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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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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patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2007
bottle - Pours coppery with a thin head. It smells very malty with a little alcohol. Caramel sweetness and some moderate hops balance okay in the flavor that’s joined by a touch of dark fruit. Overall it seems to lack depth. It’s definitely a barley wine and tastes pretty good, but it’s just not very interesting.

hotstuff (5172) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle on DLD at Hampton Inn tasting courtesy of patrick767. Small fizzy vanilla head that mostly diminished, virtually no lacing, visible carbonation, transparent, and an orange hue. Nose was malty, syrupy, caramel, barley, and hoppy. The taste was lightly sweet and lightly bitter, malty, barley, syrupy, and sticky. Tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Not my favorite style, not one of the better barleywines out there, drinkable, just okay.

tennisjoel (1463) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle rating. Pour is orange-red with a splotchy head. Fruity aromas of cherry/grape and spices. Subtle hop prescence detected. Mouthfeel is thinner than most in this style. Alcohol is noticable. In a good barleywine, the alcohol is usually masked better. Overall, this falls a little short within the style designation.

SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2007
2006. Clear amber, small off white head. Nose of rich malt and reinous hops and dried dark fruit. Same flavor, less fruit. Full body, balanced, a little syrupy. Not very complex. Drinkable but unimpressive.

CapFlu (5128) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2007
(Bottle) Courtesy of gracious trader BeerandBlues2. Dissipating thin white head with a red-orange body. Nose of mild figs and (whoa) high ABV. Flavour is mildly tonic A good brew but a tad thin for a barleywine.

Oakes (17813) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2007
Bright copper colour. Rich nose - caramel, earthy hints and chocolate. Fairly thin, which doesn’t allow for a true BW impact. Both malt and hop are really standard for the style - anyone familiar with this style at all will be like "yup, that’s a barley wine" and then move on.

whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
Wax-sealed bomber, 2006. Clear golden-amber body with low carbonation and a dissipating off-white head. Stale malty aroma with a light edge of toasty caramelization and virtually no hop profile. Flavor is a mixture of sweet malt syrup and toast along with some cidery applesauce qualities. Moderately bitter with a modest impression of alcohol. Reminds me of over-chewed chewing gum. This wax-sealed beer was likely dead before it even hit the bottle. Boulder can do much better than this.

robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2007
Dark Red Coloring with White Creamy Ring. Heavy Syrupy Sweet Barley Aroma. Smells Quite Potent. Initially the Taste is as Potent as the Aroma...But it Drops Out Shortly After. Overall a Raw Barleywine Without Alot of Staying Power...But Perhaps a Good Start to Something Better.

RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2007
2006 bottle. Pours an orangish amber with a thin white head. Soapy, yeasty aroma over malt. Slightly metallic taste and very thin bodied. Hoppy and altogether too young, I think. This bottle could’ve used a year or two of aging to mellow out the flavors, which seem disparate. Meh.

Boutip (6397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of bitter hops is dominating with some notes of alcohol and sugar. Taste is way too hoppy for my own taste in barleywine with some medium sugar and light alcohol peak. Body is slightly too light with some medium carbonation. Overall, I thought this was too hoppy and bitter and generally lacking some character.

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