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Chicken Killer Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

307 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 26
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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 gritz147
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
Photo of Theogre83
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

delta490, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Punisher, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Canti4341, Dec 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

2GOOFY, Dec 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of TownDunkel
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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

TownDunkel, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of JMBSH
3/5  rDev -18.3%

JMBSH, Dec 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

AlaskanYoung, Dec 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

2beerdogs, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of PHBoiler
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

PHBoiler, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

GumDropButtons, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jordanmckell, Nov 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

AsILayDying, Nov 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

HRamz3, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

nje123, Oct 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Lukebell15, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Hoganlaw, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

moarmare, Sep 28, 2013
Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.