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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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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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soju6

Missouri

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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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2008

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit (particularly raisins), sweet caramel, spices, booziness and some breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of dark fruit (raisins, cherries) along with some roasty malts, the caramel isn't as noticible as it was in the aroma but still there and some spices and booze also present.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. Some bitterness.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 22:55:13 | More by SebD
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Gfhislop


4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 00:31:52 | More by Gfhislop
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep maroon with a finger of off-white head. A little retention and good lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malt and tons of raisins. Almost sickly sweet aroma.

More raisins in the flavor. Almost tastes more like a quad than a barleywine. Overwhelmingly sweet with faint hop presence. Raisins, toffee and brown sugar.

Moderately thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Not really great. Some weird flavors for a barleywine and way too sweet even while cold. After warming became almost cloying. Probably won't be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 22:02:49 | More by jmarsh123
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n2185

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage

A: pours a murky brown with half a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: loads of caramel malts on the nose with strong raisin aromas as well. There are some oxidation notes as well.

T: caramel malts and raisins dominate hefe, though with moderate oxidation presence. Sticky sweet finish.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and sticky.

O: this beer may not have been stored properly since it's already partially oxidized. It's not very good, though. Not undrinkable, but not appetizing either.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 21:49:45 | More by n2185
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CMUbrew

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
2008 vintage

A: Poured with half a finger of brownish head that dissipated quickly and left a big of foam on top. Color is a ruby tinged mahogany.

S: Initial smell is a whiff of nice dark raison bread, but then things start to get overwhelming. I then get a super pungent smell I can only describe as raisons and prunes pureed with some vodka. The huge dark fruit smell combined with the very noticeable alcohol starts to get a little sickening.

T: Raisons, raisons, raisons. Just massive dark fruitiness mostly consisting of raisons. Alcohol shows up pretty big in the middle of the mouth. Flavor is wiped clean off the palate after the swallow.

M: Approaches full, almost syrup-like. Low carbonation.

O: I don't know how this beer is fresh, but this four year old bottle gave me nothing but raisons and booze. If the smell hadn't been so overwhelming it probably would have been easier to drink. As it was, I couldn't finish the bottle. I'll be holding off trying another barleywine for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 21:03:35 | More by CMUbrew
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an extra in a trade with ChefBergo. Thanks Shawn!

vintage 2010.

poured into snifter.

Appearance: mohoganey / ruby bodied beer that has a really nice clarity to it. A ring of white head on top the beer.

Smell: Malty, grainy, spicy, and a little bit boozy. Maybe even a little bit of vinous notes from the nose.

Taste: Malts are grainy and also have a white grapes quality to them. A spiciness with mild boozy notes. Mild bitter finish with the hops maybe just a hint of grapefruit rinds.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Little bit creamy. Little bit boozey thats warming and spicy.

Overall: Solid offering here would like a little more sweetness from the malt profile. That would make this beer really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 02:13:53 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this 2010 vintage tucked away at my favorite beer store, so I thought I'd give it a go. It was reviewed and enjoyed on 2/18/2012.

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium tulip. Nice, hazy, reddish-mahogany color with a thin off-white head.
Modest carbonation. Nose has notes of caramel, dried fruit, and some toffee.

Malt flavors dominate up-front and remind me of spicy holiday cookies. At mid-palate a nice, slightly tart cherry taste comes in. Faint touch of alcohol on the finish. Nice warming sensation without being boozy or medicinal. Hops are very tamed, as would be expected from an English-style BW. Still, I would not call this a ``malt bomb" as the spiciness and tart fruit flavors contribute complementary notes to the sweetness. Mouthfeel is firm. The beer has nice body and is slightly creamy.

I'm not sure what this beer tastes like fresh, but it's very enjoyable with 2 years on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:51:27 | More by deadonhisfeet
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rufusb

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first barleywine, very good, enjoyed it! The taste changed from first opened to finish. As it warmed the complex flavors became more noticeable. The higher alcohol content wasn't prevalent at any time, which surprised me.
A-dark amber in color, pours clean with very little foam, not a lot of carbonation apparent
S-not very pungent, slight hints of fruit and malt
T-warm, fruit flavors, some malt taste as well. The flavors became stronger as I drank it and it warmed. Much smoother than I expected. Does have a pleasant aftertaste, alcohol doesn't take over
M-thick and silky
O- very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 17:43:50 | More by rufusb
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SLeffler27

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear garnet with internal carbonation and a modest off-white head. Each swirl leaves a dense film on the Dogfish Head Tulip glass.

Smells fruity with tart cherries and cranberries followed by plums and grapes. This barley wine is very fresh and akin to a faint Flanders Red.

Opens with sharp bitterness and a malt background. Cherries and plums are present. Bitteness diminishes with warmth while light burgundy develops. The finish is long with a slight bitter edge.

A smooth texture and full body, this one is almost velvety with a fizzy carbonation. Dry and clear, the alcohol is well controlled. Heavy, sticky residue is left on the lips.

