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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Bottle... Clear, deep, dark, orange ale with a small, frothy, tan head. Vinous, resinous nose of caramel, red wine, fig or date, cocoa and persimmon. Malty-sweet, but then boozy and bitter with flavors of port and cookie. Full-bodied and oily with prickly carbonation. Dark fruit, moderately bitter, dry finish. Hey, vyvvy, thanks for floating me the bottle!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2007
Tasty and sweet. Red/brown colour with no head in my glas. Caramel seemed to mke up quite a bit of the sweeness. Lightly balanced out by some hop bitterness. Heavy palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6458) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a large brown head. The aroma was sweet and tangy with a fruity hop element and a hint of caramel. The flavor was sweet malts, caramel and light fruity hops underneath. The mouthfeel was fairly thick as expected from a barleywine. It hides the alcohol reasonably well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5919) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle courtesy of hopdog! Thick murky mahogany and ruby pour. Firm, tall tan head. Aroma is sweet with sweet malts, soft cocoa, caramel, light hops and light alcohol. Taste is a bit sweeter with soft brown sugar, caramel, sweet malts, light alcohol and mild hops. Very tasty! Body is medium-full with moderate but creamy carbonation and light alcohol warmth. Finishes with more caramel and brown sugar, sweet malts, soft hops, alcohol, and cocoa. Sticky towards the end. Very tasty barleywine. Wish I had some Stilton to taste with this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1402) - Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Bomber: has a dark ruby pour with a off-white head, scents of malt and some dark malt, faint chocolate, caramel-molasses and faint sweet cola fragrances, faint hop fragrance, syrupy full mouth feel, taste of sweet and lots of malt, brown sugar and bread, alcohol warming with each sip, mild + hop bite, this Barleywine was more on the malt side of the menu, the hops second, this falls into the English style Barleywine catagory.

3.3
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5450) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4721) - 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.

3.5
   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

3.3
   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.


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