Chicken Killer Barley Wine | Santa Fe Brewing Company

Chicken Killer Barley WineChicken Killer Barley Wine
BA SCORE
3.68/5
362 Ratings
Chicken Killer Barley WineChicken Killer Barley Wine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States
santafebrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chicken Killer Barley Wine is the revolutionary beer that will someday define America's unique Barley Wine style. It is brewed with twice the ingredients of the Santa Fe Brewing Company's other beers, and only half the usual amount of liquid is extracted from these ingredients. This makes one substantial beer. At over ten percent alcohol, Chicken Killer is actually as substantial as wine, but this is not to say that it is difficult to drink. On the contrary; be careful with this one. The flavors of the beer are at first as overwhelming as the intense Santa Fe sun. But in the same way our sun gives us the unrivaled brilliant colors of Santa Fe, the potency of Chicken Killer gives us the remarkable spectrum of flavors that can be found in no other beer, in no other city. If you did not have the opportunity to try last year's vintage, come try this year's!

Added by amicar on 03-07-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,374
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
362
pDev:
13.59%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
43
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 362 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of WDJersey
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Salinesnake
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of batt6343
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of coldshowers
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Myotus
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 46°F from a 22oz bottle (indecipherable bottle date, but I did have this collared for about five months) into a snifter. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 28Jun16.
LOOK: Looks like a Barleywine.
SMELL: Strong aromas of molasses and fig intertwine with mild tree nut, leather, oak, and sweet orange marmalade. Subtle apricot and sweet peach aromas along with hints of bitter hops add an additional whisper of bittersweetness. 4.25
TASTE: The taste profile opens up sweet and strong with molasses and fig. Large waves of sweet orange marmalade immediately trail and amplify the sweetness. The sweetness is met and balanced by mild flavors of leather and oak as the orange marmalade flavors grows slightly stronger and develop a subtle and pleasing tartness. More profile balance is established as mild tree nut flavors come in mid-palate. Like in the aroma, subtle flavors of sweet peaches and apricots along with hints of bitter hops add the right amount of bittersweetness as all prior flavors persist.
FEEL: Feels like a Barleywine with a dryness that isn't too bad compared to others of its style.
NOTE: This was an outstanding American Barleywine. What took me a while to notice was the fact that I could not smell nor taste any of the alcohol. I've never had a brew that completely masked 10% ABV. Unique to this specific beer, was the tart and tangy orange marmalade flavors that bombarded my taste buds. This is another aspect that I have not experienced in this style. I see that this has been deemed as mediocre by others, but perhaps cellaring it for a few months might develop the the balancing sweet profile that I loved and experienced.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Trader Joe’s in (Uptown) Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: May 7, 2016
Consumed: May 20, 2016
Misc.: No BOD on the bottle

Didn’t really know anything about this when I picked it up on a work trip to Albuquerque, but saw it was a boozy beer and $4.99. Count me in. Not expecting much, even with me not really liking too many American Barleywines.

Poured an auburn, caramel, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-white, frothy head. Lots of streaming bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent, layered, foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled a nice whiff of hops and malts, getting toffee, caramel, brown sugar, sticky maple syrup, citrus zest (Citra hops?), floral perfume, nectarine, light molasses and toasted grain. Liking it, not smelling too boozy, especially 10 percent. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was more maltier than I would have expected, then getting that booze. Tasting sugary caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, boozy maple syrup, dates, raisins, woody malts, bitter pine and some dark fruits. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming, slightly bitter finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was a really good American Barleywine. Very surprised. Would recommend it for sure, especially for the $4.99 price point. (Overall - 4.25)

4.27 | 95 | A

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Photo of M_chav
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Weixiaobao
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Unique name, good logo. Beautiful copper mahogany color in the glass. Solid head. Pretty ridiculous that this cellarable style of brew has no born on date or even year brewed displayed.

S: Somewhat muted for a barleywine. Some booze, some smoke surprisingly.

T: All the candied, dark fruits associated with quads and barleywines. I'm not getting the overwhelming sweetness others on here have noted. Pretty nicely balanced.

F: Delightful. 10% is rush to the head

O: I picked a couple of these up at local liquor store for clearance price of $2.78 for 651 ml bottles. Incredible value on that. Tried one, one went to cellar, going back for two or three more for drinking and cellaring. Always great to find an irrational price discrepancy like this to take advantage of. Am going to assume that the bottles I'm buying are a year plus old.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DocWaters
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best attribute of this beer is the fact that the ABV is hidden, goes down smoothly. Murky dark amber body with initial high fluffy head. Malty aroma with a hint of mustiness. Taste is more sweet malt, some toffee, but abrupt finish. Not picking up the metallic notes of previous reviewers. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kips
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BillBabbitt
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of k47k
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brett606
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 362 ratings
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