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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer Barleywine - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer BarleywineArcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer Barleywine

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 39
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%

dbc5, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

warnerry, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jaminjohnson, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Aged very well.

PPIV, Tuesday at 09:40 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Indytruks138, Sep 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

rhoadester69, Apr 05, 2013
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

rolandboy, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

beergorrilla, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured with virtually no head but seemed to come alive with a rush of bubbling. Once the bubbles quit rising from the bottom it collared a nice frothy foam. Very dark rubyness , the color was easily pierced by the light.

Not a ton of diversity in the nose it is strong and attractive. Large doses of coconut with a creamy bourbonesque aroma the scent is pleasing. Hidden oak and earthy tones sit at the end but the coconut yields to a vanilla espresso.

I taste chocolatey fudge with hints of vanilla, coconut and whisky sour. Hints of raisin, caramel, and buttery sweetness also caress the tongue. The feel is light, not boozy, creamy and silky which makes this a damn good barley wine.

I have read several other reviews that comment on strong alcohol qualities. Mine sat in my "cellar" aka dark closet for 4 months. This must have taken the edge off as I could not be more impressed with with the smoothness and ease.

KYGunner, May 26, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up for $8 at a local bottle shop, excited to see it. 12oz bottle poured into my New Belgium globe.

Pours like cola and settling into something darker. A fleeting head forms and settles into a thin ring.

Smell is full of oak, bourbon, caramel, and vanilla. Ok, I can tell where this beer has resided.

Taste is very similar, which is a little disappointing. Pleasant overall, but hoping for a little more complexity. Maybe the base beer is a little lacking?

Mouthfeel is smooth, but I'd enjoy a little more chewiness for 12%.

Overall a good beer, not great, and I'm not sure worth $8 for a 12oz.

CruisaC, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

fishmich, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Kunstman, Aug 12, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce wax capped bottle, 12/18/12 stamped on the bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/mahogany brown color with about a quarter inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. There's also a small amount of lacing. The aroma is rich and malty, the brew smells like bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, oak, and a bit of booze. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses and raisins. There's also a surprising amount of bitterness in this brew, although the sweet malty flavors are stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and easy enough to drink for a 12% ABV brew. Moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, hopefully I can pick up another bottle in the future. $7.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mdillon86, May 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

buzzy, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

hoppymcgee, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

enelson, Jan 15, 2013
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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.

buschbeer, Jun 26, 2014
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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.

RaulMondesi, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

1424IpA, May 09, 2013
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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer Barleywine from Arcadia Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.