A nice sipping beer that improves dramatically with warmth. This one aged two years in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:23:42 | More by SLeffler27
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filmguy

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 00:57:23 | More by filmguy
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gustogasmic

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 06:20:15 | More by gustogasmic
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange to ruby color with little to no head and no lacing to speak of.
S: Dark fruits and malts steal the show. A bit of booze peaks though too.
T: Follows the nose impeccably. Hit with the sweetness up front, and the figs/grapes toward the back. Hops and alcohol are hidden well, though there is a slight burn on the throat.
M: Nothing remarkable. Silky and coats the tongue well. Nice, pleasant hang.
O: A might fine barley wine. Its a heavy hitter at 10%, but drinks better than that. Enjoy this one. Its worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:00:45 | More by Infamous7100
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

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

2010 vintage, poured into a Firestone Walker tuplip.

Pours a ruddy reddish/brown, almost garnet color with a nice finger and half worth of foamy head which dissipates quickly with marginal lacing/adhesion to the side of the glass. The smell is rich in caramel and dark fruit. Raisins, figs, dried cherries...all present. However, I find it a bit of an odd scent for this style. Maybe it's just me, but I find it to be unique in a little bit of an offputting fashion. The taste resonates with the nose, following quickly in it's footsteps. More raisins (lots), figs, even dates. This is a strange bird. Perhaps when you've been drinking the likes of Abacus, Commander, King Henry, and Bligh's recently, this is destined to seem a bit more ordinary. This is a decent enough beer, however, and I really need to revisit it when I haven't been on a binge of big barley wines. The mouthfeel is on the sweet side. Real sweet. All of those fruits are like...candy. There's a slight tinge of booziness in the finish towards the back of your throat, but all in all the ABV is hidden pretty masterfully. This is a good barleywine. On the grand scheme of things, I consider it average only because of what else I've had. However, if you've never had Patron Anejo, then I can see where 1800 comes across as a decent enough tequila. I'd like to revisit this when I'm not as biased towards some of the premium offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:45:25 | More by Retail1LO
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beenitty

New Jersey

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

Stumbled upon a 2007 bomber of this one in Brooklyn Beer and Soda, never had it fresh but heard good things

A: Pours dense copper with sizeable tan head. Nice lacing as well.

S: Barley, Caramel, Dark Fruits and booze. Good stuff.

T: Follows the nose, good sweetness that I like in a barleywine.

M: Creamy smooth. Borderline acidity

D: Moderate, I chose to split this one with my bro but could have downed this bomber with no issues.

The age on this one was probably a few months past its best as the acidity was a bit noticeable in the finish.

Overall a nice treat

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:21:53 | More by beenitty
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EK33

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage consumed dec 2011

A-Copper that is translucent with some light passing through. Low carbonation and poured into a glass producing minimal head that disappears entirely throughout drinking.

S-Minor Fruit and sweetness to nose, very blaise/balanced on these notes.

T-Smooth beginning with caramel with minor hints of fruits that follow. Finishes sweet without much bitterness at all. Hops really take a back seat in this brew.

M-Fairly similar to most ales, quite light for a barley-wine.

Overall an adequate Barley-Wine. Carbonation is very light (2010 vintage contributing to this?). Flavor is balanced, but have some cellared to try at 5 and 10 years to see how it develops.

**As a follow up consumed later at a room temperature and vastly improved overall drinking experience moving overall up to 3.5 and taste to 4. In future, will drink Barley Wines at 50' to 65'.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 01:15:05 | More by EK33
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morimech

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:28:06 | More by morimech
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lurpy1

Minnesota

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

This was a sledgehammer of a beer, and I'm not sure what to make of it yet. It packed an overwhelming amount of booze,sugars, malt, and whuppass. At times I had a tough time choking a sip down, at other times I found the whole thing fabulous. I like barleywines, but I haven't figured out yet if this was incredibly good or incredibly not good. Best bet is to give it medium marks (yes, you BA gurus, a B is a medium mark. I know where you come from it is a high mark, but on earth, B is a medium mark), and encourage the reader to try for themselves.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 18:23:59 | More by lurpy1
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powerss13

Kansas

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 05:39:45 | More by powerss13
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madeofsteel

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 2010

A - Poured into a tulip, pours a murky reddish brown, about a finger's worth of head with decent retention and lacing.

S - Now that's pretty. Robust caramel, sweet raisins, dried cherries. Faint booze. I thought the ABV would give this one a stronger alcohol smell. Sort of bready, too.

T - Very overpoweringly sweet. I was not ready. Picking up some licorice in there, which I'm never really wild about. Cherries, alcohol, kind of ugly sour bitter finish. It's a lot to process, and the alcohol seems to mask some of the subtleties.

M - Leaves a lot of leftovers on my tongue and between the cheeks. And then there's the boozy finish.

