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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
daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bomber. Red/brown pour. Aroma is very sweet smelling. Lots of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and some fruit in the background. Flavor is very sweet. Caramel, golden raisins, cane syrup and the finish leaves a hop flavor with a light bitterness. Pretty solid.

3.8
phaleslu (10899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Draft at Cicero’s in the U-City Loop. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a half-inch tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of raisins, caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, and alcohol. The flavor follows suit, with emphasis on the raisin and caramel malt flavors, along with some cereal and chocolate notes. Rich and strong, with a medium body. Solid barleywine- I really enjoyed this one.

3.7
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009
Date: May 05, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Yankee Go Home!
Appearance: dark amber, frothy beige head, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet candied dark caramel aroma
Body: thick sticky body
Flavor: sweet dark caramel flavor, touch of fruity character, well balanced with earthy hops that stay out of the way of the malt, picks up a hint of fruity tartness in the finish

Date: August 29, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar tasting
Vintage: 2009
Score: 3.1
much drier earthy aroma and flavor,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.9
marcus (10878) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 10, 2015
On tap at The Laundry. Pours Dark brown with a tiny beige head and a baked bread aroma. There is a dry slightly sour dark malt flavor with a bitter finish that sticks to the palate.

3.2
DuffMan (10772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
On tap @ Radio Maria. Deep orange amber, scant head in the sample glass. Sweet toffee and orange brandy aroma. Toffee apple flavour, quite appley actually; sweet with a syrupy body and a warming finish. More British in style. Just okay for me.

3.5
cubs (10742) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle @ Steve’s Foco. Picked up in KC, possibly by jcnielsen. Thanks, possibly. 2009 vintage. Hazy dark brown appearance with a small brown head. Somewhat oxidized, a bit sugary, brown sugar, light cardboard, a bit fruity aroma. Somewhat strong, moderately boozy, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruity flavor with some booze on the finish. (3.5) Tried against the 2010 vintage thanks to Steve. Sweeter in the nose than the 2009. Flavor is a bit more caramel, toffee taste. Not my favorite beer, a little boozy but drinkable. (3.5)

3.7
KimJohansen (10498) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
Hazy reddish dark amber with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with overripe fruits, caramel and chocolate notes. Sweet flavour with overripe fruits, caramel and hoppy notes towards the end. Plenty of roasted malt. Warming alcohol in the finish.

3.9
sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2010
bouteille cuvée 2006. brune de ton brumeuse, mousse moka arôme, malt caramel, qcq fruits noirs vu l’age il en ressort des notes de soja. goût, moyennement fruitée, sucre brun, fruit noir; raisin, cerise noire, mures et prunes. Caramel malt mais garde un bon aspect fruitée avec note de jus de fruits, l’alcool y est bien présent. La fin garde un goût d’amertume du houblon qui malgré l’age conserve une bonne présence.

3.2
MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Caramelized base malts and subdued dried fruitiness colour the chewy body of this moderately-hopped, efficient Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy reddish-amber.
-The fruitiness recalls a berry mix.
-Alcohol is well positioned; present but amicable to the flavor profile.
-This is no world-stirring Barley Wine at this stage in its evolution, but it provides a pleasant sipping nonetheless.

Bottle; 2006 vintage.

3.8
JoeMcPhee (10137) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2006
Tap at HDG. Dark brown beer with white head. Aroma is quite fruity smelling over the dark plummy malts, caramel and brown sugar. Sweet earthy/woody hop aroma. Sweet toasted malts. Flavour of toasted nuts and dried fruits. Whole wheat bready sweetness. Leans to sweet rather than hoppy.


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