XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
When I think "barleywine" from now on, this beer will come to mind, and this is my first taste of the stuff. Strong, malty, and thick. This is the real deal. It's a dark brown with light barely visible through my pint. Not much head really. The smell is malty & alcoholic, just like the taste. Lands syrupy in the mouth, with lots of sweet malt backed by alcohol that is welcome and not hidden at all. It seems like Rogue knew exactly what they were doing with this one, but other barleywines i've tried offer a bit more complexity. If a straight up barleywine is what you want, this will no doubt satisfy.
Tried again 2003 - TONS of hops and bitterness. Perhaps the first bottle I tried had mellowed out ALOT, because this did'nt seem as malty this time around, just very hoppy.
2005 Tons of malt, tons of hop bitterness...the journey coninues. Don't let this sucker get into your sinuses, as it likely to put a hole in them..
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2003 17:48:27 | More by avylover
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4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a tulip at Stoddard's in Boston.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson mahogany color with no clarity or vision of bubbles. Nice frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: caramel, toffee, raisins, fruity, grassy spicy hops, and cherry.
Taste: Same ad above. Based on the smell, I figured it wouldn't be that sweet. Hoppy bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, sipper, low carbonation, and a little booze.
Overall: Pretty nice barleywine. Could use a bit more sweetness, but I'm happy.
Serving type: on-tap
02-28-2014 00:14:17 | More by Flounder57
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.