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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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515 Ratings
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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 38
Gots: 71 | FT: 7
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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Photo of colts9016
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of jsh420
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours murky apple cider brown with a 1 finger head that left some lacing

smells supper sweet and malty some roast

taste - yet another very sweet BW - sour candy carmel apples dark fruits figs

mouthfeel is medium body well carbonated

drinkability - not good BW#2 drain pour of the night

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with AWESOME label; 2007 vintage

Appearance: Really pretty dark garnet brew with some super fine sediment and medium-high carbonation. This has a thick, dense dark tan cap with great retention

Smell: Dark toasted caramel, dark fruity alcohol, some mild dried cherries and rum raisin

Taste: Lots of dark dried fruit, plums and cherries, with some sweet toasty caramel, and mild warming alcohol. There's a really nice balance of flavors; nothing's overpowering. There's not much in the way of hops, just enough bitterness on the finish to keep this from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel: Big, creamy, and soft; just a BIT heavier would be nice, but this is good

Drinkability: High for the abv/style, but a 22oz split two ways was perfect

Conclusion: This is definitely one of the better English-style Barleywines I've had (which I generally prefer to their American-style counterparts). This is wonderfully balanced, rich, and makes a great cold weather, late-night beer. Split with the Old Man after cellaring for a year or so.

Photo of brewerdrew
2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Unfortunately, very disappointeed with this beer given that Arcadia produces some of the best Stouts and Porters I have ever tasted. To add insult to injury, I entered this tasting with high expectations given the recent GABF Gold Medal for Barley Wines that it recently won.

I poured this beer from a bottle into a Ommegang Belgian Beer glass and the appearance was muddy/murky. The smell and taste of alcohol was overwhelmingly the predominant characteristic of this beer. There were some notes of Hops but not what I was hoping for to balance the other characteristics of the beer.

I will not be going back to try this beer again.

Photo of StoutSlayer
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"Break out the bottle of Asti-Spumante, pop off the top and rock with my posse..."

These words from the beloved early 90's rapper Candyman best describe my feelings about this beer. Yhea, it tastes like the beer version of cheap champagne, but god dammit it's a party and we're gonna get krunk.

This beer is sweet with a dry finish, and somehow syrupy as well. Honestly reminds me of my home brew when i used all extract. Like cheap champ this beer has its time and place. Like Candyman it's forgettable.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I go through trends of sticking to certain styles depending on the time of year, and in this case, it has all been about hoppy beers and Barleywines. This one I poured in to a weiss glass (not the right style, but whatever). Color is definitely good, it is a light cherry toward the bottom, and gets darker towards the top of the glass. Almost immediately upon pouring I could smell it from a few feet away. Dark fruits such as cherry and berry strike me first, along with some chocolate and alcohol. Honey manages to creep its way in as well....reminds me a bit of a cherry cordial. Taste is very sweet, and not afraid to flex it's alcohol strength. I get some honey and fruit nectar, and a tiny amount of molasses or caramel in the finish. Body is big, viscous and in your face. Drinkability is nice, however be warned that this is a sipping beer for sure that should probably be paired with food. I have only had four or five sips from my glass, and can already feel the strength of this beer. I like this Barleywine. Not one of the best I have ever tried, but I would certainly recommend it to anybody who sees it in their area. Cheers

Photo of Telix
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2008 vintage from a 22oz bottle into a DFH Chalice.

A: Pours a nice deep brown-red that is a gorgeous garnet when held to the light. A thick, tightly beaded beige head is formed that slowly falls. No lacing was evident. The thick solution allowed a steady amount of carbonation to surface and patterns of bubbles to form on the surface. A beautiful beer.

S: Slightly sour funk, slightly sweet, I'm seriously getting a very mild fried pickle with some buttery notes. Yeah, it's as weird as it sounds, but definitely interesting.

T: Syrupy sweet maltiness coats the tongue with some bright carbonation following it, and as it dries on the tongue some sweet-sour cherries and fresh apples take over. The finish reveals the hop bitterness hiding underneath the fruit sweetness, but it's a bit too late.

M: Thick, chewy, mouth-coating. I really enjoy beers like this, to be honest, so I'll admit that many would find this a bit syrupy and cloying.

D: Definitely not a sessionable ale, but I don't think many brewers sit down and design a 9% barleywine to be. I took care of a bomber a bit too quickly, so it's drinkable for me, but as I always say - any beer I like is drinkable.

