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RATINGS: 419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pours as deep a ruby tone as you can call ruby before it crosses into black. Light-brown head fades to thick and foamy lacing. Aroma of candied fruits, bready, with a hint of apple. Very vibrant on the tongue, aggressive even; the ABV on this one is not masked in the slightest. Thin but syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet at first, mildly malty, with a bitter finish that I wouldn’t characterize as hoppy. Almost astringent. I think this could be a bit better after aging. It’s just too assertive and dense in its unaged state. Might snag a single bottle and come back to it in a year or two, but not something I’d keep on hand.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2009
RnH: Extreme Winter: While I am partial tot his style (extremely partial and biased in fact) I didn’t think this brew was anything so spectacular, good, but not wildly aggressive like the name suggested. Good fruit notes, sugars, enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 Underrated. Nice malty barleywine. Not de best ever but it was pretty, pretty, prettay good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBear11D (363) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Cereal Killer pours a dark plumb with a wet sandy brown head that lasts a good while. The aroma is malt heavy with caramel, molasses and grape standing out. The flavor is dark fruit, grape, molasses and a hint of citrus. This is a very interesting and delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Reddish Brown, unfiltered body with very little head. Aromas of raisins and cherries. Very boozy raisin flavor and a chewy mouthfeel. I would like more please

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (326) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle@Oliver shared with Ante! (Thanks buddy!) Appearance: Fuzzy red with a nice whiteish lace. Aroma: Caramel, Raisin, Chocolate, Yeast, Herbs Flavor: Caramel, Malt, Sugar, Cherries, Grain. Palate: Thick and creamy with a nice touch of alcohol in the end. Very low carbonation on this one. I liked this barleywine alot. Maybe because i drank it outside during a cold and rainy day. Still, it’s sweet and powerful and makes for a good nightcap or as a dessertbeer on its own. Recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2007
I think Arcadia puts caramel in every beer they make. Very nice barleywine however, im not complaining. Fruits and hops, they go hand in hand with this one. Arcadia has been hit or miss for me, and this was a hit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2006
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2008
deep red with yellowish head that quickly vanishes. sweet and malty with a strong alcohol presence. mild hops at the finish. vintage 2006.

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