Tenaya Creek Old Jackalope Barleywine | Tenaya Creek Brewery

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Tenaya Creek Old Jackalope BarleywineTenaya Creek Old Jackalope Barleywine

Brewed by:
Tenaya Creek Brewery
Nevada, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

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.

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Photo of colts9016
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really try to shy away from fresh barleywines, they are sometime hot and unrefined; however, give me an aged barleywine life is great. The server urged me to try the barleywine, told me that it is different than most barleywines. Begrudgingly, I ordered the barleywine. The beer is a medium amber color with orange copper hues. The head is one finger off white and a typical fast dissipating head from the high alcohol. Little carbonation is visible from the sides of the glass.
Toasted malt, caramel, citrus, toffee, floral hops, grapefruit, bready, touch of pine, and yeasty.
Heavy toasted malt, caramel, citrus, toffee, floral, pine, alcohol, biscuits, crackers, grapefruit, herbal, grass, and some yeasty notes
Full body, alcohol warming a touch hot, medium carbonation, some astringency, and a full finish.
A solid well-built beer it is more of American Strong Ale. The beer needed a bigger malt structure, to me it was not what I would expect as a barleywine. The server was right it was different than most barleywines.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark Amber pour with beige head and very goo lace; sweet malt and candy yam nose;caramel candy with a hop bittering on the back end; medium mouthfeel with a sugar beet tongue coating; overall this is boozy caramel candy with a lite bitter finish.

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Photo of barczar
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of richj1970
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of dpool
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
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?

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Photo of Offa
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful clean deep amber in color with a finger of creme colored head which dissipated slowly and left behind a nice creamy looking lacing. smells of very sweet malt, vanilla, oak, barley, dark fruits. an earthy bitterness up front followed immediately by a roasted nutty profile which is just mindblowingly delicious. lots of sweetness from the malted barley, a nice dark cherry fruity profile, all with a tiny alcohol bite. creamy mouthfeel, medium to full body with a low-medium amount of carbonation.

this is just a fantastic barleywine. got it in a surprise trade with a punk rocker from nevada.. he got it because it's put him on his ass a few times.. and i gotta say, this is one sneaky beer! thanks again frank!

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

To sum this one up, it seems sweet, perfumed, and bitter. Pours a handsome coppery dark amber in the tall Westons Cider glass. Carbonation is fine. So syrupy, yet so filled with leafy, herbaceous hoppy tastes.

Sugar and an increasingly medicinal type of bitterness that lasts long after the party is over. I am beginning to respect how difficult this style is-- working with the massive dose of sweet malt, enough hops to provide some balance, and create a long and interesting flavor. This one doesn't. Bitter, harsh, and tastes like some unfortunate candy experiment.

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Photo of Resuin
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. This was bottled 2/23/11 which is 2.5 years ago.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/copper and leaves a minimal off-white head. Familiar barley-wine look to it.

Smell: Sweet caramel, fruity hops, malts, peach, must, leather. Pleasant, sweet aroma.

Taste: Matches smell well. Caramel, malts, peach, light orange, figs, oak, hint of pine.

Mouth-feel: Nice creaminess to it. Medium body with a solid, medium carbonation.

Overall: Definitely an impressive barleywine. Nice combination of flavors (pretty complex) and this is very manageable for its strength. A nice, sweet after-dinner drink.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/13/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, brown sugar, pine, floral, grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, biscuit, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, orange zest, grapefruit, raisin, floral, brown sugar, biscuit, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, floral, orange zest, grapefruit, raisin, floral, brown sugar, biscuit, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, syrupy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barelywine style. All around great balance and complexity of deep malt and pine/citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 2/13/12. Thanks Rizalini!

A: Pours a deep reddish amber with a thin khaki colored head that faded into a wispy film leaving soapy lace down the glass.
S: Big sweet and boozy notes of candied orange, bitter grapefruit rind, leather, caramel, and a hint of vanilla and roasted grains. Very sweet and spicy.
T: Peppery, spicy, juicy, and citrusy hops are flavorful and bitter. There is an equal amount of sweet and roasted malts to balance out the bitter. Leather, cocoa powder, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, grapes, and maybe some toffee all come through. The finish is leafy and spicy, and the aftertaste is sweet, bitter and slightly boozy.
M: Full body, thick, viscous but smooth mouthfeel, not too greasy. Low carbonation, alcohol is present but not hot. Smooth but very bitter and spicy.
O: Rich and strong barleywine. Very bitter. Would love to try this on some oak. Delicious sipper. Thanks again Bryin.

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Photo of mikeyv35
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date: 04/07/2013
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Vintage: Bottled on 02/13/12 *A little more than a year aged
Glass: Southampton Tulip

Pours a brown mahogany in color w/ reddish accents w/ a small white bubbly head that leaves no lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, brown sugar, a touch of grapefruit and pine, and basement mustiness. The flavor was of huge grapefruit and pine bitterness up front, leading into caramel and brown sugar, and finishing w/ basement mustiness. Medium bodied w/ lower end carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but I am a biased barley wine guy.

