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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

XS Old CrustaceanXS Old Crustacean

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,065 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1065
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4
pDev: 14%


Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly "Old Crustacean"

8 Ingredients:
Hugh Baird Carastan and Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Chinook and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Freedom Hops, Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

25º PLATO
110 IBU
83 AA
57º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2001)
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Reviews by Pahn:
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Pahn

New York

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
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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.