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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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501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 38
Gots: 67 | 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 Retail1LO
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage, poured into a Firestone Walker tuplip.

Pours a ruddy reddish/brown, almost garnet color with a nice finger and half worth of foamy head which dissipates quickly with marginal lacing/adhesion to the side of the glass. The smell is rich in caramel and dark fruit. Raisins, figs, dried cherries...all present. However, I find it a bit of an odd scent for this style. Maybe it's just me, but I find it to be unique in a little bit of an offputting fashion. The taste resonates with the nose, following quickly in it's footsteps. More raisins (lots), figs, even dates. This is a strange bird. Perhaps when you've been drinking the likes of Abacus, Commander, King Henry, and Bligh's recently, this is destined to seem a bit more ordinary. This is a decent enough beer, however, and I really need to revisit it when I haven't been on a binge of big barley wines. The mouthfeel is on the sweet side. Real sweet. All of those fruits are like...candy. There's a slight tinge of booziness in the finish towards the back of your throat, but all in all the ABV is hidden pretty masterfully. This is a good barleywine. On the grand scheme of things, I consider it average only because of what else I've had. However, if you've never had Patron Anejo, then I can see where 1800 comes across as a decent enough tequila. I'd like to revisit this when I'm not as biased towards some of the premium offerings.

Retail1LO, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

sludgegnome, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of ajs4bd
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter, 1-14-09

A: Cloudy dark amber, with more good lacing. The head was very minimal and dissipated quickly.

S: The sweetness of the malt was very well balanced with the bitterness of the nearly evergreen smelling hops.

T: The flavor reflected much of the smell. There was a slight flavor of plums, and a hint of port, but still a nice balance of hops to keep it from being extra sweet. The hops came out more in the aftertaste and lingered longer than the creamy malts.

M: A very smooth, low carbonation feel. Felt rather thick for the amount of hops I tasted.

Overall: A very good Barleywine, but seemed more like a blended American and English instead of a true English Barleywine. The hops flavor was a decent surprise, but not what I was expecting.

ajs4bd, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.75/5  rDev +25%

SaxmanRick, Feb 08, 2014
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 Gtg642
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Gtg642, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Flabbyjandro, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Lynn, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of bundy462
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark and cloudy brown. Next to no head.

S: Dark fruits, sugar, caramel, toffee, and loads of booze.

T: Boozy throughout, dark fruits and a woody quality. The bottle claims 70 IBUs, but there's really no big hop bite as is expected with the style.

M: Very thick like a stout. Sticky and coating.

O: So so brew, there are better barleywines to be had for the price.

bundy462, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Radome
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Color is a medium to dark brown and is cloudy or turbid looking. The head was slight after the pour and faded away to nothing shortly thereafter. Only a small amount of lacing.

S - The smell is delicious. Malt, biscuits, dark fruit like plums and raisins, and alcohol. Hops might be there just on the edge of detectability. This is clearly more of a British barley wine than American.

T - The taste is clean delicious. Plenty of malt, raisins and rum. No hops or roasted notes. This is all about the malt and the interesting flavors you get when you pile ridiculous amounts of it into a beer.

M - The body is thick, oily, and sticky, all of which fits with the massive malt flavor. The alcohol burn lightens things just a bit, but carbonation is not detectable.

D - This is a fine example of an English style barley wine. With its strength and richness you only want one, but that one is very nice.

Radome, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite syrupy, leave about a finger and a half head with soon diminishes to nice white ring. Color is somewhere between a deep burnt orange and cherry brown.

Smells amazing. Dark fruit and bread.

Taste is quite malty with little or no hops detected. Again a very nice fruit like flavor to compliment the smell. Dark to sour cherry flavor up front which leads to more of a raisin flavor on the back end. Maltiness is tasted through out and matches the fruitness of the brew perfectly.

Does leave a thick almost chewy mouth feel, which is expected of a bigger beer with such maltiness.

Drinkability is one area where personal taste will be a deciding factor. I love the big beer and this brew being in the lines of Arcadia's "Big Beer Series" is right in my wheel house. I find this highly drinakble and enjoyable. Although it may be too heavy for a non big beer fan.

I throughly enjoy this brew. This will be added to the Cellar fairly soon as I would love to taste an aged version of this great brew.

kzoobrew, May 03, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep dark red color pour with a big lasting fluffy white head leaving lots of sticky lacing , medium carbonation . Aroma of dark caramel , rasins , molasis, spicy hops and maybe cherries. Flavor is of sweet brown shugar , caramel , molasis,spicy floral hops, dates,rasins ,wood ,light alcohaol in the tail end , nice warming effect . Full body with a thick creamy mouthfeel , medium level of bitterness long sweet finish . Quite drinkable and went down good dispite the sweetness . A very good offering from a great brewery Nice .

WakeandBake, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +5.3%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Brushkanna
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Brushkanna, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Gushue3
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

A- 1 finger head thats slightly off white wile the body is very dark and is a deep mahogany red. The head left some small patches of foam and a smaller amount of lacing around the glass. Very dark for a barleywine.

S- gigantic sweet malt catches me upfront along with some strong dark fruits. some caramel and slight vanilla are hanging in the back as well.

T- Big time sweetness follows through out from the front to the end. Fig and dark fruits come through toward the middle along with a small roast and leather . caramelly and smooth to the finish. The finish is has almost a prune taste that lingers for a while.

M- Nice thick and extremely smooth mouthfeel, feels silky and like a fudge brownie. excellent mouthfeel.

O- decent barleywine but nothing really stood out to me.

Gushue3, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jaminjohnson, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

alelover, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev +5.3%

mmcnaughton, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of AndyEdgar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

AndyEdgar, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of devilfluff
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

devilfluff, Apr 29, 2014
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 CreekyJarls
4/5  rDev +5.3%

CreekyJarls, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of EricCioe
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours an impenetrable dark red into the tulip, a little ring of head around the edge with no lacing. On the nose, it's a really unique sweet bread and figs or dates that I've never experienced before. It smells like wet rice crispies with dates in the bowl. I wasn't sure I liked it at first but nearing the end of the glass here and it's something special. There is a hint of alcohol too, but given the style and an understanding that yes, beer is alcohol, that detracts nothing in my view. On the tongue it's the sweet bread with dark fruit notes, dates perhaps, washed down by a slightly warming alcohol. In the mouth it's a bit cloying, no surprise given all the sweetness, maybe a bit chewy, medium-full. Given the overall sweetness and alcohol content this isn't a session beer for me, but I could drink a few a week with no problem. A great representation of the style in my book.

My bottle was a 2008 vintage.

EricCioe, Sep 26, 2010
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
Photo of linnymtu
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the first barleywine ale I've ever had, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Overall I thought it was a very solid beer. Not going to knock you socks off, but pours nice, solid mouthfeel and decent taste.
A- reddish brown with an above average head.
S-The smell was more toward an average ale, with a slight fruit to it. Almost a bit like a scotch ale.
T-More fruity than I expected, but again this is the first barleywine ale I've had. Tasted a bit like a scotch ale with a fruit taste replacing the scotch kick. You can't really taste the alcohol, but as I write this and the beer is 80% gone, I definitely feel it!
M-Consistency is on the thicker side, right where I like an ale and carbonation is not overdone.

Overall I like it and recommend it if you haven't tried it.

linnymtu, Jun 14, 2013
Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.