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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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (4124) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours bronze colored and cloudy with a thin head that does not last. Aromas of wheat and root beer. Very sweet. Hops are there, but do not come close to balancing out this beer. This is an ok sipping beer now, but I fear what will happen by the end of the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2007
(2006 Vintage 22oz bottle, thanks BückDich) Small tan head with particulate-filled copper/red body. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, some raisin, orange/grapefruit, raisin, light earthy. Taste is medium sweet, plum, earthy, some orange, grapefruit, light lemon. Fairly dry finish. Low carbonation, medium-full body, some resin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2011
A cloudy dark caramel colored beer with a small beige head. The aroma is grainy, floral, and dishwater. The is kind of funky with some lemon and quite an alcohol punch. Okay, but not something I would drink often.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bwa5879 (826) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Dark Carmel colored pour with small ring of offwhite head. Scents of soapy florals, super light. Light taste too, a little watery: floral hops dominate, Carmel too, very light for a barley wine of this ABV.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 25, 2006
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....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2008
Man, I really appreciate xmarcnolanx for sending this one my way. I saw the same, saw the label and just HAD to try it! Sadly, this one doesn’t stand up. Pours amber with a strong boozy aroma. Flavor is dominated by malt and hops, some carmelized sugar flavor in there as well, but no Fruit Loops or Trix like I expected. The Cap’N just didn’t make it Happen here. This is my favorite label of all time though, and thanks to marc for this one!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8804) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2011
2007 batch. muddy rusty red. heavy caramel malt nose. sweet, thick and chewy up front. oxidation most noticeable in the finish: syrupy, sticky malt extract / stale bread crust. yeast is a bit dirty and chalky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
diss22oz bottle. Poured into a large snifter. Dark brown topped with a thin tan head. Sweet toasted malty aroma with a bit of molasses. Flavor is sweet up front, then an odd, medicinal/herbal taste enters the fold. These flavors dissipate, giving way to a sweet burnt brown sugar flavor. Not a fan.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AskForJenny (1051) - Ontario, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2009
22oz 2008 Vintage - Cloudy red under thin tan head. Very little carbonation, waxy and sweet profile on nose. Lots of hops on first contact yielding to a burnt malt and bitter furniture polish hit. Overwhelming finish and lingering after taste, like I should shave my tongue. I am not a barley wine person.

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