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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bomber from Rodmans or Chevy Chase Wine, D.C. (cant remember which). Somewhat opaque pour, deep copper, with a modest carbonation still hanging around. What was once a very boozy nose is now muted, toffee and leather like an old ale almost, whereas this one is pretty aggressive when young. Dried fruits, loads of sugar, but enough hops still in there for balance. Not being in much of a barleywine mood these days, Id probably not seek this out too quickly. But its a solid example of the style.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sebastokrator (112) - - 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 isnt the most bold aroma Ive experienced. Taste is vaguely sweet malt, toffee and just a hint of muddled stone fruit. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. This is blandly unobjectionable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (760) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (2857) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (2073) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (6967) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pinkzambia (1931) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (7387) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (612) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5898) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2016
2014 bottle, somewhat muted nose, light carbonation and some lingering lacing. Really nice moouthfeel. Taste is enjoyable yet not explosive. Some dark fruits and minuscule amount of residual hoppiness lead to a nice balanced brew with no alcohol burn. Would rebuy but not seek out


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