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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley WineArcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 554
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 39
Gots: 88 | FT: 8
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Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mcallister on 10-26-2006

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Photo of filmguy
4.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Read the other reviews for a taste profile. On tap this was a perfect beer for me. Went out while vacationing in Detroit (!) and bought a 6 pack to bring back the goodness to Florida. Not nearly as good from the bottle. Much more hops. Quite bitter (which is fine for hop heads) but for me it was a bit less balanced than when it was on tap. Still good, but a notch down from great. (382 characters)

Photo of Rhynes2
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was blown away by this one. Pours a nice hazy red/orange color. not much head aside from a thin layer that quickly dissipated. Flavors come off as having notes of dark fruits and apple with spices blended in subtly. It reminds me of an apple cider more than anything. Hops provide a light bitterness that works with the malts beautifully. I realize that taste is subjective but this is the best barley wine I have ever had. Very impressed and I'll be buying this again. (471 characters)

Photo of Gfhislop
4.73/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First barleywine I had ever tried, 2009 vintage

A- pours thick, deep rich brown color and a thin yellow/tan head

S- lots of booze and sweetness, underlying raisin like notes

T- the raisin flavor takes center stage here, accompanied by a sugary sweetness and other dark fruit essences. Finishes with a hit of biscuit flavor, very little hop presence left. Very rich in flavor and depth.

M- coats the mouth, quite thick compared to other styles, finishes a tad dry and boozy.

O- I've been exploring this style more, but always come back to this. Compared to other barleywines, this one goes on forever in depth. A lot to enjoy in a small bottle, may need to grab a 750ml next time (684 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one really impressed me. It opens with a thick and frothy head sitting daintily above a glass of dark cloudy copper. Within it one watches a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. There was a minimum of lacing. Surprising.

In addition to a tangy banana ester, the body is extremely biscuity with a heavy, but sweet, malt bite; this makes for an incredible body.Upon the befuddled palate tempts a cloying cloviness (how's that for alliteration) that precedes a smooth mouthfeel.

This is one Michigan barleywine to please anyones' palate. Nice one, but one is about all anyone can handle. (592 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle of this brew, poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear rich mahogany color with 1 inch of creamy beige head foaming up and receding slowly to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is all malt with brown sugar and molasses mixing with a bit of dark fruit and hints of cocoa powder. Dominated by brown sugar sweetness though.
First sip reveals an average body with slight syrupy texture and very fine gentle carbonation. Flavor is as expected from nose. All sweet malt with brown sugar, molasses, red grape and raisins mixing nicely. No hint of booze or hops to be found. I like this malt lovers brew and find it extremely drinkable for the 10%. Quite a nice brew. (696 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown glass bottle 1 pint 6oz. Blue label showing a stabbing spoon scene. Label claims 9% ABV.
Opague brownish body letting light through at the edges. Creamy tan buttes head with an airy center. Amazing retention and creamy lace.
Sweet delicious thick scent. Probably just an influence from the label, but the smell brings forth images of maple cinnamon oatmeal. Abit of the alcohol comes through amid the faint hops which grow much stronger with a little warmth.
Very sweet molasses, maple syrup flavor with cinnamon and other spices. Nuts, Spicy hops, sugar cookie and bittersweet chocolate. The aftertaste is of moderate lenght of bittersweet chocolate hops.
Creamy full body, some coating and alot of residual sugars. Dry almost puckering finish.
Highly drinkable. Delicious and warming.

-Oelergud (808 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark amber color with a tall head that falls quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty with not much hoppiness. Also some caramel, some toffee. Nice. The flavor is very malty with quite a bit of bitterness, but not much hop flavor. This beer is right up my alley. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors make this very enjoyable. The alcohol is very well hidden by the malt sweetness and it drinks very well. The body is moderate. This has to be one of the better barleywines I've had in a long time. (540 characters)

Photo of colts9016
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer from a PSYCOHOPS and I am glad to try this beer. This is the first English Barleywine that I will try. The bottle is an 07 date so it has some age on it. Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees. T

Appearance: A one finger tan head that is creamy with an okay retention. The color of the beer is a mahogany color with reddish copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with garnet highlights. There are some effervescence bubbles in the beer.

Nose: A very rich malty aroma that is yeasty, toasted, and hints of caramel. There is aromas of honey, toffee, floral esters, orange, grapefruit, and wood. The alcohol is bright with some phenols.

Taste: A deep toasted, bread, yeast, caramel, toffee, honey, floral esters, orange, grapefruit, light pine and some phenols.

Overall: The mouth feel is warming, smooth, and chewy. The body of the beer is thick and the finish is medium. This beer is awesome. The age on it gave away to fantastic tasting barleywine. The flavor profiles are complex but simple. The alcohol is warming and not harsh this beer is wonderful. (1,082 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, with heavy lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavor is malty upfront, fruity and tart in the middle, and closes with a shot of hops and lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is very smooth and easy over the tongue, and drinkability is excellent for the style. Worth searching out, for sure. (485 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Color is a medium to dark brown and is cloudy or turbid looking. The head was slight after the pour and faded away to nothing shortly thereafter. Only a small amount of lacing.

