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Don’t let that cute, unassuming appearance fool you.  That wobbly little bird would off you in a second if you were a fish.  I’m just going to admit now that I bought this one on name alone so I could have some fun with it. With a major snowstorm approaching, how could I resist?

Beer Name: Killer Penguin

Brewery: Boulder Beer (Boulder, CO)

Style: Barleywine

ABV: 10.0%

Description: Not too much to say about this one other than link to the brewery specs here.  My bottle was from the 2018 vintage.

Appearance: It poured to a bubbly, reddish-light brown body with some off-white lacing lining the top edges of the glass.

Smell: Subtle sweetness from dark fruits and caramel malt.

Taste: This has a solid caramel malt backbone throughout that was topped by notes of cherry and dark fruit on the front end and an aggressive mix of resinous earthy hops towards the finish.  The ending tastes combined a sticky, bitter sweetness and warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-plus body with a roughly moderate level of carbonation.

Hype: None that I was aware of, this was a complete impulse buy based off of the name alone.

Overall: I liked this a lot, but I must say it was really not what I was expecting based on the style and description.  I suppose it technically fits within the description offered on Beer Advocate, but I found myself thinking of this more as a red IPA than a barleywine.