XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours out of a criminally overpriced ceramic bottle into my duchesse glass a gorgeous ruby red color with slight haze and a stark white head that lingers well leaving nice lacing.
Nose is chock full of PNW fruity hops. Some definite malt sweetness lingering under there as well. Definitely has the nose of a PNW DIPA.
Wow. Kinda tastes like one too. hahaha. The hope presence in here is huge, and it is savagely bitter. Starts out nice, and very balanced. A good malt sweetness and PNW hop profile. Fruity and floral hop flavors. As the finish approaches a savage smack of bitterness begins to build. Basically sheer bitterness all the way through the aftertaste. Kind of cool. This will die with age, and i still think i prefer aged vintages of this, but its mighty fine fresh as well.
The mouthfeel is pretty much ideal. Great carbonation, pretty much ideal viscosity.
Drinkability is suprisingly good for the abv, aside from refonkulous bitterness, which i quite like, but many will not. It does hamper the drinkability a bit either way though.
Overall a fine fine barleywine. A shining example of the american style to be honest. Most of Rogues beers are mediocre at best, but as long as your willing to pay for a disgustingly overpriced bottle, you can find good rogue brews. This one does great with age, and is nice fresh too. Definitely displays a Pacific Northwest flare. A fine beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2009 03:39:25 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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3.25/5 rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Appearance - Pours a hazy, rustic orange with a sandstone colored finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of surface suds.
Smell - Caramel and some notes of copper. hmm.
Taste - Flavors upfront are good; caramel and touches of coffee, along with some light fruitiness... but then high leafy bitterness and metallic twang (like sucking on a penny) dominate the finish and aftertaste which, having drank Old Crustacean many a-times on tap, doesn't seem to fit what I recall.
Mouthfeel - Full in body with low carbonation and light creaminess. Goes down smooth at first, but the astringent finish makes it hard to drink sip after sip.
Overall - Ya know, I found this '12 bottle at a store a few months ago, and then later that day had the '14 on tap. It was pure heaven on tap; perhaps the greatest barleywine I've ever had... and despite this I decided I'd wait to review the '12 bottle. I should've reviewed the '14. This is fair, but the flaws are evident. Whether from improper storage or what, it's not the Old Crusty I'm used to drinking. Too much bitter, metallic astringency in the finish to think this was the intent after 2 years of aging. '14 probably would've netted a 4.5 score; this '12 is certainly not up to par, as you can see by the score. future review for sure, because I've had Old Crusty too many times in the past to know this is a fluke.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 07:13:27 | More by TheSixthRing
4.48/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Served on-tap in downtown Janesville, WI. This pours a medium brown color with a slight head. The aroma is slight malty and sweet. The taste is sweet and boozy. Great taste of caramel malts and smooth finish. Rather filling beer and a nice find to try on-tap. Very nicely made.
Serving type: on-tap
05-11-2014 20:56:58 | More by Lemke10
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.