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Killer Penguin Barleywine - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Killer Penguin BarleywineKiller Penguin Barleywine

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BA SCORE
80
good

516 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hopped up barleywine, with some malt. Style bender. Great bubbly head on dark dark brown body.Citrus, fruit, alcohol, active carbonation. Different sweetness but not an exemplary barleywine. Wasn't the night for it to shine, and I do not know if I will give it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 04:07:53 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Particulate-laden reddish copper with sunset orange highlights. The solidly creamy cap of toasted tan foam descends at a near-glacial pace and leaves the inside of the glass spattered with an attractive array of pocked lace.

The aroma emanating from my glass is not the aroma that I was expecting from a strong ale. It's so much more hoppy than malty that it smells like an IPA or even a DIPA. Chunks of orange and lemon rind crusted with light brown sugar is a fair approximation. I like the nose very much, although it could be stronger.

Now this is more like it! The first thing that I notice when the beer hits my mouth is the mouthfeel. Killer Penguin is a full, sweet, almost syrupy beer that is impressive as hell from the word 'go'. The honeyish, cake-like malt backbone is as solid as a rock with sweet caramel and toffee flavors bursting over the tongue and sliding down like heavy silk.

Bitter, grapefruit pithy hops are present in substantial quantities and give the beer a balanced flavor profile with both sides of the scale weighted down fairly heavily. The more I drink, the more it's obvious that this beer is a barleywine much more than it's a strong ale.

The mouthfeel, again, is luxurious with nary a trace of carbonation. The finish is long and lingering, allowing the drinker to continue to enjoy the flavor well after the beer has met its inevitable fate. It's amazing how well the myriad flavors have melded. That may have something to do with the fact that this bottle has been in my cellar for nearly a year. Far from being harmed by the long wait, my suspicion is that it has benefitted immensely.

Killer Penguin is a great name and the label ensures that the empty bomber will be a keeper. The beer is pretty damn good too. I hope that rumors of the Penguin's demise have been exaggerated (its absence on the brewery's website is not encouraging) because it'd be a shame if this is both my first and last bottle of this quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 15:19:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage, sampled in Oct 07

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel color with a modest head that doesn't retain particularly well but dots the glass with lace

Smell: What a nice caramel malt aroma! Rich with deep burnt sugar tones, figs and dates

Taste: OPens with a rich caramel flavor that delivers some of the dried fruit from the aroma, as well as some powdery chocolate; after the swallow, it all disappears like a chimera into a watery mess; some residual piney bitterness on the finish, however

Mouthfeel: Medium body but way too watery for a barleywine; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite its flaws, this barleywine is drinking nicely now; just wish the flavor matched the aroma

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 22:50:13 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of bitter hops is dominating with some notes of alcohol and sugar. Taste is way too hoppy for my own taste in barleywine with some medium sugar and light alcohol peak. Body is slightly too light with some medium carbonation. Overall, I thought this was too hoppy and bitter and generally lacking some character.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 18:39:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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metter98

New York

3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and alcohol are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are also some hints of spices and the alcohol seems to be a little more subdued in the taste—except for prominence in the finish. No stickiness is detectable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer doesn't do a very good job at masking the alcohol from the smell and taste and is a slow sipper. The aromas and flavors also lack the complexities exhibited by the top beers in the style.

Note: 2013 Vintage

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 03:30:02 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark garnet-hued body with a small, frothed, off-white head.

Smell: Caramelly crystal malt nose. Cherry fruitiness. Fresh-brewed ice tea. Touch of spruce. Blast of ethanol.

Taste: Caramel with a dash of southern iced tea and a bulky crystal malt sweetness. Topped with two, maybe three maraschino cherries. Spruce hints. Citrusy hops with a moderate bitterness. Bittersweet, boozed up finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A little hot, a little harsh when first released, I've got some bottles of the '06 in the cellar which will soon be joined by the '07 vintage for a long, quiet, much needed rest.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 17:29:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prologue: I hate waxed caps. It's just gimmicky. If your caps aren't working, wax isn't going to save you from oxidation. It just makes it harder for me to get to my beer - I want my beer now, bitch! Dammit! ...And I hate sometimes getting pieces of wax into the beer; but I do like the cute little year marker though (2008), it reminds me of something like "Hello Kitty". So cute!!!

OK, goofy rant completed, I was kind of surprised that this beer is filtered clean, but OK... It pours a clear, deep-copper body with a ruby accent that almost strays into stained cherry, or even light mahogany. The head is creamy and off-white, with good persistence and some very nice lacing.

