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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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (10649) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2016
Draught at the Santa Fe Brewing Co, Santa Fe, NM.
Slightly cloudy deep mahogany color with a small creamy tan head. Sweet dark fruits, sweet sugar and sweet caramel malt in the aroma. Sweet it is. Sweet dark fruits, sugar, mild hoppy bitterness and caramel malt in the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigben873 (212) - Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2016
More of a hybrid between am American style and English style, not super hoppy but not super malty either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBeerFanatic (1018) - Friona, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Dark amber color thick creamy head. Aromas slight grassy hop, caramel, slight ester. Flavors esterís, light spicy wood, light alcohol mostly in the nose, spicy hop, caramel is mostly in the back of all the spicy wood/esterís. Leaves a medium astringent bitter aftertaste. Medium sweet. Not the usual flavors in the normal barley wine and not so much in a good way. The barley wine I made was better than this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4947) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 16, 2016
I brought the bottle to the Grand Tasting at the RBSG not having tasted it before. I usually do not inflict unknown beers on my fellow beer geeks but this one snuck into my luggage so it was new to me. Luckily it was not a drain pour. Copper to amber in color with and off-white head it seems slightly oxidized but not enough to spoil the beer. Nose of caramel malts with some citrus hops. Medium in body. Mouthfeel a bit hot. Flavor sweet with the hops hanging on into the finish. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
staticGen (5) - - AUG 6, 2016 does not count
Poured into a Pilsner. The color is a deep caramel with some reddish hue. deep color - An indication of the 10% ABV to come. Foamy head, taking time to reside. An initial feeling that this will be a substantial beer. Initial aromas indicate this is a sweet beer. As initial impressions reside, other hoppy aromas arive to indict that there is more complexity to be experienced: tropical fruit guava and passion fruit. Additional aromas linger including sweaty feet and canibus. Significant aromas offset the sweetness. This beer has a heavy body. Itís sweetness is fairly offset with enough bitterness and mineralization/saltiness to keep the sweetness from dominating. The bitterness initially immediately overpowers the sweetness after the initial sip, but additional experience with this beer tells that there is more complexity and nuance that will linger with experience. The label states"Barley Wine". While there is significant body and ABV, this beer does not follow in the Barley Wine tradition. Itís hopy and balanced. Itís sweet and salty. I really like this style of beer - itís carefully crafted to balance sweetness and bitterness aromas, flavors and ABV. It actually follows closely in the genre of the Avery Brewery "Holy Trinty of Ales" - high ABV beers with balance and drink-ability for their high ABV. Itís a bargain at the price for a 22 oz bottle! Pick one up...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2016
RBSG 2016, Grand Tasting. Bottle. Light copper amber. Toffee, almonds, vanilla. Sweet and boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Looks like a flat cola. Nose of oxidation cardboard for sure with a lot of really well balanced malty notes with some toffee. I am pretty sure this is an aged bottle with a fantastic n ose

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (5469) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Bottle shared. The beer is a clad copper. Brown sugar and molasses aroma. Boozy sweet taste. Big body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (5363) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle, RBSG 1016. Sweet BW nose, almost orange. First taste makes me think we need to age this a bit. Warming sensations, a little uncivilized. Typical american barleywine wanna bee. Not much of an american barleywine liker, but I was glad to have the chance to taste this. I donít know if it would kill a chicken, but itíll sure make íem catch a buzz, whew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2016
From bomber, RBSG grand tasting. Malty musty aroma, sweet with light oxidation and mild neutral hoppy character. Light alcohol. Coppery amber clear with thin head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation and alcohol warming. Starts and stays sweet with caramel and biscuit, hot alcohol hit, carbonic dryness, and mild neutral hop bitterness. Sweet lingering after.

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