XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by baos:
4.58/5 rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2006 vintage crock into Atlas Mason jar.
A: Very nice dark dark amber. 2 finger head with nice lacing on the onset that totally disappears when it warms in the glass.
S: Hops, caramel, alcohol.
T: Floral beeswax hoppy clover taste intermingled with rum and sweet malts and caramel.
M: Medium to light bodied. Could use a bit more but good nonetheless.
D: Nice beer to sip on. One crock of this stuff is all any beer drinker would need. Even professionals like me. Barley wine beers are my second favorite beer. This on is one of the best I've tasted. High on alcohol, but really good.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2007 06:03:09 | More by baos
More User Reviews:
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
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