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Rhinoceros - Telegraph Brewing Company

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 16
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Philousa:
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2.8/5  rDev -21.8%

Consumed on-tap at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose.

Poured an amber, dark, clear copper color served in a mini pilsner glass. Thin layer of white head remains and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Hops greet the nose first, floral and light, I also get lots of caramel and sweet rye. The beer actually starts hoppy in taste, then thick malty rye, sweet and rich, a bit sugary. Some oak characteristics remain with the bitterness. This is fairly viscous and a bit syrupy, could use a little less malt.

This fell a little flat for me. The complex aroma of hops was a great start, but the mouthfeel ultimately let me down. It was too thick and the Mrs. actually referred to it as cough syrup. This feels like it needs to be fermented a bit more and a little less malt needs to be added. Balance is pretty big with me and it spoiled this beer a bit.

10-21-2011 04:33:58 | More by Philousa
More User Reviews:
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3.83/5  rDev +7%

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

08-14-2009 07:22:56 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

03-21-2012 03:21:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.2%

09-16-2012 17:32:51 | More by acurtis
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

01-20-2014 20:22:17 | More by ste5venla
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3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

06-18-2013 05:13:06 | More by watermelonman
Photo of augustgarage


3.65/5  rDev +2%

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.

04-02-2010 01:39:45 | More by augustgarage
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2.95/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

02-26-2010 18:21:08 | More by nickd717
Photo of MiScusi


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

05-09-2009 15:17:11 | More by MiScusi
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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

05-13-2012 23:08:10 | More by PaBeerLover
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

01-26-2014 04:17:21 | More by Snellgg5
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-04-2014 03:51:01 | More by Bung
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-25-2014 23:38:41 | More by jaydoc
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

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

07-09-2011 03:39:42 | More by mikesgroove
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New York

3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-08-2012 04:04:39 | More by WeisGuy
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

01-14-2012 08:53:43 | More by MrHirschybar
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

08-15-2012 19:37:48 | More by claspada
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

04-24-2012 07:36:39 | More by ygtbsm94
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

06-17-2014 20:28:54 | More by NJBeer265
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

07-10-2009 04:38:31 | More by jgap
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

05-08-2012 12:52:28 | More by Rifugium
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-30-2011 03:03:26 | More by jeff1973
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3.58/5  rDev 0%

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.

06-11-2011 07:04:42 | More by womencantsail
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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

05-27-2011 04:16:44 | More by FosterJM
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2.79/5  rDev -22.1%

Acquired for $11.00 at a local SoCal bottle shop. 10% ABV confirmed. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I quite fancy the style. I don't recall Telegraph ever impressing me, but there's a first time for everything.

Served after a brief period of rest following its removal from the refrigerator. Allowed to warm further over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness and damn good retention for the high ABV (~5+ minutes). Decent lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a semitransparent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent. Solid for the style. Surpasses my expectations; the retention is very impressive.

Sm: Heavy rye. Floral hops. Rye spiciness. Biscuit malt. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Where're the malts? A strange aroma for a barleywine. Some caramel and sweetness. It's a bland aroma all around. I'm starting to get suspicious. Moderately strong.

T: Rye malt and floral hops, with some bitterness and spiciness on the climax. No yeast character. A bit of alcohol does come through. It lacks the malty build of a good barleywine and brings little to the table. It's so simple and boring; there's just not much to say about it. A strange artificial vanilla sweetness hits on the finish. If you expect complexity from a barleywine, this is not the one for you. Strangly built and off-putting. Meh.

Mf: Coarse and wet. Thick but unnecessarily so; there aren't many flavours to support. A bit overcarbonated. Poor palate presence. Doesn't suit the flavours particularly well.

Dr: I regret paying $11 for this. I definitely wouldn't get it again. A poor barleywine from Telegraph; more boring and bland for this style than I thought was possible. Drinkable but underwhelming. Not recommended. Very pedestrian.

Low C

01-27-2013 06:49:29 | More by kojevergas
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Rhinoceros from Telegraph Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.