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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Chicken Killer Barley Wine is the revolutionary beer that will someday define America's unique Barley Wine style. It is brewed with twice the ingredients of the Santa Fe Brewing Company's other beers, and only half the usual amount of liquid is extracted from these ingredients. This makes one strong beer. At over ten percent alcohol, Chicken Killer is actually as strong as wine, but this is not to say that it is difficult to drink. On the contrary; be careful with this one. The flavors of the beer are at first as overwhelming as the intense Santa Fe sun. But in the same way our sun gives us the unrivaled brilliant colors of Santa Fe, the potency of Chicken Killer gives us the remarkable spectrum of flavors that can be found in no other beer, in no other city. If you did not have the opportunity to try last year's vintage, come try this year's! Malts: 2-row pale, 30-37 l. Carastan, 135-165 l. Crystal Hops: Chinook, Hallertau, Crystal


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2032) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Dark amber/cider color with light particles; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, spicy hops, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and citrus; Some alcohol at the finish; Fairly well balanced; Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4062) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Central Market, 11/20/13

Aroma: The nose is heavy malty, quite sweet, and a little boozy, with lots of caramel and toffee
Appearance: It pours a murky dark orange color with a lasting beige head and plus lacing
Flavor: The flavor is very sweet, caramel, toffee, and fruit, with some boozy notes, and hints of hop
Palate: The body is medium-plus, heavy sticky, with soft carbonation, and boozy heat
Overall Impression: The name is the standout component of this beer (by far), and the main reason I purchased it. As a beer, it is a solid one, but it is also overly sweet and a little too boozy to be a great beer. I certainly didnít dislike it, but, at the same time, it isnít great. Iíll bump it up 1 point on the overall purely for the awesome name (12 to 13), but otherwise, this is where Iíd stick it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (532) - Naples, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Hazy dark reddish brown body with a small whiteish head of tiny bubbles. Slightly sweet candy sugar aroma along with some cherry, berry fruits. Mildly bitter flavor at the beginning but then some of the sweetness comes through followed by a good dose of alcohol. Solid barley wine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cards04 (1823) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
Didnít get much from this. Aromas of booze, hops, and turpentine. Some caramel and dark fruit flavours. Lots of booze... Nice mouthfeel.. average.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6657) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2013
22 oz. bottle from dbsdelight. 2011 vintage, if his sticker was correct. Pours a hazy, dull, earthy brownish amber with a small beige ring that disappears after a bit. Rich caramel, toffee, and brown sugar notes on the nose, with plenty of dark and dried fruits. Like a sweet dessert pastry. Flavor is mostly the same, with minor earth and citrus notes. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a sweet, malty mouthfeel that hides most of the booze. Solid, straightforward barley wine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (1562) - - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with a thin white head. Nose is some piney and citrusy hops with a sweet malt base. Taste is heavy on caramel malt. Balance is just a bit off. Needs some more bitterness to cut the sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3644) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes a cloudy dark amber with a decent light tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is malt, dark fruit, caramel, and alcohol. Pretty good.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ads135 (3071) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
This beer was only slightly better than the bourbon version of this beer. More sweet, less sour, and lacking the stale vanilla flavor. Tried at the KC Hopfest in 2013.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fletchfighters (1117) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2013
Orange red color. Half finger of white head, falls to a thin collar. Nose is of dried fruits, apricot, and candied sugar. Well hidden ABV in the nose. Taste however is quite boozy. Still a lot of dried fruits with a pepper taste and sugar. Thin body. Good carbonation, light bodied. Not very sticky or sweet. Quit thin and a lot of the ABV hits home. Average at best with a killer logo

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
triplehopped (37) - - MAY 10, 2013
Pours a clear amber red. A medium/large tan head dissipates slowly with medium lacing. Smells strong of citrus and floral notes and tastes medium/high in bitterness with a light sweetness. Mouthfeel is lightly fizzy, smooth/oily. The alcohol content certainly comes through in the taste and there is a lingering bitterness for the finish.


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