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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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481 Ratings
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 38
Gots: 62 | 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 akorsak


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

A growler filled on 2/17 at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

A: The barleywine is a thick, burgundy ale, dark with some sporadic reddish highlights. The head is fairly small, leaving a small band.

S: The aroma is a thick grainy malt bomb, almost a doppelbock in its strength. The name of the beer lives up to the aroma.

T: The barleywine is subtle and restrained, showing off a big malt body without many hops. The graininess is chewy and thick, very much a cereal killer. Some warming alcohol emerges as the ale warms, creating a thick and strong malty mess. And I am very pleased.

M: The chewy mouthfeel is full of malty goodness. Hops sporadically appear but never overshadow the malts.

D: The alcohol betrays itself but not to the 10% level. I'll have a glass or two tonight but not much more as the malts are not for pounding.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2007 02:03:04 | More by akorsak
Photo of sinstaineddemon


2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this barleywine pours a dark reddish brown with a thin dark tan head and no visible carbonation, rather mundane in the barleywine world

S - a musty aroma hits my nose first, like an older wheaty-oaty characteristic, behind that lies a dark sugary, molasses type aroma

T - sweeter than i thought it would be after smelling the aroma, dark sweets and a mild breadiness, a decent flavor, however the flavors individually are ok, they arent blended well to my taste

M&D - semi-smooth, not very drinkable, sweet an easy down, but not the easiest, kinda bitter

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 00:17:46 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of jmz62565


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

Pours a clear deep dark mahogony with a large tan foamy head. A good looking brew with a large head for a b/w. The smell has roasted malt,alcohol,dark fruit, and a "bisquity' aroma,but this isn't all that pungent. The taste is hoppy with dark fruit, alcohol, and bread yeast. This combination works making this a very tasty beer. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well. A real nice surprise. I haven't found too many beers by Arcadia that I like,but this is one for the books.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 06:35:58 | More by jmz62565
Photo of GeoffRizzo


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

Deep brown in color; clumsy off-white head that forms decent, patchy lacing. The nose contains caramel malts, dark fruits and plums; later revealed are some nice biscuity notes and traces of warming alcohol. Big and bold up front with massive flavoring--dark caramel malts, cherries, raisins and raisins. The body quickly forms some thick, chewy malt and oak tastings. Slender, oily hops and hints of honey roasted peanuts; very sweet and sugary as noted in the 10.0 ABV. One of the tastier barley wines out there, perfect on a cold winter evening. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 19:36:16 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of stereosforgeeks


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

Appearance: Nice dark amber colored beer with some light brown head and a light film.

Smell: Nice caramel malts with some toffee and maybe some butterscotch. Faint nuts and dates are present in the background.

Taste: Caramel and dark fruit flavors overwhelm the palate. The alcohol content is noticeable but doesn't overwhelm the mouth. Hops present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with very little carbonation. Feels smooth in your mouth.

Drinkability: Very nice drinkability factor. It goes down nice and smooth. I will definitely check this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 20:53:13 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/31/2007 $6.99 22 oz. 10.00% No best by date, though Vintage 2006.


Pours a deep dark brown that glows with an infusion of orange when held to the light.


Biscuity malts speckled with bursts of sweetness and some hot alcohol notes. Big jammy notes of dark fruit are present as well.


Syrupy carmelized sugar flavors are coupled with ripe fig. Notes of chocolate, indicative of a fine port are present in the finish due to the flash of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 23:04:45 | More by cbl2
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served into a tulip glass from a 22oz. brown bomber,crimped cap

Mirky,mahogany,reddish hue,1" light tan head,decent retention,leaves a ring lace around the top of the glass,with some spotty lacing to follow.

Moderate aromas,very fruity,citrusy,raisiny with sweet candied carmelly maltiness.

Lots of tart flavor,fruity,citrusy,a sweet carmelly taste with candy sweetness.Syrupy with some light boozieness. Finishes bittersweet that feels dry and tart on the palate. Could use a little more hop flavor to balance out the maltiness.

A medium to thick mouthfeel,slightly cloying. Not interesting enough to want to drink more. Not bad overall,but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 03:48:01 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

Appears a semi-clouded blood orange juice tone with a nicely formed organic brown egg hued head leaves behind thin scattered specks of lacing. Aroma has a deep tart tone with vinous grapes, raisins, with caramel tinged alcohol notes in there as well. Mild earthy tone hints of brandy with a mild herbal woody hop aroma. Flavor is big and malty like most b-wines not overly sweet with a lot of tartness here big raisin, plum soaked in alcohol notes a bit of earthy bark tones with more herbal hops quite the mellow sipping barleywine. Mouthfeel is in the medium to fuller bodied range with moderate easy going carbonation with a syrupy texture that becomes a bit cloying after a whole bomber. Drinkability is on a I'm one and I'm done basis, I need to move on after one of these big brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 01:57:40 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

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

Arcadia Cereal Killer Barleywine
22 oz Bomber
2006 Vintage

Apperance - Reddish brown with a creamy light brown head that quickly disapates.

