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Chicken Killer Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

315 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 25
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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3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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.

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

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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

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

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

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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.

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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A: poured into a DFH snifter to a deep copper with a one finger dense light tan head that is slow to fade and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of caramel and bitter hops
T: taste is toasted malt, caramel, and hop bitterness with some pine. swallow is a little alcohol, caramel, and some floral hops
M: this sits surprisingly light for the style with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: Decent but not remarkable. better than some attempts but the hops seem to have faded awful quickly. probably would have been very drinkable fresh

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Undated bomber at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt and caramel
Head large (5 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to a 3 mm layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of small bubbles
Body dark amber, slight chill haze which disappears as the temperature rises
Flavor of caramel, moderately sweet with alcohol in the background; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Aroma 3, Appearance 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Mouthfeel 3.5, Overall 3.375 Final: 3.375
I’m not a barleywine fan but this isn’t half bad. It loses points on both taste and aroma because I can detect no hops. Otherwise, it meets the criteria for an American-style barleywine.

Photo of Dlansdown
1/5  rDev -72.8%

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Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.