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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine - Arcadia Brewing Company

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86
very good

499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 38
Gots: 65 | 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 jjayjaye
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep caramel amber color with a thin light tan head that fades fairly quickly. Little lacing observed.

The smell is very fruity, bananas, and cherries, like a breakfast cereal, with alcohol that reminds me of a dentist office.

Medium bodied, the mouth feel is slightly under carbonated.

The flavor is sweet but rather medicinal and there is a bit of a lingering after taste that's not sitting right with me.

Not going to make it to the bottom of this 22oz'er.

jjayjaye, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours like a thin red wine, touched with a speck of brown or orange. A finger+ of tanned cream sets up, then falls back and holds nicely at a thin cover.

Aroma - different smells at different times. Grain, anise, bubblegum, orange Pez, and all aromas come wrapped in a soft, vapory rubbing alcohol booziness. A little on the lighter side for intensity, it does maintain presence via the abv if nothing else.

Taste - lots of grainy depth. Some sweetness is paired with the grain, but I can't attach it to any particular fruit or sugar type. Immediately after the swallow comes hop bitterness, maybe some light citrus, and the expected wave of abv heat. The finish has a moderately raw bitterness and alcohol warming effect. As barleywines go, this is simple but okay.

Mouthfeel - I like the thickness and smoothness. Ramped up carbonation.

Drinkability - an above average beer in the world of beers, but not so much in the barleywine category. Maybe some age would help this one blossom.

brewdlyhooked13, May 18, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From now on, I will only be buying beers with "Killer" in their titles. To wit, the last three beers I bought were: Pink Killer, Boulder Beer Killer Penguin Barleywine, and this, Arcadia's Cereal Killer Barleywine.

Well, here I am tonight, getting dru- I mean, winding down after the long day, and I realize I hadn't been reviewing barleywines as much as I used to. So I dug out my notes taken recently at a local gathering.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber, mahogany-esque body with a foamy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Alright, right away, you'll notice just how boozey the aroma is. Those disdainful of a strong, alcoholic scent might have difficulty progressing much further, but beyond that you'll find plenty of caramel, with minor notes of chocolate, raisins, and even cherries.

Taste: From the start, there's a strong, consuming sweetness with flavors of toffee, fresh-baked bread, burnt sugar. There's some hints of vanilla, cherries, and dark fruits mingling around in there as well. While there is a hop presence to this beer, its just enough to add a bit of bitterness to an ultimately sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with the creamy nature of the brew in addition to the overall soft carbonation helping to elevate it from being merely 'medium'.

Drinkability: While never overly complex, I found it to be quite nice, quite drinkable, and it really delivered when I was looking for a beer with a lil' "kick" to it.

ChainGangGuy, May 17, 2007
Photo of doppelmeup
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

doppelmeup, May 14, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

sulldaddy, May 06, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

zeff80, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Printed as a 2006 Vintage, part of "the Brew Crew Big Beer Series"
650ml bomber, very neat label. Pours a sludgy bright ruby in colour. Good head, ample and sturdy, majority of which stays. Aroma of amber malts with a candy like note. Almost vinous in some ways. Aggressive carbonation leaves a slight sting. An unusual fruity malt. A lot of cherry! Alcohol not in the taste, but certainly holds some presence. The only thing they couldn't do is capture right the barley-wine equation: that is to say its strength far outweighs its depth. Not what I expected and definitely distinct in it's own right.

biegaman, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
2.05/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Sampled on 4-11-07
2006 Vintage

Pours a deep blood red, with a small head and absolutely no retention.

Smell is fruity, notes of cranberry, with a strong alcohol aroma.

Taste is dominated by vodka-like alcohol. Starts with some malt sweetness...but then, absolute horror.

Mouthfeel is hard to gauge, hard to keep it in your mouth for more than a few seconds.

Drinkability is terrible. This beer would be better suited to a shot glass. A total swing-and-a-miss. I can't believe someone at Arcadia green-lighted this beer, any positive characteristics are totally destroyed by the ridiculous alcohol flavor. Back to the drawing board.

BMoney575, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear chestnut with deep red highlights topped by a very thin head that settled into a ring. Fine, spotty lacing. Interesting flavour and aroma, very fruity, vinous notes with a really distinct maltiness. Fairly mild bitterness, caramel, citrus, floral hops, plenty of fruity esters in the finish. Medium/full bodied with lowish carbonation. Quite a smooth, pleasant, easy drinking barleywine that hides its alcohol well. Beware!

Thanks for sharing this biegaman!

DrJay, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biegaman for hooking us up with this!

Pours a clear red/brown, thick tan head, very nice looking, decent lacing. Smell is sweet, very fruity, yeasty, grapey wine, bread, very malty, bit of citrus. Taste is malty, some caramel, very fruity again, citrus/floral hops, figs, more fruit in the finish, bit of bread and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carb. Nice sipper, doesn't really project the 10% ABV. Thanks Jan!

Viggo, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red-brown with a medium-sized, dark cream-colored head.

Aroma isn't too strong, what I could smell was some dark fruits, barley, and alcohol.

