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Chicken Killer Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

309 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 25
Gots: 27 | 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:
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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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice ruby color. Short khaki colored head that falls quickly to a dusting. Just a couple spots of lacing.

Smells like rubber, plastic, and vinyl! Not a bad aroma, but its plastic!

Its flavor is much more pleasant than the nose. Pecans, toffee, orange marmalade, and an earthy funk.

Medium, sticky body, with too much carbonation.

Just an o.k. beer. Its easy to drink, and packs a punch, but it lacks the depth a good Barley Wine should have.

Photo of Lincoln
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of dylans
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of DCon
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle of this in a trade w/ amcmaho1 & shared w/ friends @ 4 Hands Brewing Co. Poured from the Baby Blue/Yellow Labeled bottle w/ a Dog wearing a Sombrero & shooting off guns (old western style) into a 12oz- 4 Hands Brewing Co Snifter Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle but know its a 2011 from the brewery when amcmaho1 visited.

Aroma- Hot boozy, sharp, and very rough on the nose... Definitely needed to have this one sit a bit longer or?

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. The darkest amber colored body you can get while also being viscous and leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Hits the mouth with tons of malt and sweetness but where is the complexity? Very light bitterness at the finish and almost no hops included in the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has a malty, bold finish on the palate.

Overall Impression- More like a traditional English Barleywine, this one missed the style a bit. More hop should have been included and should not have been so hot/sharp. Still enjoyed nonetheless and would love to pick up another bottle of this and sit on it.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of foss69lh
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a difficult brew to rate, as if considered as an ale, it is excellent, but as a barley wine, not at all. The body is medium full for an ale, but only medium bodied for a barley wine. Additionally, it is far too dry in style to be considered traditional or typical of these styles of brews, and too hoppy, though I have noticed that there seem to be many other breweries passing off similar styles as barley wine these days. Thus I would rate this an A- as an ale, but only a C as a barley wine... maybe not even that, as I consider its style atypical.

A notice to all the micro brews pursuing and passing off this style of brewing as barley wine: a traditional barley wine should be well over 10% ABV -- I've had as high as 18.6 -- and the name implies both the body weight and taste -- comparable in weight to a full-bodied red wine, with a winey mouthfeel and taste defined most by barley, not hops, with an impression of sweetness from the grain. Without these basic characteristics, you're making a full-bodied ale, but not a barley wine, regardless of whether or not barley was used in the brewing.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Amanda for this treat!

Poured maple brown, slight murkiness with scant head. A couple minutes later and it looked quite still, although it did have a very smooth carbonation. Lots of sweetness here. Caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of figs. Very light bitterness in the finish and the sweetness definitely carries further. Quite smooth and delicious. Overall, it's a good American barleywine. I would have appreciated a touch more bitterness, as the sweetness is quite prominent. It did indeed make for a great post-exam celebration. :)

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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from mthomas84 via SS '11 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass
Consumed 2/13

A: This beer pours a light brown, amber color with a one finger of khaki head. Head recedes at a decent pace. Sticky lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is caramel, toffee, alcohol, and a hint of citrus.

T: Taste is fruity alcohol up front. Lots of raising and plum tastes that mingle with a cloying caramel, toffee, brown sugar sweetness. Finish has a very mild, after thought of citrus hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp at first with a chewy sticky finish.

O: Goes down ok, somewhat tasty, not too filling, big kick, ok representation of style. This may have needed some more age on it.

Photo of obrike
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bomber at Specs in Round Rock for around 7 bucks.

Poured a murky brown...hints of orange...with a soft fluffy head that did not last. Liked the silky white ring that remained on top for the duration though.

Got a ton of sweet caramel malt in the initial whiff. Booze gets stronger as it warms...stings the nostrils a bit.

Man, a malt bomb! Very sweet, sugary biscuits, orange marmalade...and a splash of hops...A unique aftertaste throws off the taste a bit for me though, a little astringent...not sure if it's the booze coming through or something else.

Beer is a bit hot. Not as smooth as other American Barleywines I've had, but certainly still a decent effort. A big boozy slow sipper.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into a Duvel snifter. No date.

Appearance - Medium brown, cloudy to the point of near total opacity. Tan pancake batter head with fine lacking that slides off momentarily; decent to good retention.

Smell - Vinous. Oaky. Sweet like fresh fruit. Apple cider. Smooth and inoffensive.

Taste - Leather. Yeasty. Relatively dry apple cider. Hides its alcohol well.

Mouthfeel - Slight alcoholic bite. Mildly solvent. Astringency is pretty minimal.

Overall Drinkability - Very smooth. Nt very complex, but very drinkable for the style. Deceptive alcohol. Not very

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of EricCioe
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to schmittymack for sending this one up.

This pours deep amber with a nice, really pretty looking two finger head that left some lace on the way down, something I don't expect in a barleywine. On the nose there is a siginificant presence of caramel malt with something like rum-soaked dates providing the badass bottom note, and a definite hop presence that intermingles with the sweetness. One reviewer said candied oranges and that sounds just about right. In the mouth it's more of the same, with perhaps a bit more bitterness than anticipated. The body is medium, a little lighter than I would have expected, with a long finish with a touch of the heat I like in a big beer.

Overall, this is a nice brew and I was glad to get a couple bottles. I wouldn't have sought it out but for my pal Jon, a former Santa Fe resident living up here who said this was his favorite brew. I gave him one of the two bottles I had, and we shared the other one over Thanksgiving dinner turducken. A good beer enhanced by a good time.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.