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Killer Penguin Barleywine - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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620 Ratings

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 13
Gots: 103 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2003

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a ruby amber. A cream head recedes to big bubbles. Soapy lacing.

Aroma is oaky, sweet and malty with hints of toffee.

Tastes sweet with honey and toffee up front, then a woody body, faint hops.

Mouthfeel is sticky.

Overall, not bad for 10% ABV.

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3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time seeing this locally so had to purchase and consume. 2013 Vintage. And I did not get a wax top! Boo!

Pours a very clear tan/light burgandy pour with a big off-white colored foamy head. Teeny bit of lacing. Definitely a unique pour. Wasn't expecting the see-through appearance. Kinda cool though.

The smell is candied sugar, rubber, plums and moderate booze. Nothing overly complex here. Could be a little early in the bottle process.

Gots some hops in this BW. Decent amount of hops in the taste and also booze comes through immediately. Really get some alcohol soaked fruits as well. Big burn sensation on the swallow. Definitely a tummy warmer during these cold days. Pretty flavorful. And smooth too....if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel is big and full. Chewy and almost heavy. For a clear liquid, this packs some punch.

Overall I dug this. Based on the reviews I wasn't sure how this would be going in, but I enjoyed my session. It's big and bold and different. Will look to purchase again and set the bird down for a year or so. The 10% is evident but enjoyable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2006 bomber, the last, oldest, and best of a 6-year vertical. Thanks Chris!

A: Clear copper body, 1/2" fine tan head. Solid.

S: Old, sweet, and fruity. Basement, cherry, toffee, and sherry. Pleasant oxidation.

T: Less impressive here, with simple caramel malt and soem apple. Ok.

M: Creamy medium body. Good.

O: Mediocre barleywine, even at its best. The fresher vintages ranged from forgettable to moderately gross; this one at least had enough age to be a bit more complex.


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3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a murky chestnut brown, with a single finger tan head. Head retention is about average, lacing is creamy.

S - Smell is of faint pine, bready caramel malts, and spices.

T - Taste is of bready caramel and toffee malts, spices, and finishes with balancing piney hops. The basic idea here is good, but for some reason, the flavor is strangely lacking in flavor and complexity for a barleywine.

M - Medium body and milder carbonation. Slick and smooth. This stuff is strangely drinkable for a barleywine too. The 10% is well hidden.

O - Overall, this beer is like an odd blend of trying to be big and flavorful/strong, but somewhat drinkable at the same time. At the end of the day, it's just not packing the punch I've come to expect from the style. It certainly isn't bad, but there are plenty of other, better options in this style.

Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
81 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.