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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2839) - 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 (6599) - 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.   Doesn’t 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 (2110) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2007
bottle - Pours dark amber with a thin, enduring head. It smells of malts, dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor has caramel malts, dark fruit, and some big hops that kick in particularly in the finish. It’s medium bodied with light carbonation. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle on DLD at Hampton Inn tasting courtesy of patrick767. Small tan fizzy head that mostly diminished with sparse amount of lacing, transparent, and visible carbonation. Nose was malty, caramel, toffee, sweet, and dark fruits. The taste was sweet, dark fruits, malty, caramel, mildly vinuous, toffee. Finishes on the dry side. Smooth, dry mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Not a favorite style of mine, but this one was pretty good and quaffable. Worthy of a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Murky, medium-dark brown body with mahogany hints. Thin, yellowed, very light beige head with modest retention. Just a hint of lacing. Looks very watery, not a trait I like to see in a barleywine. Huge fruity aroma is pretty attention grabbing. Pineapple-centric, with notes of sour apple, tangerine, refined sugar, caramel malt that is prevalent but seems to be buckling under the weight of fruity esters. Cake dough, bread crumbs, cinnamon and pina colada mix are noted as well. Alcohol is fully apparent and a rather large detractor. While the flavor is pretty good, it’s reminiscent of a less exciting version of HOTD Fred From The Wood. Light to medium-light bitterness. Moderately sweet. Light to medium carbonation ushers in a very smooth and satisfying palate, medium-full in body. Not bad at all, though certainly unoriginal and indistinguishable from so many other beers that are more captivating in one way or another. Admittedly, expectations were low. Not very quaffable even so, despite a pleasing nose and smooth mouthfeel. This beer has the feeling of a cheap budget working its anti-magic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2007
This was an above average barleywine. There was nothing special or enticing about this brew. However, since I love barleywines, and I am a big fan of the style this is still a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Pours a dark maroon, with almost no head. Really light white head, that disappears almost instantly. The smell is dark malts, apples, light caramel and molasses. Kind of fruity smelling, as the apple is quite profound. Taste is very sweet, pretty rich, alot of fruits, big malts, and a noticeable bitterness in the finish. Not much caramel in the taste like alot of barleywines which was a surprise. Pretty decent.

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