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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2007
From now on, I will only be buying beers with "Killer" in their titles. To wit, the last three beers I bought were: Pink Killer, Boulder Beer Killer Penguin Barleywine, and this, Arcadia’s Cereal Killer Barleywine. Well, here I am tonight, getting dru- I mean, winding down after the long day, and I realize I hadn’t been reviewing barleywines as much as I used to. So I dug out my notes taken recently at a local gathering. Appearance: Pours a medium amber, mahogany-esque body with a foamy, khaki-colored head. Smell: Alright, right away, you’ll notice just how boozey the aroma is. Those disdainful of a strong, alcoholic scent might have difficulty progressing much further, but beyond that you’ll find plenty of caramel, with minor notes of chocolate, raisins, and even cherries. Taste: From the start, there’s a strong, consuming sweetness with flavors of toffee, fresh-baked bread, burnt sugar. There’s some hints of vanilla, cherries, and dark fruits mingling around in there as well. While there is a hop presence to this beer, its just enough to add a bit of bitterness to an ultimately sweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with the creamy nature of the brew in addition to the overall soft carbonation helping to elevate it from being merely ’medium’. Drinkability: While never overly complex, I found it to be quite nice, quite drinkable, and it really delivered when I was looking for a beer with a lil’ "kick" to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6738) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a large brown head. The aroma was sweet and tangy with a fruity hop element and a hint of caramel. The flavor was sweet malts, caramel and light fruity hops underneath. The mouthfeel was fairly thick as expected from a barleywine. It hides the alcohol reasonably well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmather (180) - Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2007
very smooth, malty, deceivingly high in alcohol content, this beer sneaks up you very pleasantly, lulling you to sleep with its caramel and malt, yet not overpowering you with its hops and alcohol level. A very drinkable, very nice malty not over the top barleywine that is ready to drink now. Cant see how this one could get better with aging as it is very pleasant now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2007
A thick, deep, tan head settles slow above a thick, hazy copper body with a vermillion glow. Fruity aroma with apple and citrus, a touch of oil paint, rye and a big caramel base. Full, sticky mouth seems the perfect texture for a barleywine, yet a little bit of a tongue-and-gut burn detracts from the overall palate. Lemon, orange and grapefruit fruity/tartness plays well with thick, sweet, candied caramel with notes of semi-sweet chocolate. This is huge, this is diverse, this is a very good barleywine. I am rather stunned as I look down at recent low rating numbers, and above at the 37.6 Style Percentile.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2555) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Pours a two finger yellow/brown head that leaves a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Malty/alcohol nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is caramel and some alcohol. Late bakers chocolate after taste. Warming. Cheaper and better than Shipyard’s barleywine, $9.20 for a 22 oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2009
22oz bottled 2007, two years old. Pours a murky brown with a wispy head of off white swirls. Aroma is very rich with some really interesting elements of candy cane mixed with werthers original hard candies. Very cool. Tastes of sugary caramel with some nice lighter notes that I described as candy cane. Surprisingly good stuff. I’m also fairly certain this wouldn’t be good young.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kassner (1549) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Very good, dark amber slightly cloudy as if it had a little milk, frothy head and some lacing, plenty of content with roasted malts, fruits like banabas and apricots, enough hops and nice finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11350) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
A sweet and viscous liquid. I had the 2009 edition. It really is smooth, but quite sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Picked up a bottle on a recent trip to Kansas City. Delicious beer with lots going on. Thick, rich and chewy texture. Wonderful whiskey and wood notes along with caramel, toffee, cocoa and vanilla. Lots of depth and complexity in the flavors. One of the better barleywines I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1375) - Dearborn, 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.

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