Killer Penguin Barleywine
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Killer Penguin BarleywineKiller Penguin Barleywine
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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
American Barleywine
Ranked #187
Ranked #27,790
3.55 | pDev: 15.21%
Apr 13, 2022
May 12, 2003
Killer Penguin BarleywineKiller Penguin Barleywine
Notes: This limited, small-batch release is dark garnet red in color with a candied-fruit like aroma and flavor. At 10% ABV, Killer Penguin is a big barleywine that comes across very smooth and extremely balanced -- the perfect beer to share among friends.
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Rated: 4.05 by rangerred from Tennessee

Apr 13, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Feb 06, 2022
Rated: 1.53 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I picked up two of these for cellaring and got one for my brother for his birthday, which I think we enjoyed at Christmas, but its a little hazy. This pours a dense medium brown with an abbreviated head and plenty of caramel malt and dark chocolate and dark fruit tones all dripping with booze. The flavor and texture are actually quite dainty and fluid considering the weightiness of the nose. Plenty of flavor but balanced enough to avoid being smothered in alcohol, Some citrus and pine keeps this drinkable and adds complexity. This was 1 2015. I would absolutely get this again and cellar it again. Strong value here.
Apr 19, 2021
Rated: 3.61 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Apr 03, 2021
Rated: 3.62 by smithj4 from New York

Sep 22, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jul 29, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
See-through rust color.

Big white head; frothy lace.

Caramel malts & grapefruit hops in the nose; def. smells the part.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

The taste is surprisingly subtle; hints of caramel & citrus intermingle but this is not cloying.

Usually this isn't my style, but this was a pleasant surprise.
Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by Nalid66 from Virginia

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by Avitra from California

Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 3.68 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2018
Rated: 3.12 by GunnerJim from Virginia

Apr 29, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by heysuz from Indiana

Apr 08, 2018
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Rated by GarrisWH from Colorado

1/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
probably their best beer, and it’s still awful
Apr 01, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Mar 31, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by MrDis from Indiana

Mar 31, 2018
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---cheers Randy!
This nice ale pours a deep ruby mahogany with a nice head of off white foam
that dies down to a thick ring, thin light pool, and showcases some nice sudsy
lacing. Nose of cherries, strong grain alcohol, light caramel malts, and a hint of
light toffee. Flavors follow the nose with a brandied cherry note with a rather strong
grain alcohol note that is lightly tamed with caramel malts and then ramped up with
a solid bittering hop on the mid to rear. Decent mouth feel; medium carbonation that
borderlines on medium high, medium body, and a sweet booze and hop accentuated finish.

A touch outside of the style boundaries, could use less carbonation, but this is still a solid drinker
for a change of pace. A rum barrel aged version of this would go over swimmingly.

Mar 17, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by h4ger from Connecticut

Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 3.54 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Dec 15, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by pkalix from California

Nov 03, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by Avatar113 from California

Oct 14, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by freewill35 from Indiana

Oct 08, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Sep 16, 2017
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Reviewed by BWood from California

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Look. Dark amber almost red looking.

Smell. Pretty 1 dimensional. Nothing stands out.

Taste. Follows nose. Not a ton of depth or bite that typical BWs have.

Feel. Decently smooth with high carbonation at the end.

Overall. So so. Would not buy again. Not terrible. Just better options.
Sep 06, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by SamuelMiller from Montana

Aug 28, 2017
Rated: 3.91 by sjrider from California

Aug 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
L: Dark Amber red with notes of orange where the light hits the glass, very little head or lacing on the glass.

S: Notes of caramel, toffee, cherries, not much hop presence, very muted for a barleywine.

T: Strong notes of caramel and toffee, notes of cherry, a medium bitterness. A bit one deminsional for a barleywine.

F: Heavy body higher carbonation.

O: Not as much complexity as other barleywines.
Jul 29, 2017
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a clear mahogany producing barely a finger of beige, rapidly diminishing head that settles to thin skim of foam leaving only hints of squiggly lacing. Aroma is sweet & fruity caramel malt, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, fig, chocolate cherry cordial, spice, cereal grains, a hint of ethyl acetate & alcohol. Taste is similar but with woody oak/vanilla & cereal notes, whiskey hints with bitter roast & earthy hops in the finish & aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium carbonation, slick, syrupy, quite prickly & somewhat grainy with a drawing aftertaste. The sometimes gets a bad review but I find it quite pleasing.
Jul 26, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L: Pours a nice reddish brown with a small khaki colored head that fades to a ring quickly. No lacing.
S: Burnt sugar, toffee, molasses and fruit. And a hint of something I'll just call "bad perfume", which kind of ruins it.
T: This comes across a little sweet, has a malty backbone and a hint of apple cider.
F: Medium thickness, carbonation seems OK for the style.
O: Alcohol is well hidden. There is something in the aroma and the aftertaste that just seems out of place. I don't think it's as bad as the Bros think, but certainly not one I'll pick up again.
Apr 23, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Turbo from Minnesota

Apr 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Sniperbob from Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into frosted pint glass, color is inviting orange. Smell is sweet carmel. Pours about a finger length of head. Taste is exactly what I would expect from a barleywine, sweet, malty and thick, not too much hop flavor to drown out the malt. Very well made beer, I was surprised to see it rated so low. I will need to buy another and see how it ages.
Apr 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some dark fruits. The taste is hoppy, malty, dark fruits. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, a very nice brew.
Apr 03, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Feb 26, 2017
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
2/25/17 bottle (2011 vintage)
Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 4 by elglueckert from Montana

Feb 19, 2017
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Reviewed by jp32 from Michigan

3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Pours ruby in color with a big head. Carbonation looks nice. Toasted caramel malts dominate it's aroma with some stonefruit in the background. It's flavor is grainy with caramel malts, green apple, pine hop resin, plums, and it finishes relatively tart. Some oxidation is present. Decent beer, but nothing that really stands out to me.
Feb 05, 2017
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