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Chicken Killer Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

321 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: amicar on 03-07-2006

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 substantial beer. At over ten percent alcohol, Chicken Killer is actually as substantial 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!
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Photo of Kermitthefrayer
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bomber into a snifter. Im not sure which exact vintage this is but it was acquired via trade and has been in my cellar for minimum 3 years. Since im clearing inventory, its time to scope this out. It pours copper in color with an off-white head that fades leaving spotty lace.

The smell is toasty grain with some fruity aspects of alcohol overtop a mild oxidative aspect like paper. More smells reveal a trace of herbal hops. The taste is that of raison upfront and then cardboard oxidation. Some alcohol and bitterness still lingers.

This is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. I did this beer a disservice by holding on to it this long. Im sure it was better when fresher...if you have one of these, drink it within a year or 2, dont hold on to it too long.

Photo of tone77
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, malts. Taste is malty, alcohol, dark fruits, easy drinking considering the abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

Photo of patrick68L
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toothirsty
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of B-Land
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ruzzal
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phocion
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber pours into a snifter with a very thick and dark mahogony body. Small beige head which falls fairly quickly into thin, but resilient sheets of lacing.

Aroma is rich caramel malts. Brown sugar and molasses. Bready and a generic "malty" scent. Quite a few dark fruity esters, like rum-soaked dates.

Flavor follows the nose. Malt-forward but with a slight bitter touch. Fairly well-balanced, actually, and not overwhelmingly sweet. Toffee and alcohol, and just a touch bready.

Full-bodied and low carbbonation. Not as chewy as many barleywines, but still somewhat thick. A bit of alcohol warmth but not too hot.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable barleywine, but nothing particularly stands out about it. Good balance, good mouthfeel. Not overwhelming in any way.

Photo of BrewSTL
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewqueno
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Santa Fe Chicken Killer Barley Wine has a medium-to-thick cream-colored head, a murky, highly bubbly, rust-orange appearance, with low-level lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet & sour sauce, sourness, light fruits, sharp hop resin, and lots of barley malts. Taste is of those same elements, with noticeable bitterness to offset the malt sweetness. Very bready. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, and Santa Fe Chicken Killer finishes between wet & dry.

RJT

Photo of amvrana
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kds2437
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gruss004
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of avwrite
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Strong stuff. It has a dark ale flavor, and has that familiar molasses taste. Was a little frothy, and the bitterness hits you like a wall after a few sips.

Photo of Stevereno
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of kingjohnh
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Bogie1966
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of aagibbs
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Carl_R
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of hpthebull
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%

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Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.