XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by ZAP:
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Re-rate(1/23/03)...1998 vintage...awesome dark fruit nose...plums...dark berries...a bit of molasses...great, great nose..pours a light brown color...no head.....very smooth mouthfeel...the aging (almost 5 years) has done wonders...still a huge bite of bitterness from this 120 IBU powered bad boy....The flavor is still heavily weighted towards the hops and I do wish this had a bigger malt load to go with it...flavor does not mimich the nose....pretty much all sharp hop bite, and a tich of molasses as a backbone....I love hopped up beers but this one is so over the top it, I'm dang near ready to mix this with a doppel to give it some balance....If you love hops to the extreme this is for you...
Maybe it's the inexperience of this bottle(a 2001 Barley Wine is still just a young colt you know?), but it does not taste very balanced to me....Very high bitterness....not as much malt as I'd prefer. I'd assume with some cellering, the hops and malt would blend better..hops and breadiness on the nose...a nice aroma...just not real balanced right now...I should have let this sit for a few years..muddy brown in color...
1998 Vintage: If you look up barley wine in the dictionary, they should have a picture of this one right next to it. Defines what a barley wine is all about...definitely a complex sipping beer..tremendously hopped(on the bottle it says 120 IBU), and I'm guessing very strong...a warming effect evident..a treat for those who love this style...
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2003 22:32:56 | More by ZAP
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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 1,116 ratings.