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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2007
(bottle) deep amber with quickly fading head. Aroma of almonds, alcohol, some fruit. Flavor is slightly sweet with some malt and alcohol, hints of fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1529) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Opaque amber/brown color with a creamy beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, fruit and hops. Flavor of caramel, toffee and dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2007 Bottle (650ml). shared with mds, his bottle. Deep cloudy brownish orange pour with a decent if diminishing head. Mild alcohol and sweet malt in the aroma, light hops and quite a bit of fruit. The taste was mild, very soft and easy to drink - only moderate alcohol, although it built on the tongue, some grassy/herbal hop sharpness works well with the juicy malt backbone - quite subtle, not in-your-face at all. Very gentle mouthfeel, not creamy, not silky, sort of both - mildly astringent, not much carbonation, and almost luxuriantly slow finish - very nice, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rocbyter (1982) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Fruit on the noes domanace of canned peaches and light licorice aroma. Dark red color. Light amount of fine sediment not evedent until the end of the glass. Big malty favor but not too sweet. Watery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby-brown body with a soapy white head. The aroma is american-esque with some nice fresh and fruity hops. The flavour is more British-like with lots of lithe darkish malts: sweet caramel, toast, and cookie sweetness. Somewhat soft but in the middle to the finish there is a little bit of hop bite and alcohol warmth.
Purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor duing the month of December, 2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (644) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10284) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8797) - 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.

   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.

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