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Chicken Killer Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

298 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 26
Gots: 25 | 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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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.

obrike, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Joshgonzales79, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of ZenAgnostic
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

ZenAgnostic, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +23%

rowingbrewer, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of trojankeg
4/5  rDev +9.3%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Kaydogg
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Kaydogg, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mthomas84
4/5  rDev +9.3%

mthomas84, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Daveychu
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Daveychu, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +9.3%

TheBishopco, Nov 27, 2011
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.

EricCioe, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of bcostner1
4/5  rDev +9.3%

bcostner1, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Gatordaddy, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Arizona Society of Homebrewers Oktoberfest, this barelwyine’s been aged at least a year. Poured into a shaker pint.

Murky maple-orange with highlights of gold. Half a finger of velvety tan head becomes a silky top layer. Murky, almost opaque.

Tons of overripe orange, toasted biscuits and caramel in the nose. What orange peel-y hops were once here have become soft whispers. Hint of honey-like oxidation in the background.

Chicken Killer is a malt monster, but the hops are bigger in the flavor. I get tons of toasted biscuit covered with orange marmalade and caramel, along with some herbal qualities — basil? Burnt sugar is here as well, blending with sticky alcohol. It begins sweet, but finishes impressively dry. Pretty damn complex after a year old maturity.

Moderate, pokey carbonation flashes then fades as the creamy medium body moves about. Good viscosity, not too thick. A bit of booze comes through the nose, but it's pretty well hidden overall.

I'd say aged is the best way to have this beer — if it were fresh, the malt wouldn't be big enough to combat the hops.

Phelps, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +9.3%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +9.3%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Exiled, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +9.3%

portia99, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze color though somewhat murky. Not a lot of head though some decent lacing. Malty and caramel aroma right upfront. A very faint whiff of smoke-probably more perceived then actually there. Toffee and buttery flavor. Mildly astringent hop bite. A hair out of balance with the hops. Mildly boozey though not overly so and not in a detrimental way. Sticky and gummy mouthfeel. The upfront sweetness quickly becomes dry. Enjoyable all in. Have wanted to try this for ages. A touch rough in spots but a damn nice US barleywine.

lackenhauser, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of DavidST
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

This pours a nice murky brown color with a decent off white head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of malt and alcohol. The feel is good and somewhat thick. The taste is a little disappointing, I get plenty of the malts, but low bitterness and hops to offset it (i'm too used to the over hopped American barley wines which this isn't) and there is plenty of alcohol heat not well hidden at all.

DavidST, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice foamy/soapy off-white head. Brew is cloudy orangish-red. Medium body.

S - A fowl homebrew scent. Lots of weird grape scents. No heat or sugar.

T - Very watery. Not too much going on with this one.

M - Nice carbonation, zero bitterness (weak for a B-Wine).

O - Not impressed by this well-named offering from SFB... CKBW doesn't keep up with their canned series. This brew is not highly recommended, but worth trying with a group of friends....

chugalug06, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage
6oz->Duvel Tulip
A ~ Pours a murky brown color akin to burnt caramel. The silky eggshell head is sufficient & eventually settles into a constantly morphing cap/ring. Lacing is 100% solid.

S ~ Dark wheat, bread pudding, tree bark, granola, buttered toast, fig, & a touch of Wassail. Touch of yellow apple.

T ~ Fantastic. Toast & Buttered Bread notes follow through in a fantastic way. Prune, Cooked Apples, Cinnamon stick, & Berry Jam all make an appearance in the complex flavor profile.
Hop profile is all but diminished, but sappy/organic notes remain. Splash of brandy & vanilla bean that becomes more present upon warming. Great melody of flavor.
The nose is great, but does not do the taste justice!

M ~ Fantastic carbonation that is very smooth throughout & wicks away unwanted lingering flavors. Hops have faded in aroma (for the better) but still contribute bitterness. This is almost better when it looses carbonation (less astringent), but both have their advantages in flavor.

D ~ Better than the OG. The booze has mellowed out quite a bit over the course of two years, which is a very good thing. Very glad I have a few more to see how it's doing, but it's really at a sweet spot right now. Seek out this vintage.

chocosushi, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review! Make that 1% less liver function!!

Pours a mahogany brown with a dense 1-finger head. Retention and lace are minimal, as expected.

The nose, naturally, is all about the malt with caramel, bran flake and coffee aromas mixed in with dark estery notes of raisin, ripe fig, baked apple and fresh apricot. Touch of peppery booze too.

The full-bodied palate has an immeasurably long presentation- waves and waves of complex, rich and chewy malt are joined first by a little peppery booze, then the moderate bitterness before a return to the dry bran-like malt on the finish. Flavors up front include bran, nut oils, ripe fig and light roast coffee, while the finish sees little beads of toffee-like sweetness surrounding the boozy spice and final hints of cherry tucked into a lingering caramel.

Overall, needs some smoothing out around the edges (touch too boozy) but still rather wonderful now. I would love to see a year or two of age on this one. And I particularly like how it manages to be incredibly malty, but not syrupy and never too sweet. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

TheWhiskerReview, Sep 05, 2011
Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.