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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Chicken Killer Barley Wine is the revolutionary beer that will someday define America's unique Barley Wine style. It is brewed with twice the ingredients of the Santa Fe Brewing Company's other beers, and only half the usual amount of liquid is extracted from these ingredients. This makes one strong beer. At over ten percent alcohol, Chicken Killer is actually as strong as wine, but this is not to say that it is difficult to drink. On the contrary; be careful with this one. The flavors of the beer are at first as overwhelming as the intense Santa Fe sun. But in the same way our sun gives us the unrivaled brilliant colors of Santa Fe, the potency of Chicken Killer gives us the remarkable spectrum of flavors that can be found in no other beer, in no other city. If you did not have the opportunity to try last year's vintage, come try this year's! Malts: 2-row pale, 30-37 l. Carastan, 135-165 l. Crystal Hops: Chinook, Hallertau, Crystal

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3.9
alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Sampled from a 22 oz. bottle shared by decaturstevo at the Cincy gathering. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma is sweet malts, fruits, with very little hops. The flavor is fruity with sweet caramel malt, honey, and the slightest hint of alcohol. Syrupy thick and smooth drinking. This was a very pleasant surprise at the gathering. Thanks Steve for sharing.

3.7
mar (5456) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2007
nice amber color with ruby hues and a small head. malts on the nose wit a strong sweet smell. great thickness and a great taste overall. tiny alcohol burn in the aftertaste but overall this was great.

3.8
theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
22 oz. bottle shared by tjthresh (via BeerandBlues2). Pour is a slightly hazy orange-red with a 1/2 inch off white head. Aroma of sweetly baking biscuits, bright fruity hoppiness. Taste of some bitter hops initially, then a strong maltiness that has the sweet fruit. Nice citrus bite to the finish. Can feel the heat in the throat, though the taste isn’t really impacted. Thanks Tom and Brad for this one.

3.9
tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2007
22 ounce bottle from BeerandBlues2
Pours a very hazy, firey red/orange/yellow. Thick khaki head.
Lots of cooked/burnt sugar, berries, and light hops in the nose.
Sweet, but not cloy. Caramel and spicy hops. Quite bitter and fruity.
Medium to full body. Hight carbonation. Semi sweet finish.<br. Really a tastey beer. Thanks Brad.

3.4
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Poured a amber color with good head. Aroma was of grain light fruits pine hops. Flavor was much the same good hop balance to it finished with a bitter hop taste to it good but not amazing.

3.6
User37895 (3085) - - NOV 7, 2007
Bottle from Topps in Tempe. The pour was reddish amber in color, tannish head with pink like hues. The aroma was fruity esters, grainy malts, some light pine hops also. The flavor followed the aroma, although this finished dry. Rather balanced out with hops, not a syrupy malty mess, not over the tops hops, nice lingering bitterness to complement the base beer. A nice product, perhaps the finest I’ve sampled from NM.

3.7
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2007
A nose of dried frut with no hops but hints of malt. An amber pour with off white lacing and almost no head. A bit of semi sweet dried fruit. Mouthfeel is solid with good carbonation too. A very good beer that is just a little off was a pleasant surprise.

3.7
Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2007
22 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Deep amber, with a thin reddish tan head that leaves a delicate pattern on the glass.

Caramel, sugar, rum cake, with some pine and alcohol.

Flavor starts out syrupy caramel, sugary raisins, then the piney hops come in and suck your taste buds dry.

Nicely balanced, and the 10% abv is well hidden.

3.2
awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2007
From a 22oz Bottle. Obtained in a trade with footy 5/2007. Thanks, Rudy! Pours a rather murky, ruddy amber color with a thick layer of fizzy off-white foam. The head actually settles out in an odd way, leaving a soapy film floating on top of an island of huge bubbles. Loads of caramel sugar and honeyed pears jump out of the glass. Soft fruity bouquet, with a bakery aroma thats almost a cross between fresh bread and pound cake topped with fresh strawberries. Some mild piney hops compliment softly. Wow. There is a lot of residual sugar left in this one, but the flavors are actually somewhat nice. Full bodied, thickly fizzy mouthfeel. Dense. Malt sugars coat the tongue in a thick ooze, almost like a dessert syrup minus the gin-like hop presence that lingers subtly in the background. After the initial shock adjustment to the sweetness, green raisins and sticky caramel flavors start to emerge. This is then devastated by a tremendous pine hop blast that carries through into the finish, drying it up some. A bit of gin-like alcohol warmth and high alpha hops play into the final smack. I can’t rag on this beer too much, as the aroma is pretty good and the flavors aren’t bad, but it’s just way too heavy for me to really get in to. I don’t usually drink my beer with a spoon, but this one almost requires it. I feel like I’m eating a lavish dessert and pairing it with a gin martini, but unfortunately I was hoping those days would reach me later on in life in the form of senility.

3.9
jsquire (4662) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Thanks to steveo for sharing this bottle. Hazy orange color with a thin cream colored head. Syrup sweetness and buttery toffee nose. Toffee, caramel, faint toast and some honey. Resiny hops, and the 10% abv is very well hidden. Very easy drinking for such a big beer.


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