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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,062 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1062
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 Sephiroth:
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Sephiroth

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for Gravity Head at Rich O's in New Albany. Kegged in 2002. Arrives in what I think is a thistle glass. It is stemmed, not as wide or curvaceous as a tulip, and doesn't flare out as much at the top.

A nice head sits atop the beer, which was served nearly ice cold. My perception of the aroma was certainly affected by the few smokers, so I will only say that the smell wasn't as good as my bottled samples of this vintage.

Wow. Hoppy doesn't even begin to describe this beer. After letting it warm a bit, the hops are still overwhelming. I detect a slight, ever so slight malty sweetness, a vinous quality. This part of the flavor is quickly emasculated by the hops. The mouthfeel is scalding. I would describe the drinkability as scathingly hoppy.

In comparison to the 2002 bottled version, this draft Old Crusty has not mellowed nearly as much. I consider myself a hophead, but this needs more time. I wonder if I should even attempt to drink one of the younger, ceramic bottles. I think I'll wait.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2006 09:15:25 | More by Sephiroth
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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.