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Rhinoceros - Telegraph Brewing Company

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
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:
Barleywine with Rye

(Beer added by: MiScusi on 05-09-2009)
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Reviews by BigMcLargeHuge:
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hey the only problem with this beer and bottle is that the cork shot off with violence and broke a light fixture. At least the beer isn’t infected. So there’s that. Formerly corked and caged 750mL bottle pours clear copper with gold edges and tan head. The aroma has spicy hops, mild floral hop note and a decent enough pulse of pine hops too. Behind the hops is a modest level of malt sugary sweetness. The taste is similar with spicy hops, mango, passion fruit too and some floral hops all supported by sweeter notes of sugary malts and sweet apricot juice. Tastes pretty good.

BigMcLargeHuge, Jan 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, but see-through copper with a big white head. Moderate lacing. Alcoholic malt in the nose, perfect for a big barleywine. Slick mouthfeel, long aftertaste. Heavy alcoholic malt and caramel taste. Rye? None to speak of. At the same time it did not mention 'rye' on the label, hope I got the right one. Got to tell you, this is one big, bad, mean barleywine that pulls no punches. Drinkability? I finished the 750, but would be comatose with a second

magictrokini, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out orange and light brown without a ton of head on it. Aroma was faint alcohol, more of an English style I was thinking already.

Caramel, sweetness, amber like malt flavors, alcohol heat that comes and goes. Can't really say the rye is jumping out on me. Maybe the heat I'm getting is the rye, but I don't think so. Kind of wondering where the hops are in this one, its a CA American barleywine right? It was a different barleywine, and once I got passed the first few oz, I settled in and enjoyed the beer a little more. A unique take on barleywine.

Thanks to Dave for bringing this to the table at March Madness.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.4%

acurtis, Sep 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

ste5venla, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of watermelonman
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

watermelonman, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Described as a "rye-wine," bottled March 31st, 2009. Poured from a 750mL caged and corked bottle into a snifter.

A very slow pour yields a massive fist of peach-tinged foam - dense, then rocky and merengue-like. The Belgian influence reminds me a bit of Pisgah's Hellbender. Body is a hazy mixture of tangelo, burnt orange, and deep carrot orange. Slow rich lacing and viscous oily legs.

Heady fruit aromatics suggesting citrus and red bananas. The yeast seems to be leading the nose..sweet and bready. Alcohol contributes further esters but is otherwise surprisingly mild.

Quite sweet on the palate suggesting honey, candy sugar, with hints of apricot, guava, fig, and peach. Malt presence adds body and further sweetness suggesting caramel and candied apples. Hops are mostly spicy and meld well with the rye malt which adds a lightly bitter/peppery note which, along with a slight alcohol kick, helps dry out the finish a touch.

Smooth, soft, creamy, yet chewy body; medium-heavy with substantial if not excessive carbonation.

I expect this would age very well, though the hops will likely fall off first.

augustgarage, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of nickd717
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, can't believe this beer is rated so highly. Personally, I found the meh-itude level pretty high.

Pours slightly hazy orange-copper with a decent whitish head.

Aroma is somewhat fruity with sweet malt, sort of like a poor man's Boulevard Seeyoulator, which I had the same night.

Flavor is very fruity and just a little boozy. Caramel malt, cherry, and strawberry.

Medium body with fairly high carbonation.

Overall, meh. Not great for the style. Drinkability is below average.

nickd717, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this new beer on tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre during their extended Strong Ale fest.

6oz taster size served in a mini Chimay glass. The beer pours a brownish-red, head was minimal but maybe just because it was a small pour. The smell was nice and Rye, as you could probably guess. Came off like a less potent Rye Whiskey which I love. The taste was spicy, a bit strange, with lots of similarities to a barleywine. This beer wasn't really sweet but you could say it was malty. The body was medium, I think the Rye kept the body a little lighter, which is a good thing to me.

