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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer Barleywine - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 41
Gots: 59 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 01-14-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Aged very well.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber body. No head. Lifeless.

Smell - Bourbon. Sharp oak. Light fruitiness. Lots of caramel.

Taste - Very oaky. Dark fruits. Bourbon. Even more oak. Caramel without being sweet. Dry and bitter woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Kinda boozy, but not bad. Medium heavy.

Overall - Really impressive. Kinda simple, but there's no excess sugar and it isn't too boozy.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of buschbeer
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass
10% abv

A - This beer pours tea colored with some amber highlights. It is capped with two inches of tan head the streaks lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - It is sweet. I get aromas of caramel and vanilla. There is bourbon in there as well.

T - The taste mirrors the smell. It is sweet with caramel and vanilla. The bourbon isn't as noticeable as in the smell. I do taste some oak. The taste improves and increases as it warms. The bourbon starts to become apparent in the aftertaste.

M - Full and smooth. Low carbonation.

O - This barley wine absorbs a lot of bourbon characteristics. It is sweet but not overtly so. It is an enjoyable tasting experience.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade. Looks like it says 2012 on the bottle, poured 4/1/14. Pours murky brown with a bit of purple and red, and a small creamy yellowish brown head. Smells like vanilla, caramel, marshmallow, toffee, fig, bourbon. Beautiful. Flavor is gifs and bourbon, a blast of vanilla on the finish, slight oxidization but not bad. Mouthfeel starts rich and thick, but with very low carbonation that seems to make this feel a little thin. Some more carb would help the mouthfeel. Very nice beer that I would like to try fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, a fair bit of fruitiness, dates, figs. Overall very pleasing aroma.
Tastes more of the same. This stands out as one my all time favorite barleywine experiences. Very malt forward, with no real hop presence, which is expected of the style. The booze is covered up very nicely. Cereal Killer is my go to barleywine and the bourbon takes it to the next level. Can't for them to brew some more. Highly recommend.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared by my boy J47Paco - can't thank you enough, playa!

First and foremost, massive aromas pour out of this sucker like I am sprinkling raisins on my corn flakes in the AM - Raul means, boom. Classic Barley Wine notes all around like Johannes Brahms conducting his Requiem. Now, this isn't as great as said Austrian genius, but it's not Miley Cyrus either. Decent flavors/textures; a bit sweet and a tad thin, but overall, do it to it.

Sip on this and then hit the gym, my children. Y'all getting fat.

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3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the urbane, witty, dorkaceous lurpy1 for muling this back from Michigan, his second home, for me. 12 oz. bottle, red wax. minimalist gold & black label.

Pour is a deep mahogany red with nary a bubble or carb to be seen. Nose bring some toffee, caramel, booziness, but nothing in spades, just a giggle here or there of each. Huh.

Cereal Killer - Bourbon Barrel Aged brings the high, hard heat. Boozy bourbon & alcohol spark the palate, followed with the heavy hand of caramel & toffee noted in the nose. Sticky & dry, which seems odd. A bit flat; splitting the small bottle with my wife seems like a good decision.

Nothing really notable going on here, a rather routinely pretty good barrel-aged barleywine, if such a beast exists this side of the river Styx.

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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer Barleywine from Arcadia Brewing Company
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