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Moosekiller Barley Wine Style Ale - Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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Moosekiller Barley Wine Style Ale
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tampa Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-25-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. The winner in their lineup, and do not leave Tampa without trying. A bit lacey, reddish body. Not as fresh tasting as the rest of their lineup. Drying finish, crisp, very smooth drinking. A little woodiness, a bit biased toward sweet. Very good hoppiness.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table in a chalice with an amber color and a modest head that leaves some lace

Smell: Modest aroma of caramel, a touch of earthy hops and some fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts with a rich caramel flavor that provides some depth; not a lot of bitterness or complexity

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but lacks the hop presence and malty complexity of great barleywines

brentk56, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Rifugium
2.15/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at the brewpub in Tampa

Poured a slightly hazed copper color, with a small white head that sank to a ringlet, and left dabs of soapy lacing on the glass. Sweet malts in the nose, light fruit esters, somewhat floral/herbal hops. Didn't really taste like a barleywine at all. There was a medicinal/phenolic quality to it that is present in some barleywines, but it was more an off-taste here. Flavors of toasted grains, ripe fruits, distant herbal hop bitterness...and spiked with vodka. Seriously, it tasted to me like they got the high ABV in this by spiking an off-flavored pale ale with vodka or moonshine. Body was light-medium, thin for the style it was supposed to be. Not very good, and not very exemplary of any style of barleywine. I think "boilermaker" might be more suiting.

Rifugium, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +7.5%

beernads, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Tampa Bay Brewing Co brewery in Ybor City. The beer was served in a chalice, and it pours a crystal-clear ruby-red coloring with a thin film coating of head. Supersweet roasted caramel aromas, with a slight brandy smell. Flavors are pungent and strong, riding a full and round body that is slightly slick and oily. Flavors are rich honey, caramel, and booze. There is a slight smokiness to the aftertaste, and the booze becomes astringent, making the finish rather sharp, and a little harsh. Great flavors, but definitely a sipper, as most Barleywines are. Very rich and very tasty!

GarthDanielson, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

WoodBrew, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lovely amber hue with a solid fluffy head into the house chalice. The retention is so so but it does leave behind some chunky lace.

S: Nice malty sweetness with hints of caramel malt and brown sugar.

T: English style no doubt about it. Big on the malt with hints of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar dominating. No real hops noted.

M: Full bodied and thick.

D: Rather drinkable for a barleywine of this ABV. I would like a touch of hops though.

tpd975, May 22, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I see by the previous reviews this one didn’t make many friends. But my review may entice you to try this one if you make it to TBB. I believe they improved the brew – or I got a hold of a very good batch.

Presented to me in a goblet, I immediately saw a very clear, pale bourbon brew, with a minimal white head – which did produce some thin sticky laces on the way down.

The taste was much more subdued than I expected. Notes of cherry, raisons and bourbon danced lightly in the mouth – nothing too sweet or sticky. To me, this was exceptionally smooth and drinkable – no alcohol burn at all.

Great relaxing, deck brew (wish I had some in a bottle).

Vancer, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
2.23/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This should be called "human-killer" barley wine as it certainly isn't palatable for mooses and unfit for most other mammals.
Made with 1200 lbs of american pale malts and 10 additions of Tomahawk hops.

Clear, very light-copper in color, forming a small white head with average retention and lacing. Color is certainly very pale for the style. Aroma is fruity with no perceptable alcohol, fresh water, caramel, and citric hops. Taste is very medicinal and very fruity, with weak dark fruit character and medium intensity herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is dense, harsh, and syrupy. Yuck. Very poor example of the style.

Mitchster, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of KTCamm
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at TBBC in Tampa FL. I'll start by saying I don't typically like barleywines and this was no exception. Don't really understand the style. My ratings which I intend to be against the style, may be lower sinply because I don't think it tastes good.

Pours a crisp looking medium amber. See through and with minor amounts of foam. Didn't really get much out of the nose - some esthers, alcohol. The Taste - an astringent, puckering, medicinal taste. Burns, and difficult. The latter half was a down the hatch.

Is this good compared to other barleywines? I'm not the one to answer that question.

KTCamm, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

JohnBender, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +7.5%

macrosmatic, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of NJBeer265
3/5  rDev -19.4%

NJBeer265, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of PorterLambic
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives in a hefty goblet. Thick film of off-white foam atop chestnut brown liquid. Clear and bright. Retention sucks.
Smell is roasted malt, slight hops, caramel.
Taste is big with lots of roasted malt, whiskey (a ton), caramel and some hops. Huge alcohol bloom, biggest I ever experienced.
A bigger tasting beer than 10% ABV would suggest. Had 15-18% that was less in-your-face than this. Full bodied, medium effervescence, slightly drying finish. A good beer but extremely bold.

PorterLambic, May 04, 2012
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Dave_Treat, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +7.5%

TrickkyGangsta, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

TheFightfan1, May 09, 2013
Photo of Arsenal0328
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Arsenal0328, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of JayS2629
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep mahogany with dark tan head two fingers in width that fades slowly and leaves filmy legs and spider web lacing.

The aroma has hints of brandy with deep, burnt dark sugars, molasis, and toffee balanced out with earthy and faint floral notes. Complex.

Flavor is smooth, rich and elegantly balanced. Overall toffee sweetness with vanilla hints dominates but its balanced with earhty, grassy notes that keep it from being cloying.

Rich, thick and smooth

Overall an excellent, smooth, and easy drinking sipper.

JayS2629, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +7.5%

doucmehu, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I got on a large sampler tray at the Tampa Bay Brewing Co. I notice an interesting sweet aroma in this barley wine that I can not quite place. This is sweeter and heavier-bodied than other barley wines I have had. But it is still good and not as harsh as some of its brethren in the style. I recommend it.

Shaw, May 12, 2004
Photo of brbrocc
3/5  rDev -19.4%

brbrocc, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of mobrockman
3/5  rDev -19.4%

mobrockman, May 04, 2014
Photo of CDCNAM
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

CDCNAM, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Tumble, Feb 26, 2012
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Moosekiller Barley Wine Style Ale from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
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