XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 2/14/11
Dense, hazy copper/brown. Not much of a head save for an island of wispy retention and a tight collar. A few strands of lace, but not many.
Aromas of citrus (think orange) and pine nips bleed into toasted, sugary notes of caramel, dark fruits, candied malt and a hint of dry bread. Doesn't smell too boozy.
Tastes similar albeit with an appreciable alcohol heat. Hoppy citrus and pine at the onset. The mid-section is robust malt territory - toasted bread, caramel, brown sugar, raw sugar and a dash of cocoa. Even burnt at times. Despite the sugars Old Crusty maintains a dry appeal. Dry, lingering bitterness builds to a long, tapered finish.
Medium-full feel and a dry grit. Carbonation seems fine; maybe could be a notch lower. Definitely stimulates the feelers. Rather warming.
Old Crusty is quite good in the realm of hoppy barleywines. Certainly it could hold up over time; however, it's fine right now.
Serving type: on-tap
07-06-2011 02:25:25 | More by Ryan011235
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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.