XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by dawg:
3.55/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5
Couldn't decide what to do with the bottle that I purchased earlier this week. 0.750l ceramic bottle with a reclosable mechanism.
After posting to the forum, I decided to go ahead and crack it open.
Poured a generous portion in to a pint glass about 2/3 full. Dark and murkey, muddy brown like perturbed swamp water. Head appeared light tan and fluffy, then vanished into a lace ring/skim layer. Almost intimidated by the brown water appearance.
At first it didn't smell like much. I took a small sip and was blasted in the face with intensity.
This is some serious stuff. Pungent nose and pungent tongue. Alcohol is prevalent, as is bitter and intense hops. Almost of hop concentrate if a thing exhists. Or maybe like a hop reduction. Very very intense. Almost violent. Just the hard nose makes my eyes glaze and this sip feels like my tongue is swelling up. Pretty damn intense.
I am suprised that I don't get any pine or bitter grapefruit as I expected. Sometimes too much hops, to me, tastes like stomach bile. Not this one. Instead I get some very dark fruits poking in right after the blast. Almost like prune, or perhaps dates. Not picking up too much more as the intensity has my senses overwhelmed and numbed. Remindes me of rocket fuel.
Definately syrup and thin alcohol combined. Feel burns as it passes the tongue and about half way to the stomach I have more burn.
I don't have a huge Americal Barley Wine or even a big Barley Wine background for comparison, but this is some interesting stuff. I'm not huge on the style but this is an awesome experience. I need to get another one to cellar. Maybe a couple more.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2006 23:27:26 | More by dawg
More User Reviews:
3.25/5 rDev -19%
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
4.48/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Served on-tap in downtown Janesville, WI. This pours a medium brown color with a slight head. The aroma is slight malty and sweet. The taste is sweet and boozy. Great taste of caramel malts and smooth finish. Rather filling beer and a nice find to try on-tap. Very nicely made.
Serving type: on-tap
05-11-2014 20:56:58 | More by Lemke10
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
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