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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
tjthresh (1873) - 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 (3042) - - 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 (6244) - 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 (1304) - 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 (4492) - 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.

3.2
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Hazy brown/amber. 1.5cm of frothy, off white foam. Very green nose- vegetal, herbal, lightly spicy, rich semi sweet malt, airy yeast. Vegetation subsides in the flavor, replaced by crisp and lightly resinous hops, and semi sweet malt, herbs, light spiciness, and airy yeast remain. Full body, balanced carbonation. Interesting brew.

3.7
IrishBoy (4200) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bomber from cbkschubert; Nose of caramel, dark fruits, and light hops; Rusty cherry color with a medium beige head; flavor is some light hop bitterness, alcohol, raisins, caramel, and peppery spiciness; finish is alcohol warmth and a tiny bit of bitterness; nice hoppy BW, should age well!

3.4
Alfonso (4) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - SEP 16, 2007 does not count
Don’t mess with this one unless you’re a big boy. "Abusive Spouse" would be a more apt name for Chicken Killer. Yeah, it hurts you, but deep down it really cares. It’s a delicious strain of domestic violence, though. The flavor is strong but not too cloying. The danger lies in its drinkability. The first time I drank a bottle of Chicken Killer, the night ended with me in the front yard with a can of Glade and a flashlight chasing a skunk. Seriously. I don’t know quite what that has to do with the beer directly, but just be warned: Prepare for a skunk hunt.


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