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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

478 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 38
Gots: 61 | FT: 6
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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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
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-06-2012 22:29:08 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-26-2007 17:02:42 | More by weeare138
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 04:08:42 | More by barleywinefiend
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 04:14:59 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a snifter glass)

A- This beer has a jet brown body with a caramel tan thick head that has a layer of big bubbles on the top. The body is to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The smell of smooth sweet cream and white caramel has a light brown sugar finish to it. There is a light note of white grape juice coming through as it warms.

T-The big sweet caramel malt flavor by a soft piney hop flavor with a big hop pungency to finish. There are notes of some darker sweet caramel qualities that come through when it is warm.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a soft alcohol heat that enhances the hop bitterness.

D- This is what I think of as an American Barleywine. Big sweet malty flavor, even though it is a bit one dimensional followed by a big pungent hop punch that finishes it. The hops really balance the malt sweetness and the alcohol really supports the hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 02:17:33 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger yellow/brown head that leaves a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Malty/alcohol nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is caramel and some alcohol. Late bakers chocolate after taste. Warming. Cheaper and better than Shipyard's barleywine, $9.20 for a 22 oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. 2008 vintage.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 23:56:23 | More by jdhilt
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks to Vancer for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, tons of sticky lacing and islands throughout the drink. The nose is malty, some prunes/figs/raisins, and a good dose of caramel. The tasty is malty, with a good dose of dark fruit and caramel. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. Medium body, a well rounded, complex brew. Very drinkable, a nice english barleywine, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 23:21:13 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, with heavy lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavor is malty upfront, fruity and tart in the middle, and closes with a shot of hops and lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is very smooth and easy over the tongue, and drinkability is excellent for the style. Worth searching out, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 00:45:36 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage into a snifter trying to go to bed. I've been ducking this beer for years.

Cereal Killer pours out a dark shade of red with hazy faded orange with some browns poking in as well. A nice pour yeilded about 3/4th's a inch of kinda firm toffee colored foam with no stickage.

Smell is of malted barley, a whole lot of it, some fusel alcohol and some ripe dark fruits. a small bouquet of earth hops with caramel and toffee with some warming. The English yeast gives off a funky bread scent. Smells sweet.

Up front Im greeted with a big bite of fruit that's backed by caramel, barley and the like. The fruit reminds me of a BSDA but coated with huge barley, malt, toffee, berries and alcohol. The ALC is not so big, but it was probably huge fresh, glad I waited on this for a bit.

Feel is a big medium, maybe two steps up. Malty and it is kinda coating on the tounge for a few. Swishing brings out the alcohol more, yet it never seems to cloy. Carbed up to where it should be.

At about over a year since bottled, this has been tamed but the flavors don't jive well for me. Not insanely hot, the English ingredients namely the yeast is what gets in the way. Also, why is this stuff so damn expensive?

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 06:49:01 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-11-2013 03:06:33 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 01:02:39 | More by biegaman
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

11-22-2011 21:53:02 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter; 3 year cellar aged version released this year, making it a 2010 vintage. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a small dense cream colored head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, fig, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, sherry, brown sugar, light chocolate, light pepper, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt/fruity notes; very sweet, but not offensively so. Taste of raisin, fig, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, sherry, brown sugar, light chocolate, light pepper, and earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, sherry, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with no cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English Barleywine. All around nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:57:35 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-22-2011 03:15:36 | More by rab53
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: The pour starts out with a dark caramel/dark brown color with a moderate beige head.

S: sweet malt palate with a dark fruit and some sweet caramel apples and molasses.

T: Much like the aroma, dark fruit with sweet burnt caramel hints. The alcohol at 9.0% abv was fairly well hidden behind the sweetness of the palate. There was a light vanilla bean and oaky woodiness in the finish along with sweet caramel.

M: moderately full with a slight creaminess.

D: Drinks really nice and smooth for a barleywine. Great drinkability, worthy of a recommend and future purchases.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 00:05:16 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 04:42:57 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. This was an older bottle, but I neglected to write down the year. I want to say it was 2006 or 2007 possibly.

A: Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head that fades quickly and does not leave behind much lacing.

S: Heavy caramelized sugar, some brown sugar, dark fruits, mostly raisins and figs. Light booze aroma.

T: On the sweet side. Some nice caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Very light hops, definitely a malty beer.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth, the aging has certainly helped with that.

O: Pretty good, not overly thick and easy drinking for 10%. Have not had it fresh, but certainly a beer that ages well.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:45:45 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 00:06:58 | More by DrJay
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

12-24-2013 20:35:39 | More by Kelp
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Tone

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, dark citrus, and slight hop. Fits the style of an English Barleywine. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and savory. Average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, dark citrus, hops, slight tartness, and a wood flavor. Overall, good body and blend, with a great mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 20:16:12 | More by Tone
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +5%

12-19-2011 16:39:33 | More by THECPJ
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dirtylou

Washington

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

22oz bottle, scooped at Binny's on Grand last time i was in Chicago - not sure why madison never seems to get the limited arcadia bombers but whatever

appearance: pours into a snifter - big crimson-garnet body, cola-esque traits, creamy beige head with moderate lace. The Cereal Killer label is pretty on point too, for what thats worth

smell: The cereal killer packs quite the booze-filled nose, booze covered plum, resinous pine hops, lots of thick malt sweetness

taste: This barleywine is a lot boozier than the 9% label would suggest - I note mostly resinous pine hops and a high citrus hop bitterness along with it. There are certainly enough thick caramel malts to go around but this beer kind of falls flat and doesnt balance out well - its too bitter and a bit muddy

mouthfeel: high bitterness, medium body

drinkability: iffy

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 03:29:27 | More by dirtylou
Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
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