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RATINGS: 419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Brewed in tradition of Englishstyle barley wines, Cereal Killer offers an explosion of full-bodied, liquid goodness. Robust malty flavors converge with caramel, toffee, molasses and dark fruit notes to produce a remarkably complex yet palate-pleasing beer. Its intense malt character is complemented by a subtle citrus finish from the hops. With cellar-aging Cereal Killer’s flavor evolves further, developing a sherry-like aroma and flavor similar to a cask-aged port. Winner of the Gold Medal for Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beers at 2009 GABF.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
Aromas of prunes, fermented grapes, light booze and light malt. Appearance is deep brown with a thin team had of mostly larger bubbles. Taste is nice, light and smooth. Starts with a fruity sweetness of grapes and then mild booze with malt. The malt finish is longer lasting but nice, awesome barley wine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2127) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2014
One of the better barleywines I’ve had in a while! The Cereal Killer pours a very dark brown color with a slight purple hue. There isn’t much head or lacing. The nose is full of roasted malt, alcohol, light hops and fruit. The flavors are deep and complex, with notes of fruit, yeast, alcohol, roasted malt, light hops, oranges and caramel. The beer finishes strong and sweet, with a warming alcohol effect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malkyore (308) - - MAR 19, 2014
I have now over the course of my ability to purchase beer had this beer 3 times I had the 2010 version when it was 2 years old, I had the 2013 version when it was completely fresh and I’ve had the 2009 version when it was 5 years old. This is one that gets better with age. The 2 year old knew blew my mind with how great it was and the 5 year did it again. This is a great beer very sweet and very roasty. In many ways the epitome of what beet flavors are. I would recommend aging this beer because it only gets better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3988) - - JAN 8, 2014
2010 bottle. chunky floaters with a small head and a deep red color. red fruits in aroma. flavor is slightly tart with red colored tart fruits. a bit of oxidation. any hops are now pretty much flattened out. massive strawberry. a cross between and old american barleywine and a malty english. really aged nicely IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (632) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Very nice sipper. Smells like caramel, toffee, along with a hint of barrel and orange. Nice and smooth start on the palate- sugary with a medium viscosity. Finishes slightly tart with the strong tinge of booze. Very nice overall. The flavors of caramel, oak, lemon, and booze remind me of a barrel aged barleywine. Would love to try the bourbon barrel version.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bwa5879 (819) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Dark Carmel colored pour with small ring of offwhite head. Scents of soapy florals, super light. Light taste too, a little watery: floral hops dominate, Carmel too, very light for a barley wine of this ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Sample at brewpub. Dark brown pour with a malty aroma. Taste is caramel, bready malt, toffee and raisin, seems fairly mellow compared to what I was expecting, goes down easy for 10%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3051) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with a clear, ruby highlighted, darkest brown/mahogany color, with a nice hat of silky, light tan head foam, and curtainy/sheet-like lacing. The aroma was sweet, dried fruit, caramel, and lurking alcohol. The taste was similar, with the sweetness appearing lightly syrupy, distinct booziness getting in on the action, and low bitterness with some astringency, and dryness on the finish. Quite alcoholic for 10% imo, but a decent, sip & savor barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 [Bottle / 2008 / ~5 years old] Poured into a plastic cup in the dark, so the color is hard to discern </classy>. Looks like a nice, creamy, beige head formed on top, though. Dense looking body, probably somewhere around amber or copper. Aroma is comprised of plums, grapes, brown sugar, sticky caramel, & an underlayer of booziness. No appreciable hops, possibly due to the age. Caramel & brown sugar flavors come through strong. Molasses, grapes, & plums soaked in booze. Nice toffee & light vanilla finish. Pretty robust, yet nice & smooth for the style. Not the most complex, but quite tasty nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (514) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Poured from a bottle a murky brown with slight golden head. Strong malty barley aroma with caramel and dark fruits. Taste is very sweet with only a slight hoppiness. Medium carbonation. Smooth and wonderful.

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