XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Avagadro:
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled in a ceramic 750 in 2008, reviewed June 2011.
A: I'm shocked by how much CO2 is still in this bottle, as a loud hiss is released upon prying the cap. Old Crustacean (OC) pours a hazy mahogany with a brilliant cream-colored head that quickly fades to a thin layer of froth.
S: Bouquet is well matured, with notes of sherry, tobacco, roasted cherries, and leather.
T: It is obvious that this beer had changed tremendously over the years, displaying the vinous sherry undertones and dusty leather notes that only come with time. Despite all the time this brew has been given, there is a distinct sharp hop bite that pervades. I'm not against a hoppy barleywine, but, in this instance, I feel that it is getting in the way of the more elegant malt flavors that have matured so beautifully in this ale; chocolate covered cherries, tawney port, vanilla, creme brulee, and cigar tobacco.
M: Full body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation, and only a slight stickiness on the finish.
O: A delightful endeavor to say the least. I have another bottle stashed away, in hopes of indulging in it around the ten year mark.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2011 23:11:51 | More by Avagadro
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3.25/5 rDev -18.8%
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
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.