Chicken Killer Barley Wine | Santa Fe Brewing Company

Chicken Killer Barley WineChicken Killer Barley Wine
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Chicken Killer Barley WineChicken Killer Barley Wine

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

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

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Ratings: 362 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of Sludgeman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of cvm4
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky & cloudy amber with a light tan head.

S - Sweet & candied malts with a light smattering of figs and prunes. There is some alcohol present.

T - Starts off very sweet/candied that develops into toffee & caramel. The end finishes with dark fruits & a light amount of bitterness.

M - Lighter bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O - I'm liking this beer but just wish that the sweetness was dialed back a bit.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a hazy, reddish gold with a finger of off white head. Caramelized sugar and hops in the aroma. Medium to full bodied. More caramelized sugar, fair amount of hop bitterness to balance sweetness. Easy drinking for 10% ABV.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DRyan
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark ruddy brown with an off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing
S: Smells of malt and alcohol
T: The alcohol is present up front, this is a more bitter version than most barleywines, very malty but not too sweet, with a strong hoppy finish
M: thin and crisp, feels more like a pilsner than a barleywine
D: not as drinkable as some other barleywines, much less “refined”

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Photo of angelmonster
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is at least 2 years old.

Pours a translucent amber with ruby highlights. Head is 1 inch and khaki colored. Head retention and lacing are pretty good.

Smell is of sweet Belgian candied sugar and dried figs/plums. Apricot jam is also detected, no hops and little alcohol is detected. This beer is all about malty sweetness.

Taste is of sweet toffee, bready malts, and dried fruits. Has similar flavors to a fruit cake and would probably pair nicely with one. Aftertaste is of some bitter hops and very light alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but has nice amount of carbonation. Head didnt contribute much to texture, this barleywine is one of the lighter ones I've had.

Overall this beer aged nicely, very smooth, sweet barleywine. Price was also good, cheap quality beer. Nothing in the top 10 for its style but solid enough that I would order one again.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color of the body has a strong reddish hue with an off white ring around the rosie. Well played Chad.
The aroma is sugary, kinda like those Farley's Fruit Slices candy i used to eat at my grandma's house. Anything that reminds me of Easter at grandma's house twenty years ago HAS to be a spot on description. This is like those candy, but you are only eating orange ones.
The flavors lay in the middle region that could be claimed by either barleywine style and no one would grab their pitchforks. There is enough cascade going on to say "Merica!", but there is enough unfermented sugars and sweet backbone that it is not very bitter and you could mention the English. It has a notable brown sugar texture with a subtle rye like spce, and grated citrus rind lending the matching mild bitterness. There is a notion of alcohol, but nothing to put in bold typeface and warn yo mama about.

Another barleywine slayed.

I <3 barleywines.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Chicken Killer Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 53.6% out of 100 with 362 ratings
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