Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine | Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley WineArcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine
BA SCORE
3.82/5
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
600
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
97
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 600 |  Reviews: 279
Photo of Rogerlb
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber tan toffee-colored, cloudy and nice head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer on the top. Nose is tart cherries and sugar, with a hoppy grass and booze in there. Figs? It's promising. A bit of sediment.

The taste is tart, almost sour of dark fruit (cherries, plums) that blends with a bitter citrus more familiar as hoppy in the middle. The booze (10%) is there and very warming, keeping the sweet wine aspect from taking over. Fruit and raisins fade into a full bodied grass and slightly resiny finish. My god, it never goes south or makes a false move. Booze not very well hidden. But who's complaining? Go slow.

This is subtle and complex, with lots more nuance than I would expect. Sipping this slowly rewards the drinker. It feels heavy and sticky at the end, yet not over-carbonated. As it warms it starts to take on the feel of brandy, which is very very pleasant . Arcadia is doing some good work and I'm keeping a hard eye out for more of their offerings after this and Hop Rocket, which I also enjoy.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed for the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice little barelywine pours murky mahogany tinged brown with a moderate head of light tan foam that settles to a thin ring, thin layer, and subtle lacing. Nose of brown sugars, tart cherries, and strong booze. Flavors exceed the nose with brown sugar glazed bing cherries touched in the middle of the taste with a strong shot of booze that last to the finish with a touch of toffee and bittering hops. Nice mouth feel, slick, coating, and lightly carbonated with a moderately dry finish. Nice.

Cheers

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Photo of riotontheroad
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pagriley
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into a snifter ~2 years old

Pours murky and very dark for a barleywine - deep mahogany, and cloudy
caramel with a hint of bitter hops
more caramel and toffee with firm bitterness and a slightly burnt toffee finish. English Barleywine my arse - very heavily hopped.
medium full for the style

Harsh aggressively hopped, and time hasn't helped this one either. Okay, but nothing I would ever buy again

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

Arcadia Brewing Company - Cereal Killer Barleywine Ale. 10% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Look: Pours an brownish amber color, and settles a rustic crimson. A half finger white head appears from an aggressive pour, but quickly subsides into nothing.

Smell: Alcohol, black cherries, figs, raisins, toffee, caramel, and cinnamon.

Feel: Full, heavy bodied, and chewy, with a good amount of carbonation; not very smooth.

Taste: Strong dark fruit presence; black cherries, figs, raisins, plum, red grapes, along with some sweet toffee, caramel, and some spices like cinnamon and ginger. Great blend and balance after warming up, but leaves a burn from alcohol and spice.

Overall: Still getting into the Barleywine style, and this seems like a great example of what to expect. Very nice balance, with a strong dark fruit, candy, and spice blend. Best to let this warm up, and sip on it slowly.

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

Bottle into a Madtree snifter. Pours a deep, reddish-brown; looks like liquid toffee. Opaque, and mahogany in color in the glass. Despite the small glass, I was able to get about 1 finger of head, cream-colored, which bubbled down very quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles hanging into the glass walls. Strong aroma, whoof. This beer is currently sitting about 2 feet away and I can smell it as if it was under my nose. Figs, raisins, dark fruit, and English toffee are the main flavors I'm picking up. Upon further investigation, I'm detcting notes of toasty malt, caramel, molasses, and vanilla. Pretty complex aroma here. Upon tasting, I'm met initially with a steady set of 'typical' barleywine ingredients. As it warms on the palate, though, this beer unfolds a little. Caramel, toasted malt, toffee, ground ginger & cinammon, dark fruit, figs, raisins, and vanilla all have a role to play. Actually quite tasty. There's enough complexity here to make this one a definite sipper. A little booze on the finish, and a little dryness on the aftertaste. The only downfall, in my opinion, is the rather thin mouthfeel. In terms of feel, this ain't no Bigfoot or BCBBW. What it is, however, is true to tradition. This is an English barleywine. And while it may not be as heavy-a-hitter as the aforementioned, it is very good for what it is. I feel this one's underrated, given the style.

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Photo of Raime
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayes86
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WestwardHo
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjpolzin
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Suds
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a classic English barleywine, slightly dry, very malty, and with enough hops for firmness. It pours with a tall and light tan head and an body of deep chestnut. The smell is intense toasted malt. The taste is boozy, rich, and flavorful. Vigorous bitterness. Full in body and exceptional.

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Photo of barczar
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Plum, fig, raisin, sherry, and cardboard dominate the aroma, with moderate caramel sweetness.

Flavor is fairly sweet and caramelly, with raisin, prune, and rum soaked cherry notes, finishing lightly bitter and a touch oxidized. Not too fond of the finish. Almost metallic.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glass_house
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This was definitely one of the more wine-like beers I've had. No detectble hop presence to speak of, but also not overly sweet. Nice balance of alcohol heat and dark fruits--plum, grape, and figs. Slick, smooth feel and remarkably easy to drink, considering the abv. Pretty straightforward barleywine. Nothing exceptional, but I did find it rather enjoyable to sip on. Will buy again.

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Photo of fredmugs
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hallertau
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gobuccos
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a snifter
$ 3.79/12 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma of malt, lasts
Head small (<two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring and some floating bubbles
Lacing – fair – narrow rings of tiny bubbles
Body deep brown, cloudy
Flavor malt and alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of cards22
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark purplish black, shot through with garnet. Smell is sweet caramel and dark fruits, juicy and dried: plums and prunes, figs, and dates. Taste follows trough on the promise of the nose, but not too sweet. Very well balanced with a slight warmth from the booze. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, somewhat thick, and pleasant. Great for sipping over an evening.

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

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deakin
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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