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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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3.6
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Cereal Killer Release Party at the Union Kalamazoo MI. On tap. Fairly sweet without the taste of alcohol. Warming in the cheeks. Good with the Mocha Mousse. Rich in flavor and in color. Not much else to say.

3.7
LearninBeer (593) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2016
The aroma is malty, caramel and a little molasses. Pours a cloudy dark brown/copper with an off white head mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is sweet and then a little bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish long. Overall not bad, I’ve been frowning on barleywines of late, so this would probably be rated higher if I was more into barleywines.

3.4
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Amber in color with a fluffy off-white head. Aromas of dark caramel and chocolate with a bubblgummy sweetness. In the mouth it was medium to full-bodied, rich and somewhat sweet with some plummy flavors as well in the midpalate. The palate finished somewhat dry and almost tannic.

4
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
2007 Vintage tasted 4/17/10. Pours hazy dark pumpkin color with perfect light tan bubbly head, decent lacing. The aroma is almost overpowering but dominated by caramel and treacle with just a hint of chocolate, cherry, and the faintest hint of dry earth. Flavor is nowhere near balanced and is a dominant caramel, but in a good way. This is very full bodied, smooth, with a hint of butter, and the alcohol is hidden well. I haven’t had this fresh, but with a couple years on it, this is exactly what I want out of an english style barleywine: smooth, sweet, and complex. Great beer.

3.5
jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Fresh bottle. Pours hazy orange with no head. Aroma is sherry (thanks, description!), misc. citrus and stone fruits. Peach/nectarine notes. Taste is a combination of these with some slightly sweet malt notes. I like this but after comparing to North Stock Old Reserve and the BCBW, I’m not as impressed as I thought I’d be.

2.6
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2008
Man, I really appreciate xmarcnolanx for sending this one my way. I saw the same, saw the label and just HAD to try it! Sadly, this one doesn’t stand up. Pours amber with a strong boozy aroma. Flavor is dominated by malt and hops, some carmelized sugar flavor in there as well, but no Fruit Loops or Trix like I expected. The Cap’N just didn’t make it Happen here. This is my favorite label of all time though, and thanks to marc for this one!!

4.2
doublebock (558) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Ruby cloudy color, pungent aroma. velvety feel. smooth taste ends with notes of raisin and a good kick at the end.

3.8
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Pours a deep deep ruby red. Aroma is very sweet, like heavy citrus. Very mouthwatering. Upon tasting, the mouthfeel is very creamy and syrupy, like you’d expect from a barleywine. The dominant flavor here is the syrupy-sweet fruitiness. Its heavy, but enjoyable. After smelling this beer, I was not let down on the flavor. The beer finishes with bitter hops. Unfortunately something just is appealing about the finish. I love hops, but this bitterness is more dry, and less citrusy-floral. Overall, I really enjoyed this one, but the finish kept it from being really great. I drank it fairly warm, so maybe the bitterness would’ve been abated at lower temps.

3.8
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Bottled. Pours coppery brown, with a nice tan head. Nose is malt, raisins, and toffee. Falvor is malt, raisins, alcohol, and caramel, with a sweet, alcohol tinged finish. Very enjoyable!

3.3
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Pours a vibrant cherrywood color with a moderately sized tan head. Brown sugar, raisins, and alcohol. Not a lot of hops in the nose. Flavor of sweet dark fruits, molasses, caramel. Low hops profile in the flavor as well. Very sweet.


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