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Moosekiller Barley Wine Style Ale | Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Florida, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-25-2004

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayS2629
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of bigone4
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Moosekiller Barley Wine Style Ale from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 74 ratings
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