XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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4.47/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2008 XS vintage into sam smith pint glass. this is my lunch today.
A - a turbid, though not opaque, reddish brown is the colour at the bottom of the glass. at the top the head forms very reluctantly and only give about half a fingers worth; leaves a good lot of lacing all over the glass.the mid part of the glass is a very dark mahogany or burnt umber. definitely looks like it can pack in the 11.5% abv. looks fine for a barley wine, but I cant say the appearance for one of these guys has yet to be mouthwatering. but looks are deceiving.
S - a very stong smelling brew. alcohol and this fruity but caramel like note is far out in the front; once one grabs the fruit, then the alcohol sneak right up aside it. the esters are fruity, but also have prominent notes of caramel, and chocolate-syrup-like sweetness. strong malt backing brings up the rear along with just a pinch of the hops.
T - oh good god damn! thats one hell of a punch in the mouth. there is no hiding the alcohol in this beer, it really stays with you the whole drinking process. malts are huge and all over the place, and hops are super bitter (110 IBUs, no kidding). initial taste is malts and a dry alcohol at first, then the booze takes over as it warms up, but as one even further holds the beer in ore, the hops come out and pound the bitterness into my tongue like a sledgehammer; holding the beer in mouth is amazing, seeing how it changes from malts to alcohol to pure hop devastation. the finish is boozy with a sweet malt backing; not a scorching alcohol, more of a nasal sake experience; the booze come right through the malts, and allows the hops some free range. the after taste is bitter and yet malty sweet when looking for it. though in fact the majority of the aftertaste is bitter hops.
MF&D - well, there was no head because this beer is incredibly low carbonated, lending itself to have a very, very, thick body. the brew is creamy, and sticky on the glass. the whole bitter taste, along with the booming alcohol is a bit much to be perfect in the drinkability. nonetheless the beer is quite palatable for those who have the taste for it.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2009 17:41:40 | More by erz316
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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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