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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2014
tried at Monday beer tasting at work....thanks dusty.....loved it sweet malty and delicious...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
steelhead3686 (270) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Pours a dark copper with a medium caramel head. It has an even malt and hops aroma with hints of chocolate, sugar, and herbs. Heavy sweetness with the slightest bitter. Light to medium body with a clean and somewhat tangy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCaptMatey (213) - Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Poured a dark hazy copper colour with a cream colored head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is of sweet candied sugars with a notes of caramel and nutty malt. Flavor is of malts, caramel, dark fruits, and a light hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation at first and thickinging into a sweet warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle share. Clear brown. Aroma is medicinal, caramel, raisin. Taste is sweet, and bitter. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MetalNHopHead (1838) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Killer Penguin has some bite, Ill give it that. The hops and booze combine to create a particularly aggressive barleywine. Copper color is a bit lighter than Id like and the head could be fuller. Smell is okay. Lots of citrusy hops but Id like to get more from the malt, especially since this brew has had the benefit of some aging. As a hophead, I certainly didnt dislike the piney and crisp taste. This ale would need some TLC before Id try it again. Not bad with a decent cigar, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (2517) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Pours a finger of head on a clear dark straw body. The aroma is raisins, caramel, lemon and dark ripe fruits. The taste has brown sugar sweetness and mild bitterness. A short profile. The texture is crisp. Its flavor is on the lighter/milder side for a barleywine, still tasty though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (2076) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle. A- Hoppy, citrus, candied fruits, malty, caramel. A- Ruby color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Slightly bitter, malty, sweet fruits. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish. O- This confirms my not so enthusiastic view on Boulder Beer. Maybe I should let this age for a year or two but it was certainly nothing I have experienced with a barleywine before. Lots of hops and malty and just not a lot of excitement in it. Tried pairing it with a cigar which did help it overall though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dbeatdano (70) - - 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 Ive had other barleywines Id drink over this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (26412) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2014
[email protected] 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 its rather big sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (11460) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"this stolen from kingers 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 its 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. "

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