O - I can see this being a good after-dinner beer or something like that, but it's a lot to handle, personally.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:40:56 | More by madeofsteel
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Arcadia's Cereal Killer Barley Wine last month for $3.69 at The Lager Mill. I have passed up this beer many times simple because of the price, but since I have been a fan of all of Arcadia's bigger beers I have tried, I decided to pay the extra money and roll the dice, so lets see how it goes. 2010 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label on this beer is pretty plain and boring, there is just a small picture of a hand holding a spoon like a knife. It poured a nice deep brownish amber color with a quarter of a finger worth of white head that quickly faded to nothing. The color is nice but it has a pretty lack luster head, but that is to be expected from a 10% Barleywine.

S- The aroma of this beer is all about the malts, as it should be. The malts impart a pretty sweet dark fruit aroma with cherrys and raisins sticking out the most, that gives it a slight sherry like aroma. There is also some nice aromas of caramel, vanilla, and candied sugar. I didn't pick up any hops in the aroma of this beer.

T- The taste mirrors the aroma nicely and is still all about the malts. It starts off with with loads of sweet bready malts that have a high amount of medium sweetness to them and impart some nice and pretty noticeable dark fruit flavors that is dominated by raisins, there is also some nice toffee, molasses and a slight vanilla flavor. The booze is noticeable but it doesn't taste harsh and it isn't too hot. The finish is pretty smooth and has a light amount of bitterness with a nice raisin and toffee aftertaste.

M- Pretty smooth, on the lighter side of being full bodied and a light amount of medium carbonation. On par mouthfeel for an English Barleywine.

Overall I thought that this was a good English Barleywine. It had all tho flavors that you would expect from an English Barleywine, no added tricks like some of the American ones, just a straight forward and malty Barleywine. This beer has pretty good drinkability for a Barleywine, it's not too boozy or too bitter, I should have no problem drinking the rest of this bottle. What I liked most about this beer was the taste, It had all the nice flavors I expect out of a malt forward Barleywine and the raisin flavor really stuck out which I liked, the mouthfeel was pretty good also. What I liked least about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't bad it was just very sweet and somewhat similar to a sweet sherry and the head was pretty lackluster. I would pick up a bottle of this again when in the mood for a good malty Barleywine, but for the price I think I will just get a single bottle and stay away from the four packs, I wish it was a little cheaper. I would recommend this this beer to people who like malt forward Barleywines, it does a good job at showcasing some great malty flavors. I was pretty happy with this beer, it was pretty straight forward and it didn't have any off flavors, it was solid. Arcadia did a good job with this beer and I think it would get even better after another year, I also think this would make a great candidate for barrel aging, I think the flavors of the beer would go great with some bourbon or rum barrels.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 05:14:12 | More by StoutHunter
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JizackFH

New York

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

Found this review in one of my old beer notebooks. It was consumed and reviewed in June 2010.

This beer pours a nice slightly cloudy dark brown color. It has a fluffy 2-finger off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and leaves a nice bit of lace behind on the glass. The nose has a nice bit of toasted and caramel malt. There are also some aromas of dark fruit such as plug, fig, raisin, and cherry. There is also quite a bit of booze coming through as well. The taste pretty much follows the nose. The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some sweet bready maltiness. There is a nice toasty flavor, as well as some caramel and all the dark fruit notes that were present in the nose. There is a good bit of booziness here as well. The finish leaves some lingering sweetness, toasted maltiness, and booziness. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a really smooth feel to it. There is some sweetness and a toasted malt bitterness. The finish leaves some boozy warmth lingering in the mouth and throat. There is good drinkability here. It goes down easy and the flavor is really nice. It is a bit of a sipper, but I could definitely do a few glasses of this in a night. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and I think it is a really nice barleywine. I recommend checking this one out. I would buy it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 14:24:20 | More by JizackFH
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SafeAtFirst

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

brown, head. looks nice

really nice malt nose, caramel, honey, toffee, bread crust, dark fruits.

similar flavors, a hint of alcohol. sweetish in the mouth but actually finishes almost on the dry side.

proper heft. good job with the balance.

beefy english-ish barley wine. i like it

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:37:48 | More by SafeAtFirst
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 20:19:42 | More by VncentLIFE
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Nice to see some heavy-hitters on the Bliss docket this week. This one pours a kinda murky amber-brown topped by a half-finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, acetone, buttery toffee, light biscuit, and light vanilla. I'm sure there could have been more, but the acetone singed my nostrils a bit... The taste holds notes of buttery biscuits, deep caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, nutmeg, booze, dark fruit, and light honey. Yeah, the booze is still pretty strong here, but not as o'erwhelming a force as the one that met my nose. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, this b-wine is something of a challenge to really get into, but it's not all that unenjoyable, surprisingly. I can't really explain it, but I felt generally good about this beer after drinking it despite my general distaste for some of its constituent parts. Odd...

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 02:49:26 | More by TMoney2591
Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.