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RATINGS: 544   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2764) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle with wax over bottlecap. 2006 vintage. Pour is absolutely beautiful. Wonderful copper color with a one finger tight head that dies down quickly and is already starting to lace on the sides of the glass. The surface of the beer is now left with a film of the tiniest bubbles. As it is warming the aromas are getting better and better. Pineapple and caramel are the main draws, and while not overpowering or remarkably complex, it is nice. Flavor is OK... caramel malt is the backbone, but there are lots of little side currents that please... the pineappley hops, the dark fruit and molasses like tang, the alcohols warmth. The one knock that Id make is that it has a very thin mouthfeel for a BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3308) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2007
pours a dark reddish amber with a medium thin beige head aroma of caramel and light brown sugar taste of nutty malts & sweet maple syrup a very clean finish drinkable & tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bomber, pours a dark amber. Smells of citrus and hops. Smooth taste, with hops, but an unpleasant aftertaste of metallic. Other than that taste this would be a damn nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. thanks to jdg0608. Poured a tannish reddish color. Aroma of hops and malt. Taste hops and citrus and malt is the very present.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 22, 2007
Pours a golden brown with a light tan head. The aroma is mild with some maltiness and a little bit of hops. Rather weak tasting for a barlywine with a little bit of mailtiness and barely a touch of hops. Somewhat disappointing overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Clear amber, heavily filtered body with a big, fluffy white head. The aroma is heavy with the caramel and toffee with some resinous pine. The flavor is moderately sweet, lots of caramel, not much else. Body is watery and lifelessly thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, Mabel, Jerc, and Blankboy, courtesy of Harry. 2006 Bottle. Ruby red, foamy white head. Mild fruit and alcohol in weak aroma. Nice soft malt taste. No alcohol really. No complexity at all. Finishes better, with some wood and slight alcohol notes. Maybe it is just too young; what is here is nice enough, but there just is not much here. Great name though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2007
22 oz Bomber. Hazy rich amber supporting a small but dense off white head with faint lacing. The aroma is more in line with a standard amber ale than a barleywine with predominant notes of caramel and a touch of citrus. Citrusy flavor with more hop presence than expected in a barleywine but typical overripe fruit and some port-like notes dance about as well. Alcohol reveals itself in the otherwise long and sweet finish. To be fair, I sampled this one when it was probably too cold so Ill rerate after allowing another to warm a bit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pailhead (6525) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma consists of fruit, caramel, and some off chemical vapors. It pours a transparent amber with a small white head. The flavor starts with some faint caramel that quickly fades to some citrus hops with some off chemical flavors and alcohol. There are some hints of peach in the background. The chemical aroma and flavor just isnt very pleasing and the alcohol is not covered up enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2007
2006. 22oz bomber. Deep ruby garnet hue. Sparse spiraling bone white head. Sticky malty sweet aroma. Full bodied with sweet malts and a bitter finish. Lively malt flavors. Cocoa and red fruit. Bready and toffee. Smooth initial flavor. Burn is apparent but nothing crazy. Finish is bitter and sticky. Lively and pleasant. Effervescent. Slight cola dried fruit flavor. Finish has a sweet and bitter dichotomy. Well done in my eyes.

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