MiScusi, May 09, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

PaBeerLover, May 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Snellgg5, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Bung, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to have shared this with myself at my nightly tastings in my living room with my wife and my cat.

Very intresting hue as the reddish tint was very noticeable even though the haze made it almost opaque. A one inch head formed on the top upon pour, that faded almost immediatly. What was left was a thin film of decent quality lace that circle around the glass. Smell was very sweet, caramel sugars hitting almost immediatly. The deeper smell after some warming indicated a nice bready, earthy malt back with a hint of alcohol, which at 9%abv and being a barleywine should be expected. The taste for me was just too light. I expect barleywines to make me sit down and to be a definite sipper, but this just did not have the fullness I would have expected. The finish on it was very dry, and did last a good bit though. T

mikesgroove, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

DrBier, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of WeisGuy
3/5  rDev -16.4%

WeisGuy, Mar 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

MrHirschybar, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish burnt orange with a full creamy white head, leaving good solid lacing.

Aromas begin with some caramel maltiness and a hint of hops, but very light for both. Searching for some depth from the supposed added rye malt but all I am getting is a sweet maltiness.

The tastes begin with a sweet/toasted biscuity maltiness mixed with some stone fruit and orange citrus notes. Hops are fairly minor which I wasn't expecting, much more English Barleywine style in overall flavor profile. A bit too sweet on the palate to be honest.

The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied, with frothy carbonation. Finish is pretty smooth, but a bit too sweet overall, not enough hop character, more hops needed to balance.

Overall this was a bit of a disappointment, I wanted more hops or sharper rye maltiness that I was expecting from the description. Don't remember exactly what I paid for it but it was fairly expensive from what I recall. Regardless it is forgettable none-the-less.

claspada, Aug 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

NJBeer265, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of jgap
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange hue with a huge frothy head. Smell is very plesant. Floral, sweet, and lots of rye. Taste is initially sweet and juicy. There's lots of burnt sugar, caramel, and crisp toffee. This is followed by a very boozy aftertaste. It's a very tasty brew but not too drinkable- too boozy. Well worth a try though, esp if shared with a friend.

jgap, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a hazy reddish-orange color with a foamy cap of off-white head that retained well and coated the glass with lacing. Caramel in the nose, floral hops, and a vinous quality. The diversity of barleywines never ceases to amaze me. The taste reflects the aroma fairly well, biscuity malt base with hints of rye, floral and citrus hops, mildy tart pineapple, white wine, definite alcohol warmth. Medium body, a bit offsetting and puckering when you go in expecting a "typical" barleywine, but still a decent drinker overall.

Rifugium, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

jeff1973, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Provisions

A: The pour is a slightly hazed dark amber color with a thick off-white head.

S: A distinct white wine aroma is immediately noticeable. Floral and perfumey with some pale malts and brown sugar. There is almost a bit of tartness to the nose with a definite fruitiness.

T: The flavor is quite strange. Banana and citrus? Lots of other fruits, including pineapple and pear. There's a mild to moderate hop character with a definite acidity and tartness (though light).

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Very, very strange. The tartness shouldn't be there, but I liked it.

womencantsail, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

514th review on BA
@Bruery Provisions

App- A very vibrant orange with a nice one finger head to it. No real cling in the glass.

Smell- A seemingly workable combo of malt/hops but none of the usual Barleywine-esque aromatics, but this was a nice smelling beer.

Taste- When I was saw this in the store before I got all excited about a new Barleywine to try. Well, I can say this is nothing like I expected but I liked it a lot. Very rye forward with a duality(new favorite word to describe flavors) of malt/hops. The flavor kind of sits in left field but works really well on the taste buds.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated almost highly so with some nice residual flavors.

Drink- I probably wont come back to this one but it was still pretty good. Like I said a bit in left field for the style. Glad this was on tap vs a bottle.

FosterJM, May 27, 2011
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Rhinoceros from Telegraph Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.