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Killer Penguin Barleywine - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BA SCORE
80
good

565 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.58%
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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Reviews by znichols:
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znichols

Wisconsin

2.43/5  rDev -31.2%

A-Has a very deep ruby color to it an a very small white head. Not expecting a lot of carbonation. Lacing is minimal. Looks like a standard Barleywine.

S-The smell is subtle. Hints of toast and caramel. Light wood and vanilla are present with some booze and a little bit of herbal hops. Quite a bit of complexity but the overall smell doesn't really entice.

T-If this is a barleywine, it is the Toto of barleywines. While the standard boozy, sweet malt, biscuit, resin, woody elements are here, they are EXTREMELY tough to find and the overall flavor winds up tasting like a shitty amber ale with a shot of gin in it.

M- The mouthfeel seems off. It is sticky and clings to the tongue, really needsto be a little more slick. The body is very very light for the style. Nota fan of the mouthfeel on this.

O-Unfortunately, this is the first beer from Boulder Brewery i have to give a sub-par rating to. They just missed the mark. Barleywines are meant to be big, like WINE! This tastes like a ramped up amber ale with too much going on and the flavors don't explode like they should. Perhaps a year of aging might subdue the booze and bring out the malts, but i'm not seeking this one out again.

05-02-2012 02:00:44 | More by znichols
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

08-06-2014 12:21:56 | More by tone77
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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.

07-21-2014 22:45:06 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.16/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

05-15-2014 01:03:32 | More by PorterLambic
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +19%

Let me start by saying its a nice looking bottle with the red wax and 2006 embossed in it but damn its a pain in the arss to get into.Poured into a snifter a deep clear amber with a tight formed slight off white head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving a thick sheet of lace as it settled very slowly.Big complex aromas hit ya up front juicy fruity malt and a big piney hop presence but it fades quickly keeping me from giving it a higher score its great but fades to quickly.I have seen other reviews and expected a big sweet malty bomb but its not at all that nice fruitiness and brown sugar melds into hefty dry resiny piney hoppiness that lingers in the finish.As it warms I get a roasted nut presence upfront more but the hops come thru nicely,sure it might be a bit thin but damn it goes down easy,this has quite a hop profile and its quite brash,damn tasty and better than expected.

12-12-2006 00:09:57 | More by oberon
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MadScientist

New York

3/5  rDev -15%

03-27-2013 03:04:59 | More by MadScientist
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Schlais

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -43.3%

12-02-2011 03:37:51 | More by Schlais
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%

Killer Penguin by Boulder, Colorado 10% alcohol Barleywine style beer. 22oz. bomber. This is a "heads up" label with blue hued "killer penguin" and an angry penguin in the middle of all this.

A- Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a German stein. Excellent one inch head that falls to a light froth and beautiful thick lacing that coats the glass ring for ring.

S- Smells of light of plums, apples, and other dark fruits. Strong alcoholic ester sting the nose on the backbone.

T-M- Taste is watery and alcoholic with the same sense of beer like qualities. It has a smooth and sweet plum, rich caramel malt, and brown sugarish flavor but not a defined estery alcohol finish. Not bad on the mouthfeel but smooth nevertheless.

D- Drinkable but not something to write home about.

01-27-2011 08:27:26 | More by wesbrownyeah
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

1.98/5  rDev -43.9%

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Touted as Boulder's high-octane cold-weather release. Pours a tawny crimson color, and a lively carbonation keeps the eggshell-colored lace alive. Toasty grain and fresh caramel malt aroma, hints of herbal hop and a fruity, dark fig ester smell in the back. Creamy, smooth mouth feel, light body. Mineral notes. A bit juicy, but dry with a powdery malt character. Some dried fruits merge with a spike of alcoholic esters. Hoppy, but not overly expressive. The hops must have mellowed after the six months of conditioning at the brewery, as the bitterness is very tame. Some signs of oxidation? Leafy, herbal and oily hop flavor, middle to end, with a dried-out herbal and floral finish and an increase of alcohol presence as the beer warms.

This is a Barley Wine with the mute button pressed. Not nearly as much depth as we expected, and quite dull compared to the other American brewed Barley Wines out there. Killer Penguin? More like Dead Penguin.

07-23-2008 17:16:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +13.3%

04-03-2013 14:57:39 | More by bulldogg915
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -24.9%

22 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a wispy head that is quickly gone.

The aroma is very sweet melon, fig, caramel and maple syrup with some medicinal alcohol.

The flavor is very sweet brown sugary malts and melon with a light alcohol and hop finish. It's not well balanced at all - way too sweet. The flavors that are there are all rather reserved, making this a little bland, which is surprising for a barleywine. The mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, not very impressive. I had this once before and liked it better then.

