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Rhinoceros - Telegraph Brewing Company

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 16
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MiScusi on 05-09-2009

Barleywine with Rye
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Photo of Nick29
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

i really didnt care for this at all, my first beer from these guys too, a real let down for me. rye based barleywine should be more than this one is, thin, simple, and really only showing a bit of what the rye is capable of. there isnt much carbonation, hops are also low, and the sweetness this carries through it is way more than i care for, even for a style that lends itself so well to residual sugar. the label says bottle conditioned, but it must have been under primed or krausened, as its mostly flat after a minute. it warms up a little rough too, with the alcohol really coming out and the harshness of the rye coming through without bringing the flavor along. it just seems sloppy overall, and while its not a bad beer, its got a lot of competition that is way ahead of it. i will hopefully get my hands on some more beer from these guys, but this one was lackluster at best.

Photo of Gmanofleisure
4.56/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of define333
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, earth, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, caramel, toffee, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of spice qualities that I wasn't expecting for the style.

Serving type: on tap.

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2.76/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 750ml (25.3 oz.) bottle
Glass: Fuller’s London pint glass
From: Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Price: $12.99
Purchased: July 4, 2014
Consumed: July 6, 2014
Misc.: Batch No. 145

Poured a caramel, honey, amber color with two fingers of khaki white frothy head. Similar to look to the Goose Island Pere Jacques that I just had. Average spots of spider web lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled caramel, toffee, plum, slight maple syrup, butterscotch, floral notes, rye and sweetened iced tea.

Tasted caramel and toffee up front. The booziness is there, no hiding the 10.0% ABV. Some maple syrup, rye, sugary flat iced tea, floral sugary notes and light butterscotch.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy finish.

A pretty good barleywine. Not in my Mt. Rushmore of barleywines, but it was pretty tasty.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of MickeyMonk
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of AaronOp
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ricecracker420
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Snellgg5
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ste5venla
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of watermelonman
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This arrived as a dark amber with tiny head, and left a thin ring or two of lace.

The smell has the wanted flavors but comes out a bit simplistic. Rye seems thrown in as an afterthought. The taste matches, but adds a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is light.

Not bad but this is a style where I want big and bold, and it feels a little lacking.

Photo of ESPNman
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch #79

I tried this one at the brewery a couple of years ago and was pretty underwhelmed... I decided to pick up a bottle and sit it down to see what happened. It gets better... but it's still not great.

A - Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of thick eggshell white head. Tons of bubbles on this one.... really champagne-like.

S - Lots of crisp fruit and sweet rye. Apples, a bit of floral honeysuckle sap, and some dried apricots. Not a lot of that sweet sticky english-style barleywine smell here. Zero port-like nose.

T - A little sweeter than the nose would lead you to expect. Some fig, molasses, and sweet alcohol flavors are present here that weren't on the nose. Still a bit of that crisp apple that keeps throwing me off. It really shouldn't be in a beer of this style.

M - Very overcarbonated. This should be a thick, chewy beer that you can sip and savor. The high carbonation makes this difficult to keep in your mouth and savor. It's truly sharp and distracting. Finishes with medium dryness.

O - Although better than on tap, this beer isn't going to become a gem with age. Not worth the cost, and not a great representation of the style. My wife enjoyed it, and she detests barleywines.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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Rhinoceros from Telegraph Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.