XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by demcorhip:
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The last of the barleywines from the session with chonyr and raider. We took this one head to head with Old Ruffian, two big, bad assed hop forward barleywines. I must of had a good buzz by the time i got to writing my review for this one because its not very easy to read my handwriting, which sucks at the best of times.
Quite dark in colour and slightly opaque, sort of like a cloudy cola. Thin tan coloured head formed while this mildy carbonated brew was poured. No lacings were produced.
A very complex nose, with aromas of dark fruit, leather, toffee and some chocolate. Also a big hop nose with a piney blast that mellowed into slightly less bitter white grapefruit peel.
Another hop bomb of a barleywine, which has an interesting flavour profile much like the above mentioned aromas. Theres some chocolate or roasted malt giving a slight chocolate flavour, as well as hints of nuts, dark fruit, and a leather burley tobacco pouch. All of these interesting flavours are then assaulted by 120IBUs of mouth stripping hops and their pine and grapefruit blast.
A big, thick, mildly carbonated hopwine. Their brutal bitter is a pleasant easy drinking bitter. This one almost lives up to the monicker of brutal bitter. Probably the only thing that prevents this from being cloying is the huge hop blast that strips the inside of the mouth with its resinous hop blast.
A good, brutally bitter sipper, but not very sesionable. Another barleywine for the hop heads, and i may have found this more drinkable at the start of our session as opposed to the end. May try this one again, but i wont be looking for it anytime soon.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2007 17:10:48 | More by demcorhip
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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
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