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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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88
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 20
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2004

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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a deep ruby red color with one finger of head. There is just a touch of lacing. The smell is sweet and malty, with lots of dark fruit, hops, and even a slight nuttiness. The taste is also sweet, and has a good caramel malt character. Some toffee and nutty flavors lead into the deep hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong, and the drinkability is good for a barleywine. This beer was perfectly paired with royal stilton, exceptional.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
2.96/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No longer retired!

Pours chestnut with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready & cakey with with hints of brown sugar!

T: Big time cakeyness, piney hops, with a hint of brown sugar & booze up front. Catch hints of semi-sweet chocolate & orange (kind of like a terry's orange slice candy) with grapefruitty & piney hops filling in the cracks in a big way! Finishes dry with a hint of booze, dates, & loads of piney & citrussy hop. plus some pralines

MF: Chewy with low carbonation

Drinks very easy for the abv (11.00), a barley wine worth seeking out in the American vein

Photo of charlesw
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm. Pretty darned good, then, you think? Got this one in the powerbeer BIF... And, really, I'm, again, amazed at how generous people are being. Ha. And then I tasted it. Wow. Dang. Wow. OK, so, it's not intense like the Lee's Harvest and it's not bitter or citrusy like the Bigfoot. Hmm. And, you know, they must have monkeyed with the recifpe a little - I don't really get the alcohol that other reviewers speak of... Nicely balanced and not overly sweet. It really is something that I could just sit and drink... A winter-time, white out at 20 below type session ale, if you follow me...

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

3.5/4/4/4/4

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of gbontrag
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly chestnut. Quick suds fade to a sticky collar. Dried fruits waft, chocolate malt, scorched sugar.
Dark chocolate-covered prunes filled with walnuts. Pine needles, lime shavings, creamy chestnut puree, sweet liquer bite. Cocoa. Astringent aftertaste. It's not huge, but it's oily and viscuos, and totally drinkable.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep brownish orange with a nice off white head.
S - rich sweet caramel / toffee malts, citric hops, candied fruits
T - similar to the aroma but with a solid bitter aspect.
M - full bodied, mildly carbonated, sweet but not cloying nice lingering hop notes
D - A nice brew, strong but not overpowering.

Photo of jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am reviewing a 22oz bottle at room temp poured into a snifter. I believe I got this one from Mentor, but may be wrong. Thanks!

THe brew pours a deep ruby color with a thin beige colored wispy head foaming up and receding to a surface layer with one frothy island.

Aroma is mostly rich toffee and molassess with some piney hops in the background that may have been stronger when the beer was fresh.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture with a fairly thick almost syrupy body. The carbonation is very mild and soft with little addition to the mouthfeel.
Flavor starts of fairly sweet with molasses and brown sugar and also some dark fruit. This sweetness moves to a peppery alcohol finish that leaves a slightly astringent flavor in my mouth and warms as it slides down to my belly. I guess 11% will poke its head out of most beers. Overall this is an enjoyable beer and I like the more robust alcohol but it is a sipper for sure. DOnt have this one at last call!

Photo of emmasdad
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice golden amber color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is big on malts, some cheeries, plums, raisins, with some caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice dark fruits, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice barleywine, thanks Bill.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.07/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of iasanlee
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark carmel color with no head at all, even after a fast pour.

Smells of sweet malty syrup and sugar plums. Some serious citrusy hops. Boozy. First taste is sweet and malty and if followed up by bitter hop flavor. hints of grapefruit and dark fruits. Full in body with smooth carbonation.

Pretty easy to drink, I mean way easy. One of the most drinkable barley wines I have experienced. Great work. Would love to try another with a bit more age.

Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

Photo of clvand0
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brewclub member brought this beer back from Colorado for us to try. Pours a dark amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very nice - sweet, strong malts with a hint of fruit. The flavor is much the same - lots of sweet and strong malts with a slight hop presence. Extremely well balanced. This is one of the best barley wines I've had, and that's saying a lot. Drinkability is wonderful for 11%. Had it with some stilton cheese - excellent pairing.

Photo of rye726
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super Chicken, that is just fun to say. Pours a crystal clear darker amber color with a decent pour leaving a long lasting frothy white head. Good retention leaving a ring around the glass and ok lacing.