Flavor nails the type of barley wines I enjoy and expect to taste. Sweet dark fruits, and a nice bite of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and foamy, as expected.

Drinkability is high if you enjoy barley wines. I do.

This is similar to a local brewer's barley wine (J.T. Whitney's) but not quite as tasty or strong. Well put together, but not very bold. Price was right, and the bottle was big!

terrabyte, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not sure if it makes a difference, but this bottle says 10th anniversary on it.

A - Amazingly deep red color with a thick tan head.

S - Rich malts dominate - light toffee, dark fruits with a hint of floral hops.

T - A classic! Rich malts swirl and combine with a touch of hops and alchohol for a real treat. Definitely english style but not sweet like a JW Lees.

M - full bodied.

D - one is an evening. a great evening at that!

12-12-07 update - I stand behind how good this one tastes. This is more a cellaring update. I had 2 more bottles in the cellar for future enjoyment. One developed an infection on par with leaving an open bottle with beer on the counter for a week or two. Disgusting and apparently not necessarily an isolated occurance. I drank my other bottle last night and it was perfect. The moral of this update - cellar at your own risk. Drink recent from the store and check the bottles before you buy.

barleywinebrewer, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of rabsten
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From D's Six Pack n' Dogz. Red-amber into a wine glass, thick head; no lacing..

Tons of alcohol over strong malt. Whisky notes. George Dickel Tennessee sour mash whiskey, to be precise.

Note as overwhelmingly malty as the smell would have you believe, with some nice, hops in the finish to give some balance. Much maltier as it warms. Chill to restore balance. The whisky is present in the flavor, too.

Thick yet somewhat crisp at times. S'ok.

Pretty good drinkability. Which, for a malt-bomb barleywine, means a hophead like me can finish a whole bomber in one night.

I prefer Arcadia's Hopmouth DIPA over this. Still, it's a decent choice for a barleywine. You could really do worse, yet you can do much better, too.

rabsten, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an impy pint glass a darker shade of brown with some dark orange tint a craterouslight brown one finger head atop that settles quickly into a creamy-like mass.Big caramel notes when the bottle was first popped open fruity esters began to settle in after a bit as well as some engraned brown sugar hops peak thru with a hint of herbalness.A somewhat sharp mouthfeel stings a little at first seems a bit fizzy,the mouthfeel takes away from the flavor a bit in my book its malt tilted no doubt caramel and borwn sugar sweetness dominate the alcohol shows itslf no doubt with a finishing burn honestly I dont pick up alot of hop presence other than a hint of herb in the finish.It started out promising but seed to fizzle out a bit no pun intended still not all bad.

oberon, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent barleywine. The beer pours a dark brownish amber color. Nice tall off-white head with a nice retention and a decent lacing.

The smell is of sweet English malts with a nice backing of hops. Caramel malt with some nice ripe fruits and berries, such as grapes and fig. Fairly grainy. The hops seem to be a good blend of American and European.

The taste is quite good. Sweet up front with the same flavor profile as was found in the nose. The hops are a little more apparent in the flavor as well. Tastes distinctly English but with some American hops. Not too bitter, but some great flavoring.

The body is not as full as I would expect. Nice light carbonation. Not too sticky sweet, but a perfect balance of bitter. One of the more easily drinkable barleywines I've had. Definitely the best "English" barleywine I've had, though I would hesitate to label it as either British or American, but rather a good balance between the two.

neonbrown82, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to akorsak for breaking open this growler...
Appears a semi transparent, dark amber with a small, foamy, beige head that slowly fades out into a floating cap. Mild CO2 streams float up to the top. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of malty, caramel sweetness with candy esters all over the place. A big, chewy yeastiness is also found among the earthy, raisin, spicy, sugar infused, roasted barley.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel sweetness and spices being the standout in this brew.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, sweet, with fruit, and caramel breadiness running along the palate.

weeare138, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

June 07 Well, tied another as it was recommended as improved and umm, yeah, this is what a BW is all about. VERY nice caramel and hops, yummy. I'm upgrading the taste from 3.5 to 4.5




Clear and dark amber starts this one off, a smallish ivory head caps it. I’m a bit bummed by the aroma – only weak caramel malts pop up. None of the classic BW aromas. Taste also lets me down, with the sharp hoppy finish, reminds me more of an IPA than BW. Medium bodied brew, I don’t think I’ll seek out another bomber – too many better BWs out there.

Vancer, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to akorsak for sharing a growler of this beer.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy red bronze color with a creamy tan head.

Smell: Sweet dark biscuity malts, Dark fruits, plums and raisins maybe, and some grains, hops are sweet like pineapple.

Taste: This big malty beer is a meal it itself. It is heavy full rich and complex. Multi grain bread comes to mind. The hops are restrained but warming alcohol serves as a balance for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth thick rich and chewy.

Drinkability: this beer is a monster. Take your time and take it easy.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

akorsak, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
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

sinstaineddemon, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

jmz62565, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

stereosforgeeks, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of cbl2
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Appearance:

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

Aroma:

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

Taste/Mouthfeel:

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.

cbl2, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

jcdiflorio, Jan 30, 2007
Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.