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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3799) - 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. Itís 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 (4508) - 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, itís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2007
This is a straightforward, enjoyable barleywine. It pours a cloudy dark caramel body and for all practical purposes never had a head. (Most killers donít.) It has a sweet malty aroma, caramel-toffee-butterscotch, with dark dried fruits, molasses, and alcohol blending in nicely. All appear in the flavor along with the addition of some burnt brown sugar and a late introduction of a mild hoppy bitterness. Not complex, but quite nice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2007
Attention! An emergency APB (All Pints Bulletin) has been issued: Be on the lookout for a suspect, also known as the Cereal Killer, last seen in and around Battle Creek. Presumed to be armed (9%ABV) and dangerously delicious. Actually a pretty good, if uncomplicated barley wine...big sweet malt profile, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, plums, etc...along with roasted grain. The hop notes are somewhat muted, but do contribute a nice bitter bite. The alcohol is big but not obtrusive in any way and seems quite mellow. Not very challenging, but worth searching out. Should you spot the suspect, please do not attempt to capture him yourself...call the authorities...they are professionals! Let them handle the situation...I may be reached at 773 555-HOPS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3058) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2007
On draft at capones Pours a dark amber color with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Flavor was mild with caramel, spices fruit and alcohol with a nice balanced a very good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2007
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle, fall release, vintage date 2006 along right side of label, sampled at cellar temperature in a snifter. Poured a cloudy reddish amber with a small foamy pale tan that settled into a thin sudsy lacing. Aromas of fruity esters, grapes and berries, floral and citric, caramel toffee and grainy, clear alcohol. Good moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry, sipping smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant tasting, but I have the feeling I should have let this age more and tried it, at the very least, in the December 2007, preferably in the spring of 2008, not bad tasting, but needs some aging, tastes of purple fruits, plums, grapes and dry raisins, a citric pineapple, caramelized sugary with a subtle cereal graininess, the alcohol is noticeable and has a clear, clean taste, like you get with chilled vodka, and a dry fruity, malty, alcohol laced finish. Well, at least I have two more bottles of this to age, for me, the best of the Arcadia Big Beer Series Iíve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2007
22-oz. bottle via trade with tjthresh. Pours mahagony with a small frothy light brown head, somewhat diminishing to a rocky film, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), average hops (pine, flowers), average yeast (dough) with notes of dates, plums and apple. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and a creamy spicy finish. Moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness; roasted caramel and nutty malt flavor.

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