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Killer Penguin Barleywine - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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573 Ratings

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 15
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2003)
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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, malts. Taste is alcohol, grapes, malts, dark fruits, a bit more alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer, but one of these per session is plenty.

tone77, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

appearance: Quite clear copper/red. Nice off white/pinkish head on the pour. Good looking brew.
smell: Smells like a Dipa or maybe an Imperial Red :). Malt and citrus hops. Has that bit of a grapefruity hop sting balanced by malty sweetness. Very nice.
taste: Much like the nose. Guess we don't need a new category but this is Imperial Red nonetheless.
overall: Very pleasantly surprised. ratings have this guy as mediocre i guess (and 80 as i review). Maybe i'm a philistine but this beer deserves better imo.

cindyjeffsmith, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of PorterLambic
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%

2013 vintage bomber opened May, 2014.

Pours a clear, bright, rusty, copper color with a big (from the lousy pour) tan head. Retention is quite good as is the lacing left behind. Dissipation is even and gentle, leaving a thick film eventually.
Smell is malt, seasoned wood, fruits (grapes, pears, figs). Great balance. Caramel and nut notes as the temperature rises. Good complexity.
Taste is malt, wood, fruit (apple, grapes, pear), alcohol (no surprise), light smoke. Extremely nice balance and complexity. Same nut and caramel notes develop as the temp comes up. Always a good idea to let a big beer like this warm up from fridge temp.
Almost full bodied, light-ish effervescence, warming, quite smooth especially considering the 10% ABV. Aftertaste is woody and there is a light drying aspect to it.
I gotta think The Bros. got a bad bottle. This is a really good brew and I would recommend it to anyone. I wish I had bought more than one. C'est la vie.

PorterLambic, May 15, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

jsprain1, Monday at 01:12 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

paulish, Sunday at 02:19 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

cardinals22, Saturday at 09:02 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Basoos1, Saturday at 05:28 AM
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Lanstrum, Friday at 11:04 PM
Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%

A: Killer penguin pours hazy copper with no head, but sticky booze clings to the goblet. 2

S: The nose is a blast of spicy and sweet dark fruits: plum, raisin, cherry, backed with sticky resinous pine hops. Some sweet toffee malt hides behind the spices. 4

T: Hot all the way down, but the 4 years of aging seems to have mellowed and subdued some of the elments. A tinge of metallic flavor follows a sweet malty body. Maybe less aging would have been better here. 3.5

M: Thin, watery, hot on the tongue.

O: Meh. Wish I'd shared this camping this weekend instead of drinking it alone. Mostly hot and sweet and boozey.

SPThirtyThree, Sep 01, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +17.5%

Beastcpa, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

BuzzFee, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

markdrinksbeer, Aug 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

JoeMans, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

lilnicky068, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

ThomasC, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

FightinIrish88, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

will1256, Jul 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

thufflife, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

JacobDMB, Jul 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Trottertot, Jul 17, 2014
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Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
80 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.