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Chicken Killer Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company

Chicken Killer Barley WineChicken Killer Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
83
good

267 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 267
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%


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:
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!

(Beer added by: amicar on 03-07-2006)
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this in a trade with stephens101. Thanks Lane!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Looks opaque and cloudy at first, but once held to light the beer is perfectly clear and bright candy apple caramel in color. I can even see very light streams of carbonation rising through the body. The head is small, foamy, and khaki-colored. Moderate retention; hot much lacing. I should note that the beer becomes cloudy once the yeasty sediment at the bottom is poured in.

Smell: Caramel, pine, and much milder candied fruits. A touch of alcohol toward the end. A little too faint in my opinion, and what's there ain't anything special anyway.

Taste: Sweet red berries, raisins, caramel, sage, and light pine. I even get a bit of pilsener malt. Odd. Hops come in toward the finish; they're flowery and mildly bitter. Not my favorite b-wine, but it's certainly interesting.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and sticky, but not all that messy. The finish is actually a bit effervescent. Dryness builds in the aftertaste. Body isn't too heavy. Aftertaste could be stronger.

Drinkability: This was an good, but I wasn't wowed by any of the aspects the beer had to offer. Good all-around. Yeah, that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 03:27:59 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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A - Dark reddish brown with 2 fingers of yellowish tan head. Good retention with average lacing.

S - Doughy and bready caramel, mild apples, and some citrus notes,

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Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.