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Tenaya Creek Old Jackalope Barleywine - Tenaya Creek Brewery

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very good

78 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tenaya Creek Brewery visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Jackalope Barleywine Style Ale: Whats sealed in this bottle is only heard of in myths. Its so rare in fact, we have used a magical seal that only opens with an "Abracadabra," or the bottle opener hanging from your keys. This rich and complex ale uses a variety of malts and hops to balance what we think is one ultimate beer. Share it with friends, savor it with colleagues, or stash it away for a future occasion. This ale will keep for months, or years if you manage to resist the temptation.

(Beer added by: emmasdad on 04-04-2011)
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Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

TheMarkE, Saturday at 02:39 AM
Photo of barczar
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

Bottled 1/14.

Aroma is floral, boozy and sherry-like. Notes of dates, plums, and figs are peasant and rich. Unfortunately, there's a touch of fusel alcohol and phenol that detracts from the rich, molasses and brown sugar backbone. Flavor is dominated by onion, which underlies a dry, toasted malt backbone that finishes bitter and astringent. Floral tones surface in the aftertaste. Precious little of the rich, sweet malt promised in the aroma emerges in the flavor, which is dominated by herbal hops. It's pretty harshly alcoholic, and the astringent character is offputting. Fairly disappointing offering. Bitter hops and high alcohols are too overwhelming. The modest citrus tones are too weak to redeem.

barczar, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of BuddyZ
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

BuddyZ, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of 12packpoet
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12packpoet, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Chilly_E
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Chilly_E, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of bmoraymond
1/5  rDev -73.9%

bmoraymond, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Jordan444
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Jordan444, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

zestar, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of hopswap1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

hopswap1, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of MickeyMonk
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

MickeyMonk, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of berkshire413
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

berkshire413, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Gobzilla, May 21, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

With a wax-top and in the barleywine style, you would expect this 22 ounce bottle to sell for $15. Not so. In fact, I bought this for $6.49 in Arizona. Let's get started. On to the beer:

Crimson colored with a touch of scarlet. On top sits a sturdy head which holds its retention well, which gives off some splashes of lace.The aroma is done pleasantly to the American version of the style. A rush of hops (albeit fading) add a fruity and tropical aspect. Toasted sugar at the base. Dates. It's shaping up to be a long night of slow sipping.

Flavorful, packing a punch without being overbearing, and somewhat smooth. It starts off with a hoppy characteristic, which brings resin and vague tropical fruit, while the base is a slightly sweet toffee. The alcohol present has a warming effect. Fruity flavored for the most part, with a very resiny and bitter aftertaste (where less would be preferred). Feels just a hair short of full-bodied, though make no mistake; this is a beer that is to be slowly enjoyed.

DoubleJ, May 10, 2014
Photo of TubaDan
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

TubaDan, May 09, 2014
Photo of richj1970
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange tending towards brown with two finger off white head that lasted a good while with moderate lacing.

S: Sweet caramel mixed with floral hops.

T: Plenty of hop bitterness up front, and sweet caramel and butterscotch malts in the back.

M: Medium body with a nice sweet finish.

O: Good barley wine. I liked it enough to pick up a bottle at Whole Foods to bring home.

richj1970, May 08, 2014
Photo of MonkeyBread
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MonkeyBread, May 03, 2014
Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +4.4%

oldvines, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

david18, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of thedirtystayout
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

thedirtystayout, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of ThickNStout
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

White wax topped 22oz bottle from VegasHopHead (thanks Anthony!). Bottled 4/2/13. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours an opaque orange hued russet with almost two full fingers of fluffy off-white head. Nice retention as a quarter finger cap lingers, leaving large sheets of lace.

Smells of nondescript sweet fruit, old orange peel, slight pine and caramel.

An interesting blend of flavors. Caramel, citrus rind, toffee, pine, pears, plums, bready malt, woody and earthy notes, raisins and a blanket of booze that creeps in and amongst the other flavors.

An almost chewy, medium-heavy feel with moderate carbonation. Long, bitter sweet finish with caramel, pine, citrus and dark fruit.

While there may be nothing to really elevate this above the herd, Old Jackalope isn't bad at all. I think I'm drinking this during an in-between phase where there are still hop notes clinging on that have not faded to let all the malts truly work their magic. Not hunt-worthy for my tastes but a solid brew.

ThickNStout, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of ISmith87
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/30/14

A - 3.75 - Dark orange/brown clear color with a white head that fades pretty quickly. Leaves a little bit of lacing.
S - 3.75 - Nice citrusy, spicy smell from the hops. Some alcohol and sweet bready malts in the background.
T - 3.75 - Very spicy/citrusy and bitter from the hops. Hops almost completely cover up the malt, which whispers in the background with a little bit of caramel sweetness.
M - 3.5 - This was bottled barely a month ago so i can understand the alcohol warmth and overpowering bitterness from the hops. The bitterness sticks around in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium in body and heavy in alcohol/bitterness.
O - 3.75 - This is a very hop heavy American barleywine. I don't mind it, but I think a few years of age on this one would balance the hops/malt, and help mellow out the alcohol too. Since it's so amazingly affordable I think I'll pick up a few bottles and see how it ages. :)

Comparables: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

ISmith87, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of dpool
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super hoppy and spicy nose with a nice, white head. The taste is conflicting...lots of sweet malt (as expected in a BW) and an overpowering amount of bitterness that hangs around long after your previous sip. Maybe this should be called an imperial brown IPA?

dpool, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Offa
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very good barleywine.

Deep garnet red with brown, it has medium big pale tan head steadily shrinking to frothy ring and thin frothy veneer, some lace.

Aroma is strong caramelised bread crust, plain bread crust, caramelised orange rind, hints of pine.

Taste is sweet-spicy warming alcohol, candied citron and caramelised orange, light bitterness with spicy alcohol warmth, slightly oily feel, pretty balanced. But, it lacks complexity of character or feel and the candied citron/orange element is too dominant.

Offa, Feb 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

straightlambic, Feb 09, 2014
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Tenaya Creek Old Jackalope Barleywine from Tenaya Creek Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.