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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley WineArcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
86
very good

460 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 460
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%


Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 10-26-2006)
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky reddish-brown with virtually no head.

S - Dark fruits, molasses, sweet malts, and alcohol.

T - Sweet malts upfront with nice amount of dark fruits (cherries and plums). The finish has a good amount of resinous piney hops. Hops give a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Meium bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a sticky finish. Slight alcohol burn.

O - Very decent barley wine. Would prefer a little less hops and more sweetness. Still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 02:32:57 | More by TreyIsWilson
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$3.99 single. Bottled 1/17/13. Poured 2/07/14 into the only clean glass I had, a shaker pint. Maybe it being a year past its bottling date was why this was $4 for a single? Who knows. My first ENGLISH Barleywine, though I've had a few American varieties.

Appearance: A really hazy, thick, brown and red color. Sort of almost like the color of the bottle itself. No head to really speak of, but a decent amount of lacing, and a ring of foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Oh, well... yeah. Big malty sweetness that you'd expect in an English barleywine. Dark fruits. Bunch of caramel malt. Almost a wet wood aroma in there as well. Pretty nice.

Taste/feel: Actually a bit thin compared to other Barleywines I've had, but not TOO thin. A sort of tangy quality is also definitely in this beer, presumably from the yeast. Big caramel malt and sweetness before the alcohol warming finish and biscuit-like after taste. As for actual alcohol flavor, I don't really get one, but someone could probably guess this beer is at least 10% by the feel of it alone.

I hadn't had a Barleywine in a loooong time, so I decided to try this one. It's pretty good. $4 for a single bottle seemed a bit high, but when I looked at it, the beer was bottled over a year ago. Unless Arcadia bottles this beer and keeps it around before shipping them? Whatever the case, that may explain why this beer's alcohol is quite nicely mellowed out.

I wasn't the hugest fan of Barleywines (which is why I went so long without buying one), but now I think I'm changing my stance. I enjoy the insane amount of malt flavor, the slight tanginess, and the warmth in my belly from this one. The feel could maybe use a little work, but the amount of sweetness is spot on -- any more and this beer would be cloying. I'd be very interested in buying another one and cellaring it for about five years or so. The only real flaw I have with this brew is that it could use some more flavor depth... I could find that in the BBA version if I could get my hands on it. Try this one out.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 17:37:07 | More by Alextricity
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Initially pours a pitch black with zero head whatsoever. A barely visible off white cap circles the snifter. When viewing the brew with back lighting the color changes significantly. It goes from black to a dark ruby orange.

S - Ripe fruit, raisins, maple syrup, malts.

T - Malt forward with big fruity flavors, raisins, plums, figs, finishes with some warming alcohol with an astringent bitter taste that clings on your palate. Heavy mouthfeel - syrupy.

O - This is a sipper with a complex malt profile. I laid one of these bad boys down so I look forward to having this again in a year or two to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:04:47 | More by andrewjraab
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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

