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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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Pours a rich mahogany caramel w/ a full creamy froth that reduces to a layer of pancake spatter. Aroma has a fresh piney profile w/ a rich sweetness that appeals to my nostrils like a fine brandy. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. The flavor profile revolves around a huge malty backbone with a defined sweetness w/ nuances of caramel, new leather, copper, and some stone fruit. This type of viscocity needs ample hops to back it up and this brew has it in perfect proportions. What I really like is the asprin finish thats tingles my buds after the onslought of rich malty sweetness. This brew is very rich yet balanced. Alcohol is not evident. Highly recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5962) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Telluride Blues & Brews Fest Sep 06. This poured a dark, medieval brown with a massive topping. I think the "killer" in the name applies to the sweet breadiness ... like killing me with fruitcake, this is a big sugary beer. Big pow.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 Deep amber hue. Sweet malts throughout, with rock candy, caramel, and sweet dough. Warming alcohol. Nice fruity notes in the background. Not quite enough bitterness. Pleasant, but seemed to be lacking in some departments (i.e., texture, edginess, hop profile). Still, not bad. RERATE: Healthy malts. Earthy, chewy, peaty. Nice and quenchy hop zing. Seems much hoppier than the last one I tried, way back when. All right barley wine.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Pours dark amber in could with a decent orange head. Carbonation is higher than expected. Malty nose with a scent I canít quite place. Flavor is sweet with strong carmel flavor and alcohol warming. Smooth aftertaste. Not my favorite barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Pours amber-mahagony with a small tan head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is caramel malt (straw), yeast (dough), cardboard, fruit (peach, apple). Medium sweetness, moderate bitterness and acidity, brown sugar, fizzy alcohol, perfume. Medium and warm body, spicy, dry and fizzy palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6538) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, unfiltered. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of toffee, peach, dried mango, cantaloupe, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Wow, six years since Iíve re-visited this. Still a high-3 / low-4 quality barleywine IMHO. Lovely and enticing nose (leaning towards British-styled...zero resinous hop character here, thankfully!) and quite well-balanced for the style...neither too sweet nor too bitter nor too alcoholic-tasting. Every sip beckons another, which is highly unusual for the style (at least for me, since Iím not a fan of sweet-and-boozy). Nice to see this is still solid (and/or that my tastes havenít changed to exclude it).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Bottled. Beer is hazy dark warm brown color with a small, frothy, off-white, diminishing, mostly lasting head.<P> The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain, caramel, biscuit; Hoppy with moderate notes of herb, resin; Yeasty with a light note of basement; Light miscellaneous note of orange zest, spicy alcohol, gingery wood.<P>The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a longish, warm, moderately bittersweet, lightly acidic finish.<P>The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Clear tan, thin white lacing. Malty aroma, some floral hops too. Taste is fruity, bubblegum, big malts with a touch of oxidation. Not too much in the way of hops. Long cloying finish. Average.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Gadzooks, this stuff is SWEET! Picked up a 22-oz. bottle of this at "Susanís Fine Wines & Spirits" near the intersection of St. Francis & Cerillos Rd (highly recommended; decently priced selection of "western" brews). Pours a darker amber with eggshell head. Sweet, bready aroma. First taste is plums & maple syrup. Thereís also some glazed brown sugar in there. Surprisingly light palate for such a stout brew. Goes down easily and then clobbers you. Fun stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KRock (3) - USA - JUL 13, 2006 does not count
I have tried this beer many times, and the quality can vary. When itís good- itís excellent and they seem to be getting better consistency lately. This beer has a lot of malt with just enough hops to ballance it out. It should be tasted after their lighter beers, as it is a very large beer and will drown out the flavors of their pale and wheat beers. Be careful when drinking, as it is also very high in alcohol. I suggest trying it on tap at the brewing company.


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