XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by JeffreyG:
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2002 vintage. I have to admit, this is my first barley wine and I was a little intimidated by this beer. I expected to not like it (is my palate ready for this?) Boy, was I wrong. I was intrigued by the murky brown color, no head to speak of. The aroma was strong and hoppy. The flavor, well what can I say, it's very powerful alternatingly sweet and bitter, earthy and airy, hoppy and malty. Huge flavors that play off of each other and yet balance delicately and wonderfully. This beer is very drinkable, while you may not want to pound these all night the complex flavor has you looking forward to the next sip. A wonderful experience.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2004 15:28:49 | More by JeffreyG
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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
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