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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed in tradition of Englishstyle barley wines, Cereal Killer offers an explosion of full-bodied, liquid goodness. Robust malty flavors converge with caramel, toffee, molasses and dark fruit notes to produce a remarkably complex yet palate-pleasing beer. Its intense malt character is complemented by a subtle citrus finish from the hops. With cellar-aging Cereal Killer’s flavor evolves further, developing a sherry-like aroma and flavor similar to a cask-aged port. Winner of the Gold Medal for Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beers at 2009 GABF.

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2.2
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma is cardboard. Flavor is malty sweet.

3.7
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle sampled at DLD tastings courtesy of patrick767. Pours a clear amber with a beige head. The nose has notes of cookie, raisin, red fruit, and toffee. Sweet dark fruit flavors that finish with a drying alcohol. Pretty decent, thanks for the pour!

3.9
patrick767 (4095) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2007
bottle - Pours dark amber with a thin, enduring head. It smells of malts, dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor has caramel malts, dark fruit, and some big hops that kick in particularly in the finish. It’s medium bodied with light carbonation. I really enjoyed this one.

3.5
hotstuff (5233) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle on DLD at Hampton Inn tasting courtesy of patrick767. Small tan fizzy head that mostly diminished with sparse amount of lacing, transparent, and visible carbonation. Nose was malty, caramel, toffee, sweet, and dark fruits. The taste was sweet, dark fruits, malty, caramel, mildly vinuous, toffee. Finishes on the dry side. Smooth, dry mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Not a favorite style of mine, but this one was pretty good and quaffable. Worthy of a try.

3.3
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Murky, medium-dark brown body with mahogany hints. Thin, yellowed, very light beige head with modest retention. Just a hint of lacing. Looks very watery, not a trait I like to see in a barleywine. Huge fruity aroma is pretty attention grabbing. Pineapple-centric, with notes of sour apple, tangerine, refined sugar, caramel malt that is prevalent but seems to be buckling under the weight of fruity esters. Cake dough, bread crumbs, cinnamon and pina colada mix are noted as well. Alcohol is fully apparent and a rather large detractor. While the flavor is pretty good, it’s reminiscent of a less exciting version of HOTD Fred From The Wood. Light to medium-light bitterness. Moderately sweet. Light to medium carbonation ushers in a very smooth and satisfying palate, medium-full in body. Not bad at all, though certainly unoriginal and indistinguishable from so many other beers that are more captivating in one way or another. Admittedly, expectations were low. Not very quaffable even so, despite a pleasing nose and smooth mouthfeel. This beer has the feeling of a cheap budget working its anti-magic.

3.7
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2007
This was an above average barleywine. There was nothing special or enticing about this brew. However, since I love barleywines, and I am a big fan of the style this is still a very good beer.

3.5
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Pours a dark maroon, with almost no head. Really light white head, that disappears almost instantly. The smell is dark malts, apples, light caramel and molasses. Kind of fruity smelling, as the apple is quite profound. Taste is very sweet, pretty rich, alot of fruits, big malts, and a noticeable bitterness in the finish. Not much caramel in the taste like alot of barleywines which was a surprise. Pretty decent.

3.5
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2007
This is a straightforward, enjoyable barleywine. It pours a cloudy dark caramel body and for all practical purposes never had a head. (Most killers don’t.) It has a sweet malty aroma, caramel-toffee-butterscotch, with dark dried fruits, molasses, and alcohol blending in nicely. All appear in the flavor along with the addition of some burnt brown sugar and a late introduction of a mild hoppy bitterness. Not complex, but quite nice.

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3.5
RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2007
Attention! An emergency APB (All Pints Bulletin) has been issued: Be on the lookout for a suspect, also known as the Cereal Killer, last seen in and around Battle Creek. Presumed to be armed (9%ABV) and dangerously delicious. Actually a pretty good, if uncomplicated barley wine...big sweet malt profile, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, plums, etc...along with roasted grain. The hop notes are somewhat muted, but do contribute a nice bitter bite. The alcohol is big but not obtrusive in any way and seems quite mellow. Not very challenging, but worth searching out. Should you spot the suspect, please do not attempt to capture him yourself...call the authorities...they are professionals! Let them handle the situation...I may be reached at 773 555-HOPS.

3.5
Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2007
On draft at capones Pours a dark amber color with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Flavor was mild with caramel, spices fruit and alcohol with a nice balanced a very good barley wine.


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