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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer Barleywine | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer BarleywineArcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer Barleywine
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jplopez21 on 01-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,781
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
165
pDev:
8.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of MeLoynes
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives tea brown with garnet highlights, the head just a film though it leaves a few spots behind

Smell: Toffee and molasses, with dark fruit tones of date and raisin

Taste: Molasses-tinged toffee forward, with dark fruit tones building, bringing date, fig and raisin; additional fruit tones of grape and cherry arrive, through the middle, with the Bourbon, oak and tobacco tones bringing up the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice to see this beer make an encore appearance this year during my recent trip to Michigan

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Photo of Lucular
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cola colors, dark with brown tints, minimal carb and lacing. Strong barrel and barleywine scents, lot of vanilla and oak. Really shines in terms of taste-malty, hoppy, tangy, woody, and sweet. Well balanced, very clean, crisp, smooth, not much of a burn for a high abv barrel aged beer. I suppose my only complaint is that it doesn't feel that heavy for a barrel aged barleywine. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the lace cap. Aromas of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, red apple, and red grape; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, rum, leather, tobacco, sherry, red wine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, red apple, and red grape; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, rum, leather, tobacco, sherry, red wine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, dark fruit, cherry, apple, light chocolate/cocoa, rum, leather, tobacco, sherry, red wine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; zero warming alcohol or barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged English barleywine! All around excellent complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Definitely an improvement over the base beer, but not by a huge margin. Pretty much perfectly balanced fruity yeast and malt complexity. Awesome bourbon barrel integration; never boozy, tannic, or overly drying. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dactrius
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Klourie
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BLZR
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Leag0002
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ffshore545
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barleywines, especially in the U.S., get a bad wrap for becoming a syrupy, boozy mess of a beer with seeming the kitchen sink thrown at it, and then finishing with an aggressively bitter bite. But with Aradia brewers at the helm, there's no such threat with Cereal Killer. And with the patience to let the barleywine slumber in bourbon barrels, magic begins to happen.

The powerful ale pours with a deep crimson, showing strikingly brilliant clarity through its garnet darkness. While a dainty creme-laced froth swirls on top, the ale soon favors the appearance of cognac and port. Those fortified wine note carry over to the scent with the dense maltiness of maple, toffee and molasses wrapped around dark, dried, pitted stone fruit and a boozy tingle to the nose. Its taste is a direct reflection of the beer's dedicated to barley as those succulent sweet flavors slather onto the tongue.

Early sweetness acts to prop up the condensed fruit flavors that deliver bold clues of date, fig, raisin, plum, prune, red grape, cherry and apple- all weaving into a spicy sweet bit to remind the palate of rum and fruitcake. Yet as the palate dries, the sweetness begins to give way to fine aged sherry wine and madeira before turning leathery, powdery and earthen of fresh-hung tobacco. And alas, its those caramels, vanillans, charred oak and coconut flavors of the barrel that leave final impressions.

Although the ale is full, robust and carries a larger-than-life attitude, it is remarkably dry and spicy to finish. Its light and chalky closure highlights the barrel and its spicy tannins, simmering alcohol heat and supple acidity for a great sense of palatability despite such a complex malt arrangement. Lingering tobacco and stone fruit puts the ale on par with any of those fortified wine digestives or cordials.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matt_duthie
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stumbled across this on tap tonight at the Beer Grotto in Ann Arbor, and I was pretty excited, despite reasonably "meh" experiences with Arcadia's barrel-aged scotch ale and porter....But it did not disappoint. Darker than expected, perhaps 30% moreso than standard Cereal Killer. One finger of tan head, served in a snifter. Went straight to tasting, and it was smooth, complex, and delightful. Bourbon was there but not overly intense, and the transitions between caramel, vanilla, bourbon, marshmallow/chocolate/toffee dessert, and finally some remnants of the hops, were seamless and utterly enjoyable. 8oz was enough, but I'd be happy to have more.

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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sanderson
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ngaron
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dleiner
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer Barleywine from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 165 ratings
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