Smells - Malts without any hint of hops. Perhaps some brown sugar and/or hints of toffee.

Taste - Malts are clearly evident with hints of dried fruit (date maybe?) and more evidence of toffee finishing with a taste of alcohol. Lightly carbonated.

Mouthfeel - Smooth then finishing dry and medium bodied.

Drinkability - The bomber was enough for me.

Comments - Could be evened out a bit more with hops, although I do enjoy sweeter barley wines. Its worth a try, but not something to go out of your way to find.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 01:48:24 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of RobertDwight


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

This beer has a very dark mahogany hue to it. Nice big head that eventually fades a lot, but little laces are still present. Big huge predominant fruity nose. Taste is of once again a huge fruit attack (grapes, plums, apples), with a bit of alcohol and a smige of hops at the end. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. I think this beer is alright, but its too in your face fruit action going on...I wanted some more caramel to come through...possibly with some aging this beer can improve. But as for right now I most likely won't pick this up again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 04:08:14 | More by RobertDwight
Photo of peabody


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark reddish brown tea color with so much suds that it came out the top of the pint glass.Nice brown/white suds that stay with beer for quite some time. Nice lacing here too.
Smell if fruity like grapes with a malty sweet aroma.
Taste is like a fresh grape juice with some alcohol added.
I taste black cherry and peach. The hops are hidden in the back.
Very little bitterness. The malt is the king here. Malty caramel sweets with a fruity bitterness that ends up with the alcohol burn that makes this offering a wonderful journey.
Couldn't drink a bunch of this, but it would be fun to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 00:20:24 | More by peabody
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed murky crimson hue, slim white head.

Sweetness in the nose, dark fruits aplenty, rich and redolent with many types of decadence. Ripe plums, apples, grape, very plump in flavor, even on just sniffing...I'm liking this smell, though...

Taste: mmm, big, bursting dark fruit flavors, juicy berry and cherry, dripping wet, very vibrant, some plum and lavender still at large. Rich burgundy feel. Very lively in the mouth, quite a precocious brew, to revive a maligned wine term.

Much better than the Olde Ale I had from them the other night (thanks again, trbeer!) Ripe flavor from the malt, some kick from hops, and alcohol slowly steps in...nice, a well-rounded barleywine.

Aracadia once again makes a beer I can like, but won't necessarily go crazy for...and I do like my nicely roasted, very hoppy, and bursting with fruitiness barleywines. Mmm-mmm-mmm-mm-mmm...

btw, the name is too cute, and the label art interesting..hmmm, the spoon as weapon, gotcha...scratched out Fruit Loops, very funny...but I have to say, it reeks as trying too hard. Maybe too much cleverness is a bad thing. That's my experience, I've got the scars to prove it...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 08:21:51 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of plaztikjezuz


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

Cereal Killer is an excellent barleywine, it is pricy, but you do get what yo pay for. Pours a hazy deep dark amber with reddish streaks shinning through from the light striking through. the aroma is very malty, carmelized malt, slight hint of alcohol. the flavor is very rich and malty, carmelized malt, hopsack, spicy, mineral after-taste. this is a great beer, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 02:55:52 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of Bighuge


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

Good appearance. Bloodied mahogany. Thick beige head dissipates quickly and leaves little lace behind. Nice aroma of plums, dates, pineapple, caramel malts, and other tropical fruits. Nice viscous feel in the mouth. Full bodied and adequately carbonated. First impressions are of rich malts, fruits and alcohol. Really a pretty nice combo overall. Tropical sensations mix with caramel malts. One of the better Arcadia brews I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 03:38:01 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

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

I know labels don't have anything to do with anything BUT... this one is hilarious. The photos of scratched out cereal.. classic.

1 full finger of nice frothy head that retains very well (ample carbonation). Glowing ruby tone throughout, pretty clear and light looking for a barley wine.

dry grainy malt odor, a little sourness in the back, pretty mild and tame.

taste etc...
pretty light in the mouth, the carbonation is subtle and well executed (like sadam), nice deep grain flavor with a malty sweet finish, the alcohol runs into the bourbon type of area but is rather easy on the palette, very smooth and easy drinking all around

a nice smooth easy drinking Bwine, nothing overly special but worth checking out if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 03:45:01 | More by Ego
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy brown in color with a paper thin head. A spot or two of lacing developed during the session.

Smell: sweet malt and a bit of ripe fruit sweetness is very mild.

