Moosekiller Barley Wine Style Ale | Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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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Photo of DuffDaddy
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Night out with Bro and Sis to celebrate Bessie's birthday. Had a taster of this at the bar.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.18/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.27/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
2.36/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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Photo of Ahhdball
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
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!

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Photo of aaronyoung01
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mobrockman
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of NJBeer265
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of brbrocc
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Silverback77
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of bpk59
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Adaminski818
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eskay
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PorterLambic
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Hypersomnia
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of RyantheReformer
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MillRat
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Deltoro
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Moosekiller Barley Wine Style Ale from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
3.57 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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