15 November 2008

Beer Review, Cereal Killer

Arcadia Ales Cereal Killer Barleywine

Gotta love the fact that this is now a local beer for me.

Appearance: Very hazy brown-yellow appearance, small off-white head. Hints of effervescence due to carbonation. 4.0/5

Smell: Very tart up-front, almost lambic-like in its fruitiness, Hints of cherries. Very interesting, very unexpected for a barleywine (even an English barleywine). Hops are fairly well present under that, with quite a bit of alcohol astringency. 3.5/5

Taste: Very malty, quite sweet, slightly tarty. Alcohol very present in the flavor, mostly masked by the malts, with a burningly dry finish and a sweet aftertaste. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Thick, with low carbonation and high hops. Coats the tongue. 4.0/5

Drinkability: I'm not always a fan of English-style barleywines, but this one is quite good. Worth a try, and at $7.99 a bomber the price is right. 4.0/5

Overall: 3.7/5

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