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
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled a previous batch from draught and a new bottled batch side by side at the brewery and then sampled another bottle several days later. Rating is primarily based on the latter. Clear brassy-copper body with a fading sudsy white head that left some fair lacing. Fruity malt aroma with elements of nuts, specifically peanuts, and vanilla bean. Nutty quality in the flavor is striking. Fairly sweet, but no sense of under-attenuation. Definitely a worthwhile beer to lay down. This should dry out nicely and age well.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maybe not my favorite barleywine, but far from the bottom of the pile. With something like this that canb cellar I wish it could make it as far as the state next door. A nice treat. A little of the alcohol strength comes through, but mostly it is a well craftrd brew that blends the malt and hops nicely.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2005 A great beer that deserves the attention of all who like this style. Tried it on-tap, at the brewery and it was a light amber hue with a nice frothy head. They even served it at about 55 degrees. Sweet and very malty with a great hop bitterness. Extremely well balanced. A treat out of a brewery that is probably smaller than your house.
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