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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   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.


4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Wow. You look up "elixir" in the dictionary just to see if this is in there, and youíll find that your dictionaries today are outdated already. This Barley Wine is smooth, not bitingly bitter, balanced, uber-drinkable, rare for something so big and alcoholy. These hop-types and malt-combos work insanely well in this one. Oh my dear, DocLock only gave this a 3.5? Címon, Doc! Címon, RateBeer raters, stop following the crowd! Where am I supposed to knock this down in score? Canít knock the apppearance, of course. You could theoretically knock its flavor for not being "intense like a Barley Wine should be," but it doesnít have to be intense to be good. (What, itís not "done to style" so youíre going to punish it even though itís excellent?) I canít knock the velvety palate. Itís got hop/malt complexity going on. The 9% ABV is insanely well-hidden. So what does it leave us to knock? When drinkability is this insane, you donít knock it. Case closed.

Proud to be the lone maverick way-out-there high-rater on this one so far. They will come around on this one. Or else.

Hell, Iím even bumping this up mid-rating from 4.5 to 4.6, and pray I donít alter it further.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
On tap. Poured a deeper reddish / orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, fruity, oranges, citrus and some dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, citrus, fruity, and toffee. Light alcohol finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2007
On tap at a Caponeís tasting. Pours a deep ruby red with an average off white creamy head. Aroma was fruity, medicinal, sweet malts, some cherry and caramel. Flavor of caramel, toasted malts, sweet malts, toffee and some slight hop bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7733) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle from Caponeís. Hazy ruby pour with 1-finger tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, cherry, some oaky bourbony notes, and some earthy peaty notes. Tastes rich, very malty, with a heavy fig and cherry fruit bill, plus some cognac, cabernet, and peppery citrus notes. Gets a bit hot as it warms, and gains a spirity quality like a cognac/cabernet hybrid, as such.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2007
At the 2nd Annual Hell With The Lid Off Barley Wine Festival at Kellyís Bar in East Liberty, Pittsburgh. Hazy orange ruby, thin off white head. Aroma is cheap whiskey, socks. Flavor is watered down cheap whiskey, malt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demitriustown (1059) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bomber: 2006 vintage. Aroma is some fruity hop characteristics, decent malt texture, plums, and a bit of caramel. Appearance is a cloudy reddish/brown with a medium sized tan head that lasts. Flavor is nice plum and malt textures, some of the fruitiness from the hops, and still a little bit of the caramel. Palate is bubbly, quite carbonated and slightly sweet. Overall, A decent beer, but not one of the better Barley wineís that Iíve tried.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
diss22oz bottle. Poured into a large snifter. Dark brown topped with a thin tan head. Sweet toasted malty aroma with a bit of molasses. Flavor is sweet up front, then an odd, medicinal/herbal taste enters the fold. These flavors dissipate, giving way to a sweet burnt brown sugar flavor. Not a fan.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
This is a good is a good beer very lite for a Barley Wine. Malty, plum, and dark fruit flavors. Clean, crisp, and lite tart finish.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Lacking substance. What exactly qualifies this to be a barley wine, iím not sure, but it wasnít worth my time. In fact, i tried it twice, just to make sure. The second time, the same thing. Has interesting notes of rich fruit, and plenty of malt sugar left over. With a bigger hop profile it would be worthy of aging and trying again, but it is lacking where it counts.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Deep red-brown. Nose harsh, some overdone alcohol, sugars, fruitiness, and burnt sugar. Flavor is of grains rotting in soap, overripe fruit, and booze. Some of that dark fruit figginess to it, but itís just not that great. Itís not good when itís particularly cold and it seems to go downhill considerably as it warms. Drainpour.


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