Ultimately, I'm not completely sold on this. It's just a little too thick and sweet and feels unbalanced, with the hops too far in the background to really integrate with the flavors. It's definitely delicious and lip-smacking, and would be a great beer to share with others on a cool evening. I think it would match spectacularly with some warm bread and cheese - which, unfortunately, I didn't have on hand.

Photo of SpecialK088
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Snifter

Pours a deep caramel brown with a cider like appearance. Head is thin but lingers over the top. No laceing

Nose is sugary sweet with notes of very rich malt and barley

Flavor is just like the nose its almost all barley and very very sweet.

Dry mouthfeel almost like a cedar dryness, mouth is slightly oily.

Not very eay to drink at all its very much a sipper. Just to sweet

Photo of naterock
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 2007
poured into a pint glass, dirty brown like dishwater. no head to speak of and no lacing.

Smells of rich and overly sweet barley, candied sugar and toffe notes with a hint of vanilla.

Tastes overly sweet of complex malts. Sweet vine fruits and sweet sweet sweet.

I would like to try a fresh one so I can judge the changes it has made. With a couple of years it has definitely sweetened up and dulled the hop profile. Good but I doubt I'll age another one.

Photo of Seanibus
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a big disappointment - fat, gooey, and overly sweet.

Pours deep amber with a thin off-white head that drops to no lacing. Aroma is syrupy and malty. Flavor is overripe and sweet with strong but indistinct hops. Raisin, plum, sourness and toffee. Mouthfeel very thick and gooey. The finish is quite heavy and sour. Feel like I need to brush my teeth.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. Poured from 22oz. bottle into a Delirium Noel snifter. Beer was muddy brown with a one-finger, light brown head. Very minimal lacing and light carbonation.

Aroma was caramel, brown sugar, raisins and dark fruits.

Taste was caramel, molasses, raisins, dark fruits and light spicy yeast.

Still pretty boozy. Could use some more aging.

Photo of DawnL
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the fourth, and last beer in the tasting. It was served out of a large format bottle.

The color was a hazy brown with a head that dissipated quickly to sticky lace.

The nose was deep and murky with yeast and oaty goodness.

The flavor was complex and sweet, but welcoming after the Festina Peche, Augustijn Ale and the Rogue American Ale. There was yeast and dark fruits - dried prunes and caramel notes.

It was the perfect beer to end on. It pairs very well with dried dates.

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

2008 22oz bottle.

A: Copper red in color, thick plume of khaki colored head.

S: Sweet, malty and boozy.

T: Simple syrup like on the first taste. Malts along with carmel, toffee and biscuits after the sweet rush. Hints of dark fruit and wine. Bitter and boozy on the finish.

M: Slightly syrupy, semi-thick and coating. May have smoothed over with aging.

D: Suggary sweet and often unbalanced. Would have liked a little more malt charachter or a touch less sugar to balance out the flavors.

Photo of Pencible
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Photo of CHADMC3
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, murky walnut colored body with a large, fluffy tan head that gradually dissipates to a sticky, thin lacing.

Big, sweet caramel malt aroma and dark fruits such as cherries or raisins, and even a bit vinous.

Flavors are deep and strong, caramel malt, molasses, more dark fruit, bourbon-like, and even more malt to finish. As it warms, spice notes appear.

This brew is big, syrupy, and chewy, medium to high in carbonation, and generous alcohol presence.

This is a great beer, and a great barley wine, tons of flavor and aroma offerings, and an extremely nice alcohol warmth. This is a winner.

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

Caramel colored body, hazy, and a thick tan head.

Smell is brown sugar like malt and a mix of fruits, most pronounced are figs and apple.

The taste has a sweet sugar cane flavor like rum with a touch of sour. It is fruity and has a nice little touch of citrus hops. Alcohol is present but as it warms it subdues.

Thick and syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Very dry finish.

Drinks like a barleywine usually does. It's a sipper, but a tastey one.

Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. 2008 batch. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.49.

A: Crimson-amber with 1/2 finger vanilla ice cream head with low retention and minimal lacing.

S: High berry quotient with cherry, chocolate, and licorice all mingling with a blast of herbal hops and a lot of booziness

T: Very thick and sweet with plenty of cherry and plum malt fruit flavors. Chocolate and herbal hops come in at the end. A little bit of leather and mustiness as well.

M: Very chewy and viscous with low carbonation and sweet malty aftertaste.

D: A very nice English barley wine that might benefit from another year or two in the cellar. Solid nonetheless and firmly on the sweet end of the barleywine spectrum.

