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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer Barleywine - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 44
Gots: 59 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: jplopez21 on 01-14-2013

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Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tarabeth
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jrs3994243
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of midlifec
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is very dark, but crystal clear. It is reddish-brown in color with ruby red highlights. It sports about a finger of tan head that quickly dies down to a lace around the rim of the surface. The nose is quite impressive. Lots of sweet bready malt, vanilla, bourbon, a bit of fusel alcohol, and some milk chocolate.

Full bodied with a slick feel and a strong, sweet flavor that follows the nose quite well. Caramel and toffee charge at you unhindered by any hops or roasted malt. Bourbon and oak take over and the sweetness intensifies. The only thing slowing it down is the feel, which seems thin to be supporting all that flavor. On the back of the palate you get candied fruit and a port-like winey quality before a flash of alcohol heat shakes you up. Not the most drinkable beer, but good BBA barleywines never are. A good sipper on a cold January evening.

I have no idea what this beer was like fresh. I only scored one bottle and I sat on it a couple years before drinking it. I was very impressed, though the feel was a bit thin for my liking and after two years it still provided a good blast of alcohol burn on the finish. Bourbon barrel aging is perfect for an English barleywine and this one shows all the wonderful qualities you'd look for. I rate this one slightly above Insanity, yet far, far behind Sucaba and BCBW. If I ever got another bottle, I'd age it a little bit longer before drinking (3 years minimum).

Photo of InspectorBob
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Agentveba
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of PPIV
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Aged very well.

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of WesM63
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Moc513
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of firstlighthiker
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer Barleywine from Arcadia Brewing Company
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