XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by drperm:
2.48/5 rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Sampled at Brewgrass '08.
I love Barleywine. After tasting this, though, I'm tempted to modify that statement: I love ENGLISH Barleywine. This stuff is nuts.
Appearance: Thick, cloudy goodness.
Aroma: Hops, mostly. After the first wave of hop aroma comes a hint of dry-hopped hops. Somewhere in there are some hints of cinnamon and cloves, too.
Taste: Cloyingly-sweet. And more hops. It's like biting directly into a hop cone, basically. With lots of syrupy sweetness. 120 IBUs? Give me a break.
Palate: Syrupy, with a nice spritz to make it swallowable.
Overall: No balance to be found here. If this is at all indicative of "American Barleywine style," then I'll be sticking to the English style from here out. I could have given it a lower rating, probably, but Brewgrass just put me in such a happy, chill mood.
Serving type: on-tap
09-25-2008 17:10:40 | More by drperm
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
90 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.