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:
600
Reviews:
279
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
97
For Trade:
6
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Photo of ejeffer11
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this beer is old - 2006 vintage. Did not realize this was in the cellar, but stumbled upon it and cracked it open without going in the fridge. Very surprised - almost no oxidation and in really good shape. a lot of beers i have had approaching 10 years have at least a little oxidation, but nothing here.

not overly sweet, malty, and live carbonation. Not as thick as many of today's barley wines, but very smooth and enjoyable (It's amazing how 9% barelywines feel thin now a days)

Really impressed with how this held up, if you have this in the cellar, pull it out.

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Photo of lunarbrew
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaxPowers
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Robdiesel21
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Odysseyalien
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mgavin
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beastcpa
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dactrius
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acbe
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jiggidy
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beefytits4
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pstam87
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goblue3509
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoninVT
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle I had was a 2010 Vintage.

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Photo of Dantalis
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaximalC
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky plum color with bronze highlights and minimal cap of sudsy, off-white froth. Sweet aroma smells of caramel, cereal, multi-grain bread, and a hint of cherry cough syrup.

The taste features big, malty sweetness up front consisting of caramel, brown sugar, dates, and dark fruit. There’s also a taught, alcoholic underpinning that lends some vim and vigor to the flavor profile. Herbal hops do their best to balance before also succumbing to the sweetness. Warming reveals some tart cherry notes as well. I like the aggression on the front end, but the rug gets pulled out toward the middle, revealing a kind of brief flavor purgatory before the sweet, warming crescendo of the finish restores order. The body is on the high end of medium and the carbonation is tingly and present without becoming a distraction. Thus, the mouthfeel is just about spot-on for the style.

I prefer my barleywines on the maltier side, and this certainly did not disappoint in that regard. There is oodles of complex sweetness to enjoy, and the appearance and mouthfeel complement it admirably. The instability of the taste toward the middle is an unusual detractor, but it didn’t prevent me from enjoying the bigger picture.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Schlafly33
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnCJr
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Winston3737
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 600 ratings.
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