RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 Killers 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rocbyter (2097) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Fruit on the noes domanace of canned peaches and light licorice aroma. Dark red color. Light amount of fine sediment not evedent until the end of the glass. Big malty favor but not too sweet. Watery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby-brown body with a soapy white head. The aroma is american-esque with some nice fresh and fruity hops. The flavour is more British-like with lots of lithe darkish malts: sweet caramel, toast, and cookie sweetness. Somewhat soft but in the middle to the finish there is a little bit of hop bite and alcohol warmth.
Purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor duing the month of December, 2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Wow. You look up "elixir" in the dictionary just to see if this is in there, and youll find that your dictionaries today are outdated already. This Barley Wine is smooth, not bitingly bitter, balanced, uber-drinkable, rare for something so big and alcoholy. These hop-types and malt-combos work insanely well in this one. Oh my dear, DocLock only gave this a 3.5? Cmon, Doc! Cmon, RateBeer raters, stop following the crowd! Where am I supposed to knock this down in score? Cant knock the apppearance, of course. You could theoretically knock its flavor for not being "intense like a Barley Wine should be," but it doesnt have to be intense to be good. (What, its not "done to style" so youre going to punish it even though its excellent?) I cant knock the velvety palate. Its got hop/malt complexity going on. The 9% ABV is insanely well-hidden. So what does it leave us to knock? When drinkability is this insane, you dont knock it. Case closed.

Proud to be the lone maverick way-out-there high-rater on this one so far. They will come around on this one. Or else.

Hell, Im even bumping this up mid-rating from 4.5 to 4.6, and pray I dont alter it further.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
On tap. Poured a deeper reddish / orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, fruity, oranges, citrus and some dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, citrus, fruity, and toffee. Light alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2007
On tap at a Capones tasting. Pours a deep ruby red with an average off white creamy head. Aroma was fruity, medicinal, sweet malts, some cherry and caramel. Flavor of caramel, toasted malts, sweet malts, toffee and some slight hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10205) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle from Capones. Hazy ruby pour with 1-finger tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, cherry, some oaky bourbony notes, and some earthy peaty notes. Tastes rich, very malty, with a heavy fig and cherry fruit bill, plus some cognac, cabernet, and peppery citrus notes. Gets a bit hot as it warms, and gains a spirity quality like a cognac/cabernet hybrid, as such.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2007
At the 2nd Annual Hell With The Lid Off Barley Wine Festival at Kellys Bar in East Liberty, Pittsburgh. Hazy orange ruby, thin off white head. Aroma is cheap whiskey, socks. Flavor is watered down cheap whiskey, malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demitriustown (1186) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bomber: 2006 vintage. Aroma is some fruity hop characteristics, decent malt texture, plums, and a bit of caramel. Appearance is a cloudy reddish/brown with a medium sized tan head that lasts. Flavor is nice plum and malt textures, some of the fruitiness from the hops, and still a little bit of the caramel. Palate is bubbly, quite carbonated and slightly sweet. Overall, A decent beer, but not one of the better Barley wines that Ive tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
diss22oz bottle. Poured into a large snifter. Dark brown topped with a thin tan head. Sweet toasted malty aroma with a bit of molasses. Flavor is sweet up front, then an odd, medicinal/herbal taste enters the fold. These flavors dissipate, giving way to a sweet burnt brown sugar flavor. Not a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
This is a good is a good beer very lite for a Barley Wine. Malty, plum, and dark fruit flavors. Clean, crisp, and lite tart finish.

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