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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,101 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,101
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 80
Gots: 106 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly "Old Crustacean"

8 Ingredients:
Hugh Baird Carastan and Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Chinook and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Freedom Hops, Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

25º PLATO
110 IBU
83 AA
57º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2001)
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dawg

Pennsylvania

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.

http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read.php?thread=665114&id=665114

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.

Waaahoooaaaahhhh!!!

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
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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.

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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,101 ratings.