Moosekiller Barley Wine Style Ale | Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
62.2%
Liked This Beer
3.72 w/ 74 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
tampabaybrewingcompany.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-25-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,360
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
74
Liked:
46
Avg:
3.72/5
pDev:
16.13%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of Rifugium
2.18/5  rDev -41.4%
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 WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
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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Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of aaronyoung01
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of KTCamm
2.53/5  rDev -32%
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 macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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).

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Photo of Mitchster
2.27/5  rDev -39%
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 NJBeer265
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Deltoro
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Arsenal0328
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of brbrocc
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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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Moosekiller Barley Wine Style Ale from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 62.2% out of 100 with 74 ratings
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