jbuskirk (605) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 The Barrel Aged Cereal Killer marks a craft beer milestone for me. In addition to being my first barley wine, it’s the first beer that I’ve had that’s been aged for more than a year. This brew had an aroma of cocoa and bourbon. The flavor was pure awesomeness. Lots of rich chocolate, caramel, and booze. No doubt, the aging contributed to this brew’s smoothness and sublime sweetness. This malty, boozy ale is, well, a killer.
HuskerTan (750) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Thanks Chris "Budznsudz")
A- Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, malty, oakey, sweet.
A- Dark red black color, dark liquid, off white head.
T- Bourbon, chocolate, cherries, red wine, caramel, vanilla.
P- Full body, sharp texture, mild carbonation, smooth finish with a slight bite.
O- My first barely wine. This one had been aged for over a year and a half. I think the aging definitely mellowed this one out. Wow, was this good. Reminded me of sipping on Jim Beam. The flavors blended extremely well and everything about this just screamed drink me.
50belair (2930) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear light brown/amber pour with a fleeting white head. Caramel aromas. Some bitterness, mild booze, and muted caramel notes. Bland and boring with a below average mouthfeel and body.
AndyReynolds (1048) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with Chudwick the C.H.U.D. of the New York sewers. Whiskey shakes at the first sniff. I get some vanilla, brown sugar, and bourbon. My poor dog is having pushups done by his ass by a toddler. Remembering a time before children and friends‘ children and this thing called freedom that I never cherished enough, but should have. Do you remember a time? Like a child molester use to sing about.
Chudwick (2416) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
One year old 12oz bottle shared by the motorcycle-loving AndyReynolds - nose is wood, booze and bourbon. Sip adds chocolate (malt) and brown sugar. Sweet. Big body. A sipper.
BOSSbrewer (2685) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from. Bottle I picked up in lansing. Pours a ruby amber with a thin tan head. Oak and sweet caramel and malt up front. Alcohol. Slightly tart and very bready. Very malty. Somewhat bitter also. Very nice beer.
DrSilverworm (8355) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Big thanks to Chuckaduck. Some nice, thick wax on this thing. Prioring the cap off was a 2+ minute endeavor. Almost entirely hazy dark brown color. Slightly red. Small ring of somewhat bubbly off-white / khaki head. Awesome, big rich bourbony vanilla nose. Oaky, woody, vanilla and bourbony. Really nice aroma. Some dark fruit, caramel, and bourbon in the flavor. Very good aroma. Few reaches of lace, with sips, pretty good for a 12+% BW, really. Bigger body, but not too sticky. Lighter, crisp carbonation. Lightly drying finish, but still kind of slick in the finish. Good moderate sweet taste, not at all cloying. For 12%, alcohol is well hidden. Some light warmth at the end, but nothing bothersome, works well with the bourbon and barleywine flavors. A lot of good vanilla here, pairs well with the caramel and light dark fruit. Very good stuff BB aged BW.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark fruits and chocolate. Awesome.
jbrana (562) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and sweet and very boozy. Flavors of raisins, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak, and burnt sugar. Very good if in the mood for something sweet.
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5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep caramel, thin sudsy tannish head, little lacing.   Oak and alcohol immediately up front, otherwise slight bourbon and burnt vanilla.   Bourbon is more noticeable on the tongue, albeit its not all that sweet.   A little tangy and tart, body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Semi-sweet oak on the finish, caramel malt albeit not all that sweet, with a strong tart breadiness.   Pretty tasty, but while not rough for the 12% ABV, its a little rough in that its not soft and sweet like many others.   Still fairly tasty tho!   Thanks Kevin!