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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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Reviews: 269
Hads: 563
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 40
Gots: 91 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mcallister on 10-26-2006

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Reviews: 269 | Hads: 563
Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brownish color. Cloudy. Lacing on top. Signs of carbonation.

S: Apples. Caramel. Scents of alcohol.

T: Huge caramel flavors, a hint of fruit. Roasted malts.

M: Very malty, carbonated, bite of alcohol on finish.

Overall: It's a good barleywine, with the malts and bite of alcohol. However, it's a little heavy for summertime, and would be much better suited during winter.

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Photo of gwong
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a brown cola-like color with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing remains on the glass when sipping but that too also gone quickly.

S: Sweet and spicy aroma - I can detect molasses, malts and citrus in the scent.

T: Sweet malt flavor with a slight citrus zing. A very sweet, molasses/brown sugar taste remains at the end.

M: Smooth, slightly thick with little carbonation to help ease it on the tongue.

D: You feel the alcohol after just a few sips - it certainly doesn't hide that well. Enough flavor and character to warrant a second pour but that might just be the wintry blast outside making me want it.

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Photo of powerss13
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note: Poured from bottle to a Tulip Glass
Also, have a partially stuffed nose, so smell area will be "contaminated"; haha

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: A very dark Amber color; Definitely has some thickness to it

Smell: Has a oak finish. smoot finish in aroma. Little hops, but enough to get a scent. Other aromas make me think of some other spices (not heat spices by the way)

Taste: Begins heavy with malt, then moves to a bit more bitterness with the hops. Finishes with a light hop and some malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: The feel in the mouth is definitely bitter, but also thins making it easy to drink. Does linger in the mouth a bit, but it is a delicous(spelling) linger.

Overall: Easy to drink Barley wine at careful speed. Can barely feel the high content of alcohol in the beverage. Very good when fresh(this review made while drinking a fresh bottle ['11]); but this beer can definitely be laid down to add more complex flavors to it.

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Photo of chefboy812
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I started out pouring this one pretty agressively into a balloon goblet. even at cellar temperature it lazily makes a beige head that only rises a finger or so. It quickly falls to a meager edge that barely marks sip points. a chocolate brown color with red highlights with a little haze is very appealing.

The aroma of this beer reminds me heavily of apple wine. the alcohol is very pronounced, with little malt preasence. more of a molassas and fig scent with english treacle.

extreamly interesting but a little disapointing in reguards to flavor. very sticky and sugary. no true charachter of malt or anything like that. the most profound flavor is apple that repeats itself. not as a cidery falt; just the flavor that is most notable. the finish is a bit caramely and madiera like. it does hang with a pleasant roasty finish. actually the most enjoyable part of the flavor profile.

the mouthe feel is quite abit thinner than exspected with a beer of this strength. so the sickenly sweet charachter is made transparent by the lack of texture.

In reguards of drinkability; I actually didn't finish the beer as it warmed it got a little too cloying.

all in all I am glad that I tried it to realy know what an english style barlywine is like, but I much prefer an american style barley like Avery's Hog Heaven.

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Photo of JesseP09
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy God this beer has a lot going on.

The best way I can describe it is liquid Frosted Flakes in taste. Seriously, this is a delicious barleywine that is deceptive in its alcohol content. I had this beer in a half-pint glass at Arcadia's pub in Battle Creek, Michigan, and I was very impressed. A lovely deep orange beer, it is super-sweet and delicious, with a great mouthfeel and overall experience. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BasementDweller
2.67/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh no. No no no. Please tell me this wasn't classified as a Barleywine. That's an insult to the category. Aroma is boozy and fruity, trying really hard to be estery but falling well short. Palate is far from substantial. Flavor is of simple syrup (and lots of it), a dollop of caramel, and a splash of Hawaiian Punch. As for hops, well, they're there, but not in any kind of force. They certainly don't contribute much to the aroma. Two redeeming factors of this beer: 1) it LOOKS like a barleywine, and 2) I didn't have to pay for it.

