Super Chicken Barley Wine | Grand Lake Brewing Company

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Super Chicken Barley WineSuper Chicken Barley Wine
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Super Chicken Barley WineSuper Chicken Barley Wine

Brewed by:
Grand Lake Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2004

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a deep ruby red color with one finger of head. There is just a touch of lacing. The smell is sweet and malty, with lots of dark fruit, hops, and even a slight nuttiness. The taste is also sweet, and has a good caramel malt character. Some toffee and nutty flavors lead into the deep hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong, and the drinkability is good for a barleywine. This beer was perfectly paired with royal stilton, exceptional.

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Photo of brownbeer
2.96/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Nightbrew for yet another barleywine associated with poultry. Well done sir.

Looks nice, kind of an orangey-red color.

This beer packs a punch of alcohol all the way through with fruity hops, brown sugar sweetness that is unescapable, and is somewhat vegetal. It's mouthfeel is too watery for me and the heat is unwanted because of that. On it's behalf, it did mellow out some as it warmed.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a brownish tea color with a small creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is nutty caramel malts and some cola and fruity hops with a little chocolate and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet nutty chocolate malts, molasses and a touch of fruits followed by a good sized bitterness in the finish that has some alcohol but doesn't feel like 11%. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with low but smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice barley wine. It has a lot going on and has some nice aspects. It just doesn't stand out for me and it doesn't all seem to mesh well together.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No longer retired!

Pours chestnut with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready & cakey with with hints of brown sugar!

T: Big time cakeyness, piney hops, with a hint of brown sugar & booze up front. Catch hints of semi-sweet chocolate & orange (kind of like a terry's orange slice candy) with grapefruitty & piney hops filling in the cracks in a big way! Finishes dry with a hint of booze, dates, & loads of piney & citrussy hop. plus some pralines

MF: Chewy with low carbonation

Drinks very easy for the abv (11.00), a barley wine worth seeking out in the American vein

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of charlesw
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm. Pretty darned good, then, you think? Got this one in the powerbeer BIF... And, really, I'm, again, amazed at how generous people are being. Ha. And then I tasted it. Wow. Dang. Wow. OK, so, it's not intense like the Lee's Harvest and it's not bitter or citrusy like the Bigfoot. Hmm. And, you know, they must have monkeyed with the recifpe a little - I don't really get the alcohol that other reviewers speak of... Nicely balanced and not overly sweet. It really is something that I could just sit and drink... A winter-time, white out at 20 below type session ale, if you follow me...

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at Lukas Liquors in South Denver... poured into my Delirium goblet... Not much of "pfffsst" when cracked.

Fairly aggressive pour only produced 1/2" of bubbly head.. a little lace atop a polished cherry wood brew.

Rich malts dominate the nose... caramel and toffee play well with abundant toast... citrus hops are there, but are not dominant.

No carbonation at all... It isn't a capping issue.. the cap was perfect.... this is just a "still" beer. I'm not going to let that poison my notes though... it is a pretty nice tasting brew.. Good bitterness flows into a great malt backbone.. caramel and melanoidins .. raisins and some rummy fruitcake.. hops are citric yet pretty much present as a balance..

Body is medium/full.. but it's magnified a bit by the lack of carbonation.. I would appreciate a bit more ... some .. any.. carbonation.. It would add to the overall experience..

I'm glad I bought another bottle.. but it won't be opened until the next Boise BW tasting or perhaps the year after... Even though, I have my above reservations.. this was damn tasty.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as an extra and decided to cap off my night with it. Served chilled and consumed on 11/16/2009.

The pour was typical or the syle, dzrk brown with a light tan head that faded quickly leaving behinf only a touch of lacing. Aroma of caramel and touches of buttery malts at first, Warming brings out toffee, butterscotch and vanilla aroams, just what I was hoping for. Nice to have a barleywine without the hops. Smooth even flavor here now, loaded with caramel and toffee flavors with smooth, even touches of vanilla mixed in throughout. Light hop touches come through in the finish with a light drying note and a touch of sweetness on the tongue as it finishes out nicely.

Overall a very solid barleywine here, nothing really spectacular but this is a very solid example of the style I would have no issue at all with having again.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bitterbill for including this as an extra in a recent trade.

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Pours a dark reddish amber, the color of red oak furniture, although some very slight head forms, it does not stay nor does it ever fully set up, quickly ends up a slight foam ring around the edge of the glass a light tracery of bubbles towards the middle of the surface. It actually looks like an aged Thomas Hardy or JW Lees Harvest.

