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RATINGS: 409   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 Killers 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
A sweet and viscous liquid. I had the 2009 edition. It really is smooth, but quite sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
16th December 2009
Cloudy red brown beer. Short lived biscuit coloured head which is creamy tasting and pleasant. Light palate for the style. A little dry. Very slight sour note before the rich malt hits, coca cola in there as well. Turns softer with more sour malt and mellow orange hop bitterness. Pretty decent if not the muscle car type of barleywine.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsmerig (1246) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Pours a syrupy cloudy brown. Aroma is honey and grape mixed with earthy grains. Taste is very sweet up front followed by a stingy spiciness mixed with alcohol burn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Tooch. Thanks! Poured from a bottle into a mini snifter. Appearance is a dark copper, nearing a reddish hue. Minimal white foam head. Aroma is reminiscent of hand sanitizer and cinnamon. Taste is mostly burn and grainy alcohol with a finish that reaminds me a lot of fireball candy.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (1955) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2012
Murky dark brown pour with almost no head. Great caramel malt aroma along with some grassy hops. Starts off with a great sweet caramel malt taste, nice bitterness and hoppiness, but then hot alcohol in the finish. Way too much alcohol taste. Would be great otherwise. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (736) - Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottle pours cloudy medium brown with minimal head. Taste sweet caramel malts, some dark fruits and bread. Aroma similar to taste. Palate full without being sticky or syrupy, had a nice bite and alcohol burn. Finish mild hops, brief. Alcohol apparent.

I liked this one, sweet but not cloying, a very solid barleywine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1624) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
First taste presented an unexpected sourness - not sure how common that is with this one. Burned orange zest. Slight firey sugar cane sweetness. Medium body. Dark sanguine color with little head. Muddled flavor but a distinct sharp bite.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1267) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2012
Bottle, poured a thick and cloudy brownish color, light head. Aroma is oak, caramel, cherry, raisin. Med-light sweetness, Med-light bitterness. Medium heavy body, sort of thicker texture, soft carbonation. Bitter finish. Alcohol bite. Interesting barley wine. Big malty start with some sweetness, followed by hop bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (230) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Smells fruity, like cherries, but definitely bready as well. A little alcohol. Looks dark red, maybe closer to an red/brown, as well as hazy. Starts off with some fruitiness, like cherries, moves toward the malts and raisin flavors, and finishes VERY strong with alcohol. At 10% I was expecting big, but this could be overwhelming. The palate is great, silky and heavy. Overall, I have 3 left to drink, I will be aging one for a few years but the rest will be enjoyed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (952) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Cask at Map Room in Chicago. Medium dark brown pour in the glass. You. An still see through it. Foamy but thin off white head that is short lived. Faint port wine nose. Taste is ruby port with hops. Im not sure Ive tasted anything like this before. Interesting. Slightly slippery in the mouth. Would like to age some for 9-12 months and see how it changes.


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