The aroma is all malt backed by hops! It's loaded with grainy and caramelish malt, yeasty fruitiness (mainly berries and apple, but also a bit of pear), and mild notes of citrusy and leafy/herbal hops.

Not surprisingly, as most of what we taste is actually olfactory, the flavor remains the same. The malt is soft and smooth with a rich graininess. The caramel is balanced just to the threshold of where it might teeter over into being just a bit too much. The yeasty fruitiness comes through as well, and it's also gently hoppy with a bit of leafiness and some very subtle pine or mint. The bitterness is clearly present, but it underlies the malt, and creates a firm base to display it upon. Interestingly, the alcohol is not so apparent. It's kept in check, which gains points in my book. Sure, you know it's there, but it doesn't stand out; and, in fact, I think it helps to round it out and then balance what sweetness is left in the finish.

Boulder is kind of known for a robust display of malt in their beers, or at the very least, a solid malty base, and a barleywine is perhaps the greatest style to showcase that. They've done a wonderful job! It's grainy, caramelish, and slightly honeyish - but with a great fruitiness, and a refining bitterness topped by leafy and subtly piney/grassy/citrusy/spicy/floral hops! Such a combination, and with such balance!

Superbly done, I'd consider the Killer Penguin to be one of the best American examples of the English barleywine stye. It's approahable, supple, and satisfying. Certainly worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 23:57:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz, red wax-capped bottle, 2013 vintage. Muchas gracias to doktorzee for procuring this for me on his recent foray into that particular part of those United States. Cool, Robot Chicken-evocative label imagery.

This beer pours (after an easier to remove than is the norm cap) a clear, medium orange brick amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, frothy, and widely bubbly beige head, which leaves a ribbon of pockmarked lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of rather sweet caramel/toffee malt, rum-soaked plump raisins, a touch of treacle, somewhat metallic and muddled citrus rind, Pine-Sol, reduced, but weirdly watered-down brown sugar, and herbal, leafy, and somewhat perfumed hops, the bristling alcohol manifesting as such. The taste is more candy-forward biscuity caramel malt, besotted black fruit (plums, raisins, and maybe some figs), singed brown sugar, kind of stale and overripe orange and grapefruit flesh notes, wet pine, thinned-out nougat, and a continuing blended floral, leafy, and boozy hop astringency.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, and generally hard to pinpoint at times, the body a sturdy enough medium weight, and touch and go as far as smoothness goes, those heretofore timid hops starting to break out of their shell. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel/toffee/treacle malt not about to give up the ghost just yet, given its persistent sauced to the gills fruitiness, and the mess that is the remaining hop contingent.

While not a bad tipple overall, this one seems to have a bit of problem choosing sides in the whole 'is it or isn't it' barleywine heritage debate, instead deciding to go off on a weak-ass side project of its own, i.e. dumb everything down, just a bit. I swear, I get a bit of malt liquor (pick yer favourite bottom shelf purveyor) essence when I close my eyes and turn my brain off. Maybe that's more telling than anything I have and will still consider about this particular offering. Huh.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 04:27:49 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wax-dipped 22 ounce bomber, baleful bird glares from the label.

Clear crimson color, with a thinnnish, cola toned head, that gently deteriorates.

Bright, bold, dark fruit beams in the nose. Cherries and berries melded with a mildly cognac-y feel.

Smooth and rich on the palate, sweet and luscious. Despite being a 10% biggie, it's not loud, nor brash. Velvety slick. Thick malt, mellow hops, hefty body, dreamy mouthfeel. Soft, solid finish, dries off gallantly.

A very convivial brew, a delight in the mouth.
This menacing bird turns out to be a pussycat, but a very tasty one. I like it, though it doesn't resemble my favorite barleywines, it's a resfreshing change, and one still stocked with character. I'll enjoy this all night long.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 05:54:01 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 release acquired from COBeerBuff courtesy of the 666-3 BIF, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains fruit, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. The malt character is hearty and on-target for the style. The hops presence is complementary but toned down a bit presumably from the two years of age on it. Nonetheless, the balance is right where it should be for this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, as a self-proclaimed “Hophead” I prefer my ABW’s with more hops bitterness, but this beer is either proof of the common thought that ABW’s peak at around two-years-old or I just like it more than most people.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 05:12:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 version, a huge bargain at $4.75 a bomber IMO. Poured into an Orval chalice. I will tell you getting through that wax seal was a huge pain! This was a nice suprise

