ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2007
From now on, I will only be buying beers with "Killer" in their titles. To wit, the last three beers I bought were: Pink Killer, Boulder Beer Killer Penguin Barleywine, and this, Arcadia’s Cereal Killer Barleywine.
Well, here I am tonight, getting dru- I mean, winding down after the long day, and I realize I hadn’t been reviewing barleywines as much as I used to. So I dug out my notes taken recently at a local gathering.
Appearance: Pours a medium amber, mahogany-esque body with a foamy, khaki-colored head.
Smell: Alright, right away, you’ll notice just how boozey the aroma is. Those disdainful of a strong, alcoholic scent might have difficulty progressing much further, but beyond that you’ll find plenty of caramel, with minor notes of chocolate, raisins, and even cherries.
Taste: From the start, there’s a strong, consuming sweetness with flavors of toffee, fresh-baked bread, burnt sugar. There’s some hints of vanilla, cherries, and dark fruits mingling around in there as well. While there is a hop presence to this beer, its just enough to add a bit of bitterness to an ultimately sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with the creamy nature of the brew in addition to the overall soft carbonation helping to elevate it from being merely ’medium’.
Drinkability: While never overly complex, I found it to be quite nice, quite drinkable, and it really delivered when I was looking for a beer with a lil’ "kick" to it. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a large brown head. The aroma was sweet and tangy with a fruity hop element and a hint of caramel. The flavor was sweet malts, caramel and light fruity hops underneath. The mouthfeel was fairly thick as expected from a barleywine. It hides the alcohol reasonably well. mmather (185) - Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2007
very smooth, malty, deceivingly high in alcohol content, this beer sneaks up you very pleasantly, lulling you to sleep with its caramel and malt, yet not overpowering you with its hops and alcohol level. A very drinkable, very nice malty not over the top barleywine that is ready to drink now. Cant see how this one could get better with aging as it is very pleasant now. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2007
A thick, deep, tan head settles slow above a thick, hazy copper body with a vermillion glow. Fruity aroma with apple and citrus, a touch of oil paint, rye and a big caramel base. Full, sticky mouth seems the perfect texture for a barleywine, yet a little bit of a tongue-and-gut burn detracts from the overall palate. Lemon, orange and grapefruit fruity/tartness plays well with thick, sweet, candied caramel with notes of semi-sweet chocolate. This is huge, this is diverse, this is a very good barleywine. I am rather stunned as I look down at recent low rating numbers, and above at the 37.6 Style Percentile.
jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2009
<font size=-4>Bomber from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/new-york/albany Beverage, Albany, NY 12208</font>
Pours a two finger yellow/brown head that leaves a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Malty/alcohol nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is caramel and some alcohol. Late bakers chocolate after taste. Warming. Cheaper and better than Shipyard’s barleywine, $9.20 for a 22 oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2009
22oz bottled 2007, two years old. Pours a murky brown with a wispy head of off white swirls. Aroma is very rich with some really interesting elements of candy cane mixed with werthers original hard candies. Very cool. Tastes of sugary caramel with some nice lighter notes that I described as candy cane. Surprisingly good stuff. I’m also fairly certain this wouldn’t be good young. kassner (1659) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Very good, dark amber slightly cloudy as if it had a little milk, frothy head and some lacing, plenty of content with roasted malts, fruits like banabas and apricots, enough hops and nice finish crossovert (12927) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
A sweet and viscous liquid. I had the 2009 edition. It really is smooth, but quite sweet. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Picked up a bottle on a recent trip to Kansas City. Delicious beer with lots going on. Thick, rich and chewy texture. Wonderful whiskey and wood notes along with caramel, toffee, cocoa and vanilla. Lots of depth and complexity in the flavors. One of the better barleywines I’ve had in a while. ebone1988 (1919) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Smells fruity, like cherries, but definitely bready as well. A little alcohol. Looks dark red, maybe closer to an red/brown, as well as hazy. Starts off with some fruitiness, like cherries, moves toward the malts and raisin flavors, and finishes VERY strong with alcohol. At 10% I was expecting big, but this could be overwhelming. The palate is great, silky and heavy. Overall, I have 3 left to drink, I will be aging one for a few years but the rest will be enjoyed.