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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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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-25-2004)
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jmathis

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.6%

08-22-2012 01:03:56 | More by jmathis
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shchmue

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-24-2012 21:19:10 | More by shchmue
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 15:29:23 | More by PorterLambic
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macrosmatic

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-30-2012 18:59:42 | More by macrosmatic
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RyanMcBeer


5/5  rDev +34%

04-07-2012 04:55:53 | More by RyanMcBeer
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-07-2012 19:39:55 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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KTCamm

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 13:03:54 | More by KTCamm
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Tumble

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-26-2012 01:07:34 | More by Tumble
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 06:16:08 | More by JayS2629
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LiquidDegenerate

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-30-2011 23:44:31 | More by LiquidDegenerate
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-26-2011 19:28:13 | More by doucmehu
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 02:47:16 | More by GarthDanielson
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer was served in very heavy chalice with an amber body with a very red/maroon highlights. There was no head to speak of except the thin line of lace along the edge of the glass.

S: A very sweet fruity nose with hints of caramel malts, maple, and booze (10% ABV). Very little hops in the smell, but not much. Overall very pleasant.

T/M: A good flavor with an upfront malty sweetness with a balance bitter hoppiness that follows (husband thought it was too bitter though). Kind of earthy notes with other flavors that include sweet caramel and dark fruits. Smooth and crisp, kind of has a thin syrupy texture.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. Had it with dessert and it was perfect. My husband didn't enjoy it too much, but this was my first barely wine. Definitely would drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 23:08:16 | More by BrewCrew2010
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blivingston1985

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber. No much head and very light thin lace. Smells sweet with malt and some citrus. Also alcohol. This beers ABV appears to jump around from batch to batch. I've seen reviews @ 13% ABV down to 9%. It was @ 10% for me today.

Pretty tasty. A little sweet. Probably the best beer here @ TBBC, though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 23:18:07 | More by blivingston1985
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JTSingletary

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber color with a weak head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Aroma of caramel/maple and some fruitiness.

Taste: Somewhat sweet with little bitterness

Mouth-feel: Almost syrupy, but with a wine-like feel.

Drinkability: This was my first barleywine, but it is a very good after-dinner drink. But, with the 13.2% abv (usually 10%) from this batch, I couldn't drink too many.

All-in-all a very good treat; I will certainly look into trying new varieties of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 15:17:44 | More by JTSingletary
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 05:12:19 | More by Sammy
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Draft at brewery numerous attempts across 2007. 10.4% ABV. Pours reddish copper with thin off white ring of foam. I get almost no aroma. The flavor is malty sweet and sugary and maybe a touch of caramel. Above midway the caramel and the alcohol flavors meet and mix to create an almost medicine note that only grows worse as more beer is consumed. Overall this beer doesn't work for me. Tastes like it was fermented way too hot creating Vick's Cherry Cough drop experience. I'm hoping they'll do a better job next time around.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2008 21:51:58 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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tpd975

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 18:01:22 | More by tpd975
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MillRat

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice barleywine for being one that doesn't seem to be allotted the years of aging that makes the difference between good and great. Pours a clear mahogany with a little white head and minimal lacing. Plenty of sweet malt in the aroma and flavor, while the alcohol quietly announces itself. Bittering is a little shy of where it should be to duke it out with the malts, and hop flavors are kept on a short leash. There are hints of the dark fruit and caramel flavors that develop in a barleywine, but they're either in short supply or just haven't been given the time they need. Kudos to TBBC for brewing an intense beer, but this seems to suffer from the time pressure that is common to most brewpubs. It would be interesting to see where this might end up if it was aged for a couple of years. I rated drinkability high, not that it is sessionable, but simply against other of its barleywine peers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2008 22:51:08 | More by MillRat
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jenbys2001

Japan

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first experience with barley wine style ale, so I can't compare it to others in the "canon." However, I really enjoyed this beer. It is served in a goblet and has a pretty molasses color. Despite the high alcohol content, it has a sweet flavor with no discernable bitterness. To me this was not a full bodied beer, which I appreciated because I think it would have been overwhelming when combined with the sweetness. Not overly hoppy or complex but had a unique taste reminiscent of caramel and some mixed fruit flavors. Nice as an after dinner beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2008 15:43:44 | More by jenbys2001
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2007 03:09:48 | More by brentk56
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I did the sampler at Tampa Bay Brewing Company one day last month, and this is the one that really stood out in my memory.
A big, bold beer, the color of medium-stained maplewood. Smell is moderately sweet, a bit caramely and with a bit of a hop dryness. The taste is pretty much what you'd hope an American barleywine to be. Nice, sweet but very well balanced with the hops, clean finish, not buttery, and a bit of a thick mouthfeel. I liked this quite a bit, and would order this just as soon as I'd order a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.

other notes: I was told by the brewer that the beer that I had was near the end of the tanks and has aged just about as long as this flavor gets to age. I was impressed, but I would imagine it'd taste a bit different when it was young.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2007 02:27:40 | More by DaveFL1976
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bigone4

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber brownish tan hue. Nice clean white head. There was a mild lace left in the goblet. Smelled of malt and caramel sweetness subtle maple hints. Tasted of a nice caramel malt with a very drinkable character. Smooth and enjoyable. Looked and tasted true to style. This was a milder style of barley wine but it may be a bit better with some aging. There was no hint of alcohol in the flavor or aftertaste which was very appealing. Very nice flavor and taste. Good mouth feel and body to this beer. Medium bodied with a mild carbonation. I am taken back by all the styles that the TBBC has and the creative style in which they are crafted. Great desert beer or after dinner drink that I enjoyed a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2007 02:44:29 | More by bigone4
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Vancer

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2006 20:39:38 | More by Vancer
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Ahhdball

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber with red highlights and very small beige ring around the top.
Smelled of alcohol with maybe a small hint of licorice (sp?), and bark. The taste was heavy on the dates and even heavier alcohol. An overbite that would probably drop a moose so I know where they got the name. Hops overpowered the entire drink to the point of not being enjoyable. Grass and maybe some lemon followed
The sting of hops and alcohol didn't leave me with a welcome taste. I don't like giving bad reviews to good brewers but I'm going to have to here.
Sorry guys!

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2005 22:56:25 | More by Ahhdball
Moosekiller Barley Wine Style Ale from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
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