The nose is rich with malt and a light phenolic backing. I know its young but does have some aged qualities. To start the malt has a nice complexity with a light hint of caramel. Dark fruit notes, plums, raisins and figs mostly. Some lighter cherry and a hint of woody/earthiness to it. Some solvent alcohol characteristics but not overwhelming.

The taste is a bit lighter than the nose. Still a nice malt backing with less caramel characteristic then expected. The hops come out more with a more grapefruit than citrus taste. Not much in bittering but good representation in the finish. The phenols back off with more of a smoother characteristic (which to me feels more like an aged BW). Although still noticeable with raisins, figs and a hint of woody notes again.

The body is noticeably big but still smooth with some alcohol bite but not overall crazy. Not really chewy just smooth. Overall this is a pretty good barleywine. Love to see how this continues to age.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bomber. The beer poured a rubied brown color with no real head. The nose was full of raisin, alcohol and a slight hop bitter. It smelled really nice and had a very full aroma. The flavor was awesome, with a nice piney hop up front and in my face that moved to a sweet raisiney malt. Very thick, full flavors. The feel was thick and coating. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Much better than the cheese we paired it with.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle at the brewery into a pint glass.

Had a small head and minimal lacing around the glass.

Aroma was a balance of malt and hops, as well as toffee and molasses.

Taste was very well balanced. Some brown sugar, sweet malts and dark fruits. Very tasty brew.

Drinkability is high, but is offset by the high alcohol content. Goes down very smooth. Highly recommended barley wine.

Listed as retired, but the bartender said she had plenty of bottles and said they'd have a keg on tap after the brewers returned from the Colorado State Fair.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear amber gold with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to just some spotting in the middle and a ring around the glass. There's some lacing here.

The smell is very fruity with plum dominating my nosebud. I also get some sweet malt and some candy sugar.

The taste is....well..very nice. Dark fruit, mainly plum, minty(I didn't believe it would be but, yes), a touch of sour, some hoppy bitterness, maybe a bit of cinnamon. This is a pretty complex son of a gun and I didn't expect it to be so as I *just* finished trying their Nutbrown Ale and it didn't do much for me at all.

More sips in and I'm starting to dig the flavours big time. Lots of sweet malt that are now very well balanced with piney hops that I didn't notice much in the intial taste. Wow. This is seriously a very good tasting BWSA. The abv is 11% and it does very little to show itself in the taste or during and after the swallow. I think Grand Lake hit a real homerun here! Nice medium full to full mouthfeel, low carbonation, and a very nice piney finish. I'm glad I have another 4 bottles as I'm interested as to what some aging will do but....imho, this one is ready to drink as is. My hat's off to Grand Lake!!

Bottom line: I'm so glad I picked up the bottles of this that I did as I find it a most interesting and unusual example of the style that never loses my interest during the entire session. Highly recommended!

Photo of mentor
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in 2005 and aged in my cool dark cellar for about 6 months. Finally taking the time to drink this amercian b-wine from a small local producer. Pours a half finger of fine brown head over a crystal clear red brown liquid. Gorgeous, actually. Smells pine and peppermint. Flat plum (muted, like you'd expect canned plums to be). Dusty chocolate and some caramel. Gentle (and clean) alcohol wafts the pine in a medicinal way.

Tastes. Whoa, that's good. Starts with a goodly hop, but a wonderful and smooth malt sweet steps in. Deep and brooding countered by some light playing alcohol. Hop flavor is mostly pine with some oranges. Bitterness is quite low for the style. Malt is chocolate and caramel. Wet and creamy. A touch of cherry. Fruity esters are both dark (plums and figs) and light (canned pear juice). They rise mostly in the ending and fight with a minty alcohol sting. The alcohol wins, IMO, as the 11% ABV provides a drying clean vodka aftertaste. Thick body and mouthfeel is lushious. Modest carbonation. I'm kind of a wimp in regards to alcohol presence in beers, but I had no problem finishing the entire bomber. Combined with the darker characteristics, the alcohol came across as a bit bourbon-like.

I came into this one a bit hesitant but walked away pleasantly surprised. This beer is exactly the reason I like to trade for beers from small breweries with limited or no distribution. I recommend you give this one a shot if you ever have the opportunity.

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Super Chicken Barley Wine from Grand Lake Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.