XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by BlindPig:
2.8/5 rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Bottle from '97. Not sure if it is off but it has lost all carbonation.
A- No head what so ever on with a murky brown body.
S- Chocolate, alcohol, toffee, biscuit, and just a sweet caramel.
T- Pretty much follows the aroma. Still has a big bitterness to it (not as big as a fresh one). Alcohol heats back of throat with the lingering flavors of toffee, and chocolate. There is another flavor in there that I can't pick out. They are all pretty well blended together but I think it has passed its peak or just my bottle has.
M-No carbonation what so ever and a medium to full body.
D- Not to good. I think with a nice smooth carbonation it would of been quite a bit better. Just really strong and hot flavors. I would like to try one with about 5 years of age instead of 10.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2007 21:09:41 | More by BlindPig
More User Reviews:
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 1,116 ratings.