wedgie9 (2234) - 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 Quarterís 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.
jerseyjohn71 (231) - 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 (1369) - 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 (2383) - 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 (3459) - 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 (40) - - 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 (6163) - 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 (400) - 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.
DocJitsu (1065) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 Pours a honey-orange amber color with a large khaki head. Well-blended notes of toffee, orange, and lemon. Warmth on the palate with a mild sticky quality. Flavors approximate the aromas with red apple appearing. Alcohol in spades, which bitters the flavor quite a bit.
AlmostHome (25) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin head, above average taste. Color isn't as dark as I'd have thought it would be. Honestly, this is a very thin Barleywine. Taste is above average.
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coachd (173) - Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2014
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wasnít sure about this one, but it was cheap and Iím on a barleywine kick. This was the first beer Iíve had from Santa Fe. Pours a very interesting 2-tone color. Dark brown on top, ruby red/amber on bottom. Thin off-white head, moderate lacing. Aroma was not so good. Sour, hoppy but not in a clean way. Kind of smelled like wet bread mixed with a sulphur aroma that was like a burnt match head. Taste was surprisingly weak. I will say that it hides the 10% ABV very well, but the initial flavor is hand soap. After that, it gets a little better with some caramel and malt sweetness. No aftertaste at all; I found that strange. Palate was a little oily, but otherwise non-existent. Donít try this one. It might be good for getting drunk, but you have to hold your nose while drinking it. I should have known better.