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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine - Arcadia Brewing Company

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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 WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Jmamay22, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of RobertDwight
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

RobertDwight, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

peabody, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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...

feloniousmonk, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

plaztikjezuz, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Bighuge, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of Ego
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Ego, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Gavage, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

bort11, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of mjd83goblue
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

mjd83goblue, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

xav33, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

SupaCelt, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of montageman
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

montageman, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

TastyTaste, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

CH3CH2OH, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

BelgianAleSlut, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

alexgash, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of this "Killer" is awesome! Deep, dark, and shadowed over in a unpenetrable cast of blood brown. Thin and firm capping of tanned foam. Resides slowly to keep a slivered ring and ghostly strings of lace stick about the glass.

Aroma isn't much unfortunately. Partial cherry and berry, darkish, with a bit of off heat from a alot of malts used and a slow retreat in each wiff mirrors raisin and fig notes.

Taste is darkly doppelbock-like with a malt carriage and carry of dark fruityness that resembles a bunch of dark cherries, berries, figs and twigs, raisin, prune, and plummy stuff. Moderately paced and sticky/tacky to the tongue with a broad base of length across the finish of malty chewyness lingering with molasses, toffee, and slidings of the fruits. Hops are only skimped in with a bit of oily waxness of candle floral essense and brief pine pricks touching late.

Feel is quite sticky and malty yet clean and full. 'Substantially based in the malts this Barleywine is", as Yoda would maybe say.
Hops are very secondary, if at all grazed upon by the balance cows of the barleywine field in which my cows like to feed. As fore mentioned, much more Doppelbock-like in nature and character then Barleywine. I tend to favor more of the hoppy beasts that fold your tongue and then unfold it to develope tough and rough bites before soothing warmth comes in. This is all malts; dark, brooding, heady, large, and sticky with a long exposure over the finish of toffee and a somewhat dried fruityness.

Ok, so this is not quite the cereal that one might expect to pour in their bowl(glass) for a Barleywine, but as an example of the English style, and not the American, which I favor, this is quite solid. Malty rich and favorable for malt lovers alike. Too bad the aroma did nearly nothing for me.

tavernjef, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy cola brown to dark copper and amber, somewhat murky/cloudy, with a one finger light tan head. Aroma is ripe fruitiness, ripe berries and some alcohol , also some raisiny and caramel aroma. Flavor shows more ripe berry and prune flavor mixed with a sweet malty and caramel breadiness, cereal, followed by a good dose of alcohol mixed with a decent amount of hop bitterness. Medium in body, somewhat sticky sweet although it seems to thin as it sits in the glass, a peppery spiciness cuts the body along with an alcohol and hop dryness in the finish. Nice beer, maybe somewhat hoppy for an english example of a bw, definitely belongs in the big beer series, alcohol is very present throughout.

hoppymeal, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of clvand0
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark amber color with a tall head that falls quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty with not much hoppiness. Also some caramel, some toffee. Nice. The flavor is very malty with quite a bit of bitterness, but not much hop flavor. This beer is right up my alley. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors make this very enjoyable. The alcohol is very well hidden by the malt sweetness and it drinks very well. The body is moderate. This has to be one of the better barleywines I've had in a long time.

clvand0, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife is generally the one who buys beers because the name is amusing. Sometimes I buy beers due to the amusement factor. Who wouldnt love a Barley Wine called Cereal Killer. The beer was served in a over sized wine goblet.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a clear amber honey coloration. The head is intially two fingers high and is colored a creamy biege.

Smell: The smell of the beer consist of a caramel toffee and hints of butterscotch followed up by bittering hops.

Taste: The beer has a toasted caramel and dates perhaps. The beer is a bit nutty and has a spicy alcohol component.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is slightly bigger than medium bodied. The beer has a slightly buttery mouthfeel. The beer drinks ok. I probably will not be repeating another session with it.

nlmartin, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, purchased @ Good ole New Beer in NYC, 2006, vintage info provided, nice to find on a Bwine, not that I put any beer away for more then a few weeks anyway...Pours murky dark honey, bready nose. This is an easy drinking, smooth BWine, rich and thick, full of malty goodness. Nice notes of wood and rum in the long finish. Pleasant, understated, balanced brew, well worth a try, nice after dinner sipper.

Billolick, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Dilly Deli Arcadia tasting.

I was really looking forward to this barley wine and left somewhat dissapointed. A toasty brea colored tannish brown with a nice large tan head that held up for a minute and left some lace down the glass.

Aromas were of toffee malt and a buttered biscuity smell. Hints of bitter hops as well.

This Barley wine was a little thin and dry. Predominantly a caramel, dried fig approach with toasty, buttery finish. Finish is thin and somewhat bitter.

mcallister, Oct 26, 2006
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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
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