XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by PatYoda:
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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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.