Pours caramel with a thin head. Above average lacing & a healthy film

S: Sweet sticky malt & oakyness

T: Treacle & dryness up front. I catch hints of oak, caramel & vanilla next. Cherry notes & warming alcohol also come through. I catch a hint of herbal/piney hops. Finishes strong with piney hops, dryyness, praline notes& warming goodness

MF: Chewy & yet slick with low carbonation

Drinks pretty good with for the abv/style. I enjoyed this way more than last years! This strikes a great balance between english & american style IMO. This really warms you up! Will lay a bottle down for later.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 04:48:02 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malty scent that boasts of crystal, roasted, and bisquit malts. It has a nice burnt toffee scent with a sweet, yet warm breadlike aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and warms on the finish. It has a toasted flavor with breadlike hints. This is one tastey brew. It's loaded with malts and is quite complex. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good barleywine. It's good great aroma and a wonderful taste; a fine seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 00:21:27 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with amber highlights. It had a two-finger, off-white head of foam that had some big bubbles and left some lacing.

S - It smelled malty and boozy. There was a floral presence.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with a fruity presence. There was a mild bitterness.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A medium to full bodied beer with a strong alcohol warmth.

D - It was too sweet and just seemed "messy". I was not a fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 18:20:22 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head, semi clear reddish copper color.

Nose has sweet malts, caramel, toffee, reddish toasty malts, hint of earthy hops, syrups, basic barleywine like.

Taste is malty, chewy earthy malts, reddish malts almost syrupy, toasty malts, hint of earthy hops, syrupy caramel and malts, slight bitter and fruity. Plenty of warming booze.

Mout is med to heavier bodied, syrupy, decent carb, plenty of warming booze.

Overall kinda meh, not too bad but sweeter and very syrupy, decent malts but not great, hops are there but meh.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 22:03:06 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Bottle Vintage, sampled August 2007
I'll admit to the fact that I have been sort of avoiding this beer for quite some time; I haven't heard too many great things about it, but there is only one way to really know.

Topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a lightly hazed, reddish amber colored brew. Up front the aroma is a concentrated mix of hop and malt character. Almost immediately though it starts to pick up a note reminiscent of rancid cheddar cheese, fungal focused mushrooms, and dirty old socks; somehow these lost, out of place aromatic notes bring a smile to my face as they make me think how much I would like to be smelling a funky Lambic beer right now. Alas this is no lambic, and the funk just gets in the way of the concentrated malt and hop character that should be the sole focus of this beer. The malt and hop aromatics are noticeable, in fact they are bigger than the funk (which is just so out of place that it is quite noticeable); notes of caramel, toasted grain, sweet citrus and a herbal, almost menthol-like hop character. Interestingly enough the super funky aromatics seem to dissipate, for the most part, after a short bit of time leaving nothing but a tainted memory for the nose to live through.

The flavor is lightly sweet for a beer of this stature; the malt sweetness is well balanced by a herbal hop character and bitterness. Candied grapefruit peel, a zesty carbonation, notes of pine and a touch of minty basil help to balance and even at times show up the malt character of this beer. The malt character focuses on crystal malt like notes of caramel, toasted grain, sweet raisins, brown sugar coated biscuits, and even some hints of roasted malt character in the finish (perhaps reminiscent of almost black toast, or even lightly roasted, spent coffee grounds. The beer has a solid bitterness, though it is certainly not on the high end for an American-styled Barleywine.

The aroma of this beer started out down-right wrong, but seemed to correct itself after being allowed to breath for a bit. Luckily by the time I got to the taste, the really weird funky notes had almost all but disappeared, if they were ever noticeable. In the end this beer is quite a bit more enjoyable that I had feared; part of this may have been my initial low expectations and the fact that the aroma started out so poorly; the beer recovered though and has become quite a tasty tipple. The lesson, definitely let this beer sit for a while after you pour it to give it a chance to breath and open up.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 05:17:51 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not my favorite barley wine... This beer is an opaque brown color with a solid head on it. The lacing is very nice too.the problem I have with this is the mixture of sweetness and spice. It's not very well balanced. I had a difficult time even drinking the 6oz. Sampler I had. I don't plan on having this one again anytime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 02:54:13 | More by Knapp85
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark copper in color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a while. A spotty surface foam remain for the length of the session. No lacing develops.

Smell: malt and alcohol are easily picked up by the nose.

