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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

503 Ratings
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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 38
Gots: 66 | 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 smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head starts off okay, but settles to a single layer of bubbles. No lace. Extremely cloudy. Light brown color.

Although it is not a sweet smell, there is still the aroma of molasses. Biscuity and toasty--I detect animal crackers. Alcohol is also present in the background.

Sweeter than the smell indicates, although the finish is dry. Playing second fiddle is the light hop and mild alcohol warmth. The body is similar to a typical barleywine.

smcolw, Feb 07, 2011
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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

imperialking, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +5.3%

wrightst, Oct 18, 2013
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 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 barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

barleywinefiend, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

superspak, May 01, 2013
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 BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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?

BARFLYB, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

jdhilt, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

BillRoth, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Wasatch, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

mdaschaf, May 20, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

ppoitras, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5.3%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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 rab53
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

rab53, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.3%

dmorgan310, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Kelp, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

beerthulhu, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Zaphog, May 07, 2012
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
Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
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