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Chicken Killer Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

279 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 26
Gots: 22 | 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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JuanAlberto

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-05-2014 00:57:11 | More by JuanAlberto
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Nizzle913

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-28-2012 19:33:56 | More by Nizzle913
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Canti4341

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-07-2014 13:06:41 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-09-2013 00:25:48 | More by ralphw56
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jkane101

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-14-2013 15:09:08 | More by jkane101
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-06-2014 02:37:44 | More by Lovely85
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Nick4444

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-10-2014 01:49:54 | More by Nick4444
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ChrisKuhns

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-16-2012 21:52:43 | More by ChrisKuhns
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seanmugs

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-28-2012 06:54:00 | More by seanmugs
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12packpoet

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-16-2013 01:38:30 | More by 12packpoet
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jordanmckell

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Washington

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

22oz bottle poured into snifter

This beer pours a reddish mahogany with a very nice off white to light yellow head. Minor bubbles and good lacing. Smell of candied sugars, hot caramel, plums, raisins and cinnamon. Taste is pretty sweet of caramel and toffee malts. The dark fruits are picked up along with some cherries and bitter orange peel. Mouth is medium, sticky and bit hot. Overall a bit unbalanced and hot but I enjoyed this one and would have it again, maybe with a year or two on it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 18:52:10 | More by OakedCanuck
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irongator

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-03-2012 19:54:31 | More by irongator
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GumDropButtons

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-12-2013 22:11:02 | More by GumDropButtons
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brandon911

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-07-2012 00:37:28 | More by brandon911
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2GOOFY

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-22-2014 04:04:34 | More by nickfl
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Texas

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

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 01:45:16 | More by TownDunkel
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Mora2000

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is heavy on the brown sugar and dark fruit. I also get some caramel malt and a little bit of piney hops. There is also quite a bit of alcohol warming in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 04:46:25 | More by Mora2000
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A most drinkable barleywine. Nicely balanced with the caramel malting and the normal barleywine taste,some dates, this one will transition people to barleywines. Brownish colour with good head. Above average mouthfeel, although above average carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 02:48:47 | More by Sammy
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from stopbarking in our recent trade... Thanks Daniel!! Poured into my Chimay goblet.

3/4" head dies back fairly quickly... spotty lacing... brew is hazy orange.

Caramel and citric hops with some spicy alcohol notes... a little bit of yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor has more of a fruitiness than the nose... more floral hops than citric on the palate.. still a fair amount of caramel and maybe even some brown sugar.. again some spicy EtOH... Body is deceivingly light... and the carbonation is pretty much perfect.. Strikes me alot more of an English BW... fruitiness is sorta like a lite apricot or pear as it warms.

Thanks Daniel... I have one more of these that is about a year old and will probably age it for another 6 months or so... I'm glad I got to try a fresh version... but this guy could use some time in the bottle to mesh the flavors... it seems like a little of a mash-up right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 05:42:13 | More by JohnGalt1
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the beerfly I found this brewpub and beer for my business trip. I happen to be a big fan of english style barleywines and this one was definitely in that vein! Kudos to the brewers for being this far west and resisting the urge to out hop the west coast brewers!

A - rich ruby red, draft carbonated head 1/2" which quickly dissipated. light lace on the glass.

S - rich wonderful malty smell. reminds me in some ways of having a youngs old nick in England at the brewery.

T - Very good. Lighter on the malt that the smell indicated. Well balanced with enough hops to keep this from being sweet, but not so much that it takes away from the wonderful malty / toffee flavor. at 10% ABV, it hides the alcohol very well.

M - Medium bodied brew. very smooth!

D - Easy to drink and deceptively strong. I enjoyed it enough that I am bringing a growler home to New Hampshire to share with friends.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2006 16:46:44 | More by barleywinebrewer
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zeff80

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled malty with notes of toffee and caramel.

T - Very malty and sweet. Caramel and toffee flavors dominate with some spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.

O - This isn't a bad barleywine, but its not a great one either. Good.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 02:25:41 | More by zeff80
Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.