wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 3/18/13 from a capped 750mL bottle purchased at Quarter’s in 2010. Pours hazy auburn with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to thick, even lace. The nose is full of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toast, and hops that have aged to the point of smelling like caramelized orange peel. The flavor is much the same, with tons of caramelized malt and just a touch of the aged hops. This is a very nicely balanced Barley Wine hiding the high alcohol content very well. The body is full with just above average carbonation and a long very caramelly and lightly toasted bitter finish.
rader58 (816) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours opaque, dark honey colored. Aroma of brown sugar, pine, raisin. Flavor of brown sugar, pine, molasses, dried cherry, wine, bread. I like that it is a more hop forward barley wine. Very easy drinking.
Sarlacc83 (1328) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, post CBC.A: Deep brown color with a firm creme color head.N: Toffee, bubblegum, peppercorn, good amount of hops lend pine and earth, some caramel, toast, and a bit of butter.T: High sweetness and bitterness battling for the tongue. Does get a bit astringent however. M: Medium body, soft carbonation, alcohol is restrained. O: A balanced barleywine with some interesting flavors and an easy drinking profile. Not an extreme barleywine however.
zoucrew102 (830) - - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, cellared for a little over a year. Caramel malt aroma with notes of dark fruit and toffee. Pours caramel brown with one finger of tan head with good retention and lacing. Starts out well with sweet dark fruit and caramel flavors. Finishes smooth with a little bit off booze as well as a bit of a metallic flavor at the end. Nice barleywine, but the metallic presence in the finish was not good.
jerseyjohn71 (259) - corsicana, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bread, hay, roasty, nuts, resin, floral, grass, spruce, citrus, dough, earthy, alcohol, cough drop, red, orange, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,
ronaldtheriot (1498) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Santa Fe Chicken Killer Barley Wine has a medium-to-thick cream-colored head, a murky, highly bubbly, rust-orange appearance, with low-level lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet & sour sauce, sourness, light fruits, sharp hop resin, and lots of barley malts. Taste is of those same elements, with noticeable bitterness to offset the malt sweetness. Very bready. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, and Santa Fe Chicken Killer finishes between wet & dry. RJT
stevoj (2814) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best attribute of this beer is the fact that the ABV is hidden, goes down smoothly. Murky dark amber body with initial high fluffy head. Malty aroma with a hint of mustiness. Taste is more sweet malt, some toffee, but abrupt finish. Not picking up the metallic notes of previous reviewers. Good, but not great.
rumproasts (4008) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sample from bottle at 2014 houston big brew fest. Deep amber with small head. Malty with substantial booze. Big hops and quite a bitter finish. Only average.
mysticbrew (65) - - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour with an off-white head. Lacing hangs. Smells of clean malt and roared barley. Caramel flavor with subtle toasted barely. Pallet is smooth and clean with a slight alcohol note.
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slowrunner77 (6916) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
low man on the totem pole in a BW tasting. smaller in body than the others, with a hint of metallic aftersmell (is that a word?) and ever so slightly less complexity. a nice beer, but as far as BWs go, below average for my money. decent sweet malt/fruit balance with a hint of hop bitterness."
maltman53 (432) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap@Brewery: Pours reddish copper. Vinous, caramel, christmas cake spices on the nose and the palate. Overall, a very nice barley wine that integrates its ABV very well.