This is actually a first for us in that we are reviewing a bottle of their fresh 2013 stock alongside a bottle of 2010 that we aged in our cellar, simultaneously. Should be a fun ride, so buckle up. We pour them side by side, with the 2013 landing in our oversized tasting snifters, and the 2010 in our Founders snifters. They both pour with a deep mahogany ruby coloring, with the older batch just a shade darker. The heads are comprised of egg white colored bubbles, standing half a finger tall, and showing light retention. Haze and sediment are both thick, with more substantial chunks noted in the 2010, as expected. Carbonation appears to be moderate all around. The aroma shows our first major difference. The base is similar in both with fusel booziness, rich caramel and brown maltiness, cloying toffee sugars, plum and black cherry fruitiness, and massive vanilla. The 2010, however, is much loftier, more syrupy, woody, and floral, with malty cloy of those caramels, toffee, buttercream, musk, and soy sauce, replacing the initial blast of medicinal phenols, industrial cleaning products, enhanced fusel booze, and apple cider vinegar in the 2013. Our first impression is similar to our thoughts on the aroma, with the 2013 giving stark punch, booze, and bitterness at the start, while the 2010 is more relaxed, blended, and sweetly balanced throughout the entire sip. The 2013 opens with vinegar acidity, sweet apple cider and core fruitiness, vinyl plastics, rubber, burnt caramel smokiness, heavily biting booze, walnut bitterness, rum soaked raisins, and under ripe figs. The 2010, by comparison, eliminates much of that initial bitterness, erasing the spine tingling shivers that rip through your body with each sip. Here, the malts are much more forward, with great depth and layers of caramel, soured brown malts, crispy pales, and buttery diacetyls to keep you busy. The peak hits with heavy, sugar-laden fruitiness of red cherries, fig, plum pudding, buttered biscuits, toasted pseudo chocolate malty darkness, and amber malts, to replace the peppery booziness, mineral, nail polish remover, banana peppers, cereal and oat graininess, margarine, and sugar-free caramels of the fresh 2013 stock. This continues, washing through the finish with apple brandy booziness, white wine vinegar, bitter maple candy, gravel, massive booziness, fig and plum, slight grassy hoppiness, oily nut and tree bitters, fusel chemical phenols, and melted plastics. The 2010 contrasts with this, giving more of a browned apple sweetness, bittered lemon rind, musk, dank dustiness, bread pudding, maple syrups, peach and fig syrups, floral grassiness, honey glaze, candy corn, pineapple fruitiness, and general aged caramel maltiness. The aftertaste of the 2010 continues with mossy, basement musky woodiness, dried apple slices, cinnamon and brown sugar, fruit of red cherry, buttercream sugars, mineral, and more of that sweet, sticky fig and plum sugar that has been present throughout. The 2013 breathes rather similarly, but with more bite of graphite, metallic yeast, harsh grainy grit, booze, and phenols. Both sip with a heavy, full body, while carbonation is held at a medium. Each gives nice slurp, smack, and finishing pop, with more cream, froth, and foam appreciated from the 2010 product. This also shows more of a syrupy coating to the mouth, with light chalky dryness, and sugary cloy to puck. The 2013 gives much more bittering puck and twitch from the hearty booziness of it, with the same light chalky dryness to follow, once the mouth recovers to its baseline. The abv is big but appropriate, and the beer sips over the hour.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its robustness of flavoring. This of course, as we set out to discover, was vastly different across the years of the vintage. The freshest edition was a bit harsh, giving nothing big enough for the booze to hide behind. It came out swinging, mixing with bright chemical phenols, cloying sugars, and plastics, for a curiously imbalanced sip. This improved a great deal with warmth, however, allowing for the inherent sugariness of the malts shine through strongly enough to break the cycle. That said, the 2010 vintage was vastly superior from the first sip and then after. It started with the desired blend, with the booze, actually, hardly noticeable at times. The fruit, malts, and muskiness of it remained clean, and was a single entity by the end. This was an exciting, revealing experience, and it certainly helped us to refine our opinions about cellaring vs. drinking fresh. So, based on our experiment here, we recommend that you sit on the fresh Cereal Killer you have, so as to allow it to calm and blend enough for all of its components, nooks, and crannies to click.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 02:57:58 | More by TheBrewo
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Brenden

Ohio

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

It's hard to tell if this is an orange-hued light brown beer or a brown-hued orange beer; the overall affect is a bit of ruby in the light, and a certain bright ruddiness even with no light shining into it. The head, orange-tinted, develops quite well and displays good structure, sitting just under a finger without backing down from that point. It leaves bits of itself behind in patches.
The overall profile is distinctively English, proffering a particular unoffensive tinniness under a malty body. It's lightly fusel in the nose but well restrained, and in the flavor it just warms rather than biting. Breads are big throughout, leaning toasty. The sweetness, both from elements of various dark fruits and of a more sugary variety (caramel, yes, but an added, creamy sort of sweetness), almost syrupy, even, do fortunately stop short of cloying.
While there's a richness to this beer, the body is medium rather than full, and it works. It supports a flowing creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 23:24:49 | More by Brenden
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the first barleywine ale I've ever had, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Overall I thought it was a very solid beer. Not going to knock you socks off, but pours nice, solid mouthfeel and decent taste.
A- reddish brown with an above average head.
S-The smell was more toward an average ale, with a slight fruit to it. Almost a bit like a scotch ale.
T-More fruity than I expected, but again this is the first barleywine ale I've had. Tasted a bit like a scotch ale with a fruit taste replacing the scotch kick. You can't really taste the alcohol, but as I write this and the beer is 80% gone, I definitely feel it!
M-Consistency is on the thicker side, right where I like an ale and carbonation is not overdone.