Taste: big maltiness with a hearty bitterness, plums, raisins, and alcohol. A touch of breadiness can describe this too. The alcohol is very warming and really comes through as it warms.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start leaning towards a syrupy finish. Alcohol and malts stick to the tongue for a while after swallowing. Heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: a solid barleywine here. Worth finding this and giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 15:24:37 | More by Gavage
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mactrail

California

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coppery reddish brown in the little Mort Subite globe. Decent foam but very little lacing in the glass. Canned peaches in the nose. Quite sharp and verges on the acidic.

An anorexic and overheated sort of Barleywine. Slightly woody. An odd candy flavor with some sweet vermouth, but all rather dry. The sugar seems to have been fermented most of the way out. If this was a Belgian quad I'd say it had some wild yeast and a couple glugs of Oud Bruin in the mix. Quite dry and bitter finish. A mineral taste, like an astoundingly strong and dry Saison. This is certainly an unusual variety of Barleywine, and the brewers have been making it since 2002, so they must like it that way.

From the 22 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, so this one's going on a year old. From Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 06:07:35 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very drinkable barleywine in my book. 2012 vintage enjoyed in a snifter. the pour is mostly clear copper color with lazy but hearty off white lacing. the nose is quite fruity, dried cherries stand out, but red apple and plum may also be present. lots of alcohol, as well as light vanilla and oak notes tickle the nose. points off for it being a little too boozy, but it smells decadent all the same. the flavor is fruit first, with the cherries again being the main player. toffee and english caramalt round out an otherwise caustic alcohol sting, and a little whiskey sweetness lingers on after the swallow. the alcohol becomes even more of an issue as it warms, stopping short of cleaning solvent, especially in the nose. feel is fine, rather light in body for the style, but not thin or watery at all, just not as heavily clad with malty heft as these usually are. gentle carbonation does not detract from the flavor experience. overall a cool holiday barleywine, i enjoyed the fruit forward side of this, but a few years in the cellar might help get the booze under control. an easy bomber to split with a loved one some night when you plan to stay in.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 22:27:13 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008
Poured a amber/copper color with a small white head. Nose is sweet, caramel, hops, brown sugar. Taste is on the thinner side, medium bodied but tasty. Caramel, some fruits, piny hops, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is good, thinner and not really thick and sticky but tasty. Drinkability is good due to its taste and lack of full body.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 01:14:56 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to agree with some of the other reviews and say this beer was good, but weak-tasting for a barley wine. It was very drinkable and mellow for the style. It had a sweet, punch-like aroma and tasted of sweet fruity malts with some citrusy hops like an American barleywine should.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 21:43:24 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A wax-capped bottle with a wooden '2006' marker mounted on said wax. I bought this last fall from Liquid Solutions and finally decided that now is the time.

A: The barleywine has an attractive copper red color, trending towards a more orange amber color when light shines through it. There is minimal head atop the beer.

S: The nose is a malty explosion, thick with dark fruits and grains. Some pine hop aromas add a further depth.

T: A sip reveals as much malt as the nose gives off. Dark alefruits and spices (vanilla and cinnamon) spring to mind. The flavors are quite harsh, still malty hot after a year in the cellar. Hops are nowhere to be found, making me view this as more English than American. The ale is very thick, almost chewy.

M: The malts are dense and a muddling mouth that never really finds its way is the result. The big blast upfront leaves a bitter malty finish that I don't like in a barleywine.

D: I really wanted to like this one, due in part to the nice packaging, but I just don't. I don't expect to finish the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 21:32:24 | More by akorsak
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger, cream head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nose is like an oak barrel. Clear deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty with background hops, sour grapefruit finish. Disappointing barleywine. 2006 vintage, $6.20 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 22:44:56 | More by jdhilt
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA. 2006 vintage, as indicated by the small wooden disc embedded in the bottle neck's red wax coating.

Poured into a large glass chalice, formed 1/4" tan head over the clear deep dark copper brew. Head lasts pretty well, esp for the style, with ample, slow-falling lacing. Aroma is thick and fruity sweet, reminds me of cough medicine, but with nice flavoring. Taste starts with fruity malt sweetness, becomes almost cloying, and then the alcohol takes over. Mouthfeel is okay, a bit too much burn perhaps, and drinkability is limited by same. 22oz of this is quite a commitment, maybe 12ozers would work better.

PS - Just noticed I gave the same scores to last year's version. Guess they've got consistency down pretty well!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 01:21:29 | More by ppoitras
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Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
80 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.