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RATINGS: 545   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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3.4
adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - NOV 10, 2006
2005 red waxed top bomber. Pours a mahogany amber brown color with a small white lacing as a head. Aroma is a malty woody solution with alcohol detected. Taste is mildly malty with hints of dark fruit blended with soaked wood and grain. Alcohol is detected in the back of the throat. A rather bland barleywine. Seems as though all the effort was put into the design of the bottle instead of the actual beer.

3.1
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Bottle thanks to jsquire for sharing: Brown in color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma, molassas, and some fruits, mildly hoppy. Flavor, mostly sweet with some bitterness coming through towards the end.

3.3
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Fill the glass as a fizzy mahogany liquid with small head that dies. Faint in the aroma with little smell of malt and perhaps wood as well. Not a whole lot of flavor worth discussing besides that its sour and holds a mild malt backbone. Slight caramel and wood is detected with addition of cigar tabacco. Alcohol presence goes undetected with only its effect the key to noticing it. Fancy bottle and all but the bw falls shy from really winning me over.

2.9
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2006
The aroma has alcohol, caramel, and herbal hops. The appearance is orange-brown with a small head. The flavor has lots of brown sugar, alcohol, and citrus. The palate is a little thin. Overall its OK but not great.

3.6
Palidor19 (3186) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2006
A true delight of flavor, warms the belly up with its taste of malts and strong hops. the taste is of sweet candy and caramel. hops are very citrus in character. Very Good

3.7
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle: Nose of sweet plum, tons of caramel malt and a bit of alcohol. Sweet plummy hops and caramel are strong. The flavor is a bit thin with a light menthol note and some expected candyish hop notes and sweet malts. A bit unbalanced, but still has a nice nutty character. A bit of overbearing alcohol in the tial. Nice.

3.4
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Pour is haze amber with a thin tan head...smell is strongly malty and bready...taste is sweet and grainy...

3.5
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2006
(bottle - 22 oz: 2005 vintage) Murky copper pour with not much of a head. Aroma is very rich and malty with dark fruits and candy sugar. Flavor begins kind of malty with some bitterness in the middle and a very smooth and malty finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Warming, but hides the alcohol well. Very muted.

3.1
kepano (278) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
The attractive copper robe and fizzy beige head of this beer, show a certain flair you might not expect from a blackbird with conjunctivitis. Pleasant on the nose, yet not terribly exciting, its aroma features honey, toasted caramel, wheat bread, burnt grains and the light touch of alcohol. Not a fascinating experience but I must admit, I like this direction more than the usual American barleywines that are so commonly over-hopped. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and generically malty but it seems watered-down especially as the flavor disappears with no hint of an aftertaste. While I feel insulted by the label, I would dare say the recipe needs far more work. Not a bad barleywine, but dont make it a special occasion.

3.9
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2006
22 oz bottle, 2005, or so the little wooden ball marker sealed w/ wax says: Deep coppery amber w/ a short lived, thin, cream colored head. Sherry notes and deep caramel malt aromas at first, followed by some faint hop aroma. Mostly sweet malts w/ a bit of bready and toasted notes and dried apricot fruitiness and raisiny notes when it warms. Well balanced overall. Neither hops nor malts dominate flavor, but they all meld together well into some sublte, but very distinct characteristics. Toasty malt, caramel, sherry, some light raisiny fruit, a very light bitterness @ the finish which is semi dry for a barleywine. A little bit of a nutty flavor mid palate. Aftertaste is herbal hop and very light, but lingering. Fuller medium body, lower medium carbonation, well hidden alcohol, and a lightly dry m/f at the very finish. All in all, a very tasty and well made BW. I like that it is more English than American in the flavor and aroma as it is not hop dominant, but malt accented. I like this one


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