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RATINGS: 385   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13318) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle sample at Cincy Ratebeer Gathering. Poured dark brown color with average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark chocolate, coffee and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full sticky body. Heavy bittersweet flavor with an average bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danfosha (51) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Highly concentrated flavors, thick malt, toffee, would be great with a bread pudding. Very smooth, but intense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours with quite a murky, muddy amber color. It is topped by a frothy, bright amber-tinged, tan colored head that starts out almost three-fingers in height. The aroma is quite rich and concentrated; notes of candied orange peel, brown sugar encrusted rustic bread crust, sweet orange spice cake, lychee, and murky caramelized malt (if that last makes sense). This beer really has a pronounced, sweet, candied orange aroma to it. The hops definitely are the dominant character, but there is a ton of malt underneath that just add to a very rich, chewy smelling aroma.

Quite sweet tasting and the sweet orange peel notes play quite a prominent role in the flavor as well. Thick, though not overly so; it certainly sticks to the palate, coating my mouth with caramelized malt sugars and orange zest, which slowly fades after the beer has left my mouth. The malt character here is quite rich; redolent of the afore-mentioned caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar notes and a real meaty malt character. This beer has a nice solid bitterness to it, but it is amazingly smooth; the bitterness is quite clean in the finish. Towards the finish the hops contribute a flavor that is menthol-like, resinous, not quite pine, but definitely a bit green.

This is an enjoyable brew, somehow it is not quite integrated though. At times it can be a touch disjointed; this doesnít keep it from being tasty, but I could certainly see how this could be quite a bit better. All it really may need is a little age; perhaps six months to two years may just be what this beer needs to achieve new heights.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours a thick, clear brown with no head. Molasses, wood, caramel malt, and butterscotch in the nose. Oily mouthfeel. Taste did not live up to the nose. Caramel and bread, with some graininess and that rotten tobacco. There are far better out there.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Okay, this is a case where the aroma score affects the beer in such a way as to drive up the rating unfairly. It smells wonderful, rich thick molasses. The flavor has a little caramel molasses to it, but is a little thin and shows some alcohol in patches. Really not top of the line, just something to drink and get drunk with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 22oz bottle, thanks to footy for this extra. love the name and label. sorta belgian cartoonish. pours reddish-brown hazy with tan fluffy head. nose has phenols, grassy, wet grains, caramel, toasted biscuit, and very slight tobacco. smells like this was once a hoppy barleywine but 6-12months have faded the hops but not enough time to develop the aged malts. flavor is sweet caramel and bready notes, with yeasty, slight citrus, wet grains, awful tobacco, over ripe dark fruits. oh man the flavors arenít too friendly in this one. carb. is full. alc well hidden. perhaps fresh of with 2-4 years but at this point the flavor is whatís the word iím looking for...? bad.2.9.

1/1/08, thanks to holdenn for this but I hate it. its awful. I dont get why its rated so high. Its one of the worst of the style for me. an awful yeasty, sour bread, citrus mess. barleywine? maybe, but has nothing a good barleywine does.2.8.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2007
22 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Pours a beautiful dark copper colored body under a smallish beige head that fell to a partial covering. Some sticky thick lacing. The aroma is malt dominated with notes of toffee and caramel. Some piney hops tries to balance things out. A touch of alcohol also. The flavor is pretty well in balance. Sweet toffee malt, whisked away by bitter resiny hops. A little hottness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thinner in consistency than Iíd like. Moderate fizzy carbonation is quite prickly. This was OK, but not a whole lot of depth or complexity going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9149) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2007
22oz bottle thanks to FlacoAlto. Garnet in color and murky from yeast, with a tan, almost pinkish head. Nose of red apples, cinnamon, maple and bourbon, assertive and coarse red apple hop nose as well (not citrus or fruity other than these red appleds). Overhopped in my opinion. Sticky and thick palate, turning a bit frothy over the middle... tastes of semi-sweet grapes and red apples, bitter and spicy tobacco flavored yeast, turning more to bitter cedar flavored hops in the back. Reminds me of an overhopped old ale actually. Leaves the mouth peppered with red apple skins and sweet pipe tobacco, almost like the bitterness of tobacco.

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