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Photo of RobertDwight
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of gaugebozo
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - There's this cloudiness that comes not from yeast or lack of fast cooling wort, but from having a s@#$ ton of malt in your beer. This beer has this cloudiness. No head off the pour, but some very light residual foam. Deep reddish brown.

S - Malty, almost syrupy. Reminds me of a particular French blackberry liquor.

T - Serious malt, 70 IBU's, but so much malt doesn't taste bitter. Lots of carmel malts, don't think any roasted. Something at the end, raisins? Nice warming from the alcohol, but not overpowering for 10%. Surprisingly accessible barley wine. Should get pretty great and mellow with age.

M - Light carb (high for the style, but fits) and super strong body.

O - Really enjoyable. Can't say it's amazing (could use more character, maybe too drinkable), but pretty perfect for winter nights or when you're wishing for them.

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Photo of jmendels
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been on a journey to try Michigan beers lately. Arcadia Ales is certainly one brand that stands a bit taller and this beer contributes to their stature.It pours a beautiful reddish brown,with only a small amount of lace. The smell is rather complex and should take a couple whiffs to fully appreciate. There are the usual toffee smells, but also subtle hints of cereal. The taste is sublime, having a mellow sweetness balanced with the aged flavor natural to this type of beer. It then finishes with a touch of bittersweet thickness. Good beer and a good example of the Barleywine Style.

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Photo of theecaleb
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010, 12oz bottle.

A. Pours good. Good copper in color. One inch creamy redish head, slowly fades away. Minamal lacing.

S. Toffee, barley, fruit.

T. Alcohol, fruit, spice, wine.

M. Warmth of alcohol, good carbonation. Light hints of barley and fruits.

O. Not the best barley wine I've had, but I like it. Very drinkable, I wouldnt mind aging a few in the cellar. I would recommend this beer to a friend.

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Photo of sopclod
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Creme brulee.

I thought about ending the review right there, but I didn't think the mods would appreciate that. Nor you, for that matter.

If you took the crusty top of creme brulee, you know, the good part, liquified it, and added a little carbonation and alcohol, you would have Cereal Killer.

I didn't really detect much in the way of other flavors, or hops. It was sweet, malty and caramelly, and that's pretty much it. Not that that's a bad thing. However the rich flavor combined with a healthy dose of alcohol (why can't more beers be served in 12oz bottles??) hurt its drinkability. After about halfway through (about 12oz!) I had had my fill, but I had to finish the bottle.

There was something else as well. Shortly after quaffing my bomber of Cereal Killer, I got the most horrible diarrhea. Now, I think it's unrelated, but damn... I felt pretty horrible for about 48 hours. It's the kind of thing that, even though I know it probably wasn't the beer, it will probably be a long time before I try it again.

Overall, if you like malt, give it a try.

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Photo of dspoonrt
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arcadia's barleywine has the appearance of a serial killer. It's dark, murky, and you can tell there's something hiding just below the surface. The color of the beer is a rainbow of sorts. Reds, oranges, and browns mix together to produce a deceptively dark color at first glance. There is some visible carbonation, but little to no head.

Smell: Malt and dark fruit aromas come through in the nose, but it's all very subtle. You can smell the alcohol, but overall, the beer gives off very little aroma.

Taste: Caramel malt and fruity sweetness wash over the palate. Raisins and figs are certainly present. There is a little building bitterness toward the end. The label boasts 70 IBUs, but I can't really detect that much bitterness. The taste of alcohol definitely comes through in the finish, but it's pleasant and not overpowering. The alcohol flavor blends nicely with the sweetness from the malt and fruit. Cereal Killer tastes strong, but balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, this barleywine glides smoothly across the palate. There is some discernable carbonation and a slight tingle from alcohol.

Drinkability: Arcadia's Cereal Killer is a very drinkable beer considering how strong it is. The great taste and pleasant mouthfeel certainly add to the drinkability. I would certainly have this one again.

