Friday, September 27, 2013

Beer Review - Arcadia Cereal Killer Barleywine.

Did you miss my drunken ramblings?

Arcadia Brewing Company - Cereal Killer Barleywine

Beer Type: English Barley Wine - 10.00% ABV

Appearance: 22oz brown bottle with a kinda strange serial killer label thing going on. Neat. Beer poured a hazy reddish/brown. No head to speak of.      

Smell: Sweetness, a lot of sticky sweet aromas of dried fruits, molasses and dark sugars, and just a hint of something else? Can't quite make it out.   

First Drink: A little bit of grain but mostly just sticky sweet raisins and cherries. Not much in the hops department.    

Very sticky with what I would call a medium body.    

Last Drink: A little bitterness coming though now and something like tart apples or pineapple? Maybe that's not a good thing...           

Drinkability: Wow this is one heck of a beer. Not for slamming that's for sure. I've had other barley wine I liked better but this one is pretty damn complex.            

Notes: This beer is from 2007. Been sitting on it for a bit. Not sure how that may have changed the brew?           

Verdict: 4 out of 5. Local beer, aged a while, now given light and air. Tastes pretty good but I'd like a current bottle to compare.


Gigawatts said...

I started my blog because of your drunken ramblings. More.

Mattias Darrow said...

So I gather it's...sticky. I have to admit, I don't usually like Barley wine that much, with some exceptions, because of those highly developed, complex fruit flavours.

Guess I'm just more of a session beer guy...

Randroid said...

Thanks Gigawatts! That's awesome and inspiring.

Yeah Mattias I guess sticky was the adjective of the day :P

Barleywine is always a bit hit or miss with me.