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Rhinoceros | Telegraph Brewing Company

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Telegraph Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barleywine with Rye

Added by MiScusi on 05-09-2009

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 92
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange and brown mixture, kinda meh foam. Aroma came off boozy, earthy.

Taste was a lot of caramel, minimal sugars. Rye is always difficult for me to distinguish the heavier the beer gets. The earthiness and lack of greater hopping made this one straddle the line between English and American barleywine.

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Photo of rickrem
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As far as a Belgian strong ale goes, doesn't quite a live up to the style. The only thing strong is the ABV which does not come through in the taste or smell.

As for a Belgian that pairs well with food, this is a great choice.

Low rating for style but would give it closer to an overall 4/4.25 for a nice drinkable beer. Think more of a Belgian Amber if there is such a thing. Lighter in color, carmely in aroma with a lighter mouthfeel.

If you know what to expect, this is a nice choice.

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Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is very nice with huge, cream-colored, slow to settle head, lots of sticky lace, and a clear honey amber color. Aroma is immediately caramel malt, then wet grain, no hop. Flavor's similar to nose, carbonic tang and malt is in front then some sweet which eventually brings in some bitter for a long bittersweet finish. Some booze at the end there too. Body is very good. Decent beer, but not remarkable.

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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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

i really didnt care for this at all, my first beer from these guys too, a real let down for me. rye based barleywine should be more than this one is, thin, simple, and really only showing a bit of what the rye is capable of. there isnt much carbonation, hops are also low, and the sweetness this carries through it is way more than i care for, even for a style that lends itself so well to residual sugar. the label says bottle conditioned, but it must have been under primed or krausened, as its mostly flat after a minute. it warms up a little rough too, with the alcohol really coming out and the harshness of the rye coming through without bringing the flavor along. it just seems sloppy overall, and while its not a bad beer, its got a lot of competition that is way ahead of it. i will hopefully get my hands on some more beer from these guys, but this one was lackluster at best.

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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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 750ml (25.3 oz.) bottle
Glass: Fuller’s London pint glass
From: Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Price: $12.99
Purchased: July 4, 2014
Consumed: July 6, 2014
Misc.: Batch No. 145

Poured a caramel, honey, amber color with two fingers of khaki white frothy head. Similar to look to the Goose Island Pere Jacques that I just had. Average spots of spider web lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled caramel, toffee, plum, slight maple syrup, butterscotch, floral notes, rye and sweetened iced tea.

Tasted caramel and toffee up front. The booziness is there, no hiding the 10.0% ABV. Some maple syrup, rye, sugary flat iced tea, floral sugary notes and light butterscotch.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy finish.

A pretty good barleywine. Not in my Mt. Rushmore of barleywines, but it was pretty tasty.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hey the only problem with this beer and bottle is that the cork shot off with violence and broke a light fixture. At least the beer isn’t infected. So there’s that. Formerly corked and caged 750mL bottle pours clear copper with gold edges and tan head. The aroma has spicy hops, mild floral hop note and a decent enough pulse of pine hops too. Behind the hops is a modest level of malt sugary sweetness. The taste is similar with spicy hops, mango, passion fruit too and some floral hops all supported by sweeter notes of sugary malts and sweet apricot juice. Tastes pretty good.

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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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a reddish burnt orange with a full creamy white head, leaving good lace.

S: Tough to find, I got some caramel like malt and a hint of hops, but very light in this style.

T: Nice biscuity malt flavour with some stone fruit and orange. Hops are fairly minor which I wasn't expecting. Drinks more like an English Strong Ale.

M: Full-bodied, frothy carbonation, pretty smooth, easy drinking for its size.

O: A bit of a disappointment, I wanted more hops to this. Telegraph has impressed me in the past, just not with this one.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowed orange. Very nice tone. A nice amount of white head. Smells boozy and strong. Lot of hops and sweet rye spices. Tastes boozy and spicy. Very strong and sweet. The rye spice is potent and tasty. Very enjoyable but very strong. Wellcarbonwted and smooth. Overall quite tasty and enjoyable

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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

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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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an orangish color with a dirty white head.

S: Nose is rye, big rye, and citrus.

T: Taste is rye, citrus hops, sweet. Very good but a bit hot, dry on the end and the rye was very nice.

M: Big, body, sharp booze

D: Drinkability is good, not so sure it is a bwine but perhaps a hybrid rye wine and bwine.
After 2 years + this beer has taken a different turn.

A: Almost no head or lacing but still a good pop on the cork.

S: Nose is still pepper, rye bread, and light citrus

T: Wow. Peppery, rye bread, dry and crisp, has a very pronounced cider like taste and feel to it now.

M: Thinned a bit but still has potential considering the amount of booze left over

O: Good

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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.

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Photo of JamesMcPolin
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa, highly carbonated! Head for days. Takes forever to dissipate but doesn't really leave any lacing at all. Slightly lighter in color than the typical barleywine, it's got the dark orange but no dark red tones.

Uh-oh. Detecting spice in the nose. Fear is creeping into my mind clouding my judgment.

Bummer. Not my favorite. In and amongst the flavors I do like are generous amounts of spice, pepper, and pine - all of which do not belong in a barleywine in my opinion. However, if you do like those flavors and your favorite styles are big spicy Belgians and dipa's then I'm pretty sure you'll love this "ryewine".

Mouthfeel has got a lot of bite. Man, if I was blindfolded taste testing this I would never think it was a barleywine.

Drinkability only suffers more as it warms. If you're more of an English barleywine style lover than trust me and steer clear of this one.

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Rhinoceros from Telegraph Brewing Company
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