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Killer Penguin Barleywine - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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636 Ratings

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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2003

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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5/5  rDev +40.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is translucent and surprisingly cherry red in color. The head is off white, and foams to about two inches, holds there, then dissipates down to a lacing, which it retains indefinitely.

The smell is a mixture of notable piney hops, apple fruit sweetness, some mild citrus tartness, a hint of spice of undetermined type, and a mild tinge of alcohol. The taste starts with the hops, which are mostly piney and tangy, lower on the bitterness than the nose suggested, and somewhat floral in the aftertaste. A bit of bready malt character follows, but is secondary and dry.

The feel is fuller and a bit viscous with a low tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth. There is some alcohol warmth as it goes down.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer but not a knockout. The presentation does add something, and the beer gets good points on the pour and nose from me. The taste leaves something to be desired; even among the American styles, I like to detect some richer malts in a barleywine. The hops in the taste are perfect, but they aren't probably balanced by the malt.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottle is from the 2009 vintage.

The aesthetic of this beer is one of the best I have ever seen in terms of barleywines. Rich mahogany in color, and it lights up a deep ruby when illuminated. The head is a creamy froth 1 cm high...well retained for a big beer. Incredible lacing -- delicate, spotty, and full -- forms all over the glass. Just a gorgeous beer.

The remainder of the beer is enjoyable, but nothing special. Sweet and sticky aromas of caramel, toffee, and a little bit boozy even after a slumber in my cellar. The flavor is similar, and it lacks some punch, complexity, and depth. The texture is a touch thin, but the carbonation is on point. A reasonably well-done barleywine, I am happy I passed on the case before trying a bottle.

Photo of Daktyls
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 22oz "2011" bottle that (when held up to the light) is a nice ruby red color with a one fingered light tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a ring around the outside edge of the glass and a small patch of bubbles in the middle.

S: Caramel is predominant here, with some dark fruits in the background. Some sweet sugary notes are present, perhaps molasses and brown sugar, with a ever so slight bit of spice.l

T: Upfront is some nice malty goodness with a light bit of brown sugar from the nose. The finish, is fantastic. A combination of red velvet cake and candied cherries makes a nice close to this beer. A slight amount of light fruits is present as well, apples mostly.

M: Pretty smooth for a high ABV beer, moderate amount of carbonation with certainly a lot of flavor happening.

O: Overall, fantastic. I had actually been looking for this beer for quite some time, not having realized that it was a 'every two years' release. Very good.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of smerrell
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter. This beer is missing something, although I can't put my finger on exactly what it is. The aroma is sweet with caramel, and the lacing is heavy on the head that lingers for a long time. The color is deep mahogany. The hops are noticible and pleasant, and the taste is pleasant but lacking - perhaps it needs a bigger malt presence? I'm not quite sure. I like the flavor, I just wish it was bigger in this beer. Certainy not disappointing, but not quite what I was looking for.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.23/5  rDev -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

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.12/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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