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Photo of rufusb
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first barleywine, very good, enjoyed it! The taste changed from first opened to finish. As it warmed the complex flavors became more noticeable. The higher alcohol content wasn't prevalent at any time, which surprised me.
A-dark amber in color, pours clean with very little foam, not a lot of carbonation apparent
S-not very pungent, slight hints of fruit and malt
T-warm, fruit flavors, some malt taste as well. The flavors became stronger as I drank it and it warmed. Much smoother than I expected. Does have a pleasant aftertaste, alcohol doesn't take over
M-thick and silky
O- very enjoyable

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Photo of filmguy
4.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Read the other reviews for a taste profile. On tap this was a perfect beer for me. Went out while vacationing in Detroit (!) and bought a 6 pack to bring back the goodness to Florida. Not nearly as good from the bottle. Much more hops. Quite bitter (which is fine for hop heads) but for me it was a bit less balanced than when it was on tap. Still good, but a notch down from great.

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Photo of StoutSlayer
2.46/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"Break out the bottle of Asti-Spumante, pop off the top and rock with my posse..."

These words from the beloved early 90's rapper Candyman best describe my feelings about this beer. Yhea, it tastes like the beer version of cheap champagne, but god dammit it's a party and we're gonna get krunk.

This beer is sweet with a dry finish, and somehow syrupy as well. Honestly reminds me of my home brew when i used all extract. Like cheap champ this beer has its time and place. Like Candyman it's forgettable.

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Photo of brewerdrew
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Unfortunately, very disappointeed with this beer given that Arcadia produces some of the best Stouts and Porters I have ever tasted. To add insult to injury, I entered this tasting with high expectations given the recent GABF Gold Medal for Barley Wines that it recently won.

I poured this beer from a bottle into a Ommegang Belgian Beer glass and the appearance was muddy/murky. The smell and taste of alcohol was overwhelmingly the predominant characteristic of this beer. There were some notes of Hops but not what I was hoping for to balance the other characteristics of the beer.

I will not be going back to try this beer again.

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Photo of EK33
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage consumed dec 2011

A-Copper that is translucent with some light passing through. Low carbonation and poured into a glass producing minimal head that disappears entirely throughout drinking.

S-Minor Fruit and sweetness to nose, very blaise/balanced on these notes.

T-Smooth beginning with caramel with minor hints of fruits that follow. Finishes sweet without much bitterness at all. Hops really take a back seat in this brew.

M-Fairly similar to most ales, quite light for a barley-wine.

Overall an adequate Barley-Wine. Carbonation is very light (2010 vintage contributing to this?). Flavor is balanced, but have some cellared to try at 5 and 10 years to see how it develops.

**As a follow up consumed later at a room temperature and vastly improved overall drinking experience moving overall up to 3.5 and taste to 4. In future, will drink Barley Wines at 50' to 65'.

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Photo of kdiggidy
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - dark brownish red in color, small head that doesn't last very long.

S - sugary sweet smell with a touch of alcohol, slightly fruity.

T - amazing, in my opinion. good and sweet with hints of molasses, brown sugar and dark fruit.

M - slightly creamy, not much carbonation, a little hot in the back of the throat,

O - to me, this is a fantastic barleywine. probably a little pricey ($4/bottle - didn't realize it until I was checking out) but I think this will be one I go for again.

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Photo of Gfhislop
4.73/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First barleywine I had ever tried, 2009 vintage

A- pours thick, deep rich brown color and a thin yellow/tan head

S- lots of booze and sweetness, underlying raisin like notes

T- the raisin flavor takes center stage here, accompanied by a sugary sweetness and other dark fruit essences. Finishes with a hit of biscuit flavor, very little hop presence left. Very rich in flavor and depth.

M- coats the mouth, quite thick compared to other styles, finishes a tad dry and boozy.

O- I've been exploring this style more, but always come back to this. Compared to other barleywines, this one goes on forever in depth. A lot to enjoy in a small bottle, may need to grab a 750ml next time

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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
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