XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by goodspeed94:
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle dated "1997" served at the Stuffed Sandwich. Thanks Sam!
A: Pours a dark, cloudy brown into a tulip glass with only a single bubble. Small amount of sediment accumulates at the bottom, and the overall texture of this beer is presented right up front.
S: After 11 years in the bottle, this brew hasn't lost a step. Strong smell of raisins, sugar, and hops (120 IBU's), some wood character as well. Kind of smells similar to one of those caramel bulls-eye chews.
T: Extremely layered and complex. The nose gives away many of the flavors, but roasted chocolate can be found buried in there, some fruits. The alcohol in very well hidden and a small alcohol taste is about 20 seconds delayed. It is apparent that this has been aged.
M: Like a thick, sugary cider type feel. Low carbonation, warming. Nothing too harsh on the tongue.
D: If I could find more of these, I would not mind having another. Fairly strong alcohol. Definitely a treat.
This beer was aged 11 years and is by far the oldest beer I have ever tried. I really like what aging can do, and plan on sitting some barleywines down for the future.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2008 19:17:44 | More by goodspeed94
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4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a tulip at Stoddard's in Boston.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson mahogany color with no clarity or vision of bubbles. Nice frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: caramel, toffee, raisins, fruity, grassy spicy hops, and cherry.
Taste: Same ad above. Based on the smell, I figured it wouldn't be that sweet. Hoppy bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, sipper, low carbonation, and a little booze.
Overall: Pretty nice barleywine. Could use a bit more sweetness, but I'm happy.
Serving type: on-tap
02-28-2014 00:14:17 | More by Flounder57
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2008 vintage. Poured from a 750mL swing-top ceramic bottle into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.
Sangria body, dark and clear with a soapy finger of beige foam. Soft yet rocky lacing, thin viscous tears, excellent retention.
Deep intense malt and dark fruit aroma with a low spicy/grassy hop note as well. Lovely, inviting, subtle, complex, with restrained alcohol and no signs of oxidation. Leather, toffee, and very faint pipe tobacco as well.
Very uniform flavor profile, dry, leathery, but with plum, blackberry, and burnt sugar notes as well. Mild bitterness that blossoms in the earthy clay-like finish. Black bread, and jam are hinted at as the beer warms.
Creamy, medium-bodied, rich, slightly warming, but without nearly as much heat as the ABV might suggest.
Lacks some of the edge of a fresh bottle, but the age has bound together the disparate flavors into a perfectly harmonious whole. Excellent beer for a rainy day...wish I'd cellared some more (I think this could easily cellar for a few more years without falling off too much).
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 21:59:35 | More by augustgarage
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served on tap into a goblet.
A- Poured a rich mahogany color with off-white soapy head that left no lace.
S- Lots of malt sweetness in the aroma, cherry, sweet, and toffee.
T- Lots of rich and decadent maltiness, big cherry, raisin, caramel, toffee, very bready, and light citrusy notes on the finish. Moderate bitterness, it does have some hop character but is very much malt forward.
M- Very full-bodied and chewy, some warming, and some stickiness.
O- I am not a big barleywine guy and a little goes a long way with me, but this really was a dessert beer. I don't like overly sweet beers so the wallop of hop bitterness kept it from being too sweet for me, but I doubt I would ever want more than 10 ounces at once.
Serving type: on-tap
02-23-2014 00:54:30 | More by Hoptometrist
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
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