Overall I like it and recommend it if you haven't tried it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:36:40 | More by linnymtu
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mhksuccess

California

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pour from a glass into FFF teku
not much head pours a reddish brown color
the smell is sweet and fruity
i get a lot of an apple type smell come thru kind of overpowering
it is slightly hoppy and real fruity for this style
i am find lot of fruit but not as sweet as you would think the apple comes thru
it does seem like it got a little better as it warmed up
think the ba version is better but that usually is the case
overall it is an ok beer not the best version of this style i have ever had
but very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 14:33:46 | More by mhksuccess
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superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter; 3 year cellar aged version released this year, making it a 2010 vintage. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a small dense cream colored head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, fig, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, sherry, brown sugar, light chocolate, light pepper, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt/fruity notes; very sweet, but not offensively so. Taste of raisin, fig, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, sherry, brown sugar, light chocolate, light pepper, and earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, sherry, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with no cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English Barleywine. All around nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:57:35 | More by superspak
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alphaacid9000

Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 2010

Pours a dark chocolate color with just a hint of ruby around the edges. Lightly carbonated with almost no head.

Aroma is wonderful. Dark fruits and malts dominate the nose. Raisin, cherry, alcohol and bready malt

Sticky sweet and medium to full mouthfeel. Assertive bitterness with almost no hop flavor at this age. Malts dominate the flavor and pleasantly supported by alcohol heat.

Overall a fantastic beer and even better with a couple years of age on it

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:09:19 | More by alphaacid9000
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jmendels

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been on a journey to try Michigan beers lately. Arcadia Ales is certainly one brand that stands a bit taller and this beer contributes to their stature.It pours a beautiful reddish brown,with only a small amount of lace. The smell is rather complex and should take a couple whiffs to fully appreciate. There are the usual toffee smells, but also subtle hints of cereal. The taste is sublime, having a mellow sweetness balanced with the aged flavor natural to this type of beer. It then finishes with a touch of bittersweet thickness. Good beer and a good example of the Barleywine Style.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 02:10:12 | More by jmendels
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep murky brown with some ruby at the edges, light ring of off white head at the edges, no lace. Smell is a nice mix of fruit and malts, cherry and darker fruit, some dark sugars as well here, a bit of earthy hops as well as raisin. Taste has big malty flavours, cherry raisin and dark fruit are all present, fruity/earthy hop bill make for a nice restrained bitterness, mild caramel and toffee sweetness, aftertaste of fruit in dark sugar. Lightly carbonated, medium body. A solid and serviceable barleywine, a very enjoyable slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 20:04:17 | More by peensteen
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YCantWeNotBeSober

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown, minimal head retention

S - Malty sweet, cherry, whiskey-like notes,

T - Starts with that sweet pineapple-like flavor unique to barleywines fading to intense piney hop bitterness and a surprising amount of heat from alcohol. Some vanilla or Bourbon notes lie in the background but are dominated by the tannic bitterness. Some smokier malt flavor lingers after the sip.

