Killer Penguin Barleywine | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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3.55/5
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755 Ratings
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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:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,749
Reviews:
338
Ratings:
755
pDev:
15.21%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
132
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 755 |  Reviews: 338
Photo of Avitra
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dafla67
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GunnerJim
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brittanylicious
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heysuz
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarrisWH
1/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

probably their best beer, and it’s still awful

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrDis
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
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.

Cheers

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Photo of h4ger
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mattreitz49
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pkalix
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Avatar113
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BWood
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.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrider
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Parmesan
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
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.

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Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sniperbob
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.

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Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 755 ratings