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Killer Penguin Barleywine - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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580 Ratings

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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 15
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very nice, deep red in color. Clear. Bright yellow, with a slight greenish tinge, in the dimple. Not much head. Some nice lacing, but it doesn't hold much.

S: Thick, sweet molasses/tree sap smell dominates. Some barnyard funk/hay.

T/MF: Feels every so slightly thick on the tongue. Starts without much flavor, but immediately gives way to very sweet molasses notes all over the mouth, once swallowed! Some stick/branch like notes. Flavor sticks around quite a while, and kicks back in whenever I swallow or salivate. Slight wintergreen and green pine needle notes towards the front. Not up my alley, flavorwise, but very easy drinking.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (wax topped :argh:), into a Belgian tulip glass.

TruePerception, May 29, 2014
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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 hot mess that is the remaining hop contingent.

While not a bad tipple overall, this one seems to have a bit of a 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 yet consider about this particular offering. Huh.

biboergosum, Apr 09, 2014
Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
79 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.