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Chicken Killer Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

285 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 26
Gots: 24 | 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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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

02-28-2014 22:42:39 | More by Schlafly33
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Devi0us

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-24-2014 05:44:18 | More by Devi0us
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

02-20-2014 23:35:18 | More by Oxymoron
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gritz147

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-15-2014 01:46:30 | More by gritz147
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 21:00:53 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Theogre83

Kansas

3/5  rDev -18%

02-04-2014 23:42:09 | More by Theogre83
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-05-2014 03:44:14 | More by jaydoc
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delta490

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-28-2013 22:07:53 | More by delta490
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-28-2013 02:10:11 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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Punisher

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-18-2013 03:37:24 | More by Punisher
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Canti4341

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-17-2013 21:40:18 | More by Canti4341
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2GOOFY

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-17-2013 03:54:09 | More by 2GOOFY
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-13-2013 01:53:44 | More by XmnwildX12
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TownDunkel

Texas

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Santa fe got to love a local brew... By local one of the closests in west Texas. Hops are prevalant but in this barleywine it shares the light with the malt well. Pipes dark to medium brown with milk chocolate head. Smell is of noble hops and taste is a decent mix between malt and hops. The aftertaste is clean and subtle ipa like. Overall a good local big beer

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 01:45:16 | More by TownDunkel
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JMBSH

Colorado

3/5  rDev -18%

12-11-2013 06:20:33 | More by JMBSH
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -18%

12-02-2013 21:19:53 | More by AlaskanYoung
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BryantForestry

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-29-2013 03:22:52 | More by BryantForestry
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2beerdogs

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-25-2013 14:12:56 | More by 2beerdogs
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PHBoiler

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Burnt orange to amber colored body with a thin offwhite head. Little to no nose. There is a hint of sweetness. The taste is pure alcohol. Just tastes like grain alcohol and acetone. This beer is way off. Nothing wrong with the bottle and purchased recently as well. No bottle dating. Nothing positive about this beer. I got a light sweetness up front that is destroyed by the grain alcohol/acetone taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 19:46:03 | More by PHBoiler
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GumDropButtons

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-12-2013 22:11:02 | More by GumDropButtons
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jordanmckell

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-06-2013 04:44:28 | More by jordanmckell
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AsILayDying

California

5/5  rDev +36.6%

11-04-2013 00:41:33 | More by AsILayDying
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3/5  rDev -18%

10-22-2013 12:24:22 | More by HRamz3
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 23:17:46 | More by biboergosum
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nje123

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

10-06-2013 15:47:06 | More by nje123
Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.