Killer Penguin Barleywine | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Killer Penguin BarleywineKiller Penguin Barleywine

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2003

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Ratings: 754 |  Reviews: 338
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

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5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.97/5  rDev +40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours from the black wax incrusted bomber into a snifter, the beer was a medium ruby-brown color with a half finger of white head. The head quickly faded but left some good lacing throughout the sample. Streams of carbonation bubbles ran up the sides of the glass. Served at cellar temperature.

The smell was innitially malty with caramel, molasses, slight nut and chocolate and faint alcohol in the nose.

The taste was big and rubust malt up front with hints of chocolate, plum, fig, and grape. The alcohol is present but very well balanced and masked so as to not seem as even half of its 10%. Toffee and a carmel nut after taste deliver a slight tinge of bitterness to each sip, but the finish is a big, sweet, malty flavor.

Medium body with very little carbonation.

For a 10% barley wine the beer is incredibly drinkable. Very little hint of its strength in the nose or the taste. Well-rounded, smooth, and filling. Slightly warming, and very enjoyable. One of my favorite barley wines to date.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.79/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MuddyFeet for the hookup!
The beer is wax coated with a cork 2005 circle in the wax cool!
I am sampling a slightly chilled bottle in a tumbler. The beer pours a clear chestnut with dark garnet highlights and a small fizzy off white head that foams up and fades to nothing quickly. Aroma is red wine, brown sugar, raisins. A little on the sweet side.
First sip reveals a chewy syrupy body with nice viscosity, it goes down fairly easy but coats my mouth and palate after each swallow. Flavor is similar to nose, very fruity and malty with red grape, raisins, plums and brown sugar. I even think I find some maple syrup in the back. Very easy to drink with just a faint hit of booze on the finish. A nice malty barleywine that seems to be in the ENglish style more than American. I like it!

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4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of Rumplemintz
4.74/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Barleywine this year.
I was very pleased.

This beer had a rich velvet mouthfeel.
Lots of fruit, maybe some toffee, caramel.

Amber to copper in color with a haze

I don't recommend to many of these if you need to get behind the wheel. this beer packs a punch.

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4.7/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of phishsihq
4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage Killer Penguin pours a brilliant ruby red, while a half-inch of eggshell colored foam dissipates quickly, leaving a solid rim of head that provides a glass coating lace. A BIG malt nose dominates while hints of dark fruit, grain, floral and citrus hops, chocolate, and slight tones of alcohol play in the background. Deep, rich and complex! Most of the aromas are noticeable on the pallet, including the sweet malt, graininess, chocolate, yeasty fruitiness, caramel, and some hop bitterness. This medium-light bodied, medium carbonated ale is surprisingly smooth and sweet for 10% ABV, a masterpiece!
Simply amazing, enjoy now, or cellar for a few years!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prologue: I hate waxed caps. It's just gimmicky. If your caps aren't working, wax isn't going to save you from oxidation. It just makes it harder for me to get to my beer - I want my beer now, bitch! Dammit! ...And I hate sometimes getting pieces of wax into the beer; but I do like the cute little year marker though (2008), it reminds me of something like "Hello Kitty". So cute!!!

OK, goofy rant completed, I was kind of surprised that this beer is filtered clean, but OK... It pours a clear, deep-copper body with a ruby accent that almost strays into stained cherry, or even light mahogany. The head is creamy and off-white, with good persistence and some very nice lacing.

The aroma is all malt backed by hops! It's loaded with grainy and caramelish malt, yeasty fruitiness (mainly berries and apple, but also a bit of pear), and mild notes of citrusy and leafy/herbal hops.

Not surprisingly, as most of what we taste is actually olfactory, the flavor remains the same. The malt is soft and smooth with a rich graininess. The caramel is balanced just to the threshold of where it might teeter over into being just a bit too much. The yeasty fruitiness comes through as well, and it's also gently hoppy with a bit of leafiness and some very subtle pine or mint. The bitterness is clearly present, but it underlies the malt, and creates a firm base to display it upon. Interestingly, the alcohol is not so apparent. It's kept in check, which gains points in my book. Sure, you know it's there, but it doesn't stand out; and, in fact, I think it helps to round it out and then balance what sweetness is left in the finish.

Boulder is kind of known for a robust display of malt in their beers, or at the very least, a solid malty base, and a barleywine is perhaps the greatest style to showcase that. They've done a wonderful job! It's grainy, caramelish, and slightly honeyish - but with a great fruitiness, and a refining bitterness topped by leafy and subtly piney/grassy/citrusy/spicy/floral hops! Such a combination, and with such balance!

Superbly done, I'd consider the Killer Penguin to be one of the best American examples of the English barleywine stye. It's approahable, supple, and satisfying. Certainly worth seeking out!

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of BeerdedEric
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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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of ADR
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 version, a "Looking Glass" series beer in a bomber bottle with a very annoying wax seal over the cap and down the neck. Clear dark copper appearance, spidery yellowish head of no size or duration. Just dots for lace. Caramel nose, underlying hops give a citrus tone. Carbonation is low, mouthfeel is full and fairly lush. Good taste, starts with a brown sugar and fruit impression and transitions into a hoppiness that is apparent but not as excessive and prickly as many North American Barleywines. Overall, there's kind of a fresh fruit cobbler sense to this beer, slight green raisins as well. Still, clocking in at 10% ABV, its got some girth to it. A nice beer that doesn't brutalize the mouth or back up in your throat. At the top of the drinkability range for Barleywines, IMO...

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Photo of McHenry
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this aged and was very impressed

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Photo of Bear1964
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up a while back and waited till now to crack it, I checked out this when I got it and I try never to do that so my rating is my own...most reviews we not positive....

Poured from a 22 oz Bomber into a stemmed glass showed off the deep Amber hues and a nice 3 fingered tan head which left great lace as I drank on, aroma was rich with dark fruit with some malty biscuit notes and only a slight hint of alcohol. The taste became deeper and released more layers of flavors as it warmed, hops started to peek through and mixed with the pit fruit and a smokey tart finish almost coats the tongue. The 10% ABV is well hidden even as YOU warm a little as you enjoy this and the mouthfeel is medium/Heavy which is fine for the style, it leaves you with wood hint in the bitter aftertaste or dry coated feeling in the problems and no worries as this was solid and drinkable for a good price.

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Photo of Brendanhogan
4.41/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong barley wine with a great taste and finish. If you're in the a sipping mood, kill a penguin.

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