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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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 Killerís 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Aroma is lightly sweet. Vinous, malty scent has hints of caramel, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and dark fruits. Poured a ruby/copper color with a medium tan head that diminished. Cloudy. Many particles. Flavor is medium bitter but not sweet or tart. Starts out with dark fruits; in the middle it tastes of chocolate, herbs, wood, and bourbon; in the end it is salty with alcoholic flavor. Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long salty finish. Overall, a disappointing barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Brown color with hints of umber when held to the light. Light tan head that settles to a thin lid with a heavier ring about the edge that leaves a few bubbles of lace. After the BW last night, I am a bit scared, but once again, Iíll try anything (once). LIght caramel and malt, with doses of dark currants, dates, figs and plums. A full hops aroma as well; with fragrant herbs and dried flowers. Sweet from the start, with berries, raw sugar and sorghum. Dries out in the middle as some more herbal hops (rosemary) kick in. Finish is quite simple and the linger has a alcohol harshness that is not very inviting. The start of this one is very promising, but it seems to fall apart in the end. Perhaps some time will help, but thatís something I will likely not find out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2007
From now on, I will only be buying beers with "Killer" in their titles. To wit, the last three beers I bought were: Pink Killer, Boulder Beer Killer Penguin Barleywine, and this, Arcadiaís Cereal Killer Barleywine. Well, here I am tonight, getting dru- I mean, winding down after the long day, and I realize I hadnít been reviewing barleywines as much as I used to. So I dug out my notes taken recently at a local gathering. Appearance: Pours a medium amber, mahogany-esque body with a foamy, khaki-colored head. Smell: Alright, right away, youíll notice just how boozey the aroma is. Those disdainful of a strong, alcoholic scent might have difficulty progressing much further, but beyond that youíll find plenty of caramel, with minor notes of chocolate, raisins, and even cherries. Taste: From the start, thereís a strong, consuming sweetness with flavors of toffee, fresh-baked bread, burnt sugar. Thereís some hints of vanilla, cherries, and dark fruits mingling around in there as well. While there is a hop presence to this beer, its just enough to add a bit of bitterness to an ultimately sweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with the creamy nature of the brew in addition to the overall soft carbonation helping to elevate it from being merely ímediumí. Drinkability: While never overly complex, I found it to be quite nice, quite drinkable, and it really delivered when I was looking for a beer with a lilí "kick" to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2007
amber color. smells sweet. tastes like yeast & raisins. Iím kinda digging it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Pours a vibrant cherrywood color with a moderately sized tan head. Brown sugar, raisins, and alcohol. Not a lot of hops in the nose. Flavor of sweet dark fruits, molasses, caramel. Low hops profile in the flavor as well. Very sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2723) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2007
An amber apperance. Quite a bit of alcohol showing through in the nose. An orange, caramel, and alcohol flavor to the beer. The finish is somewhat sweet. A pretty good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Dark caramel, reddish hues, large foamy light beige head, fairly spotty lacing.   Mealy nose, malty, slight, and I mean very slight, dark pitted fruit.   Malty start, some dark pitted fruit, very minor and soft, but mainly a strong breadiness to this one.   The hop profile is minor, graininess creeps up at the finish.   Slight greenish hops emerges as it warms.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Astringent green malty finish.   A little unrefined, rough, young, and green.   Doesnít seem big enough to carry it for a few years.   Seems like a very simple immature Barley Wine.   Tiz okay, but nothing I would wait to drink.   Thanks Steve for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet, sticky caramel malt and some light fruity esters with a hint of tartness. Body starts fairly full and caramel malty sweet with some light fruity complexity and slight warmth toward the finish. A pretty nice barleywine.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma is cardboard. Flavor is malty sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle sampled at DLD tastings courtesy of patrick767. Pours a clear amber with a beige head. The nose has notes of cookie, raisin, red fruit, and toffee. Sweet dark fruit flavors that finish with a drying alcohol. Pretty decent, thanks for the pour!

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