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Super Chicken Barley Wine - Grand Lake Brewing Company

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Super Chicken Barley WineSuper Chicken Barley Wine

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 19
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Lake Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2004)
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Reviews by RblWthACoz:
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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like the bottle design.

Pours a dark, yet clear brown. Very thin tannish brown head. Nose is malty sweet. Flavor is too. Thick tones of it. Lots of malts here. Sweet tones like sherry. Woody edges. Alcohol tones are present and I think it's due to the beers age. Or lack of it. A bit too tangy too IMO, but it still works. Feel is quite slick on liquid. Carbonation is lower. This is a heavier barleywine that I think would improve with several years of age.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 07:52:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

05-24-2012 12:01:22 | More by ucsbmullet
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-28-2012 21:16:04 | More by Marti403
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-30-2012 05:57:57 | More by claytong
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3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a brownish tea color with a small creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is nutty caramel malts and some cola and fruity hops with a little chocolate and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet nutty chocolate malts, molasses and a touch of fruits followed by a good sized bitterness in the finish that has some alcohol but doesn't feel like 11%. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with low but smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice barley wine. It has a lot going on and has some nice aspects. It just doesn't stand out for me and it doesn't all seem to mesh well together.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 04:04:33 | More by Beaver13
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown color, with reddish highlights and maybe a quarter inch of light brown foam. Reminiscent of an English Barleywine on both the nose and the palate, with toffee, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, cherries and of course, considering its ABV, alcohol. Glad I got a chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 00:49:50 | More by emmasdad
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3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cola color with little to no head.

THe smell is of very boozey fruits, cherries, raisins, dates, english toffee, caramel, vanilla and judging by the nose, this will be a malt forward Amer. BW.

THe taste follows the nose, not very complex, but decent flavor.

THe feel is way too thin considering the style. Undercarbonated and slippery.

Overall this was a decent brew but is by no means a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:26:38 | More by bonsreeb85
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2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Nightbrew for yet another barleywine associated with poultry. Well done sir.

Looks nice, kind of an orangey-red color.

This beer packs a punch of alcohol all the way through with fruity hops, brown sugar sweetness that is unescapable, and is somewhat vegetal. It's mouthfeel is too watery for me and the heat is unwanted because of that. On it's behalf, it did mellow out some as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:29:50 | More by brownbeer
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as an extra and decided to cap off my night with it. Served chilled and consumed on 11/16/2009.

The pour was typical or the syle, dzrk brown with a light tan head that faded quickly leaving behinf only a touch of lacing. Aroma of caramel and touches of buttery malts at first, Warming brings out toffee, butterscotch and vanilla aroams, just what I was hoping for. Nice to have a barleywine without the hops. Smooth even flavor here now, loaded with caramel and toffee flavors with smooth, even touches of vanilla mixed in throughout. Light hop touches come through in the finish with a light drying note and a touch of sweetness on the tongue as it finishes out nicely.

Overall a very solid barleywine here, nothing really spectacular but this is a very solid example of the style I would have no issue at all with having again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 03:52:43 | More by mikesgroove
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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to jdubFL for bringing this puppy (chicken) to the tasting. Pours clear amber with thin tan head. The aroma has lots of prunes, raisins, musty oxidized overripe plums, overripe dates and a ribbon of black strap molasses. The taste has an initial boozy chemical note that quickly turns into dates, prunes, plums and raisins. It's a tad rough around the edges but this will age very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 04:20:37 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at Lukas Liquors in South Denver... poured into my Delirium goblet... Not much of "pfffsst" when cracked.

Fairly aggressive pour only produced 1/2" of bubbly head.. a little lace atop a polished cherry wood brew.

Rich malts dominate the nose... caramel and toffee play well with abundant toast... citrus hops are there, but are not dominant.

No carbonation at all... It isn't a capping issue.. the cap was perfect.... this is just a "still" beer. I'm not going to let that poison my notes though... it is a pretty nice tasting brew.. Good bitterness flows into a great malt backbone.. caramel and melanoidins .. raisins and some rummy fruitcake.. hops are citric yet pretty much present as a balance..

Body is medium/full.. but it's magnified a bit by the lack of carbonation.. I would appreciate a bit more ... some .. any.. carbonation.. It would add to the overall experience..

I'm glad I bought another bottle.. but it won't be opened until the next Boise BW tasting or perhaps the year after... Even though, I have my above reservations.. this was damn tasty.


Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 07:37:46 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bitterbill for including this as an extra in a recent trade.

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Pours a dark reddish amber, the color of red oak furniture, although some very slight head forms, it does not stay nor does it ever fully set up, quickly ends up a slight foam ring around the edge of the glass a light tracery of bubbles towards the middle of the surface. It actually looks like an aged Thomas Hardy or JW Lees Harvest.

S = While its appearance is similar to a couple of the standouts for English barleywines, the smell is all American style. Strong hops scents of pine needles mixed with light maple syrup and toasted, buttered English muffins, still the sweetness and heaviness of the malts is not enough to cast a shadow on the hops which also through off slight floral and earthy notes.

T = This is very well rounded beer. There is a strong bitterness from the hops and some definite flavors of pine and citrus rind, but the strong malt backbone brings a large measure of balance. There are tastes of buttered biscuits with marmalade, maple syrup, light hints of tar. Although I'd bet the IBUs on this bad boy are pretty high, it is a well integrated sweet-tart kind of experience not an in your face bitterness.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, perfect carbonation level with a creamy, luscious quality that hides any alcohol sting. I do wish it had been a little bit heavier/thicker, but not bad at all.

