XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Fish113d:
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Opening this, it appeared to be a dark-amber in color, which did not give much head, but did form some edge"line" around the goblet. I served it at room temperature which I do for most of my beers I taste. This barleywine is very floral in aroma, with a hint of sugar or caramel mixed in there somewhere. Upon tasting this, it gave first a sweet taste (caramel), and some hints of fruit come through, particularly raisins, but soon became more of a sour hoppy taste overall, in which the alcohol came through very apparently more at the end. 11.3%???? Yeah right! I am betting the ABV is more around 14-15% at this point (bottled in 2002). This beer has a great texture; creamy, smooth, but has some kick at the ass-end due to the alcohol. The carbonation is stingy at the front on my tongue and maintains itself throughout. I really enjoy this fine Rogue beverage....yet again why they are as good as they are!
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2004 02:29:34 | More by Fish113d
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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 1,116 ratings.