S - The smell is delicious. Malt, biscuits, dark fruit like plums and raisins, and alcohol. Hops might be there just on the edge of detectability. This is clearly more of a British barley wine than American.

T - The taste is clean delicious. Plenty of malt, raisins and rum. No hops or roasted notes. This is all about the malt and the interesting flavors you get when you pile ridiculous amounts of it into a beer.

M - The body is thick, oily, and sticky, all of which fits with the massive malt flavor. The alcohol burn lightens things just a bit, but carbonation is not detectable.

D - This is a fine example of an English style barley wine. With its strength and richness you only want one, but that one is very nice. (950 characters)

Photo of gustogasmic
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as expected- thick beer with very little head, which quickly disappears. Lacing is thick; the beer has long legs and the micro-bubbles match the cloudy deep ruby/amber of the liquid.

There isn't much pungency, it almost smells like the malts rather than fruity, etc.

A taste opens up the complexity that isn't immediately sniffable- so much plum, dark cherry, and a beautiful warmth that grows at a perfect medium/slow rate, with an aftertaste of light berry, red licorice. The intensity of flavor and booze is tempered by a red licorice-like candy note that persists from sip to swallow.

The mouthfeel nests the taste impeccably, a misleading initial wateriness that quickly fizzes out, malty and smooth. The beer goes down the gullet lighter than it hits the lips. Try swishing it for half of one second- the barleywine turns into complete light foam, lining the mouth and hitting you with perceptible amounts of the many fruits and spices hidden deep in this beer.

Hadn't had a barleywine since a Bell's Old Third Coast like, a year ago! What the hell was I thinking... time to dive back in. (1,108 characters)

Photo of kdiggidy
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - dark brownish red in color, small head that doesn't last very long.

S - sugary sweet smell with a touch of alcohol, slightly fruity.

T - amazing, in my opinion. good and sweet with hints of molasses, brown sugar and dark fruit.

M - slightly creamy, not much carbonation, a little hot in the back of the throat,

O - to me, this is a fantastic barleywine. probably a little pricey ($4/bottle - didn't realize it until I was checking out) but I think this will be one I go for again. (536 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of biege, and slightly brown head that quickly fades into a foam ring at the edge, and it leaves isolated spots of lacing. Body is deep garnet with ruby highlights.

Smell - the nose is filled with the aromas of dark fruits such as plums, raisins, prunes, and cherries, as well as maltbread, and some spicy alcohol, and a hint of caramel. Mouthwatering.

Taste - like the smell. There is a flood of caramel, dark fruit, malt bread, and spicy alcohol on the front. The middle is dominated by the dark fruit, especially some slightly sour cherries, and with raisins dominating toward the finish, as well as on the aftertaste. No real hop presence anywhere, in the smell or the taste, but then none was expected, as per the style. Simple, and straightforward, and very good.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied.

Drinkability - this is an excellent ale, and only its high abv limits its sessionability. (945 characters)

Photo of powerss13
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note: Poured from bottle to a Tulip Glass
Also, have a partially stuffed nose, so smell area will be "contaminated"; haha

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: A very dark Amber color; Definitely has some thickness to it

Smell: Has a oak finish. smoot finish in aroma. Little hops, but enough to get a scent. Other aromas make me think of some other spices (not heat spices by the way)

Taste: Begins heavy with malt, then moves to a bit more bitterness with the hops. Finishes with a light hop and some malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: The feel in the mouth is definitely bitter, but also thins making it easy to drink. Does linger in the mouth a bit, but it is a delicous(spelling) linger.

Overall: Easy to drink Barley wine at careful speed. Can barely feel the high content of alcohol in the beverage. Very good when fresh(this review made while drinking a fresh bottle ['11]); but this beer can definitely be laid down to add more complex flavors to it. (944 characters)

Photo of doppelmeup
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to say that this is possibly the best name I have seen for a beer!

Pours a rich dark amber color with a thick white head.

Aromas of brown sugar, malt, some hops. It really smells good.

Taste is excellent. Quite rich. Very malty and on the sweet side. Alcohol is there, lingering in the background. What I would expect from a good English Style Barleywine.

Mouthfeel is rich and warming. No doubt that this is a strong beer, but it goes down very easily.

Overall one of the best barleywines I have tried. I prefer the English style to the American style, and this beer didn't disappoint. I wish I could find this beer closer to home. I would definitely get more! (683 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan/mocha colored, one-finger head. Left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of malt, grass, fruit and yeast.

T - Tasted of spice and malt. Also, a good dried fruit taste.

M - It was crisp and very warm. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. Despite the high alcohol content it wasn't too powerful. (359 characters)

Photo of xav33
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arcadia Cereal Killer Barleywine
22 oz bomber
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Recent brewing, murdered 12/06

Poured a clear brown, with red highlights, with an average light brown quickly diminishing fizzy head with a tiny ring of lacing.

Smelt of strong bananas, pineapple, apples, pears. Hell,it smelt like a fruit salad. Lots of moderate spices and caramel in the background.

