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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2013
2008 Vintage
Tasted on 5/13/12 from a waxed and capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil quite a long time ago. Pours clear but dull dark amber with a thin beige head that slowly recedes to very thin lace. The nose is classic barley wine, with tons of caramel, toffee, honey, and milk chocolate, with a nice touch of roasted bitterness. The flavor starts off very nicely with tons of sweet caramel, maple, toffee, and honey up front, but before moving to the bitterness, a cardboardy oxidized flavor. The body is full with light carbonation and a long, unfortunately, oxidized finish, with the caramel taking a back seat.

MrBeerFanatic (1065) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2017
Dark amber with dark orange hues light boozed head. Big aged tones on the nose of caramel, light oak, light vanilla with just a hint of alcohol. Flavors rounded out aged caramel, toast, nut, hint of alcohol. Light to medium sweetness. Light astringent aftertaste. Not very complex but the flavors are decently aged. This bottle was done in 2015 (its 2017 now).

sebastokrator (127) - - MAR 12, 2017
Pours a clear orangeish brown with tan head. Nose is caramel and maybe some vanilla. There is just a hint of alcohol. The nose isn’t the most bold aroma I’ve experienced. Taste is vaguely sweet malt, toffee and just a hint of muddled stone fruit. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. This is blandly unobjectionable.

mbgrayson (789) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Pours a crystal clear copper color, with white head. Aroma is malty and complex. Taste is deep and rich, lots of malt with notes of alcohol, and fruits. This is a good barley wine, thumbs up.

Niko100 (2968) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Rich amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, floral hops, & fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, molasses/syrup, spicy hops, and dark fruit; Warm finich; Fairly well balanced; On the sweet side - but not bad.

tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle. Caramel with nice head. Smells like bread, cotton candy, honey, perfume. Heavy on the malt, very sweet with some bitterness to back it up but not a lot.

PhillyCraft (7597) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2016
BB backlog, bottle shared with Joe and Meghan. Pours an amber orange with minimal sized head and not much lacing to notes. Smell and taste are booze, wood, sweet fruit, toffee, and other traditional barley wine notes.

pinkzambia (2051) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Tap @ Denver Airport: Clear brown with a small off-white ring head. Way to thin and malty to even be considered a solid BW. Meh. Disappointed that I wasted my hard earned money on this penguin poo.

BuckeyeBoy (8204) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2016
22oz bottle pours out a orangish amber topped with a sand head. Nose is big caramel malt sweetness some citrus and pit fruit. Taste is more of the nice rich caramel malts well balanced sweetness and a light hop.

Gluepot (665) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2016
A big, light tan head with solid lacing on a dense, unfiltered orange/brown body. Taste profile starts with a nice boozy warmth with rich toffee, roasted malt and dark berries. Candied fruit and fresh hops boost and add to the flavour. The body is dense and rich. A slight syrupiness is well balanced by solid effervescence. A hint of sourness? My kind of barley wine.

altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2016
Bottle from Beers and Cheers. Dark red amber body with medium head. Nose is sweet, caramel, spicy. Taste is caramel, toffee, anice, malts. Nice prickly texture. Smooth finish.

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