Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine | Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley WineArcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine
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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley WineArcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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.

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Ratings: 600 |  Reviews: 279
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Nice to see some heavy-hitters on the Bliss docket this week. This one pours a kinda murky amber-brown topped by a half-finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, acetone, buttery toffee, light biscuit, and light vanilla. I'm sure there could have been more, but the acetone singed my nostrils a bit... The taste holds notes of buttery biscuits, deep caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, nutmeg, booze, dark fruit, and light honey. Yeah, the booze is still pretty strong here, but not as o'erwhelming a force as the one that met my nose. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, this b-wine is something of a challenge to really get into, but it's not all that unenjoyable, surprisingly. I can't really explain it, but I felt generally good about this beer after drinking it despite my general distaste for some of its constituent parts. Odd...

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Cloudy dark amber/brown. 1 finger tan head, lacing resides quickly.

S- Sweet malts, dark fruits (cherry), vanilla, cinnamon.

T- Sweet amber malts, tart cherries, vanilla, some hop bitterness at finish.

M- Full body, slightly dry, with medium carbonation.

O- Thought this was a pretty good barleywine, at least better than it's rated.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to find this pre-aged barleywine. This saves me a year or so. It was quite expensive. So, was it worth it? Yes, this is a much better experience than the usual for the style. It is very well behaved, like many of these can be if you age them a bit.

It seems better balanced than most, and a bit easier to drink. It is boozy tasting. I would buy this again if I were looking for a full fledged barleywine that is ready to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark amber color, the head was tan and was a little fizzy. The lacing and retention were minimal. The smell of the beer gives off a boozy sweetness along with some fermented dark fruits in the mix. The taste of the beer was pretty good, a little sweet upfront and then it fades into a dry hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was a little thick which wasn't too bad. Overall I found this to be a pretty good brew.

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Photo of Chaney
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one from a cool beer store in Kentucky. The sun shines bright in my bluegrass state!

A: Dark brown, amber, with a nice 1/4 finger head that settled after a while into a mere froth on top of the brew.

S: Very strong candy sugar and hop profile. This reminded me of Bigfoot due to the fact that I got licorice with a brown ale profile overall.

T: This was a brown ale Barlywine and then some. Very sugary, the hop profile was in the brown sugar area, and somewhat bitter overall.

M: Definitely sugary and bitter, but not totally bad in the slightest. Lots of sugar overall, slightly carbonated, and no lacing whatsoever.

O: I wouldn't pour this in my cereal...

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
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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4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours an orange/brown color. It has a skim of tan head.

S - The aroma is dark fruit including dates and fig along with molasses and brown sugar. I get hints of alcohol.

T - It is definitely sweet. This is a malt bomb. The molasses and fruit come through. It finishes with some a taste of alcohol.

M - Borderline syrupy

O - This is a barleywine to be enjoyed by those who do not like the hoppy American style. Lots of malt with almost zero hop taste.

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3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage into a snifter trying to go to bed. I've been ducking this beer for years.

Cereal Killer pours out a dark shade of red with hazy faded orange with some browns poking in as well. A nice pour yeilded about 3/4th's a inch of kinda firm toffee colored foam with no stickage.

Smell is of malted barley, a whole lot of it, some fusel alcohol and some ripe dark fruits. a small bouquet of earth hops with caramel and toffee with some warming. The English yeast gives off a funky bread scent. Smells sweet.

Up front Im greeted with a big bite of fruit that's backed by caramel, barley and the like. The fruit reminds me of a BSDA but coated with huge barley, malt, toffee, berries and alcohol. The ALC is not so big, but it was probably huge fresh, glad I waited on this for a bit.

Feel is a big medium, maybe two steps up. Malty and it is kinda coating on the tounge for a few. Swishing brings out the alcohol more, yet it never seems to cloy. Carbed up to where it should be.

At about over a year since bottled, this has been tamed but the flavors don't jive well for me. Not insanely hot, the English ingredients namely the yeast is what gets in the way. Also, why is this stuff so damn expensive?

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky dark apple cider color with a ring of sand colored foam. No lacing but decent retention (for the style).

S: Sweet dark fruit (plum, grape, raisin), caramel and bready malt, and like a red wine/grape juice thing.

T: Bready rye-ish malt and some caramel. Slightly off flavor and bitter finish which doesn't mesh well. Off dry, not as sweet as I was expecting from the smell. Somewhat lacking in complexity, and doesn't quite live up to the aroma.

M: Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Slightly sticky. Carbonation is pretty smooth and gives a nice little liveliness. Alcohol is not at all noticeable, not even warming.

O: Overall, pretty good English-style barleywine. Easy to drink but not much complexity.

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Photo of BBP
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped open what I thought was a recent bottle of this, only to find that it's the 2007 vintage. That puts it at around exactly 4 years of age as I drink it. The ABV comes in a 9.4% on this version.

A- Pours an orange chestnut with decent head and lacing.

S- A bit of rum and raisins. Some spicy hop character as well.

T- Fairly mild even for an English Barleywine. Hops exist, but they're minimal and only have a small portion of malt to give balance to. The beginning is fruitier with a more bitter finish.

M- Fairly full in the mouth. Slightly dry finish. Carbonation is still solid after 4 years and does a good job contributing to the mouthfeel.

O- A decent barleywine. I don't know whether this got better from the years, but I'd speculate that it's best fresh. It seemed very tame for a barleywine. On the other hand, the alcohol was far from sight, and it's drinkability was very solid. It drinks quite smooth, but I can't say that's something I personally look for.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

A- 1 finger head thats slightly off white wile the body is very dark and is a deep mahogany red. The head left some small patches of foam and a smaller amount of lacing around the glass. Very dark for a barleywine.

S- gigantic sweet malt catches me upfront along with some strong dark fruits. some caramel and slight vanilla are hanging in the back as well.

T- Big time sweetness follows through out from the front to the end. Fig and dark fruits come through toward the middle along with a small roast and leather . caramelly and smooth to the finish. The finish is has almost a prune taste that lingers for a while.

M- Nice thick and extremely smooth mouthfeel, feels silky and like a fudge brownie. excellent mouthfeel.

O- decent barleywine but nothing really stood out to me.

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Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70.2% out of 100 with 600 ratings
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