Taste was upfront strong but soft bitter spruce and sweet nectarines and pears, with moderate spices followed by a strong nutty, bark and roasted grain with a bitter pine hops with light toffee on a long dark bread and bitter grapefruit rind finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, creamy, softly carbonated with prickling tiny bubbles, moderately astringent and moderately alcoholic, both of the latter on the follow-through.

Overall, a mellow fun drinking barleywine style ale. Starts off smooth and the bite creeps in nicely on the finish. Yeah! (941 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006:

22 oz. bomber, poured into a snifter:

Pours hazed mahogany with a thin tan head that recedes to a ring with a thin patch and some bubbles. Further poured induced a head with better retention.

The smell is of citrus and spruce with dark fruits and caramel.

The taste is of caramel that turns toffeeish and chocolatey as it warms. Juicy citric/earthy/sprucy backing supports the deep maltiness. Some peppery alcohol gives it a spicy warmth without interfering in the malt/hop interaction.

Full-bodied and syrupy without being too sticky.

This is a wonderful American-style interpretation of an English-style barleywine. (637 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

Pours a cloudy copper color with just under one finger of head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. The lack of visual excitement is not bad for a big ABV Barleywine.

Big malt aroma of brandy-like qualities. Hints of raisins, caramel, and dates. The alcohol is very much upfront.

I wonder how much hops play a part in the flavor when this beer is fresh. At this point most hop flavor has faded away. What the hops did leave is a bitterness that balances the heavy malt charactor. Rich caramel and toffee, with hints of raisins and roasted nuts. With time I assume the alcohol has toned down a bit and is well integrated in the flavor. It still is warming but not overly hot.

Thick and chewy body with enough carbonation to give this beer some life.

Very much surprised and impressed with this less noticed barleywine. I would definately purchase this again. (929 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger yellow/brown head that leaves a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Malty/alcohol nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is caramel and some alcohol. Late bakers chocolate after taste. Warming. Cheaper and better than Shipyard's barleywine, $9.20 for a 22 oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. 2008 vintage. (341 characters)

Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany with a substantial head for a beer of this strength. An amazing aroma of cantaloupe and malt. Very nuanced flavor with some esters, thick malt with a support of alcohol. Some fine hop bitterness that shows up at the end, with just a bit of slickness. Full bodied and assertive; I poured half a bomber into a glass, that's about enough for one sitting. (373 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

Pours a deep amber color. Reminiscent of actual amber. Thing ring of a head.

Dry and sweet. Smell is laden with very sweet wheat and barley. A good barleywine.

Not very fancy. No tricks here. Sweet malt is highlighted. Feels like honey on the tongue, almost scarily like honey. Lots of sugar and honey. I like it. Sits very light and coats the tongue like syrupy hot toddy.

Very well done, Arcadia Ales! (421 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. This poured a nearly opaque dark garnet with moderate tan head. It smelled like dark fruit (fig and raisin and prune) with honey wheat and roasted barley and some molasses. It tasted like raisins and prunes and honey wheat, with copper hops and caramel and molasses malts. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a very deep, rich flavor and great body. I could already really sense age on this beer with only 1 year on it, and I could foresee it continuing to improve for another year or two. Nice clean flavors that were balanced quite well and hid the alcohol nicely, so this was easy to drink but much better to sip. Well done! (703 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only date on the label state “2010.” So this beer has aged for about two years before opening.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass produced about one finger of head that is a darker shade of khaki, very dense, and just a little clumpy. The head proved to be fairly robust and lasted for about half the session. The brew is a mahogany color with a ruby red hue. It was also a little cloudy and just barely translucent.

S: The aroma is a combination of sweet malt and grain, along with some bready yeast and just a touch of cherry and some dark dried fruit.

T: The taste begins with a very sweet malt rush that is quickly joined by a blend of roasted and slightly toasted grains along with plenty of subtle dark dried fruit and a little bit of bready yeast.

M: The beer is heavy, full bodied, and just a little slick; and, it only has a small amount of carbonation and it just the right amount for this style of beer.

O: This is a classic barleywine, and it would make a great first introduction when introducing friends to this style of beer. It does all the things a barleywine should do, and it does them well; and, it also avoids going beyond the style. It focuses squarely on malt flavors of sweetness, toasted grains, and just a bit of dark fruit along with some yeast. Most of all, everything remains subtle and smooth and blends together well. This is a first class barleywine that is definitely in the top tier of selection available in this style. (1,474 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This feller be drinkin' like an American barley wine except for the little bit of difference in malt profile. The hops here are pretty bold for the style and I'm diggin it! Nicely aged Brooklyn Monster comes to mind... and this particular bottle has been in my possession for at least a year.
Sweet and smooth with raisins speaking up most loudly in the flavor. Something of pipe tobacco comes to mind, but it's distant. Flavors are layered... rum raisin ice cream, fruit cake, flan.... dark fruit, sugar and booze... nicely carbonated.
As a barley wine, I'm enjoying this. As an English barley wine, I'm enjoying it even more. Well worth trying. (646 characters)

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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
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