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Killer Penguin Barleywine - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Killer Penguin BarleywineKiller Penguin Barleywine

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598 Ratings

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 14
Gots: 91 | 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 VaTechHopHead
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange/light brown. Not much of a head but the lacing is pretty good. Somewhat inviting appearance

The aroma isn't very strong when its cold but it is mostly rich malts, biscuits, earthy hops, and a refreshing yeast scent

Not a bold flavor and lots of hints of aged hops. Slightly sweet from some sort of sugar or hop cloying. Slight booze flavor in the middle and finishes on the sweet side with aftertastes of sugar and alcohol

Medium body and low carbonation lead to a weak aftertaste that doesn't last and leaves an alcohol clean feel on the palate. Doesn't really beg for another sip

An ok beer, for the price not really worth it and I was hoping for more. The barrel treatment is virtually unnoticeable

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Duff27
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into a snifter, the beer is a deep, dark, auburn coloring, with ruby highlights and a fluffy, small bubbled, light tan head of a good half inch. Malty and rich aromas, with a good boozey highlight, some light spicing, and a touch of hops. Good, bold flavors that are very well balanced. Good hops profile that touches the tip of the tongue, but settles in on the mid-tongue. Malty profile is rich, with a crystal and roasted caramel palate. Good, toasty characteristics to draw everything together, leading to a peppery hopped aftertaste, with a little kiss of the booze again. Decent cling along the glass while you drink. The finish is surprisingly light, with only a slightly sweet linger that is very tasty and pleasant. Good tasting brew, but I'm not sure how it would hold up over time. I am curious enough to try it...

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of 9InchNails
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottle

Copper color red with decent amount of bubbles. Beige creamy head that fades rather quickly forming a ring around the snifter. It leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Caramel, dark fruits, tropical fruits, grapefruits, brown sugar and a hint of alcohol.

Caramel, brown sugar, tropical fruits alongside some dark fruits, just a hint of alcohol in the taste, quite sweet yet slightly a bitter dryness at the end.

Creamy medium body with light to prickly carbonation, it leaves the lips feeling sticky, some alcohol warmth as it goes down. Kind of dry at the end.

This is a tasty barleywine! Some alcohol is present but it works well with the taste.

Photo of theformula
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Telestic
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage was dipped 22oz bottle poured into Snifter.

A. Poured 1+ finger head of orangeish tint head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Color is orangeish brown.

S. Smells like a pretty yummy barleywine. Caramel, brown sugar, molassess, raisins. Pretty sweet smelling, but still has some booziness for 3 years of age.

T. Raisins, brown sugar, caramel, figs, molasses. Pretty smooth at this age. Not extemely flavorful, but flavors are pretty well fused together.

M. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes sweet.

O. Overall I think this is a pretty solid Barleywine. Granted I need to try this fresh as comparison, but with 3 years on it, it is pretty tasty. Nothing earth shattering, and having King Henry a few days ago not much would seem to compare. However I have read a lot of negative reviews of this one, and I guess I don't get that in this bottle.

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DonDirkA
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of meich75
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of rjacobs6
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +41.6%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top, nicely waxed. The best-by date says Feb 2011, but this is 10%, so I think we'll be ok. 2009 vintage, poured into my Black Sheep half-pint goblet. This is quite attractive packaging, really.

Appearance: A light nut-brown beer, with pretty nice clarity, this shows burnt orange highlights when held up to the light. Capped with a very respectable, long lasting light tan crown. Overall, nice looking beer.

Smell: Butter toffee, holiday toasted nuts, ghost of American citrusy hops. Sweet, sticky, caramel notes. This smells pretty nice. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: Immense buttery, toasted nut flavors. Not what I would expect in a barleywine typically, but quite pleasant. Then there's a big hit of caramel apple. Just a hint of tart, green apple and toasted caramel as well. Maybe a hint of stone fruits as well? A bit odd, overall, but not unpleasant really. Medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium-bodied...not as thick and sticky as it should be for 10%. Maybe this is partially a result of almost 3 years in the bottle?

Overall: An odd little barleywine. I think this retailed for around $10 or so a bottle. For that price, it's not bad. The toasted nut flavors are really nice, if a bit odd. Yet the thin body and a bit of residual alcoholic heat take away from this a bit. Also, there's very little depth. I dunno what this is like fresh, and I could almost justify buying it again, if it wasn't for the fact that Schlafly makes an oak-aged barleywine for around $11 that, with 2-3 years on it is sublime.

Photo of chugalug06
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew is nice clean crisp amber color, very dark. Cream colored head sits rather foamy too.

Lots of heat and caramel malts.

Nicely hopped. Bitter, but in a good way. Lots of heat. This brew would benefit nicely from a few years put away.

Big heat and bitterness! Slightly thin too

A bit overpriced, not the best bwine yet still a good one. A bit basic.

Photo of Schlais
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of GallowsThief
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into my tulip. 2011 wax sealed bottle.

A – Pours a light caramel brown color with good clarity. One finger of tan head produces a nice lacing down the glass.

S – Caramel malt smell with dark fruit along for the ride. Fairly light smell all together.

T – Initial hop taste followed quickly by a nice caramel malt. Has some brown sugar and molasses tastes. Gives off just a bit of sweetness. Raisins and apples also work their way in to the taste. Nice boozy flavor at the end.

M – Creamy mouthfeel and smooth. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O – Liked this one. Easy drinker despite the 10% ABV. Subtle for a barleywine. Aging one and curious to see how it does. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of hippityhops85
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2009 wax sealed bottle

After reading the wide range of reviews on this, I decided to pop it open Thanksgiving night and take a taste for myself.

Pours like a typical barleywine, bottle conditioning yeast very present. Minimal head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of dark fruits, muted hops, lots of malt. Looking forward to tasting.

Ah, I see what everyone is talking about. The flavors are excellent with dark fruits married to a sherry-like flavor. The biggest problem with this beer is that it is just too thin. Alcohol is still very present as well.

Overall, it was an enjoyable beer and may do better with even more age on it (4-5 years) but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
81 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.