Chicken Killer Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
A most drinkable barleywine. Nicely balanced with the caramel malting and the normal barleywine taste,some dates, this one will transition people to barleywines. Brownish colour with good head. Above average mouthfeel, although above average carbonation.
11-09-2008 02:48:47 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!
Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1 inch puffy light tan head that settles to a thin cap. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, and lots of citrus zest. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, and somewhat strong citrus zest flavors. A slight apricot flavor on the aftertaste. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good barleywine but it's a bit out of balance for my tastes. I wish there was more malty sweetness to go along with the hoppy flavors.
11-21-2011 00:27:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
Appearance: Pours a caramel color with a foamy head that settles to a film while leaving some lace behind
Smell: Caramel aroma with hints of alcohol and hop
Taste: Toast and caramel up front, with a bitter hop and alcohol burn developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the burnt flavor dominates, with the caramel resuming on the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet
Drinkability: Middle of the road barleywine that lacks complexity; balanced and easy to drink
06-01-2009 01:40:41 | More by brentk56
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
Picked up this bottle last year and have been sitting on it for what seemed like forever. I decided to open this one up last night. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/25/2008.
The pour was nice enough. Rich dark amber in color with a smooth look to it. Nice cloudiness to it. Some carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass, with a nice amount odd white head sitting on top of it. Smooth settle, left behind only trace amounts of side lacing. The aroma was rich, light notes of alcohol and a ton of bready malts. Hints of pine resin hops and a nice, touch of grain mingling in throughout the profile. The flavor was smooth as could be, a very mellow barley wine with hints of caramel and a muted hop note. Interesting balance here, with the alcohol mostly hidden in amongst the profile. Easy to sip, the carbonation was spot on.
Overall an enjoyable barley wine that I am glad I had the chance to try. I would say this would be worth another look.
11-29-2008 04:44:41 | More by mikesgroove
3.84/5 rDev +4.9%
Served in a tulip glass.
Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this bottle!
I've heard too much about bachelorette parties; now, gimme a beer, dammit! This stuff pours a murky sunset auburn topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises rye-ish biscuit, light toffee, mild tobacco-like greens, a twinge of candied orange peel, and a hint of celery. The taste continues the trend, with a spicy biscuit backbone riding high in the saddle, surrounded by mixed greens that don't pack much of a bitter wallop, but still serve as a minor balance to the malt. There's a slight twang of booze, but nothing that distracts from the main attractions. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice, surprisingly easygoing barleywine, one that showcases a balance and a restraint you don't normally find stateside. Good times.
08-06-2013 02:24:48 | More by TMoney2591
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.
S - It smelled malty with notes of toffee and caramel.
T - Very malty and sweet. Caramel and toffee flavors dominate with some spicy bitterness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.
O - This isn't a bad barleywine, but its not a great one either. Good.
03-21-2013 02:25:41 | More by zeff80
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
22oz bottle from a nondescript liquor store in southwest Denver. I wonder if I ever saw Walter White drinking any of this brewery's products?
This beer pours a mostly clear, dark red brick amber hue, with a fistful of fingers of rising puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some spectral sudsy lace around the glass as things sink away.
It smells of heady bready, biscuity caramel malt, a hint of crystallized toffee, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, earthy, leafy hops, and a mild twinge of sweet alcohol. The taste is still pretty sweet, and complexly so, with more biscuity caramel malt, baba cakes, dry molasses, gritty demarara sugar, a bit of fresh black grapes, laid-back earthy, leafy hops, and a slight booze warming.
The bubbles are generally quite understated, just a dull hum throughout, the body a sturdy medium weight, and so-so in its smoothness, a needling prickliness hovering about. It finishes off-dry, not as sweet as one might have been expecting, as the biscuity character takes center stage, the earthy, leafy hops loitering as well.
A decently understated American barleywine, if we're to take their word for it. I think this tastes exactly what an Imperial ESB might want to taste like, so that would default to English all around in my book. Anyways, well-made, and definitely not too heavy, other than in the ABV, which is conspicuous only in its general absence. Wait for it, I know.
10-11-2013 23:17:46 | More by biboergosum
2.95/5 rDev -19.4%
Not sure exactly what happened here. Feels uneven as far as taste goes and it lacks a smooth flavor. Feel is decent, but there isn't much going on here that is really saving the experience. Maybe it wasnt the best bottle, though I probably won't ever know. I cant say there is any hope that I would try it again.
