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RATINGS: 426   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 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 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 don’t.) 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 (3235) - 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 I’ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and MDS, Harry’s Bottle. Dark ruby, thick orange tinted head. Mild but still nice aroma - some malt. Nice malty, nutty taste - neat candy sweetness - cake like. Easily drinkable, but no strength or complexity. Nice, I enjoyed drinking it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle. Reddish-brown, cognac coloring. No head but faint foam ring around the edge. Sugary, burnt, like a creme brulee. Similar in taste, though someewhat acidic from the carbonation. Quick finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2606) - California, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Darker amber pour, smallish head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is caramel, wood, hint of hops... really not that exciting. Some fruits come into play for the flavor, medium to heavy body. Went really well with a pork rack, overall this beer was still bland. A decent BW, but I wasn’t sure if this was leaning towards English or American style. It came off as lost in the middle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (556) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Ruby cloudy color, pungent aroma. velvety feel. smooth taste ends with notes of raisin and a good kick at the end.

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