XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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3.43/5 rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights. It has a small head which lingers for a while as a ring around the glass, not bad for a barleywine. Smell is deep caramel malt and sugary pine cones. A nice dose of alchol in there limits the smellability.
Taste is pretty one dimensional. It's sweet in a caramel malt / molasses way, but not cloyingly so, and the hops certainly balance it out very well with a piney bitterness which lingers long into the finish. At this point, this beer doesn't lean towards hops or malt because both are very strong. I can imagine that in its infancy this was very harshly hoppy and difficult to drink though. I have not had a fresh version. As it is now, the alcohol makes itself known and does prohibit drinkability a bit, and the strong hopping makes this a sipper. My main complaint isn't the alcohol though - it's that the beer doesn't have enough going on to make it interesting to me. It's too simple. I like complex malt flavors in my barleywines.
Having said that, the mouthfeel definitely impressed me. It's very thick and syrupy, just like a good barleywine should be.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2006 01:17:28 | More by PatYoda
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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 1,117 ratings.