. Pours a medium tea brwon with a ruby heart. Head is minimal and realy only rings the glass. The damn wax was a mother to get off the bottle, looks like they had it at just the right temp so they didn’t have to double dip it. Nose is all sweet malts and whisps of hops. The body is full and tingles lightly of hops around the edges. It finishes abrubtly with a ephemeral aftertaste of whole hops and spices. The bottle is pretty busy and attempts to hype up this average barleywine. Good on this moderatly cold evening. thanks again to B&BL2!

3.4
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Dark red amber. Aroma and flavor is sweet fruits, caramel, citrus with a smooth, sweet malty finish. Smooth and easy drinking with a rather light body.

3.1
TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Cellar-aged 2006 bottling: Coppery crimson. Healthy off-white head turns rocky before nestling into a fine cream. Raisins, pineapple upside-down cake and stewed plum aroma. Mild whiff of oxidation, biscuity malt and doughy yeast. Dense and feathery carbonation. Softly bodied. Initial tingle of pineapple and grapefruit acidity melts into a backdrop of sweet caramel-drenched plums. Lively esters mimic notes of peach candy and a bright plummy fruitiness which is explosively juicy as it is bright. Body is borderline flabby due to the resins, but the fruitiness is tightly integrated. High concentration of fruitiness Slight grainy malt (Munich?) coupled with the cardboardy oxidation makes for a semi-astringent swallow which also taints the fairly bright fruitiness. Hop oils lap the palate with a dense sappiness which happens to overshadow the nuanced fruitiness, but the bitterness is subdued. Plenty of mango and grapefruit, but the acidity is overaggressive. Timid finish teeters on the edge of medicinal, due to the relatively strong presence of alcohol and steadily heightening sweetness. Lingering hints of plums and grapefruit (zest and all). Has some redeeming qualities such as softness and decent balance, but the nose is yeasty and the hops overly acidic. Definitely one of BBC’s best beers, which sadly isn’t saying much.

3.2
valpoaj (744) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Delayed entry from Tasting at Holiday Beerfest in Omaha: Pours mahogany with small off-white head. Aroma is mostly sweet malt with some dark fruit intermingled. Sweet flavor is dominated by caramel malt and some raisin-like accents...very sweet though! Light on the palate (esp compared to other BWs) with good carbonation. Some alcohol on the finish. Not bad, but not great.

3.6
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2008
the waxy cap was annoying to get off but thats because i don’t like taking more than 10 seconds trying to open a beer. poured a cloudy dark amber, lighter than a typical barley wine. smell was malt, bread, heavy pine or spruce like hops. Taste was well balanced but not as strong as most barley wines, caramel acidic malt, powerful hops that lend to some bittering. alcohol warming. body was medium.

3.3
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Waxy cover. A decent barleywine, but a little light for a barley wine. Light in color and taste, but not bad.

3.5
egajdzis (6590) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Poured a hazy reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits, floral hops, pine, and tobacco. Taste of caramel malts, some wood, nuts, and dried fruits, citrus, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

3.1
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Foam Rangers January meeting. Amber pour with no head. Nose is sweet fruits with candied sugars and hops. Flavor is not very deep and lack what I’m looking for in a barley wine.

3.6
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle. Amber / red pour with a thin film head. The aroma is a little grainy with sweet malt also. The flavor is the same, sweet malt elements like most barleywine, but a strange grainy presence also.

3.2
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2008
bomber. pours a rich amaretto hue, w little head, bubbly recession. aromas strong of maple syrup, sap, heavy caramel, and sweet juicy dark fruit, but in a candy setting. the taste reveals a weighty caramel syrup flavor, but quickly finishing and disappearing on the palate. also, there’s a raisin component, as well as plummy dates. the finish improves with the warming temperature. Originally served at 55 degrees. the heat is noticed. 10% is sometimes hard to mask. i’m impressed at a unique spin on barleywine ale, but it could be improved in a few areas. i will revisit after it gains some age in the cellar.


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