Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine | Arcadia Brewing Company

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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

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Ratings: 600 |  Reviews: 279
Photo of klipper
1/5  rDev -73.6%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky reddish-brown with virtually no head.

S - Dark fruits, molasses, sweet malts, and alcohol.

T - Sweet malts upfront with nice amount of dark fruits (cherries and plums). The finish has a good amount of resinous piney hops. Hops give a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Meium bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a sticky finish. Slight alcohol burn.

O - Very decent barley wine. Would prefer a little less hops and more sweetness. Still very drinkable.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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 lochef81
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of colts9016
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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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bundy462
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of vinny21bal
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Raime
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wildman
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good name to pick for a Battle Creek beer. This beer poured a clear deep red color and formed a light tan bubbly head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and dark fruit. The flavor is of malt, dark fruit with a hint of the alcohol present. It has a medium body with a slightly astrigent, yet bittersweet finish. It would probably improve with some aging.

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Photo of sludgegnome
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of TheSarge
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours good enough for a finger thick head of light tan, and has a cloudy body that is a orangish ruby red color.

The aroma is dark dried fruit, somewhat fig. Lots of sweet caramel is present with a mild metallic hoppiness.

The taste shares the fig qualities, some vanilla notes, and a mild hops presence of a citrus fruit.

Warming to the palate, full in body, not much carbonation. Very boozy.

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Photo of Gtg642
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this barleywine pours a dark reddish brown with a thin dark tan head and no visible carbonation, rather mundane in the barleywine world

S - a musty aroma hits my nose first, like an older wheaty-oaty characteristic, behind that lies a dark sugary, molasses type aroma

T - sweeter than i thought it would be after smelling the aroma, dark sweets and a mild breadiness, a decent flavor, however the flavors individually are ok, they arent blended well to my taste

M&D - semi-smooth, not very drinkable, sweet an easy down, but not the easiest, kinda bitter

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Photo of IndyDad
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of antoines15
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep ruby reddish color, a little brownish. a finger of foamy that is tan. fades to a lacing on the sides. very high clarity

Smell: malty and some vanilla, some citrusy hops

Taste: strong malts up front some vanilla, quickly turns to a hop bomb with a strong alcohol quick.

Mouthfeel: syrupy, pretty heavy in body. very bitter aftertaste.

Overall: a very hoppy version of an english. also missing a bit of the depth of malts that I'd look for in the style

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

Found a bottle of this 2010 vintage tucked away at my favorite beer store, so I thought I'd give it a go. It was reviewed and enjoyed on 2/18/2012.

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium tulip. Nice, hazy, reddish-mahogany color with a thin off-white head.
Modest carbonation. Nose has notes of caramel, dried fruit, and some toffee.

Malt flavors dominate up-front and remind me of spicy holiday cookies. At mid-palate a nice, slightly tart cherry taste comes in. Faint touch of alcohol on the finish. Nice warming sensation without being boozy or medicinal. Hops are very tamed, as would be expected from an English-style BW. Still, I would not call this a ``malt bomb" as the spiciness and tart fruit flavors contribute complementary notes to the sweetness. Mouthfeel is firm. The beer has nice body and is slightly creamy.

I'm not sure what this beer tastes like fresh, but it's very enjoyable with 2 years on it.

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

Photo of linnymtu
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the first barleywine ale I've ever had, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Overall I thought it was a very solid beer. Not going to knock you socks off, but pours nice, solid mouthfeel and decent taste.
A- reddish brown with an above average head.
S-The smell was more toward an average ale, with a slight fruit to it. Almost a bit like a scotch ale.
T-More fruity than I expected, but again this is the first barleywine ale I've had. Tasted a bit like a scotch ale with a fruit taste replacing the scotch kick. You can't really taste the alcohol, but as I write this and the beer is 80% gone, I definitely feel it!
M-Consistency is on the thicker side, right where I like an ale and carbonation is not overdone.

Overall I like it and recommend it if you haven't tried it.

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Photo of thebouch01
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Arcadia Cereal Killer Barley Wine from Arcadia Brewing Company
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