XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by BrewMonkey:
4/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2008 XS Series flip-top version.
Pours clear deep amber in color with very little head.
Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, some alcohol, mild nuttiness and not much of a hop component.
Wow, flavor is suprising given a fairly unassuming aroma. A pretty decent to heavy hop bitterness gives way to a fabulous hop backbone and a floral hop flavor, with slight spiciness and maybe a hint of pepper.
Mouthfeel is very nice, with plenty of carbonation to break up the slickness of such a big beer. Finishes bitter and suprisingly dry.
Not being a fan of barleywines, I was really impressed with this ale. Very tasty and easy to drink for such a big beer. The hop bitterness is pretty high, and might affect drinkability for some, but I find it necessary to keep the sweetness in check.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2008 01:24:41 | More by BrewMonkey
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
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