Rhinoceros - Telegraph Brewing Company

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by Philousa:
Photo of Philousa
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of smb
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5 oz. pours of the 2012 and 2013 vintages at The Hermosillo in Highland Park. My rating reflects the 2012 as the hops had faded and huge caramel and toffee developed in it's place. Definitely a dessert beer. Overall, it was very good.

The 2013 was still lightly hoppy, with less of the sweet, caramel flavor the 2012 had. I didn't enjoy it quite as much with the hop bite mixed in.

Photo of magictrokini
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of watermelonman
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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 augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of nickd717
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of MiScusi
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of jgap
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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

Photo of ESPNman
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of bret27
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

courtesy of bulletrain76

S: Piney and fresh fruit

A: Amber yellow, sediment 10 fingers of foam!

T: Sweet, green apple, fruitiness, little hop bitterness

M/D: medium mouthfeel, but a little sweet and syrupy to be too drinkable.

Overall: Ok, but a little too sweet to drink more than a sample.

Photo of Dope
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish-brown with absolutely no head. Swirling it produces just a bit of fizz that disappears immediately. Little dots of lacing everywhere.

S: Figs, raisin and brown sugar. Molasses and toffee. Just a hint of caramel and rye.

T: Lots of molasses and toffee. Again with the fig, raisin and some prunes in the middle. Has a strong toffee presence throughout. Ends drying with some more toffee and some rye. Some bitterness from some earthy and possibly piney hops as well. No real sweetness that you normally get from a barleywine. Caramel is missing I'd say.

M: Quite dry, medium bodied. Very astringent.

O: A very different barleywine. Most are sweet, some overly so to the point of detriment. This is very dry with almost no sweetness. Even some prominent bitterness in there. Not hugely complex without the sweet elements of a typical barleywine and I get almost no rye either. Still a decent brew, I just promise it's not going to be what you expect from a beer like this.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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?

Photo of BretSikkink
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pop hard enough to startle my dog. Pours a dusky garnet color, with a solid beige head. Minimal lacing, but great retention. There's a quarter inch cap even when the beer's gone. Great look overall.

The nose is peppery with both hops and alcohol. Lots of caramel malt sugars, and enough dark fruitiness to know that we're playing ball.

The flavor is really hot. Lots of alcohol all over the tongue - a little brutal really. Dark fruit, a hint towards candi sugar, caramel, peppery rye. Carbonation is really high, leaving a metallic dryness in the finish.

Great concept, great look. There is definitely some work to be done in the recipe though. Hard to finish the 750 mL bottle with the preponderance of carbonation and fusel alcohol notes.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Sam. Pours golden orange with a monstrous off-white head. Toasty and fruity aroma, rye spiciness, lots of caramel. Flavor is interesting, very yeasty and fruity. Orange oil, toasted rye, dark caramel, boozy darker fruits. Too heavy on the carbonation but after some time to settle down this is decently drinkable and smooth. An odd barleywine for sure.

Photo of Slatetank
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL cork and caged bottle.

This one opens with a big pop and pours with a massive bubbly head over a hazy reddish amber body with lots of bubbles streaming to the top.

The aroma is interesting as it's like a cross between a rye pale ale and a barleywine. The first thing I notice is the slightly spicy rye with a solid hoppiness as well. This is complimented by a sweet sugary caramel malt and dark fruit combination in the background.

The taste leans more toward a barleywine than the aroma with the sweet caramel malts being more prevalent with a slight citrus hoppiness up front as well. The rye is most evident in the finish where there is a definite spiciness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation. In fact, the carbonation is probably a little overdone for my liking. The alcohol becomes pretty evident after a few sips.

I really like this beer and I like what the rye adds to othe barleywine character. The overcarbonation takes away a bit but it's still a solid effort.

Photo of dwilson01
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml corked bottle (Feb 2010 bottling date) into my arrogant bastard pint glass.

Lots of carbonation, most head I have seen on a barleywine ever. A distinctly off-white tan color to the head, it is very stable and creamy made of tiny bubbles and leaves a thick frothy lacing on the sides of the glass. Dissipates slowly and evenly as CO2 bubbles creep up the body of the brew to renew it. The color is a dense orange tan that glows wonderfully when held up to the light, looks like a lighter color of cured wood.

The smell is seriously like a fresh brew from the tap, tons of citrus and floral aroma hopping present, very sweet, a tiny bit of yeasty sourness which is characteristic of Telegraph brews though its very muted.

The flavor follows directly from the nose, I get grapefruit and orange citrus, fresh gala apples, and new spring flowers in the beginning, the alcohol is definitely there, but it is combined masterfully with the spices. Coriander and vanilla bean are most notable in the spice category. Great flavor, gotta give a very high on this aspect.

The head on this beer felt so light and fluffy when I took the first sip, and that definitely continued into the body of it. Don't get me wrong, the body is thick as hell but the combination of that fluff and thickness create a mouthfeel that is the smoothest sweetest most satisfying barleywine I have ever had. The fullness of it tells me stout, the flavor of it tells me barleywine/old ale + (dipa-bitterness).

Its a sipper for sure, great beer, hides the thickness well, I've gone on too long as usual but seriously this beer is awesome and rare, if you get your hands on it just break down and cough it up, completely worth it.

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Rhinoceros from Telegraph Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.