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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3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time seeing this locally so had to purchase and consume. 2013 Vintage. And I did not get a wax top! Boo!

Pours a very clear tan/light burgandy pour with a big off-white colored foamy head. Teeny bit of lacing. Definitely a unique pour. Wasn't expecting the see-through appearance. Kinda cool though.

The smell is candied sugar, rubber, plums and moderate booze. Nothing overly complex here. Could be a little early in the bottle process.

Gots some hops in this BW. Decent amount of hops in the taste and also booze comes through immediately. Really get some alcohol soaked fruits as well. Big burn sensation on the swallow. Definitely a tummy warmer during these cold days. Pretty flavorful. And smooth too....if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel is big and full. Chewy and almost heavy. For a clear liquid, this packs some punch.

Overall I dug this. Based on the reviews I wasn't sure how this would be going in, but I enjoyed my session. It's big and bold and different. Will look to purchase again and set the bird down for a year or so. The 10% is evident but enjoyable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2006 bomber, the last, oldest, and best of a 6-year vertical. Thanks Chris!

A: Clear copper body, 1/2" fine tan head. Solid.

S: Old, sweet, and fruity. Basement, cherry, toffee, and sherry. Pleasant oxidation.

T: Less impressive here, with simple caramel malt and soem apple. Ok.

M: Creamy medium body. Good.

O: Mediocre barleywine, even at its best. The fresher vintages ranged from forgettable to moderately gross; this one at least had enough age to be a bit more complex.


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3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a murky chestnut brown, with a single finger tan head. Head retention is about average, lacing is creamy.

S - Smell is of faint pine, bready caramel malts, and spices.

T - Taste is of bready caramel and toffee malts, spices, and finishes with balancing piney hops. The basic idea here is good, but for some reason, the flavor is strangely lacking in flavor and complexity for a barleywine.

M - Medium body and milder carbonation. Slick and smooth. This stuff is strangely drinkable for a barleywine too. The 10% is well hidden.

O - Overall, this beer is like an odd blend of trying to be big and flavorful/strong, but somewhat drinkable at the same time. At the end of the day, it's just not packing the punch I've come to expect from the style. It certainly isn't bad, but there are plenty of other, better options in this style.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: brown color, clear, small head with a thin layer of foam that covers most of the top.

S: aging hops, heavy malt

T: Lot of fruit flavor and some sweet malt. some alcohol.

M: thick body with medium carbonation.

O: pretty standard American barleywine, but not as hoppy in taste as I wanted to balance the sweetness.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened a 2012 bomber bottle, and poured into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours a crystal clear garnet/ruby color, with about a finger of light tan head. Lots of lacing grips the side of the glass as the head falls.

S - Smells of candied fruits. Cherries, dates, figs and caramel malts.

T/M - The smell transfers to taste, but is kinda muddled by an underlying sweetness. I get notes of the fruits, along with a somewhat sweet bubblegum flavor. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - Not a bad barleywine. The 10% is not that noticable at all, which is kinda scary. Easily drinkable, but could probably benifit from some aging. I would probably buy this again.

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Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.57 out of 5 based on 735 ratings.
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