XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Sephiroth:
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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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 1,062 ratings.