hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Very deep amber with alot of red/ruby when held up to a light. Aroma is tons of caramel, a touch of dark fruits, and some floral hops lingering in the back. Taste is thick caramel, toffee, some fruit. Finish is sweet, syrupy, with a good amount of alcohol warm, almost burn. As I am assuming this is an English barley wine, it would probably get better with age.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barcade, Brooklyn. Reddish/brown color with a small tan head. Sweet fruity, malty aroma with some sherry notes. Sweet flavor of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee and just a hint of hop bitterness. Reading what I just wrote, the beer sounds like it should be really good. It was decent, but really didn’t wow me.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, pour was slightly hazy redish brown body small fleckeled head. Nose had some taosted malts, alcohol dark fruit, and a touch of yeast. Sweet with a hint of bitterness, some malts and a dry finish.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (December 2006), sampled below cellar temperature on Christmas Day from a Corsendonk glass. Murky amber-bronze with just a bit of a tan ring and flecks of retained foam, no lacing....plum and raisin, light alcohol, toasty/seared malts in the nose, faint woody hops, acceptable but no excitement to be found....rather sugary throughout, a bit underfermented and worty, somewhat lactic and sour at the middle, edging towards a bitter, lightly mineralic and woody finish....brown sugar/molasses flavors aren’t bad and some nice herbal (mint, tarragon) notes show up in the nose with some warmth, but this is really not well-balanced, seems rather off and is just not a fun experience. Oh well, I didn’t really expect much....
jazz88 (2521) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A dark brown color with a laced tan head. Alcohol, red fruits, caramel, medicial, apple, and cherry flavors. Sweet malts with grape and a warming finish. A nice body with a pleasant aftertaste.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Arcadia Cereal Killer Barleywine
22 oz bomber
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Recent brewing, murdered 12/06
Poured a clear brown, with red highlights, with an average light brown quickly diminishing fizzy head with a tiny ring of lacing.
Smelt of strong bananas, pineapple, apples, pears. Hell,it smelt like a fruit salad. Lots of moderate spices and caramel in the background.
Taste was upfront strong but soft bitter spruce and sweet nectarines and pears, with moderate spices followed by a strong nutty, bark and roasted grain with a bitter pine hops with light toffee on a long dark bread and bitter grapefruit rind finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, creamy, softly carbonated with prickling tiny bubbles, moderately astringent and moderately alcoholic, both of the latter on the follow-through.
Overall, a mellow fun drinking barleywine style ale. Starts off smooth and the bite creeps in nicely on the finish. Yeah!
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
the body of this is almost purple with small, off-white head..aroma is full of earthy notes (largely sediment) and roasted malts..flavor is very similar to an old ale but with a bit more punch..stronger alcohol presence with some sort of fruity backbone...nice palate
thehoff (579) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cereal Killer Release Party at the Union Kalamazoo MI.
On tap. Fairly sweet without the taste of alcohol. Warming in the cheeks. Good with the Mocha Mousse. Rich in flavor and in color.
Not much else to say.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from the Blue Max. Clear amber brew with a bit of caramel color foamy head after a strong pour. Nice commercial description for a beer in their big beer series??? Yeah well I have not been impressed with any of these big brews from them and this is no exception. Caramel and a bit of muddled nut roll or some thing. I tried to let it warm a bit but...
jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle - pours dark amber with a little foam that settles mostly on the edge of the glass but leaves a couple wisps over the top of the liquid. caramel malt and bread and yeast - clearly an english barley wine, as most arcadia beers are english in style. medium hops but not sweet or bitter... overall a nice barley wine without being too alcoholic or bitter or sweet.