M - Oily, slick,

O - Being relatively new the style, I could definitely tell it fits the description of barleywine, but Cereal Killer has fallen short of the others I've tried (Founders Bolt Cutter, DFH Olde School). However, the complexity of the style may have me coming back to this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 01:34:55 | More by YCantWeNotBeSober
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Snifter
From: Tippins in Ann Arbor
Price: $4 a single

Appearance: deep ruby reddish color, a little brownish. a finger of foamy that is tan. fades to a lacing on the sides. very high clarity

Smell: malty and some vanilla, a little bit too strong in terms of alcohol. some citrusy hops

Taste: strong malts up front some vanilla, quickly turns to a hop bomb with a strong alcohol quick. a little to unbalanced and overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: syrupy, pretty heavy in body. very bitter aftertaste.

Overall: doesn't do it for me. the hoppiness is a little overdone and takes to much away from the malts. the alcohol is too overbearing as well

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 19:41:39 | More by SportsandJorts
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warnerry

Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle into a tulip

A -Pours a somewhat murky mahogany with one finger of head. Head dissipates to a collar fairly quickly, though the collar maintains throughout the glass.

S - Alcohol-infused caramel/tootsie roll, raisin and fig. Also some cherry and quite a bit of malt. A little too boozy in the nose.

T - Caramel with a bit of bitterness. More tart cherry in the taste than the aroma. Also dried fruits like raisin and fig. Alcohol is noticeable but not out of control. Finishes with more bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel is slightly sticky sweet initially, followed by some earthy bitterness.

O - Haven't had this fresh, but it is nice with a few years on it. I wish the alcohol were toned down just a bit, but this is tasty English barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 02:19:31 | More by warnerry
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass for a live review.

A - Rich ruby/mahogany, perfect clarity. Extremely sparse foam, which did not accumulate, with minimal retention along the sides of the glass only. I find the colour alluring, but would have liked to see slightly more head.

S - Fairly faint, probably due to a poor choice of receptacle on my part. A vigorous drag of air yields dark fruit, candy floss, caramel. The aroma is improving as I write this, due in all likelihood to temperature. I wish I had a snifter at my disposal, but I'm not at home.

T - Loads of oak and vanilla, with a pleasant latent bitterness, which lingers on the finish.

M - Thick, viscous and satisfyingly syrupy. Coagulates on the tongue in a luxurious way. I was surprised to detect fairly substantial carbonation in the mouthfeel.

O - Very pleasant beer, a nice example of the genre. I'm impressed with how the sweetness of the initial flavour, which is considerable, is balanced by the bitterness on the end. I bought a single bottle of this with a contingency for a four-pack, and I think I'll have to follow through on it. At 10% abv, I feel this beer would age well.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:25:08 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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DrinkMoreBigBeers

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottles states Handcrafted in 2009.

A - Poured out a dirty opaque murky reddish brown brew. Not much head developed on this on but left a tiny little bubbles on the sides of glass giving way to alcohol legs and lacing that sticks. Looks well carbonated on the edges of the glass. Layer of yeast in the bottom of this one.

S - On this there is a lot of malts that give way to sweet fig, cherry, vanilla, caramel, alcohol in the background with a ever so slight presence on the nose.

T - Wow lots of cherry, fig, a pinch of booze that shows itself and disappears just as fast, and anise overtakes the background and finishes this one. Can not tell this one is 10 % that is for sure.

M - This is medium bodied and lighter then what I was expecting for a barley wine. Carbonation is pretty low in this one also. It is however really soft and pleasant which makes it go down really easy. Mouth gets a film on it after drinking for a while.

O - This one is a pretty decent sipping barley wine which has developed really well since 09. If you can age one this long the alcohol dies off and is not detectable. Worth picking up if you like a sipper that has the typical barley wine malty flavors. Note the hops have died on this one. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:54:24 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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Thickfreakness

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a ruddy/silty brown into my Bruery Tulip. Nice copper tinted head that fades fairly quickly, but it leaves a decent amount of lacing dripping away.

S- Caramel Candy-Corn! Damn! Has a nice malt and mineral backround. Light touches of winter spices, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, licorice and just a faint hint of the booze. Almost seems as if it's been BBA'd. Really nice depth as it warms up!

T- Touches of sour raisins and fig, caramel, and burnt brown sugar. Taste doesn't quite match the nose. Some nice licorice/basil notes, but the sourness is throwing off the caramel and sweet candy.

