XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Pahn:
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
7oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled 2010, drank November 2011.
Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates quickly and lacelessly. Pours a murky orange-ish red, has huge legs, and leaves small arcs of lacing.
Smell: Lots of raisin and brown sugar. Some lingering orange-like hops and a nice effervescence. Cinnamon, nutmeg, anise highlights. Smells well developed.
Taste: Similar to the nose, with brown sugar blasted apart by maximum hop bitterness. Some raisin skin. Finishes moderately dry, with a raisiny aftertaste and persistent hop bitterness.
The taste is almost as complex as the aroma, with some cinnamon and nutmeg like flavors along with burnt toast, but even calling these "highlights" is being a little generous. It's mainly brown sugar and bitterness.
Tastes well made, with a strong suggestion that it would improve with a few more years on it.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Heavy bitterness leading into moderate dryness. Ample but unobtrusive carbonation. Very good.
Overall: This is a good beer for a cold night, and its target audience is clearly "barleywine lovers with discerning palates." Unfortunately, I can't shake the impression that I walked into the kitchen and ate the chef's work when he was only half done.
I am guessing that this beer would be well above an A average if Rogue sold vintages like J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. I can't speak from experience, but this has "masterpiece at 5+ years," written all over it.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2011 23:16:01 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: very hazy amber-bronze. Pretty substantial head on the pour that mostly recedes. Handsome enough brew.
Smell: sizzling with hops nested in sweet malt. Certainly hop forward. Pretty straightforward american barley nose but rich and deep.
Taste: wow, I was expecting a pretty harsh hop profile but this is nicely blended. More happening than in the nose. Hoppiness and Barleywine malt go toe to toe from beginning to finish. The hoppy bitterness perfectly compliments the barley richness.
Overall: have been disappointed with many Rogue offerings but not this one. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 23:05:50 | More by cindyjeffsmith
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.