XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by HopHeadKen:
3.2/5 rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I shouldn't have been talking so much because I left my tongue hanging out and it was run over by a hops truck !
Small Pfftt from bottle dated 2002 and served at cellar temp (68 deg. F).
Pour is red copper, deep and rich with good carbonation; 1 finger of light tan head which quickly fades almost nothing.
Smell is carmel malt & vanilla.
Taste - The front end is hoppy mellow and warming, then WAM ! as this hop monster grabs the wheel and takes over driving the hop truck which hit me.
I am glad that this is a 2002 bottle, as the hops have surely mellowed.
Overpowering In my opinion; but the mouthfeel is full, so you can tell there is a large malt bill associated with this brew. However, once the hops had accomplished their coup d'et tongue, I could not find any malt characteristics.
Bottle says 26 Plato and 120 IBU's-Warming but not refreshing.
This will only be drinkable to those who LOVE big hop bitterness, even after three years (2 years in my cellar). I will save my other bottle for another 5 before trying this again.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2005 13:07:08 | More by HopHeadKen
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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.