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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
PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle: Thanks Flaco Alto! Deep amber in color with a tan head and good clarity. Nicely aromatic with chocolate and caramel and some spearmint hints. There’s a velvety carbonation in the strong body. Nice malt body without being cloying. Some warming roasty caramel character along with vanilla, raisins and a subtle hoppiness. The alcohol is well hidden. A solid and well made Barley Wine.

2.8
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Feels uneven as far as taste goes and it lacks a smooth flavor. Maybe it wasn’t the best bottle. I can’t say there is any hope that I would try it again.

3.7
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/02/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

cloudy amber, wispy tan head, drops of lace, sweet dark caramel malt aroma with lots of earthy hops, very creamy body, rich malt flavor, good caramel character well balanced by lots of earthy hops, touch of sweetness with the caramel, light fruity character,

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
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2007
(22oz bottle) Small beige head atop murky dark copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/raisin, grapefruit/pine, some orange. Taste is sweet, caramel, raisin, grapefruit, some alcohol, grape/vinous, pastry. Full body, some syrup.

3.2
shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 8/03/2007: Santa Fe Chicken Killer Barley Wine is brown in color and clear in appearance. The dark, malty flavor is pretty good, but the body is a bit on the light side and needs some work. The alcohol is well hidden though. I just received a bottle of this from hopdog that I look forward to trying. I’m sure my rating will improve once I have a chance to really sit down and enjoy this beer on it own...

22 fluid ounce bottle (10% a.b.v.) shared by decaturstevo at the Cincinnati RateBeer Gathering. Thanks Stevo! Rating #54 for this beer... Rating: 7 3 7 3 15 = 3.5
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8/03/2007: Chicken Killer Barley Wine Ale has a sweet, malty, and fruity aroma with notes of cherry and almond. This beer has a deep amber color with a frothy beige to ivory head. The flavor is like a strong beer (think Bock) with a tinge of alcohol (not good alcohol though - like rubbing alcohol) and medicinal/herbal/floral hops (mild bitterness), but there really is’t anything exciting or memorable to note. This beer has a medium body with an average palate. Overall it is an average, maybe good beer but not really worth going crazy trying to get...

1 pin 6 fluid oz bottle (10% Alc/Vol.) from hopdog via trade. Thanks Steve! Rating: 7 3 6 3 13 = 3.2

3.7
Tmoney99 (14486) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle sample at Cincy Ratebeer Gathering. Poured dark brown color with average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark chocolate, coffee and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full sticky body. Heavy bittersweet flavor with an average bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.

3.7
danfosha (51) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Highly concentrated flavors, thick malt, toffee, would be great with a bread pudding. Very smooth, but intense.

3.4
FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours with quite a murky, muddy amber color. It is topped by a frothy, bright amber-tinged, tan colored head that starts out almost three-fingers in height. The aroma is quite rich and concentrated; notes of candied orange peel, brown sugar encrusted rustic bread crust, sweet orange spice cake, lychee, and murky caramelized malt (if that last makes sense). This beer really has a pronounced, sweet, candied orange aroma to it. The hops definitely are the dominant character, but there is a ton of malt underneath that just add to a very rich, chewy smelling aroma.

Quite sweet tasting and the sweet orange peel notes play quite a prominent role in the flavor as well. Thick, though not overly so; it certainly sticks to the palate, coating my mouth with caramelized malt sugars and orange zest, which slowly fades after the beer has left my mouth. The malt character here is quite rich; redolent of the afore-mentioned caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar notes and a real meaty malt character. This beer has a nice solid bitterness to it, but it is amazingly smooth; the bitterness is quite clean in the finish. Towards the finish the hops contribute a flavor that is menthol-like, resinous, not quite pine, but definitely a bit green.

This is an enjoyable brew, somehow it is not quite integrated though. At times it can be a touch disjointed; this doesn’t keep it from being tasty, but I could certainly see how this could be quite a bit better. All it really may need is a little age; perhaps six months to two years may just be what this beer needs to achieve new heights.

3.6
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours a thick, clear brown with no head. Molasses, wood, caramel malt, and butterscotch in the nose. Oily mouthfeel. Taste did not live up to the nose. Caramel and bread, with some graininess and that rotten tobacco. There are far better out there.

3.9
dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Okay, this is a case where the aroma score affects the beer in such a way as to drive up the rating unfairly. It smells wonderful, rich thick molasses. The flavor has a little caramel molasses to it, but is a little thin and shows some alcohol in patches. Really not top of the line, just something to drink and get drunk with.


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