RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours amber witha foamy tan head. Aroma is of malt, sugar, dark fruit, and alcohol. Definitely smells boozy. Taste is very sugary with caramel and dark fruit. Very light on the malt. Very light on the body as well. Way too thin. Overall, I was very underwhelmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltdog (623) - Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2017
Deep garnet with a stiff khaki head. Appealing spicy earthy/piney hop aroma with toffee and grapey undertones (Vienna malt?). Some waxy and ethanol scents. Big, clean, spicy noble hop flavor and restrained maltiness. Spruce and burnt fig at the back of the tongue. Toasted cornmeal and leather. Not the caramel bomb that most brewers think defines the style. Juicy mouthfeel, not too thick. Carbonation has just enough lift to make the ale smooth and dangerously drinkable. Hop reemerge in the aftertaste, plus some pleasing coffeelike tannins. I love that it doesnt taste like damn Chinook hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndreasP (248) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2016
Rather alcohol filled and woody taste and it doesnt really seem to be in harmony.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (2926) - , Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2016
(bottle) clear, fluorescent reddish amber colour with a small beige head; aroma of jam, stewed fruit; balanced flavour with a subdued, bit boozy flavour, long medium bitter finish; oily palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (11475) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2016
Draught at the Santa Fe Brewing Co, Santa Fe, NM.
Slightly cloudy deep mahogany color with a small creamy tan head. Sweet dark fruits, sweet sugar and sweet caramel malt in the aroma. Sweet it is. Sweet dark fruits, sugar, mild hoppy bitterness and caramel malt in the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigben873 (249) - Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2016
More of a hybrid between am American style and English style, not super hoppy but not super malty either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBeerFanatic (1052) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Dark amber color thick creamy head. Aromas slight grassy hop, caramel, slight ester. Flavors esters, light spicy wood, light alcohol mostly in the nose, spicy hop, caramel is mostly in the back of all the spicy wood/esters. Leaves a medium astringent bitter aftertaste. Medium sweet. Not the usual flavors in the normal barley wine and not so much in a good way. The barley wine I made was better than this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (5171) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 16, 2016
I brought the bottle to the Grand Tasting at the RBSG not having tasted it before. I usually do not inflict unknown beers on my fellow beer geeks but this one snuck into my luggage so it was new to me. Luckily it was not a drain pour. Copper to amber in color with and off-white head it seems slightly oxidized but not enough to spoil the beer. Nose of caramel malts with some citrus hops. Medium in body. Mouthfeel a bit hot. Flavor sweet with the hops hanging on into the finish. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
staticGen (6) - - AUG 6, 2016 does not count
Poured into a Pilsner. The color is a deep caramel with some reddish hue. deep color - An indication of the 10% ABV to come. Foamy head, taking time to reside. An initial feeling that this will be a substantial beer. Initial aromas indicate this is a sweet beer. As initial impressions reside, other hoppy aromas arive to indict that there is more complexity to be experienced: tropical fruit guava and passion fruit. Additional aromas linger including sweaty feet and canibus. Significant aromas offset the sweetness. This beer has a heavy body. Its sweetness is fairly offset with enough bitterness and mineralization/saltiness to keep the sweetness from dominating. The bitterness initially immediately overpowers the sweetness after the initial sip, but additional experience with this beer tells that there is more complexity and nuance that will linger with experience. The label states"Barley Wine". While there is significant body and ABV, this beer does not follow in the Barley Wine tradition. Its hopy and balanced. Its sweet and salty. I really like this style of beer - its carefully crafted to balance sweetness and bitterness aromas, flavors and ABV. It actually follows closely in the genre of the Avery Brewery "Holy Trinty of Ales" - high ABV beers with balance and drink-ability for their high ABV. Its a bargain at the price for a 22 oz bottle! Pick one up...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (10154) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2016
RBSG 2016, Grand Tasting. Bottle. Light copper amber. Toffee, almonds, vanilla. Sweet and boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4911) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Looks like a flat cola. Nose of oxidation cardboard for sure with a lot of really well balanced malty notes with some toffee. I am pretty sure this is an aged bottle with a fantastic n ose

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