S = While its appearance is similar to a couple of the standouts for English barleywines, the smell is all American style. Strong hops scents of pine needles mixed with light maple syrup and toasted, buttered English muffins, still the sweetness and heaviness of the malts is not enough to cast a shadow on the hops which also through off slight floral and earthy notes.

T = This is very well rounded beer. There is a strong bitterness from the hops and some definite flavors of pine and citrus rind, but the strong malt backbone brings a large measure of balance. There are tastes of buttered biscuits with marmalade, maple syrup, light hints of tar. Although I'd bet the IBUs on this bad boy are pretty high, it is a well integrated sweet-tart kind of experience not an in your face bitterness.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, perfect carbonation level with a creamy, luscious quality that hides any alcohol sting. I do wish it had been a little bit heavier/thicker, but not bad at all.

D = A great choice to come back to. One of the better ABW's out there.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly chestnut. Quick suds fade to a sticky collar. Dried fruits waft, chocolate malt, scorched sugar.
Dark chocolate-covered prunes filled with walnuts. Pine needles, lime shavings, creamy chestnut puree, sweet liquer bite. Cocoa. Astringent aftertaste. It's not huge, but it's oily and viscuos, and totally drinkable.

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

A - deep brownish orange with a nice off white head.
S - rich sweet caramel / toffee malts, citric hops, candied fruits
T - similar to the aroma but with a solid bitter aspect.
M - full bodied, mildly carbonated, sweet but not cloying nice lingering hop notes
D - A nice brew, strong but not overpowering.

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Photo of jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

12 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter:

Pours mahogany with a thin head that immediately disappears to leave a vanishing swirl. Some dots of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of resin, citrus, berry-like and dark (raisin/plum) fruitiness with caramel/toffee.

The taste is of resin, berry and dark fruitiness. Caramel and toffee maltiness give it a sweet touch. Some chalky astringency detracts just a tad from this complex and well-balanced taste. Boozy, but not too sharp. sweetness turns to a bitter, dry finish. Nice hop touch.

It hits full-bodied. Syrupy, in character for style, but not too thickish. Mild carbonation. Whisky-like notes linger far beyond the finish.

A nice one to sip on. I love the aroma and there are nice complexities and a good balance to it.

Thanks again, Bill, for including this one!

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am reviewing a 22oz bottle at room temp poured into a snifter. I believe I got this one from Mentor, but may be wrong. Thanks!

THe brew pours a deep ruby color with a thin beige colored wispy head foaming up and receding to a surface layer with one frothy island.

Aroma is mostly rich toffee and molassess with some piney hops in the background that may have been stronger when the beer was fresh.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture with a fairly thick almost syrupy body. The carbonation is very mild and soft with little addition to the mouthfeel.
Flavor starts of fairly sweet with molasses and brown sugar and also some dark fruit. This sweetness moves to a peppery alcohol finish that leaves a slightly astringent flavor in my mouth and warms as it slides down to my belly. I guess 11% will poke its head out of most beers. Overall this is an enjoyable beer and I like the more robust alcohol but it is a sipper for sure. DOnt have this one at last call!

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Photo of Marti403
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown color, with reddish highlights and maybe a quarter inch of light brown foam. Reminiscent of an English Barleywine on both the nose and the palate, with toffee, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, cherries and of course, considering its ABV, alcohol. Glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Wasatch
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice golden amber color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is big on malts, some cheeries, plums, raisins, with some caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice dark fruits, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice barleywine, thanks Bill.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.07/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cola color with little to no head.

THe smell is of very boozey fruits, cherries, raisins, dates, english toffee, caramel, vanilla and judging by the nose, this will be a malt forward Amer. BW.

THe taste follows the nose, not very complex, but decent flavor.

THe feel is way too thin considering the style. Undercarbonated and slippery.

Overall this was a decent brew but is by no means a great example of the style.

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Photo of iasanlee
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark carmel color with no head at all, even after a fast pour.

Smells of sweet malty syrup and sugar plums. Some serious citrusy hops. Boozy. First taste is sweet and malty and if followed up by bitter hop flavor. hints of grapefruit and dark fruits. Full in body with smooth carbonation.

Pretty easy to drink, I mean way easy. One of the most drinkable barley wines I have experienced. Great work. Would love to try another with a bit more age.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of claytong
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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Super Chicken Barley Wine from Grand Lake Brewing Company
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