Killer Penguin Barleywine | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

BA SCORE
81
good
737 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful
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Killer Penguin BarleywineKiller Penguin Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
boulderbeer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
737
Reviews:
336
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
15.13%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
129
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 336
Photo of Parmesan
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sniperbob
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pathman
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/25/17 bottle (2011 vintage)

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Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jp32
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kinmundy77
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Zoobrews
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of jera1350
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as bad as the scores here show, especially from "the bros." Drink and review the beer again, brewers can change and a review from 2008 that shows awful will turn off potential drinkers. Their old ass reviews are one of the worst parts of this site. Is this beer top class no, but is this beer an affordable introduction to the style yes. Give it a try.

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Photo of fearfactory
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavesBeerReviews
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My new favorite

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Photo of Stevem68
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper Amber color. Aroma is mild maltiness with a hint of vanilla and a touch of booziness. Flavor follows the nose but pretty light for a barley wine. Feel is light as well. Overall decent flavor but everything is too light and out of balance.

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Photo of taospowder
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dental
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaktcc
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tlloyd417
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.57 out of 5 based on 737 ratings.
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