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Killer Penguin Barleywine - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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590 Ratings

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 15
Gots: 86 | 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 +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of SurlyUtopia
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

SurlyUtopia, Friday at 09:41 PM
Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Boulder Beer - Killer Penguin [Barleywine Ale] (22 oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 10% ABV)

Holy shit, that plastic "Makers Mark" style top made this beer far too hard to open, that was annoying as fuck - THEN, FINALLY I POURED MY BEER INTO A FUCKIN' GLASS... It was a beautiful ruby/copper color with an ivory head that faded reasonably quickly, but still had decent retention... Though quite a faint nose, wheat and soft cherry aromas do peek out from time to time, bringing with them, some slight hop notes... Taste is fruit forward, with soft cherry, red apple, and even hints of bubblegum immediately their to greet your taste buds... The malts supply some grain flavor, while the hops donate a dry bitterness... The latter coming through in the second half, offering great stability to the aforementioned sweetness... This whole while, the alcohol hides itself niftily throughout each sip... Mouthfeel on this brew is super solid... Light and somewhat bubbly on the forefront and solid and full on the way down, but never being too light or too full in any aspect... Somewhat of a roller coaster of a beer... But shit - WHO DON'T LOVE ROLLER COASTERS?! Not what I expected, but a sucker-punch collection of well crafted ale that I would love to enjoy again... Another good brew - Cheers!!

NSXAG, Wednesday at 06:35 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Trashcat, Tuesday at 10:02 PM
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

WILD-THING, Nov 17, 2014
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RDW, Nov 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

KAF, Nov 11, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

KlayWey, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

garfscores, Nov 08, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +0.8%

JMBSH, Nov 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

LeeW, Oct 28, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Danny1217, Oct 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Pinioned, Oct 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

DeadeyeOTDO, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Gonzoillini, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

lysergicdream, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

millelacsmark, Sep 16, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev +3.1%

jsprain1, Sep 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

paulish, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
81 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.