M- Decently thick and oily, better carbonation than expected. Nicely sweet, but the tartness is losing me a little bit.

O- I would of rated this much higher if it weren't for that sour fruit. Nicely spiced, nice oily mouthfeel. I had higher hopes for this. I'd like to have some of this to age and see what becomes of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 21:21:43 | More by Thickfreakness
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

Picked up a 2010 vintage for around 4 bucks

A - Deep hazy mahogany amber with an opaque colored head. Lacing is thick yet not very sticky.

S - Simple soft caramels and sherry notes like a fine wine. Sweet the hops have completely aged out.

T - A very fine example of the style. Opens sweet with prunes and sweet sherry wine like goodness. Not very bitter one bit with not noticeable alcohol flavor. Good stuff.

M - Medium bodied to thick.

Overall nothing really to run out again get again (especially since I got this in Ohio) but a very well crafted barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:13:53 | More by DrDemento456
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

12 ounce bottle, 2010 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky mahogany brown color with about an inch tan head that sticked around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruit (raisins, plums) and bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some sherry and a bit of sweet spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd buy this again in the future and probably age it longer next time.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 23:22:27 | More by bluejacket74
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Beer_Runner


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 23:33:58 | More by Beer_Runner
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Fplumbs, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a crystal clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of dark brown sugar, raisins, prunes, and plums, and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is filled with lots of dark and brown sugars, a bit of non descript fruit and a healthy dose of ethanol. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent barleywine, but a bit on the hot side. I enjoyed this, but I would be curious to see how a little age might affect this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 01:56:38 | More by johnnnniee
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theecaleb

Alaska

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010, 12oz bottle.

A. Pours good. Good copper in color. One inch creamy redish head, slowly fades away. Minamal lacing.

S. Toffee, barley, fruit.

T. Alcohol, fruit, spice, wine.

M. Warmth of alcohol, good carbonation. Light hints of barley and fruits.

O. Not the best barley wine I've had, but I like it. Very drinkable, I wouldnt mind aging a few in the cellar. I would recommend this beer to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 18:56:13 | More by theecaleb
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.
2010 vintage, Aged approximately 2 years

Appearance
Pours a murky copper with red/brown highlights. Has 1 finger of tan head. Huge globs of yeast (I hope) are suspended in the glass. I don’t know how I feel about that…

Nose
Toffee, molasses, notes of prune & fig.

Taste
Prune, molasses, candy sugar and fig. Suggestions of dates. This follows through mid-palate with more dried dark fruits and grape skins. Finishes with earth, leather and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, smooth, drying and sticky.

Overall
Big and sweet with a lot of dark fruit (mostly prune & dates), molasses and leather. The booze is pretty well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 18:06:26 | More by justintcoons
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bushbeer75

Michigan

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

12 oz brown bottle - 2009 Vintage

2009 Arcadia Cereal Killer Barleywine Ale poured a dark amber color into my snifter. The head was tan; ½ finger, full of bubbles, dissipated very quickly and produced almost no lacing. The aroma was dominated by malt; caramel comes to mind and a little [boozy] alcohol. The flavor starts out with; caramel, brown sugar and toffee then dark fruits are present. Enough hops are present to keep the sweet finish from becoming too sweet. Also, the taste and alcohol builds as one consumes the Ale. Mouthfeel is medium to light full and a little slick/oily.

Cereal Killer is not as complex as some Barleywines I have drunk. If you like your Barleywines with a boozy bite Cereal Killer is for you….I’ll have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 18:22:30 | More by bushbeer75
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soju6

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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a nice tan head that fades to no real lacing.

S: Aroma of dark fruit, mostly raisin, some malt sweetness and spice. Hint of alcohol in the background.

T: Taste of dark fruit, especially raisin, malt sweetness and some spice. Mild bitterness in the background with a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and creamy texture. Just a tad too sweet.

O: Nice barleywine that is quite drinkable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 11:44:03 | More by soju6
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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
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