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RATINGS: 383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2007
From a 22oz Bottle. Obtained in a trade with footy 5/2007. Thanks, Rudy! Pours a rather murky, ruddy amber color with a thick layer of fizzy off-white foam. The head actually settles out in an odd way, leaving a soapy film floating on top of an island of huge bubbles. Loads of caramel sugar and honeyed pears jump out of the glass. Soft fruity bouquet, with a bakery aroma thats almost a cross between fresh bread and pound cake topped with fresh strawberries. Some mild piney hops compliment softly. Wow. There is a lot of residual sugar left in this one, but the flavors are actually somewhat nice. Full bodied, thickly fizzy mouthfeel. Dense. Malt sugars coat the tongue in a thick ooze, almost like a dessert syrup minus the gin-like hop presence that lingers subtly in the background. After the initial shock adjustment to the sweetness, green raisins and sticky caramel flavors start to emerge. This is then devastated by a tremendous pine hop blast that carries through into the finish, drying it up some. A bit of gin-like alcohol warmth and high alpha hops play into the final smack. I canít rag on this beer too much, as the aroma is pretty good and the flavors arenít bad, but itís just way too heavy for me to really get in to. I donít usually drink my beer with a spoon, but this one almost requires it. I feel like Iím eating a lavish dessert and pairing it with a gin martini, but unfortunately I was hoping those days would reach me later on in life in the form of senility.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4148) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Thanks to steveo for sharing this bottle. Hazy orange color with a thin cream colored head. Syrup sweetness and buttery toffee nose. Toffee, caramel, faint toast and some honey. Resiny hops, and the 10% abv is very well hidden. Very easy drinking for such a big beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Hazy brown/amber. 1.5cm of frothy, off white foam. Very green nose- vegetal, herbal, lightly spicy, rich semi sweet malt, airy yeast. Vegetation subsides in the flavor, replaced by crisp and lightly resinous hops, and semi sweet malt, herbs, light spiciness, and airy yeast remain. Full body, balanced carbonation. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bomber from cbkschubert; Nose of caramel, dark fruits, and light hops; Rusty cherry color with a medium beige head; flavor is some light hop bitterness, alcohol, raisins, caramel, and peppery spiciness; finish is alcohol warmth and a tiny bit of bitterness; nice hoppy BW, should age well!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alfonso (4) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - SEP 16, 2007 does not count
Donít mess with this one unless youíre a big boy. "Abusive Spouse" would be a more apt name for Chicken Killer. Yeah, it hurts you, but deep down it really cares. Itís a delicious strain of domestic violence, though. The flavor is strong but not too cloying. The danger lies in its drinkability. The first time I drank a bottle of Chicken Killer, the night ended with me in the front yard with a can of Glade and a flashlight chasing a skunk. Seriously. I donít know quite what that has to do with the beer directly, but just be warned: Prepare for a skunk hunt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle: Thanks Flaco Alto! Deep amber in color with a tan head and good clarity. Nicely aromatic with chocolate and caramel and some spearmint hints. Thereís a velvety carbonation in the strong body. Nice malt body without being cloying. Some warming roasty caramel character along with vanilla, raisins and a subtle hoppiness. The alcohol is well hidden. A solid and well made Barley Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Feels uneven as far as taste goes and it lacks a smooth flavor. Maybe it wasnít the best bottle. I canít say there is any hope that I would try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/02/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

cloudy amber, wispy tan head, drops of lace, sweet dark caramel malt aroma with lots of earthy hops, very creamy body, rich malt flavor, good caramel character well balanced by lots of earthy hops, touch of sweetness with the caramel, light fruity character,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2007
(22oz bottle) Small beige head atop murky dark copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/raisin, grapefruit/pine, some orange. Taste is sweet, caramel, raisin, grapefruit, some alcohol, grape/vinous, pastry. Full body, some syrup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 8/03/2007: Santa Fe Chicken Killer Barley Wine is brown in color and clear in appearance. The dark, malty flavor is pretty good, but the body is a bit on the light side and needs some work. The alcohol is well hidden though. I just received a bottle of this from hopdog that I look forward to trying. Iím sure my rating will improve once I have a chance to really sit down and enjoy this beer on it own...

22 fluid ounce bottle (10% a.b.v.) shared by decaturstevo at the Cincinnati RateBeer Gathering. Thanks Stevo! Rating #54 for this beer... Rating: 7 3 7 3 15 = 3.5

8/03/2007: Chicken Killer Barley Wine Ale has a sweet, malty, and fruity aroma with notes of cherry and almond. This beer has a deep amber color with a frothy beige to ivory head. The flavor is like a strong beer (think Bock) with a tinge of alcohol (not good alcohol though - like rubbing alcohol) and medicinal/herbal/floral hops (mild bitterness), but there really isít anything exciting or memorable to note. This beer has a medium body with an average palate. Overall it is an average, maybe good beer but not really worth going crazy trying to get...

1 pin 6 fluid oz bottle (10% Alc/Vol.) from hopdog via trade. Thanks Steve! Rating: 7 3 6 3 13 = 3.2

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