XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by PatYoda:
3.43/5 rDev -14.5%
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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4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a tulip at Stoddard's in Boston.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson mahogany color with no clarity or vision of bubbles. Nice frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: caramel, toffee, raisins, fruity, grassy spicy hops, and cherry.
Taste: Same ad above. Based on the smell, I figured it wouldn't be that sweet. Hoppy bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, sipper, low carbonation, and a little booze.
Overall: Pretty nice barleywine. Could use a bit more sweetness, but I'm happy.
Serving type: on-tap
02-28-2014 00:14:17 | More by Flounder57
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2008 vintage. Poured from a 750mL swing-top ceramic bottle into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.
Sangria body, dark and clear with a soapy finger of beige foam. Soft yet rocky lacing, thin viscous tears, excellent retention.
Deep intense malt and dark fruit aroma with a low spicy/grassy hop note as well. Lovely, inviting, subtle, complex, with restrained alcohol and no signs of oxidation. Leather, toffee, and very faint pipe tobacco as well.
Very uniform flavor profile, dry, leathery, but with plum, blackberry, and burnt sugar notes as well. Mild bitterness that blossoms in the earthy clay-like finish. Black bread, and jam are hinted at as the beer warms.
Creamy, medium-bodied, rich, slightly warming, but without nearly as much heat as the ABV might suggest.
Lacks some of the edge of a fresh bottle, but the age has bound together the disparate flavors into a perfectly harmonious whole. Excellent beer for a rainy day...wish I'd cellared some more (I think this could easily cellar for a few more years without falling off too much).
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 21:59:35 | More by augustgarage
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served on tap into a goblet.
A- Poured a rich mahogany color with off-white soapy head that left no lace.
S- Lots of malt sweetness in the aroma, cherry, sweet, and toffee.
T- Lots of rich and decadent maltiness, big cherry, raisin, caramel, toffee, very bready, and light citrusy notes on the finish. Moderate bitterness, it does have some hop character but is very much malt forward.
M- Very full-bodied and chewy, some warming, and some stickiness.
O- I am not a big barleywine guy and a little goes a long way with me, but this really was a dessert beer. I don't like overly sweet beers so the wallop of hop bitterness kept it from being too sweet for me, but I doubt I would ever want more than 10 ounces at once.
Serving type: on-tap
02-23-2014 00:54:30 | More by Hoptometrist
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
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