MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 17, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 The Barrel Aged Cereal Killer marks a craft beer milestone for me. In addition to being my first barley wine, it’s the first beer that I’ve had that’s been aged for more than a year. This brew had an aroma of cocoa and bourbon. The flavor was pure awesomeness. Lots of rich chocolate, caramel, and booze. No doubt, the aging contributed to this brew’s smoothness and sublime sweetness. This malty, boozy ale is, well, a killer. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark fruits and chocolate. Awesome. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, coconut, bourbon, fruit, alcohol, mint, and oak. It pours a transparent bright reddish-orange with a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, toffee, and cream. The finish is a real nice blend of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, mint, and oak. It’s medium bodied with very soft carbonation and mouthfeel. 574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle. What a brew. Pours a deep brown toward purple with a thin khaki ring of head that left a thick wall of lace on the glass. Very complex nose involving sappy walnut tree, rich ruby port, molasses and assorted dark fruits, some grape wine-like character, cherry pipe tobacco, barbecue and soy, and some alcohol vapors. Very sweet in flavor but also pretty bitter, though probably not enough to balance. Full bodied, sticky, with a long warm fruity wine-like finish. Really awesome brew, happy to try. Probably should have shared, though, as this rocked me to no surprise. Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Notes from 3-18-2010 beer tasting: Very nice, rich, malty aroma. Good pouring head. Deep rich red color. Cask flavors explode in mouth. Very smooth on palate, with delightful finish. Perhaps one of the best beers from Arcadia.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, dark dried fruits, toasted malts and oak. Dark rusty amber hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Great Barley Wine that is balanced well with the bourbon. The aromas became much more complex as it warmed. Great one from Arcadia. trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
I had this on tap at the brewpub. It has a great dark ruby color to it. The aroma is strong vanilla, dark cherry, and sweet caramel. The flavor has some pronounced vanilla bourbon character up front with a nice sweet caramel, dark cherry middle. There is enough alcohol on the finish that it does not leave too much of a cloying sweet aftertaste. I really liked this. If you see a bottle of this, don’t let the price dissuade you, it’s well worth a try. Petkus331 (389) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2015
On tap at arcadia. Very barrel vanilla, caramel, and toffee aroma with a touch of cocoa - wow! Appears like coffee, very thin ring of foam. Tastes like toffee-vanilla, followed by some alchohol burn, almost like a bold Founders CBS, very good. Fizzy, a little syrupy texture. Overall, great. Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Amazing bourbon aroma with a hint of cherries. Tastes like cherries, vanilla, plums and booze. A little hot. Might put one away to try in a year. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
12oz bottle. Nearly headless caramel pour. Nose of sweet malt, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Taste is really nice with a great balance of toffee, vanilla, coconut, and bourbon. Not overly hot at all. Mouthfeel is a little thin compared to others in this style but the sweetness is really well done.
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