D = A great choice to come back to. One of the better ABW's out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 18:02:32 | More by Traquairlover
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing reddish orange, like a jack-o-latern ablaze on Halloween night. What an incredible hue. The khaki colored crown is on the small side, but remains at the creamy disk stage for quite awhile. Feathery lace clings to the upper portion of the snifter, cementing a good appearance score.

The aroma is more than solid as well. It's hard to tell whether SCBW will be malt-dominant or hop-dominant. Not that it matters since I'm a fan of both takes on the style, as long as they're well-crafted. Each sniff delivers loads of caramel malt and an appealing fruitiness that is reminiscent of sugared orange peel.

Mmmm... tastes like chicken. Actually, Super Chicken Barley Wine tastes like a pretty damn good American barleywine. This is only my third Grand Lake beer to date, but it's easily the best one so far. There's wonderful malt and hop flavor... and surprisingly little noticeable alcohol. Esophageal (and then belly) warming is a good thing.

The beer doesn't taste dark, exactly, but I'm guessing that a small percantage of dark crystal malt was used. Maybe even a little roasted. In any case, it gives this Chicken a flavor that is somewhere between pale (white meat) and cocoa-like (dark meat). Let's go with English toffee, an earthy nuttiness, sticky dates, and candied cherries and oranges. Christmas fruitcake in a glass.

I have no idea what year this brew was hatched. It tastes perfectly aged, though. There are no rough edges to be found, yet there's still quite a bit of vibrancy in terms of both hop flavor and bitterness. I could definitely go for a few more bottles.

The mouthfeel holds up its end of the bargain with no trouble at all. It's medium for the style, perhaps a bit bigger, and is smooth around the edges. Although it's a little more lively than I find ideal, the carbonation is pretty clost to spot-on.

Super Chicken BW is well-brewed beer that I have no trouble recommending to one and all. It has no real negatives and more than a few positives. Kudos to the folks at Grand Lake Brewing Company for this delicious, incredibly drinkable American barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 15:03:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle tried 5 Mar 2009.

Poured in a Sierra Nevada pint. Almost no head to speak of even with a vigorous pour. Lightly carbonated. Cloudy rich brown color. Aroma is syrupy sweet, full of dark dried fruits and molasses. Starts with raisins and figs, seems somewhat oxidized. Carbonation seems to dissipate quickly. Some cherry flavor. Finish is molasses and licorice with a slow ethanol burn.

Somewhat muddled and a little too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 05:00:03 | More by htomsirveaux
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark burgundy, minimal head - 4.00, Intense aromas, dark fruits, smells of dates and prunes, some hops on the tail - 4.50, T: Rum soaked raisins, heavy on the alcohol, nice solid hop bite, very sweet - some toastiness and caramel - 4.25, M: Relatively thick and creamy - 4.00, D: Barley wines aren't generally my style, but this one is quite a palate pleaser, I enjoy the hop bite - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:45:51 | More by deereless
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/mahogany with a silky tan head. The nose has raw barley, herbs and hops. The taste is a nice balance of rich malts, fruit, candy and subtle hops. Medium body is well carbonated. A good brew from Grand Lake. Will definately try their other offerings in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 05:13:10 | More by rye726
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2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz silkscreened bottle $4.29. Dark, ruby red with a sticky yet minimal off-white head. It smells like hops and cherries soaked in alcohol, maybe a little too much alcohol. Body is kind of thin and the flavor is sparse but does taste like dark fruit. Alcohol is immediately warming and noticeable. I'm a little let down by this beer to be honest. Its not bad, just a very average barleywine and I had trouble finishing the glass, ended up pouring out the last four ounces because it was a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 02:43:52 | More by ArrogantB
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with no apparent carbonation and no lacing. Not too surprising considering the style.
Smells of sweet fruit with lots of hops. Some caramel, dark fruit and citrus hops.
Tastes mostly of dark malts with lots of hops lingering in the aftertaste. Slight cardboard taste with a lingering bitter hop aftertaste.
Smooth mouthfeel but a little thin and somewhat creamy.
Really not that pleasant. Somehow all the pieces don't add up to a great barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 23:37:51 | More by kirok1999
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3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a garnet-hued body with a bubbly, white head.

Smell: Toasted, caramel malts with a faint pithy hop character and sturdy pour of booze.

Taste: Sweet toasted maltiness with a minor hint of caramel. The warming alcohol hits pretty early. Not really much in the way of hop flavor, but it does deliver a bitter hop bite. Drying, throat-burning finish.

Mouthfeel: Barely reaches medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It gets the job done as a barleywine, sure, but it lacks the finesse and resounding complexities of it's barleywine bretheren.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 23:21:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

12 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter:

Pours mahogany with a thin head that immediately disappears to leave a vanishing swirl. Some dots of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of resin, citrus, berry-like and dark (raisin/plum) fruitiness with caramel/toffee.

The taste is of resin, berry and dark fruitiness. Caramel and toffee maltiness give it a sweet touch. Some chalky astringency detracts just a tad from this complex and well-balanced taste. Boozy, but not too sharp. sweetness turns to a bitter, dry finish. Nice hop touch.

It hits full-bodied. Syrupy, in character for style, but not too thickish. Mild carbonation. Whisky-like notes linger far beyond the finish.

A nice one to sip on. I love the aroma and there are nice complexities and a good balance to it.

Thanks again, Bill, for including this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 01:33:15 | More by jwc215
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Super Chicken Barley Wine from Grand Lake Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.