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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine - Arcadia Brewing Company

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86
very good

534 Ratings
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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 38
Gots: 79 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 10-26-2006

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Ratings: 534 | Reviews: 267
Photo of JoninVT
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle I had was a 2010 Vintage.

Photo of Dantalis
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaximalC
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky plum color with bronze highlights and minimal cap of sudsy, off-white froth. Sweet aroma smells of caramel, cereal, multi-grain bread, and a hint of cherry cough syrup.

The taste features big, malty sweetness up front consisting of caramel, brown sugar, dates, and dark fruit. There’s also a taught, alcoholic underpinning that lends some vim and vigor to the flavor profile. Herbal hops do their best to balance before also succumbing to the sweetness. Warming reveals some tart cherry notes as well. I like the aggression on the front end, but the rug gets pulled out toward the middle, revealing a kind of brief flavor purgatory before the sweet, warming crescendo of the finish restores order. The body is on the high end of medium and the carbonation is tingly and present without becoming a distraction. Thus, the mouthfeel is just about spot-on for the style.

I prefer my barleywines on the maltier side, and this certainly did not disappoint in that regard. There is oodles of complex sweetness to enjoy, and the appearance and mouthfeel complement it admirably. The instability of the taste toward the middle is an unusual detractor, but it didn’t prevent me from enjoying the bigger picture.

Photo of dannycohen62
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Schlafly33
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnCJr
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Winston3737
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jiveturkey75
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of misternebbie
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chewy6935
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barnoloid
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle had a year on it when opened - pours a golden, toffee color. The aroma is slightly oaky, with a sherry like nose. Easy sipper - the complexities open up as this warms. I feel that with a further year on this it would be even better. Lots of sugar and dried fruit/candied fruit elements here that I would be interested to stack up in a year or so.

Photo of BethanyB
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: A deep, clear Amber with highlights the color of ruby grapefruit. The tan head is flat and quick to melt. With an 8% ABV on this Barleywine, I expected a bit more staying power.

Smell: The bouquet is light for the style, and smells mainly of stone fruit (plums and figs), with a backdrop of gently toasted malt.

Taste: Exceedingly sweet at first, and then the bitterness takes over. Dark fruit melds nicely with light brown sugar and a splash of espresso. There is, however, a bit of a harsh cherry flavor that is sadly similar to cough medicine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy in the mouth, this beer lacks the dryness one would expect from a Barleywibe. The alcohol warming is immediately apparent, while the moderate carbonation fizzles out in the soft finish.

Overall: Pleasant enough at first, but lacking enough strength to make a lasting impression. The astringent cherry character becomes more and more cloying, and the beer would be hard to finish if it weren't for the light, yet detectable balance brought on by earthy hops and buttery melanoidins.

Photo of booga73
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcm75
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a nice foamy head. Aroma of caramelized cereal notes with some toffee. Taste is also dominated by some caramelized sugar notes with some toffee and light butter notes. Finish is dryer then I would have expected. Body is full enough for style with good amount of carbonation. Nice beer but I thought it fell a bit short on the drinkability and smoothness.

Photo of MDDMD
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of waddellc2
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Ohiovania
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of LehighAce06
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.