12-30-2007 02:23:13 | More by RblWthACoz
4.1/5 rDev +12%
Could've swore I reviewed this before, but old age might be tricking me,,, 22 OZ bomber
Pours an effervescent reddish caramel with 2 fingers+ of brownish sandy colored head. Superior lacing & head retention
S: Bready with hints of brown sugar
T: Bready & fruitty (dates) with a little too much boozeyness up front. Some slight chocolate & herbal hops. Oaky dryness & breadyness dominate the finish, with a little fruittyness (dates, spiced apples & some pears) thrown in for good measure & little more dryness & alcohol burn, plus a wee bit of maple syrup sweetness
MF: Chewy with medium carbonation, pretty rich & sticky
Drinks great for the ABV. Skews to an English style BW IMO, fans of those will love this. A little more finesse with the malt & or alcohol taste than this offers or some more hops to get this to the upper ecehelons of BWs. Still way better than the 1st time I had it, but snow is falling, maybe it's all about the weather??
05-24-2007 03:45:01 | More by russpowell
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
Chicken Killer Barleywine, Santa Fe Brewing, New Mexico's First Microbrewery.
Interesting: "Chicken Killer Barleywine Is a revolutionary beer that will someday define America's unique barley wine style." Really? Rather a bold statement! "...the potency of Chicken Killer gives us the remarkable spectrum of flavors that can be found in no other beer, in no other city." You don't say! Well, let's try it and see...
Clouded, rich, hazy, garnet hue. huge, creamy head.
Wood, brandy, and cherry in the aroma. Leather and soft spices, with a whiff of green apple, Funky fruit unfolds.
Heat hits right off with the first taste. Highly hopped, but mellow soon enough. Richness and bold flavor hangs long in the mouth. Booze is felt, too, abundant flavor is appeciated, but, despite the boasts, it doesn't go anywhere new, really, nowhere Bigfoot hasn't been. Feels a bit like some British barleywines, not as much of the full hop force of the American style.
This is a fully flavored beast, though, and should be savored at just the right temperature, just the right occasion, sipped slowly, and shared with friends.
05-01-2008 02:28:14 | More by feloniousmonk
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is heavy on the brown sugar and dark fruit. I also get some caramel malt and a little bit of piney hops. There is also quite a bit of alcohol warming in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice barleywine.
05-04-2011 04:46:25 | More by Mora2000
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
Nice amber appearance in the chalice. Fine head and lacing. Touch of roasted malt in the aroma. Very sweet and rich. More acidic than most barley wines. Nutty and taste of golden raisins and apple pie. Not much bitterness but some hops do come through. Long nose of caramel.
Really fizzy in the mouth for a barley wine. Carbonation lasts and lasts in the glass. Still it's easy to drink especially if you think of it as an improved product from Champale. Or maybe I'm confusing it with Manischewitz Almonetta.
05-28-2011 05:17:13 | More by mactrail
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
07-10-2007 04:29:27 | More by Gueuzedude
4/5 rDev +9.3%
12/20/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.
Presentation- 22oz botle with no freshness info on the bottle. Poured into an oversized wine glass.
Appearance- Mid to deep golden color with a full one inch head upon pour. Fades fairly quickly with just a very light rim remaining. Leaves nice lace trails behind though.
Smell- Seems like more sweet roasted caramel malt than hops. Although, hops are both pine and grapefruit in nature and come through as well in the nose.
Taste- At first it seems like the perfect balanced barleywine. Then after a few sips the hops kick in with avengence. Fairly smooth toasted caramel candied malt combines with a pretty potent hit of grapefruit bittering hops. This one is simple and straight forward.
Mouthfeel- Smooth, fuller mouthfeel with a lingering hoppy flavor remaining.
Drinkability- Simple recipe...hops and malt, both frolicking together hand in hand. They make a great team in this beer. Nothing over the top incredible, but pretty damn good nonetheless.
12-21-2007 15:27:00 | More by GClarkage
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
Much thanks to witbier for picking this one up while in Texas...
Appears a hazy, semi-transparent, dark amber with a small, off white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cherries, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and mild citrusy hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet caramel flavor that stands out among the mix of flavors dancing along the palate.
Mouthfeel is sweet, medium bodied, with doughy yeast hanging on through the finish.
04-04-2008 19:42:40 | More by weeare138
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured a hazy light brown with orange tinge and slight off white head. Nose was a little funny (not bad) spicy candy smell. Taste is with plenty of malt and perhaps a bit too much on the crystal malt side. Nicely bitter, but not overwhelming. The Taste is again of spices and a tiny bit of bitter orange. Caramel, fruits and brown sugar. Feels quite full in the mouth, and not too sweet.
01-26-2008 19:02:17 | More by barleywinefiend
Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.