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Rhinoceros - Telegraph Brewing Company

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 15
Gots: 4 | 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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Reviews by Philousa:
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2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 04:33:58 | More by Philousa
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 05:58:46 | More by BucannonXC5
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-03-2014 22:17:30 | More by GClarkage
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

06-17-2014 20:28:54 | More by NJBeer265
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-05-2014 16:56:40 | More by MickeyMonk
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2014 03:56:39 | More by AaronOp
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-31-2014 05:50:01 | More by ricecracker420
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

01-26-2014 04:17:21 | More by Snellgg5
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-25-2014 23:38:41 | More by jaydoc
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

01-20-2014 20:22:17 | More by ste5venla
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

01-17-2014 04:33:31 | More by mattmarka1
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-04-2014 03:51:01 | More by Bung
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 05:13:06 | More by watermelonman
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 03:34:35 | More by ESPNman
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-19-2013 17:03:37 | More by moonknight31
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-14-2013 19:29:29 | More by Sarmartay
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

04-04-2013 13:41:54 | More by Brew33
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-27-2013 02:20:07 | More by t0rin0
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2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 06:49:29 | More by kojevergas
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

01-22-2013 03:58:00 | More by Jspriest
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3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Holy Hound, served chilled in a snifter.

The color is deep amber w/ gentle haze and a thin white cap with tiny bead. The smell is fruity and floral with slight prune note. The feel is semi-dry with very mild sweetness and hint of medicinal tinge almost wild with herbal /spiced quality.

The flavor is slightly dry and there is a light band-aid influence with slight malt up front and mild floral hop aspect with light currant and berry-like element with woody hops in the finish. Overall, an ok beer, but not as good as I hoped based on my previous experience with this brewer -passable, but I would probably not order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 17:52:32 | More by Slatetank
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3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice dark amber color, good head.

Smell: Rye, slightly floral, spicy, and more rye.

Taste: Very good. Complex, with rye, floral, citrus and more fighting for your attention. Great balance for something with such strong flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a smooth finish.

Overall: Very good. Complex drink with a high ABV. Who could ask for more?

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2013 22:38:56 | More by TheMarkE
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

11-11-2012 15:08:36 | More by tbone1384
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.7%

09-16-2012 17:32:51 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-13-2012 01:07:36 | More by djrn2
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Rhinoceros from Telegraph Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.