Cereal Killer
Arcadia Brewing Company

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From:
Arcadia Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
English Barleywine
ABV:
10%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 12.6%
Reviews:
286
Ratings:
615
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 10, 2020
Added:
Oct 26, 2006
Wants:
  41
Gots:
  94
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Received from @foundersasp in BIF#12

Waxed and capped bottle ...almost too pretty to open....almost

Poured into a snifter, thin taupe layer immediately shrinks to a ring over dark cola brown liquid

Very fragrant aroma of raisins, figs and dark fruits form the pour. Bourbon aroma in the glass , licorice, leather, malts, tobacco

Taste is dark fruits, raisins, figs, light sherry taste, toffee notes as it warms

Chewy , no alcohol heat burn , 12% abv well hidden, sherry like after taste lingers, semi dry finish

Good beer
Oct 10, 2020
 
Rated: 3.25 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 03, 2019
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to @foundersasap. Rex's in the NBS BIF #9
Garnet tinged amber in hue. Sandy head, decent retention. As it settles the foam changes to a milky cap. Scattered lacing.
Smell begins with a slightly boozy warm delivery of buckwheat, caramel, toffee, dates, figs, and a subtle floral citrus note. Really has some depth here.
Flavor follows with the buckwheat, caramel and toffee sweetness. Then the deep dark fruity notes come through:fig and date. As I settle into it, I get a slight boozy sweetness akin to a port, but it's not really warm with alcohol, I know that seems oxymoronic, but...The sweetness is tamed on the backend by a nuanced partnership of drying earthiness and orange zest.
Mouthfeel is medium, slightly slick, and moderately carbonated. Slight alcohol heat.
Overall, a very solid English style barleywine.
May 06, 2019
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Reviewed by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Medium: Capped, snifter glass.
Opacity: Veiled and deep hazy, good activity.
Color: Dark brown with an orange hue.
Head: Soft creamy brown 1 finger.
Legs: Average but strong swirl reaction.
Smell: Prunes/Brown sugar/Vanilla.
Taste: Dates/Toffee/Molasses.
Feel: Dark esters/Spicy/Leafy/Woody.
Body: Medium creamy and smooth, kinda fluffy too.
Carbonation: A bit crispy at first, gets moderate.
Overall: Alcohol is incredibly well hidden, heavily treacherous. Pleasant warming brew. Excellent quality craft, a bit syrupy but the bitterness balance it out.

Visual 7/10 - Flavors 8.5/10 - Sensations 8.5/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 5/10 - Intensity 7/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8.5/10
Apr 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.66 by Samact from Vermont

Jan 07, 2019
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Rated by Scarcelli1 from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Jan 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Codewizard from Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
Look: Very clear, amber/brownish, fine but good head that lasts.

Smell: Slightly boozie reminds me a lot of wine, without the sweet or sour smell.

Taste: bready, slightly salty. A strong finish, with the carbonation lasting a while in your mouth.

Mouthfeel:A lot lighter bodied than I expected compared to the color, slight carbonation.

Overall: Not my thing, really reminds me of a light version of Dragons milk.
Aug 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.86 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.64 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jul 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by HungarianCount from California

Jul 04, 2018
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look: Bubbly crystal amber with a thick tan head.

Smell: Faint bready malt.

Taste: The same malt flavor, with a huge alcohol punch.

Mouthfeel: Thick and slightly carbonated.

Overall: While great for getting drunk, the flavors lack the strength to get past the alcohol content.
Jun 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by heysuz from Indiana

Feb 11, 2018
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
Bottled on 8/31/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing amber with ruby red hues; bubbles racing upwards; nice creamy light khaki head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are pretty mild and faint. Malts are there with some floral notes. The flavors are bitter. Finishes pretty dry. Black cherries are there along with some other dark fruits. Some caramel and toffee in the mix. Malts do their thing. Mild alcohol notes, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy and slightly creamy.

This is an interesting barleywine. It's definitely unique. I'm personally not feeling it, but it's still a pretty clean brew. It's not a bad beer, it's just not something I really enjoyed. I understand why this is something that alot of people would enjoy. It just comes down to preference.
Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.54 by juicebox from Kentucky

Jul 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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.
Mar 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by mmilyko from Nevada

Feb 24, 2017
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
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.
Feb 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by BarrelAgedG from California

Feb 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by travelguy from Ohio

Feb 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by pineapple_playa from Michigan

Jan 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by PprBurke from Virginia

Nov 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by harpus from Alabama

Nov 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.93 by deonreds from New York

Oct 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by Tracker83 from Michigan

Oct 20, 2016
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Full bodied to the point of excess at the seems of the beer. Very strong cereal taste with molasses, raisin, toffee, and oat. Smell is too strong on the cereal for me, it is pleasant but kills all nuance. Thick, grainy, and heavy
Oct 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.45 by stompilator from Texas

Sep 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Sep 01, 2016
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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!
Aug 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.6 by rderedin from Maine

Aug 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by TheStoutHound from Wisconsin

Aug 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by Muss42 from Michigan

Jun 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by oline73 from Maryland

May 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by brauseboof from South Carolina

May 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Apr 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.38 by Pittbeermur from Pennsylvania

Apr 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by chuckgietzen from Michigan

Apr 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by shareallthebeer from Colorado

Apr 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by red94tt from Michigan

Apr 04, 2016
Cereal Killer from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 615 ratings