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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine | Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
600 Ratings
Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley WineArcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in the tradition of English-style barley wines, Cereal Killer offers an explosion of full-bodied, liquid goodness. Robust malty flavors converge with caramel, toffee, molasses and dark fruit notes to produce a remarkably complex and palate-pleasing beer. Its intense malt character is complemented by a subtle citrus finish from the crystal hops. With cellar-aging, Cereal Killer's flavor evolves further, developing a sherry-like aroma and flavor similar to a cask-aged port. Winner of the Silver Medal for Barley Wine Style Ale at the 2007 GABF.

Added by mcallister on 10-26-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,263
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
600
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
97
Trade:
5
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4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent deep hue of ruby-red, almost like a hearty cranberry juice, except up top foams two fingers of butter-colored head. Aroma is teeming with sugary malt characteristics. Notes of fig, plum, caramel all project a sweet aroma over an earthy barley, and bready malt base. Lactose notes float around throughout the aroma. Flavor profile is very similar, with fig, plum, and caramel all along the initial blast of flavors. The sweet malt characteristics fade into earthy barley and malts with a lactose finish - almost like sipping the last drops of milk out of the bowl after eating a cereal from the health food store. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a slight graininess to the texture. Overall, this beer packs a wallop of malty presence, but is done in a dynamic that never feels forced. The sweet beginning with the earthy finish compliment each other well, never dragging any bitterness along the way.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy brownish-amber, with a fine light tan head. Initial impression is very strong dark fruits, with caramel and molasses playing a much-diminished role. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Alcohol is front and center - might mellow out with age. Finish is cloyingly fruity and sweet. This is a little over the top for my tastes.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Parents picked this one up for me in the States this past spring. Thanks!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, slightly looser and foamy off-white head with decent retention. Clear mahogany or ruby red in color with medium levels of carbonation for the style. Head fades to a full wisp cap. A ring remains until the end and leaves some falling dots down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of caramel malts, some toffee, hints of red fruits and berries with some spicy alcohol there as well.

TASTE: Caramel malts, spicy booze and some red fruits up front. Big finish with lots of spicy alcohol, toffee sweetness, red berries and some light, earthy bitterness lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. A bit light on the palate, goes down fine with a slight burn and finishes mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Pretty good stuff. A thicker feel would be nice but some barleywines come across as a little light on the palate. It might be a touch heavy on the caramel malts as well. Otherwise, it’s a solid beer that is worth checking out if you’re a fan of the style. Thanks again guys!

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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 600 ratings
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