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Rhinoceros - Telegraph Brewing Company


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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%

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 johnnieoz:
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4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottled on 31 March 2009

A: Lush, lasting off-white head that leaves valleys of lacing. A clear amber color in the glass, but I spy sediment in yonder bottle.

S: A distinct and unique sweet, rye and bready aroma.

T: Simply amazing. A barleywine of the highest caliber. Rhinoceros has all the characteristics of a great American take on the style: abundant malts, sublime hoppiness, a slight burn and then some. The rye component is a first for me: it adds a new dimension to the bitterness, perhaps related to the peppery feel of rye whiskeys.

M: Carbonation is ample in this one...it makes its prickly, very beery and fulsome. Great!

D: No problems downing this...nor would I mind sharing it. 9.8% abv is perfect for the style.

Age may improve the traits of this brew, but at 4 months plus it is already one of the best I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 00:50:13 | More by johnnieoz
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Rhinoceros from Telegraph Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.