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Killer Penguin Barleywine - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BA SCORE
81
good

636 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 13
Gots: 108 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2003

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jfstilling
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ksolekjr
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ristaccia
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ummswimmin
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tylerbrowe
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
2.42/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Harsh to drink, it actually tasted like there was more than 10% alcohol.

Photo of Corburk
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheTinDoor
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tim007007
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chris-1911
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/31/12 Happy Birthday

Pours hazy bronze with tan head that fades quickly.
Some lacing that also fades.
Smell of prunes maybe figs and malt.
Taste, much malt bit of alcohol ,butterscotch not as hoppy as most American barleywine ( I tend to like English barleywines more)
Not chewy thick, but some substance.
I was intrigued by the dreadful rating an early batch received. Methinks revisiting that may be warranted

Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doopie brought this one over for beer night a couple weeks back. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2013

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, slightly foamy, off-white head with excellent retention. Clear burnt umber with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and coats the sides of the glass. A film remains until the end leaving lots of lacing down the glass as it empties. Looks great!

SMELL: Bold nose of toffee, caramel, dried fruits, apple notes and some mango. Really bold, fruity and tempting.

TASTE: Lots of flavor here, with toffee and dried fruits up front and then some spicy alcohol at the swallow. Bold finish of more sweet toffee and caramel, mango, dried fruits, berries, spicy alcohol and piney hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Flavorful and well balanced.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry for a barleywine. Some heat and alcohol linger.

OVERALL: Really good overall. Definitely underrated, which is probably because it’s not 15% and barrel aged. This is a flavorful, enjoyable barleywine with plenty of character, and it drinks away far too easily. Perhaps a little more residual sweetness would help put this over the edge in this category, but as it is, I enjoyed it very much and would gladly drink it again. Thanks again Doops!

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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: January 26, 2015... GLASSWARE: Duvel oversized snifter... OCCASION: still waiting for Superstorm Iola to hit... APPEARANCE: starts well with an imposing label; intimidating dark garnet body that sports a frothy off-white head that laces with a brazen two-finger strength; lacing is spectral and substantial... AROMA: BIG apple, pear and sour fruit; powerful cherries--a nice mix of a beefy malty base and a kriek... PALATE: full-bodied, warming and hearty--yet smoothly sippable; a balanced barleywine, though it lacks a dry finish...TASTE: cherries are front and center; soft brown ale elements play on the sugary fruits; oddly not as winy as a barley purports to be...OVERALL:as I recalled from years past, a beer worthy of a blizzard watch; the price is about right for its heft; within its genre, not a standout, with enough imperfections to seek out better-rated beers...

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3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThickNStout
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Red wax capped 22oz bottle from Luekens (Dunedin, FL). 6.99. 2012 vintage. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours a turbid, nearly opaque orange-hued tea brown with a one and a half finger manilla cap. Maintains a fairly healthy layer of head and produces several spots of lace.

Aromas of pine, toffee, carmelized sugar and vague grains.

Taste has a bit more going on than does the nose. Carmelized sugar, toffee, candied citrus peel, piney bitterness, some bready malts, grain some alcohol. It comes accross as just tad hot for "only" 10% (I've had several higher abv brews that hid their alcohol much better than this does) but nothing is out if place and this is still pretty easy to drink.

Fairly full, syrupy feel with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste contains plenty more alcohol with notes of burnt caramel and candied citrus peel.

Killer Penguin may not have anything special to elevate it but it's quite affordable and at least this particular aged bottle is a solid representation of the style.

Photo of ksimons
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage
A-amber color with visible carbonation bubbles and a thin layer of khaki head

S-caramel malt, rum soaked dark fruits, some hop bitterness

T-dark fruits, caramel malt, light hop bitterness, and alcohol warming

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a good barleywine, nice sweetness and not too much alcohol in the taste

Photo of Donkster46
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bread and leafy and floral hop aromas with traces of fruit, hint of sherry. Pours brilliant ruby to reddish amber with a ½” finely bubbled foam collar that produces excellent lacing. The palate is a little sweet, mainly malt and some caramel with hints of sherry and some moderate bitterness joined by alcohol on the finish for balance. A little on the thin side body wise for a barley wine and slightly hot. Medium carbonation.

Photo of clausr
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of richkrull
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brendanhogan
4.41/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong barley wine with a great taste and finish. If you're in the a sipping mood, kill a penguin.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, amber color, speckled with reddish/orange highlights and a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Strong aromas of toasted malt imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread or raisin bran muffins, brown sugar and some citrus notes, of orange and a touch of lemon. I also get notes of black pepper, coriander and floral notes of clover and a touch of hops.

Taste: Delicious flavors of toasted malt, dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes, candied sugar, orange peel and a touch of hops

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth, as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is an extremely good barley wine. It has great flavors of toasted malt, dried stone fruit and candied sugar. Delicious!

Photo of Greywulfken
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: wax-sealed bottle contains clear deep ruby brown ale with a finger of tan bubbled foam atop; left some trails down the glass

S: shellac and toffee - pine and earthy aromas lean toward something herbal or medicinal; brown sugar syrup sweetness beneath

T: reminds me of an old ale or Scotch ale - something pub-like and English about it, too - clear resin and candied fruits; subdued hop action brings malts forward, but only so far - a very mild-tasting ale. I'd say it works as an ale, but not particularly an American-styled barleywine.

M: slick and slim, slightly sticky; some herbal aftertaste, negligible carbonation

O: not a typical American barleywine - not as dense or heavy, very clear body, lots of pine resin shellac and English toffee. 10% abv for less than $10 makes a good case for the beer - drinks more like an A Fuller's vintage ale than most barleywines I've had.

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Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
81 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.