Overall, a very hop driven American Barley Wine that is solid, but nothing fancy. I would drink this again if offered, but I would not seek out another bottle.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beachwood I, 2012 Vintage,

A: Pours mahogany with a small off-white head, fair retention, light lace.

S: Heavy malt with notes of dark fruit/raisin/date, piney hops.

T: Hint of oxidized malt, but this is holding up well. The piney hops bring a nice counterplay to the lovely full malt flavour of this beer. Americanized, but this is slowly becoming a balanced beverage.

M: Frothy, full-bodied, creamy, rich.

O: A fine American barleywine. Very much to style and certainly worth a pickup where available. This is a nice after dinner drink.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First Nevada brew. In a trade forget from who. (i think Ibrew2or3). Thanks! Blue wax top with 3/15/12 release date. Poured 2-20-13. Pours a deep dark amber with one finger cream/kahku colored head. Aroma is all malt, bready biscuts, some hop presence, toffee (but not sweet). Thick mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Caramel malt and toffee, with some bitterness. Sweet honey biscuts. A very nice barleywine...and from what I can gather extremely affordable. Really balanced with the malt-hop presence. Heavy but easy drinking. Warming alcohol but not boozy at all. Pretty lacing. Nicely done.

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

650ml blue waxed bomber release date 3/15/12 poured into tulip 2/12/12

A clear reddish brown with a well sustained beige head that's a solid two fingers and leaves two rings followed by lots of random lace

S some rum raisin and caramel with faint nutty notes and booze, brown sugars and some orange peel as it warms, still has some hops hiding in there too

T the faintest hint of chocolate and the booze is a little, loads of caramels and burnt brown sugar with just a little pine, I suppose I drank this during a window of balance, that hops and sweet malt are working well together

M a nice bitter bite and thick syrupy liquid that creams up from the bubbles, very sticky and just a little heat, sweet piney finish lingers

O good barley wine all around, nothing to pump it up a few notches but other then a little booze popping up here and there nothing to complain about either

I found this one in my closet and have no idea where it came from, really though I can't recall for the life of me. I was in Vegas a few months ago but didn't bring beer back with me, I'm stumped, if you sent this to me thank man its solid

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Panny for sharing this one at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Released 2/13/12.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, citrus zest, and honey. Taste is much the same with a very sweet flavor. There is a mild hop 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 good beer with a great smell that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Copper orange with a 1.5 finger head.
S: A big nose, with toffee, some citrus/pine, and spice. Shows a nice hop/malt balance.
T: Too much esters/booze for my tastes. Brown sugar, figs, and a hop resin finish.
M: Full-bodied, rich but a bit cloying.
O: I could see where many would like this. It's solid, just too big/boozy for my tastes.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is copper in color with an off-white head. Nose starts off with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Somewhat oxidized with a hint of cardboard. Piney hops, a bit of citrus peel, and touch of grapefruit. The flavor is rather similar to the nose. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and toasted malt sweetness. A hint of bitterness from the pine and citrus hops with a splash of grapefruit flavor. Nice body/mouthfeel on this.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - great two finger light beige head. Body is clear and deep reddish amber. Slight lacing.

S - sweet and malty. Some alcohol. Not too complex but still good.

T - a good beer that reminds me of great divide anniversary beer but not quite as good. Nice biscuit and malt flavors. Sweet with slight bitterness from the hops.

M - strong all around. Great body and nice carbonation.

O - a great beer that reminds me of one of my favorites but not quite as good. Still delicious.

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours rich dark amber color with a huge cream colored head. Head has good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S- A great balance of hops and malts here. Picking up quite a bit of citrus and bready malts.

T- Follows the nose really well. A great amount of hop bitterness but not over the top. A bit of heat from the alcohol.

M- Full in body and carbonation was nice. Pretty thick and creamy.

O- Easy to drink and worth a try for sure.

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Photo of caisno
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brown beautiful sexy goodness
S- Smells like a hopy malty heaven
T- Tastse just like the smell only stronger and 100 times better. great solid citrus hops. and great solid strong malt. the maltiest and the hoppiest combo ive had. I love it. Ill have more soon.
M- smooth creamy heaven
O- my favorit new brew from tenaya.

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a bottled on date.

LOOK: Massive sticky head, dark amber.

SMELL: Spicy, figgy, alcoholic, sweet, caramel, toasted malt, dried grass, floral.

TASTE: Creamy, potent, sweet, hoppy, caramel, resin, citric rind, rustic grain, ripe figs, yeast, warming alcohol.

A solid barleywine from first sniff to the last sip. Balanced though the hoppiness resonates for a good while. For its size the alcohol is still pretty manageable. This one is worth the hunt.

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Tenaya Creek Old Jackalope Barleywine from Tenaya Creek Brewery
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