12-24-2005 06:39:54 | More by Beaver13
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +17.6%

Beautiful coloring, amber/rootbeer... creamy, off-white head. Vineous and hoppy scented. Great hoppy bites with alot of carbination. Smooth mouthfeel. Bit of vanilla in there. Alcohol is lightly noticable, but not overwhelming. Decent amount of carbination in this one, but it really is not too much that it makes it uncomfortable to drink.

07-30-2004 22:22:04 | More by shapudding
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mverity

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a clear red-amber with a fair amount of tan head. Fair lacing and good legs. Head didn't hold all that well though. Aroma is of sweet toffee malts, earthy hops, and a bit of oak-like wood. High carbonation and medium body give it a pretty enjoyable mouthfeel. Taste follows aroma very closely.

03-03-2014 03:42:07 | More by mverity
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-10-2011 05:06:09 | More by iemailjack
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megamass

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

05-01-2014 20:56:59 | More by megamass
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

01-12-2013 04:34:49 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +13.3%

2007 edition, bomber pours a mostly clear chestnut body with a beige head that falls into a cap and film. Malty aroma of toffee and caramel with a hint of grapefruity hops. Medium body with subdued carbonation. Taste features toffee and caramel, almost chewy. Red apple notes add a nice complexity. Hop bitterness is understated, but adds some pine and grapefruit. Decent barleywine, but the malty backbone tilts toward the English style.

12-31-2007 14:29:09 | More by merlin48
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +22.7%

On tap at the Cambridge Common 11/14/06....
Poured in an unchilled glass (at my request) - 10oz. pour.
Arrived a vibrant mahagony color with a full finger of off-white head....spotty lacing at best as all but a fine layer of foam disappeared.
Fruity aroma...with some cherry, raisin and slight alcohol.
The taste is incredible...not overhopped like many American styles and not overly malted like some of the English BW's I've experienced...the best of both interpretations combine to make an extremely balanced, drinkable barleywine style ale. Mildly fruity in the flavor with just enough raisin flavor to stay true to it's name...not bitter at all.
Medium-bodied with enough carbonation to make this extremely drinkable...10% abv is ridiculously masked.
I have had last years version recently and I believe this one is amped just a bit more and I look forward to trying them side by side real soon.
I'd recommend seeking this one out now.

11-14-2006 20:45:32 | More by warriorsoul
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ChaseBacon

New York

3/5  rDev -15%

06-09-2014 23:38:44 | More by ChaseBacon
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

07-12-2013 20:20:08 | More by doremite
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +3.1%

2013 emblem embedded in red wax...neat.
Poured into 22oz snifter; looks like a barleywine. Deep garnet/brown with a moderate yellow/tan head that fades into some sticky lacing and foam on top of the beer.
Smells like a good american-style one; piney hops are present on top of nutty caramel malt, hints of candied fruit.
Taste is not as big as you'd expect, but is still barleywine. Nutty bready malt, crisp hops and light dark fruit. I see what one of the Bros meant with their comment about this being a "barleywine with the mute button on."
Mouthfeel is full and clean.
Overall, a not bad barleywine but could use more depth of flavor.

03-25-2014 05:50:39 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.61/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours out a color that I will describe as copper, amber, mild red and brown. Beige head, not substantial, but what gets there does leave above average lacing and holds down its retention with the best of 'em.

Nose is fairly toffee-esque with plenty of earthy notes to it. Some old aged oak and vanilla going on. Mild citrus tinge.

Taste yields itself to a good amount of earthy and sweet malt, with a good amount of hopping to it. Alcohol was hid pretty well on this beer. The dark bread breadiness was a nice touch, caramel running throughout it. Nothing real exotic going on, this is a straight up middle of the road barleywine. The hops aren't massive, the body isn't massive, the flavor isn't massive. With all that said, I think its well done and above average for a barleywine. Right in the middle in terms of whether this could be classified as an American or English barleywine. Straddles that line quite nicely. Love the chewiness. Bitterness seemed just right, as was the carbonation.

Tend to enjoy this one more in the winter.

03-08-2013 21:53:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

04-14-2014 09:31:51 | More by williamjbauer
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +26.6%

2005 version, a "Looking Glass" series beer in a bomber bottle with a very annoying wax seal over the cap and down the neck. Clear dark copper appearance, spidery yellowish head of no size or duration. Just dots for lace. Caramel nose, underlying hops give a citrus tone. Carbonation is low, mouthfeel is full and fairly lush. Good taste, starts with a brown sugar and fruit impression and transitions into a hoppiness that is apparent but not as excessive and prickly as many North American Barleywines. Overall, there's kind of a fresh fruit cobbler sense to this beer, slight green raisins as well. Still, clocking in at 10% ABV, its got some girth to it. A nice beer that doesn't brutalize the mouth or back up in your throat. At the top of the drinkability range for Barleywines, IMO...

11-28-2005 01:10:25 | More by ADR
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

03-12-2013 02:46:50 | More by acurtis
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Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
80 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.