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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2100) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2013
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevoj (2336) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mysticbrew (35) - - OCT 14, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
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."

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltman53 (386) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2014
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocJitsu (1047) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlmostHome (23) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - JUN 28, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
coachd (149) - Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Wasn’t sure about this one, but it was cheap and I’m on a barleywine kick. This was the first beer I’ve 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. Don’t 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beachmaster (174) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 14, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. pours a murky medium amber with a huge khaki head which slowly fades, leaving good lacing. Nose is caramel and malt. Taste is sweet caramel with a mild hop finish which leaves a malty taste in the mouth after swallowing. Hides the ABV fairly well. A tad sweet, but typical for the style. Not bad at all.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3304) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pour is a dark brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is a nice caramel malt with a decent hoppy backbone and some earthy tannins. Flavor is a decent malt with a bit of dark fruit and some sweetness to hide the alcohol. The problem is its a bit thin around the edges. The hops from the aroma are gone which just leaves this a hint sweet malt bomb with a little plastic taste toward the end. I’ve had better.


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