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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

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1193) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Pours mahogany with small light khaki fizz. Smells strongly of toffee and other sweet malts with a hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet with some alcohol notes and very mild bitterness, very pleasant. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and very soft mouth-carbonation, Santa Fe Chicken Killer finishes with some mild toasted notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MHOSKINS (83) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Great Barley Wine! I tasted straight from the Brewery Tap room. Very pleasant experience. This beer definitely has a kick, but is also smooth. A very good Barley Wine. Love the name!!! MKH---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 it’s good- it’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerCook (18) - Midland, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Mellow alcoholic aroma. Very alcoholic in all aspects...taste and aftertaste. This is the best barley wine that I've ever tasted. Quite the treat if you make it the the Santa Fe Brewing Company. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Thanks to JVD for sending this along Bottle over a year old poured into a few snifters produced a tan colored head that settled out to nothing. The color of the brew was a nice caramel or copper depending who you ask. The aroma was nice and sweet the caramel malts are in the forefront now with some brown sugar thrown in for good measure. The flavor was great nice and sweet a true sipper and a great desert brew. Caramel candy came to mind, with some butterscotch flavor as well every one in a while. The mouthfeel was great as well, nice and syrupy with little carbonation, just the way I like my barleywine’s. I was impressed by the brew. I will assume the age did nothing but help it in my scores as well. There were no hops present in this thing at all and the alcohol was hidden extremely well by the flavors and aromas. I enjoyed every drop of my glass. I even saw a craft beer Noob grab the bottle to wring the last few drops from it. I guess we have a convert

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1799) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 6, 2015
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltman53 (465) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMMBEERLS (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle. Head is thick with nice lacing and a great big grapefruit nose. Flavor is big caramel malt; for a barley wine I was expecting something a little sweeter but the balance was very palatable. I would reccomend this Barley Wine to anyone that enjoys the style. Cheers!

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