Last week, I had cause to buy more beer, and in the effort to explore variety's spices, I picked up yet another beer I've never tried: Arcadia Ales Cereal Killer.
Cereal Killer is a 9.1 percent ABV English-style barleywine that is brewed in small batches and only available in November, which means it's been sitting on the shelf for at least three months. Had I done my research beforehand, I likely would have selected something else. But that would take away from the spontaneity of these tastings.
Furthermore, I am not usually a fan of barleywines, as I tend to find them too sweet. However, the description on the sixer (not the same as the one given on the website) reminded me of my own description of the Grimbergen Dubbel last week. I gave the Cereal Killer a try, hoping it would be a little different than other barleywines I've had.
I was wrong.
The flavors were overwhelmed by sweetness and the heavy alcohol flavor. The aftereffects of drinking this beer, aside from drunkenness, are the same as if you downed a whole bag of sugar-coated fruity gummy rings, which I did last night as I drove home from work, much to the chagrin of the Enthusiast. My mouth felt thick with syrup.
Arcadia Ales, which is based in Battle Creek, Mich., suggests that Cereal Killer is well-suited for the cellar to further age this brew, which will develop "Booze Hounds Beer Rating: 1.7 Hiccups
[Drunkard's note: The Booze Hounds Beer Rating scale (0-5 Hiccups) is based on a complex mathematical formula that would be impossible to explain to such a dunderheaded audience. Let's just say the higher the score, the more likely I am to drink it again.]