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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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The rhinoceros may not be the king of the jungle, but he commands respect nonetheless. Powerful and distinctive, Telegraph Rhinoceros pays homage to one of the world’s most majestic and endangered creatures. Brewed with a hefty dose of rye malt and balanced by a ridiculous amount of hops, our "rye wine" is truly a unique beast. Be careful... this rhino may seem mellow at first, but is known to charge unexpectedly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle 65 cl. Hazy amber golden with a rough, off-white head. Aroma of yeast, nuts and strong alcohol. Quite full-bodied with plenty of nuts and dried fruit with a little yeastiness. Distinct alcohol and phenols in the finish with a somewhat unrefined hopping. 110709

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1500) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Thanks to the Queens RB crew! Pours a copper color with a slightly airy white head. Interesting aroma of pineapple, strawberry, yeast, grass, and pumpernickel bread. Predominant flavor of citrus hops: pineapple, grapefruit, and grass. There’s a slightly prickly, boozy finish. The hops rush back in during the finish but are secondary to the alcohol feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy beerlando. Pours a dark amberish orange color topped by a small, foamy tan colored head. The aroma is interesting showing notes of spicy rye malts, citrus fruits, bananas, and booze. The flavor follows with bready yeast and spicy rye grains to go with a dose of citrus hops adding a pepper spice and bitterness. Medium bodied and quite syrupy on the mouthfeel with a lengthy rye spice finish. Definitely an interesting beer just not one I would revisit very often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2009
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white and collapsing head. Dense fruity and roasted malt aroma. Sweet and solid phenolic flavoured with a distinct alcohol presence. Warming alcohol flavoured finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Wouldn’t at all consider this one a barleywine...not thick, malty, but the alcohol is evident. Rusty colored pour with a dense eggshell head that left a decent amount of lacing. Caramel, yeast, citrus, banana, vanilla, rye...and fusel alcohol. Not a big fan...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Originally had this at the brewery before it was released, but didn’t get around to any notes until we opened an official bottle at the RBSG09 tasting. Copper with a big white head. The aroma is sweet, spicy, fruity, and earthy. Telegraph yeast is a unique beast, and combines with the rye and hops to create a unique earthy and fruity impression on the nose. Not really like and other barley wine that I’ve come across. Dry and almost belgian in character, with plenty of hops for balance, but not close to many American barley wines. Starts sweet, spicy and caramel laden, but finishes earthy and dry. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. As long as you go into this expecting a unique beer that isn’t going to compare to any idea you may have of a barley wine, it’s pretty cool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle marked Mar 13, 2009. from the brewery I have held onto for over a week and a half...Was expecting to have the first rate, oops. Pours with a hazy orange body and a huge rocky white head. Aroma of rye, caramel, banana esters, vanilla and orange zest. Taste is rye, spicy, plastic and vanilla. Not very drinkable. Medium carbonation and light bubbles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Date: July 12, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: clear copper, wispy off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel flavorm nice balancing earthyness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle… Cloudy, dirty orange ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Good, fat-bubbled retention. Fruity, spicy rye aroma – a touch earthy and a little caramely, but the rye is truly the star of this show. Mega full-bodied and velvety with lively carbonation. The flavor is sweet and a touch tangy - also dry, grainy and spicy. Bittersweet, rye-dry finish. I could be wrong, but I think this may be my first rye wine? You never forget your first. I’ve now had wheat wine, oat wine and rye wine. What’s next, Sorghum wine? God, please, No! Kudos to Beerlando for sharing the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Pours amber with a large creamy tan head and lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is malt, hops, rye, spices, esthers, yeast, citrus, banana, a little earthiness. Flavor is alcoholic, malts, spices, esthers, yeasts, phenols, bitter grapefruit zest, hops, dough, rye. Alcohol is very apparent and distracting in this brew despite all the other good qualities that are displayed. Strange, alcopop barleywine. But not overly horrible if you can get past the booziness. I wish Superdave were here to chug the rest of this, but since he’s not here I go!

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