Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine | Arcadia Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
599
Reviews:
279
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
97
For Trade:
6
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of filmguy
4.84/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Read the other reviews for a taste profile. On tap this was a perfect beer for me. Went out while vacationing in Detroit (!) and bought a 6 pack to bring back the goodness to Florida. Not nearly as good from the bottle. Much more hops. Quite bitter (which is fine for hop heads) but for me it was a bit less balanced than when it was on tap. Still good, but a notch down from great.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was blown away by this one. Pours a nice hazy red/orange color. not much head aside from a thin layer that quickly dissipated. Flavors come off as having notes of dark fruits and apple with spices blended in subtly. It reminds me of an apple cider more than anything. Hops provide a light bitterness that works with the malts beautifully. I realize that taste is subjective but this is the best barley wine I have ever had. Very impressed and I'll be buying this again.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Gfhislop
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First barleywine I had ever tried, 2009 vintage

A- pours thick, deep rich brown color and a thin yellow/tan head

S- lots of booze and sweetness, underlying raisin like notes

T- the raisin flavor takes center stage here, accompanied by a sugary sweetness and other dark fruit essences. Finishes with a hit of biscuit flavor, very little hop presence left. Very rich in flavor and depth.

M- coats the mouth, quite thick compared to other styles, finishes a tad dry and boozy.

O- I've been exploring this style more, but always come back to this. Compared to other barleywines, this one goes on forever in depth. A lot to enjoy in a small bottle, may need to grab a 750ml next time

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4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one really impressed me. It opens with a thick and frothy head sitting daintily above a glass of dark cloudy copper. Within it one watches a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. There was a minimum of lacing. Surprising.

In addition to a tangy banana ester, the body is extremely biscuity with a heavy, but sweet, malt bite; this makes for an incredible body.Upon the befuddled palate tempts a cloying cloviness (how's that for alliteration) that precedes a smooth mouthfeel.

This is one Michigan barleywine to please anyones' palate. Nice one, but one is about all anyone can handle.

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4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle of this brew, poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear rich mahogany color with 1 inch of creamy beige head foaming up and receding slowly to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is all malt with brown sugar and molasses mixing with a bit of dark fruit and hints of cocoa powder. Dominated by brown sugar sweetness though.
First sip reveals an average body with slight syrupy texture and very fine gentle carbonation. Flavor is as expected from nose. All sweet malt with brown sugar, molasses, red grape and raisins mixing nicely. No hint of booze or hops to be found. I like this malt lovers brew and find it extremely drinkable for the 10%. Quite a nice brew.

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Photo of cards22
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oelergud
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown glass bottle 1 pint 6oz. Blue label showing a stabbing spoon scene. Label claims 9% ABV.
Opague brownish body letting light through at the edges. Creamy tan buttes head with an airy center. Amazing retention and creamy lace.
Sweet delicious thick scent. Probably just an influence from the label, but the smell brings forth images of maple cinnamon oatmeal. Abit of the alcohol comes through amid the faint hops which grow much stronger with a little warmth.
Very sweet molasses, maple syrup flavor with cinnamon and other spices. Nuts, Spicy hops, sugar cookie and bittersweet chocolate. The aftertaste is of moderate lenght of bittersweet chocolate hops.
Creamy full body, some coating and alot of residual sugars. Dry almost puckering finish.
Highly drinkable. Delicious and warming.

-Oelergud

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4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark amber color with a tall head that falls quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty with not much hoppiness. Also some caramel, some toffee. Nice. The flavor is very malty with quite a bit of bitterness, but not much hop flavor. This beer is right up my alley. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors make this very enjoyable. The alcohol is very well hidden by the malt sweetness and it drinks very well. The body is moderate. This has to be one of the better barleywines I've had in a long time.

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4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer from a PSYCOHOPS and I am glad to try this beer. This is the first English Barleywine that I will try. The bottle is an 07 date so it has some age on it. Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees. T

Appearance: A one finger tan head that is creamy with an okay retention. The color of the beer is a mahogany color with reddish copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with garnet highlights. There are some effervescence bubbles in the beer.

Nose: A very rich malty aroma that is yeasty, toasted, and hints of caramel. There is aromas of honey, toffee, floral esters, orange, grapefruit, and wood. The alcohol is bright with some phenols.

Taste: A deep toasted, bread, yeast, caramel, toffee, honey, floral esters, orange, grapefruit, light pine and some phenols.

Overall: The mouth feel is warming, smooth, and chewy. The body of the beer is thick and the finish is medium. This beer is awesome. The age on it gave away to fantastic tasting barleywine. The flavor profiles are complex but simple. The alcohol is warming and not harsh this beer is wonderful.

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4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, with heavy lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavor is malty upfront, fruity and tart in the middle, and closes with a shot of hops and lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is very smooth and easy over the tongue, and drinkability is excellent for the style. Worth searching out, for sure.

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4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Color is a medium to dark brown and is cloudy or turbid looking. The head was slight after the pour and faded away to nothing shortly thereafter. Only a small amount of lacing.

S - The smell is delicious. Malt, biscuits, dark fruit like plums and raisins, and alcohol. Hops might be there just on the edge of detectability. This is clearly more of a British barley wine than American.

T - The taste is clean delicious. Plenty of malt, raisins and rum. No hops or roasted notes. This is all about the malt and the interesting flavors you get when you pile ridiculous amounts of it into a beer.

M - The body is thick, oily, and sticky, all of which fits with the massive malt flavor. The alcohol burn lightens things just a bit, but carbonation is not detectable.

D - This is a fine example of an English style barley wine. With its strength and richness you only want one, but that one is very nice.

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4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as expected- thick beer with very little head, which quickly disappears. Lacing is thick; the beer has long legs and the micro-bubbles match the cloudy deep ruby/amber of the liquid.

There isn't much pungency, it almost smells like the malts rather than fruity, etc.

A taste opens up the complexity that isn't immediately sniffable- so much plum, dark cherry, and a beautiful warmth that grows at a perfect medium/slow rate, with an aftertaste of light berry, red licorice. The intensity of flavor and booze is tempered by a red licorice-like candy note that persists from sip to swallow.

The mouthfeel nests the taste impeccably, a misleading initial wateriness that quickly fizzes out, malty and smooth. The beer goes down the gullet lighter than it hits the lips. Try swishing it for half of one second- the barleywine turns into complete light foam, lining the mouth and hitting you with perceptible amounts of the many fruits and spices hidden deep in this beer.

Hadn't had a barleywine since a Bell's Old Third Coast like, a year ago! What the hell was I thinking... time to dive back in.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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