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Chicken Killer Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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302 Ratings

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 26
Gots: 28 | 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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4/5  rDev +9%

miggs3030, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Jonbw, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of EGreen
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Malty. Breads, citrus, with some mild spice in the nose. Toffee, lots of toffee, plum, berries, slightly citrus, bready, very smooth. A nice barleywine. Not extraordinary but solid. Specific issues with the cloudy-ish look of the beer.. not very appetizing.

EGreen, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

afsdan, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

diehl07, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

CraigTravor, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Nick4444, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

tbryan5, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ajs4bd, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

CTbrew32, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

alex_hart, Apr 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

harpus, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

gratefulbeerhead, Apr 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Docrock, Apr 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

nickfl, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of StaveHooks
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle served in a Prairie teku

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,

T - Scorched caramel malts, very yeasty and biscuity, citrus honey tea. Bitterness comes more in the form of peppery notes, not sure if it's from the hops or the alcohol. Sweet upfront but dries out on the finish. Toffee and caramel malts really unfold once warm with some strawberry fruit as well. There's an odd vegetable flavor in there that I can't pin down and don't really love. The finish seems lackluster.

M - Moderate stingy carbonation bites the palate, medium to full body, dry finish.

Smells good and the malts dominate the hops. This is the 2nd time I've had this beer and I didn't love it the first time and I still don't. There is some weird flavor going on that I can't figure out but it seems to ruin it for me.

StaveHooks, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

Chelseaw30, Mar 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Schlafly33, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Devi0us, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Oxymoron, Feb 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

gritz147, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery in early February 2014. Served in a snifter at an 8 ounce pour.

A good appearance to start things off. There's a finger thick, frothy head that I'd call very foamy. Beneath is an opaque, dark amber and brown liquid.

The nose is citrusy hops, orange peel, sweet malt and floral hops. I like what I smell.

I get a bit of an offtaste on the tongue at first, something metallic, but then the taste improves dramatically. Citrusy hops come in, followed by sweet creamy malt, then the floral hops show up and complement the citrus. A good mix. As the beer warms a bit I detect notes of vanilla and caramel too.

Aside from the metallic taste that is a bit harsh on the tongue initially, I found this beer to be smooth, sweet and creamy. If not for that offtaste, I'd absolutely love this beer.

ONovoMexicano, Feb 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Theogre83, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

delta490, Dec 28, 2013
Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.