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RATINGS: 411   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 Killerís 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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
robinvboyer (3127) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
Wow, this was a sickly sweet syrupy mess. Loads of sweet, saccrine, grainy malts. No hops tombe found except for the copious amounts of astringent bitterness in the finish. I really did not enjoy this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Pours a murky muddy brown with barely any head. Just a few bubbles. Nose is strong toffee and a sugary cotton candy sweetness. Taste is all toffee and sugar without much complexity and a lightly watery mouthfeel. Like sugar water.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Deep red-brown. Nose harsh, some overdone alcohol, sugars, fruitiness, and burnt sugar. Flavor is of grains rotting in soap, overripe fruit, and booze. Some of that dark fruit figginess to it, but itís just not that great. Itís not good when itís particularly cold and it seems to go downhill considerably as it warms. Drainpour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2007
At the 2nd Annual Hell With The Lid Off Barley Wine Festival at Kellyís Bar in East Liberty, Pittsburgh. Hazy orange ruby, thin off white head. Aroma is cheap whiskey, socks. Flavor is watered down cheap whiskey, malt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma is cardboard. Flavor is malty sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JoePeesie (865) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
2008 vintage. Pours a murky brown nose and taste is of dark fruit faded hops and toasted malts. I believe this beer is a bit past itís prime. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Lacking substance. What exactly qualifies this to be a barley wine, iím not sure, but it wasnít worth my time. In fact, i tried it twice, just to make sure. The second time, the same thing. Has interesting notes of rich fruit, and plenty of malt sugar left over. With a bigger hop profile it would be worthy of aging and trying again, but it is lacking where it counts.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MatchesForHire (25) - Westborough, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Oh no. No no no. Please tell me this wasnít classified as a Barleywine. Thatís an insult to the category. Aroma is boozy and fruity, trying really hard to be estery but falling well short. Palate is far from substantial. Flavor is of simple syrup (and lots of it), a dollop of caramel, and a splash of Hawaiian Punch. As for hops, well, theyíre there, but not in any kind of force. They certainly donít contribute much to the aroma. Two redeeming factors of this beer: 1) it LOOKS like a barleywine, and 2) I didnít have to pay for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
jake65 (2674) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle (2006): Pours a muddy brown with a thin sandy head. Nose is mild with vinous fruit, raison, and malt. Some hints of the enormous medicinal taste to come. Almost indescribable how phenolic this was... Band-aids and plastic - Very dissapointing. I had another bottle for trade, but now Iíll open it to see if there is an infection in both... Ok, second bottle opened about two weeks later - same shit. Worse even as it gushed all over my kitchen counter. I should rate my string of profanities as they were much more impressive than my experience with the cereal killer. I hate to rate something this low based on an infected bottle, but this is twice the crime and I would happily re-rate if given the chance.

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