Taste: loads of sweet malt, prunes, black plums, red grapes, alcohol, and a hint of nuts. Very mellow bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is surprisingly short. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: so-so. This brew is a bit on the sweet side and needs a bit more bitterness to balance it out. Alcohol sticks out too.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 12:13:14 | More by Gavage
Photo of bort11


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

22 oz bottle, 2006 vintage. ABV on bottle is 9%.
Poured into a tulip glass. Opaque reddish brown color. Large head for a barleywine. Initial head is about a finger and a half, and maintains a solid cap for the duration.
Smell is a mild malt with hops blended evenly. Taste is spicy, coriander and hops. Slight dried fruit flavor. Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied.
Pretty solid barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 01:47:12 | More by bort11
Photo of mjd83goblue


2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. 2006 ed, about $8 out the door.

A: Pours reddish brown with 1 1/2" of quickly disapating head.

S: Very fruity/candyish....cherry Jolly Rancher. Some malt, maybe some dark fruits such as black cherry or plum.

T: Tastes like alcoholic fruit punch. Hops are unimpressive. Very fruity, somewhat sweet. Little else.

M: Thinner than expected for the style. No stickiness, rather watery to me.

D: Somewhat sweet and quite smooth, yet unimpressive.

This beer hides the ABV well, which is its best feature. Perhaps I'm just unfamilar with the English-styled barley wines, but I expected more from Arcadia here. Probably won't spend the $8 for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 07:34:37 | More by mjd83goblue
Photo of xav33


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 05:28:18 | More by xav33
Photo of SupaCelt


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

This beer just came with a great presentation. The colour is something short of purple with a rich redness bleeding out at the edges. The most astonishing feature is the hearty and steadfast head that perches itself atop the glory below. I am generally unaccustomed to seeing such a resilient head on brews of this nature. Nicely coloured in a shade of tan. There are a few streamers of lace left hanging as the consumption activities commence. The nose is commendable in its lack of rotting overtones. As always with my particular nose, I smell appleskins right off the top. Chalky yeast behind it. Dark fruit, black cherry, caramel apple, candy, and a little a little booze float around as well. Way more pungent as it warms up in my sweaty little mit. The taste is, most notably to me, quite sour on the first impression. A fair bit of sweetness to her also. Makes me think much of cherries and caramel. This is dangerously close to reaching the no no land of cloy. It might be. I haven't yet decided. The mouthfeel is slick but sticky. There is a trail left behind as this brew slides down the hatch. This trail provides seconds of additional enjoyment on every sip. Very nice. The drinkability might be slipping now as I am starting to dwell on whether this thing is starting to get its cloy on. The first pint is gone. What will the rest reveal? After pouring the second glass, which has been exposed to ambient temperature for the duration of the first glass, the taste seems quite easy to deal with again. This is a pretty solid brew. It is quite rich. I don't think serial glasses of this are indicated. The aftertaste gets to be a bit overwhelming. Split this bomber and things should go smoothly. Besides, that would be most advocatory of you. This is surely a one cup affair. A pretty good one at that.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 00:33:17 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of montageman


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

Poured into a chalice. Color is deep mahogany with an awesome looking billowy tan head that dissipates slowly as the glass sits for a while. Smells sweet like brown sugar or bubblegum, which may be the alcohol - there's also some citrus here. Very nice scent - intriguing. Tastes like a lemon flavored bubblegum and finishes sour with slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is Ok, but nothing spectacular - it is a little harsh, but again could be the alcohol. By no means is this a poor beer, actually, it's one of the better Arcadia offerings not quite as good as Hopmouth. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 03:15:42 | More by montageman
Photo of TastyTaste


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown/marron body, hazier than normal, nice creamy tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt and honey, brown sugar. A little fruitiness, too.

Taste. Sweet and earthy, the malt adds a fine depth, roasted and a bit nutty. Good, if not overly hoppy for the style, but alcohol is nicely blended in the beer.

Drinkability: A solid BW, a little spendy, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 03:07:34 | More by TastyTaste
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 23:55:56 | More by CH3CH2OH
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow lost my initial review before I hit the review button. This is attempt to piece it back together. Poured into goblet from big bottle. Color is beautiful dark ruby/brown and has small foam clouds. Smell is sweet and flowery, almost fruity. Taste is sweet maltiness of course - some of the flowery fruitiness comes through the nose when drinking. There is enough malt body and carbonation to maintain a delightful drinking experience. The high alcohol content has stretched the duration of this 22 oz. bottle into multiple hours. Drinkability is good.

Tried Arcadia's Big Dick's Olde Ale and this back-to-back. This beer is the better of the two, however, like the former beer there isn't much distinctive character. I would recommend this beer however.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 05:06:21 | More by BelgianAleSlut
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cola brown edges around a reddish body. Small, ringy, light khaki head. Mild aroma of caramel, pears, tropical fruit, and herbal hops. Sweet brown sugar and buttery malt up front. Toasted, caramelized edge to it. Stays sweet throughout. Candy apple. Alcohol is noticeable and a bit hot. Slightly astringent hop finish is no match for the sweetness and the heatness. Medium-bodied, with a mellow, flat feel. A very malty sweet, buttery, warming barley wine that gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 01:11:03 | More by alexgash
Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.