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, drank in April 09 as best I recall:

Pours an orange tinged chestnut with a finger of tan head. Slight oily sheen to this, some lacing & no head retention

S: Plums, apricot, raisins, & boozeyness

T: Plums & jammyness up front. Some booze warmth & leafy hops creep in as this warms, plus dryness * woody hops. Brown sugar in the finish

MF: Rich & chewy, up front, thins as it warms with minimal carbonation

Dranks alright, but flavor profiles are all a bit shallow. Not bad, but not as good as other Arcadia offerings IMO

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

A: Deep mahogany pour with a thin tan head with
little retention. The carbonation is not
very obvious

S: Sweet malty aroma with a little bit of an
acid pungency, the alcohol?

T: Sweet malt syrup at the sip with the bitter
malt at the swallow. There is a slight
hop presence at the back of the pallet.
Fruitier as the drink continues, grapes and
apples, other dried fruit medleys

M: This sweet brew actually leaves a dry
feeling on the pallet rather than the
expected sugar slick. The carbonation is
really spot on here. I typically find this
style is too lacking in carbonation.

D: This is not my favorite style but this
particular example is one of the best that
I've sampled. Great character with a lack
of emphasis on sugar. Really quite good.

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

A 22 ounce bomber bottle, 2006 vintage, shared with psycohops. Poured into an Adnams pint glass, the barley wine appears something akin to murky, freshly brewed iced tea with a finger of light ecru foam. The foam settles to a thin layer within a few minutes. Flavor and nose consists of rather sweet smelling brown sugar, very fruity - figs, dates, dark cherries, still a touch of alcohol making it a tad boozy. Ample carbonation and not as sweet tasting as the nose would suggest. The flavor drops off almost instantly upon each swallow. Rather smooth with a light finish. We paired this with some Cabot Hunter's Seriously Sharp Cheddar.

Photo of coldmeat23
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a dark copper color with ruby tinting. One-finger head of creamy orange-ish tan foam. Leaves a light layer on top. Lacing is good, but very slick.

This is one different smelling barleywine. I'm not sure if I like it or not. I'd say that it smells like a Belgian Barleywine, if that category existed.
Good presence of sweet malts. Nice citrus hops. Then we get phenols. It's like a band-aid covered in caramel sitting on a banana sprinkled with brown sugar.
This is one odd duck.

I swear that I'm getting oak. I don't think that this is barrel-aged so I find this to be odd. Sweet malts follow this. Nice mellow citrus hops. Then we get more phenols. Bananas and bubblegum, floating in sherry.

Very smooth and somewhat creamy. Medium to almost full-bodied. Medium level of carbonation.

I don't know if this one is drinkable or not. I'm leaning towards not. I've got another bottle downstairs, which I'll open soon. If it's any different, I'll amend this review.

Photo of mltobin
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber bottle from Cork N` Keg in Southbury, CT.

The appearance is a deep brown with a decent head.
The smell is rich, sweet, some alcohol.
The taste is sharp, kind of filling, more of that sweetness.
Mouthfeel is burnt chocolate, malty, kind of funky, time for some water. Drinkability is average. First beer from Arcadia, I had hoped for a better beer. This barleywine is acceptable, but by no means is this a great beer.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper with a big rocky tannish head. Great carbonation. Nose is cocoa, toffee, caramel. Taste is toffee, cocoa, caramel with a finish cocoa, maybe like bakers powder cocoa. Mouthfeel is nice not to heavy on alcohol, brown dugar, cocoa. Drinkability is good.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a hazy light brown, with a two finger head on the pour. Hmmm... a hazy barleywine. This could be interesting.

Aroma came right out and slapped you in the face with its barleywine character. Rich, deep medium malts with a distinct whiskey alcohol scent.

Taste was of strong, medium bodies malts, hints of roasted barley, slightly bitter alpha acids, and a definite alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel was full, well-bodied, chewy, and slightly oily. Almost too heavy, but it held back in the end.

Drinkability is OK. I've found that since I am a hophead, I prefer American barleywines to their English cousins. However, this was a good representation of the style.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a warm, burnt toffee scent that boasts of pale and caramel malts boiled down to darken the color and intensify the malt character. The taste is good. It has a very rich, malty flavor that screams burnt toffee and low hops. It's slow going down with a nice warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a FULL bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a powerful beer with loads of flavor. I'm a big fan of the malt content. Burnt toffee is like mothers milk.

Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.