XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by hyuga:
4.72/5 rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown color with hints of amber. Pours to a big impressive head, which settles to about 2cm, leaving a bit of patchy lace, and stays there well. Strong alcohol-soaked esters and citrus and floral hop aromas jump at your nose. You can smell the bitterness in this one! That's no surprise with an insane 120 IBUs. Rind-like bitterness with a bit of pine smacks you around with the first sip, and alcohol presence cleans up after it. Even with huge hop presence, malt still plays a big role here. Massive creamy caramel maltiness that coats your palate almost keeps up with the hops. Chocolate is noticeable under the caramel. Leafy character is subtly present, especially in the aftertaste. This is a full-bodied, intense, and heavy brew, but, surprisingly, it's very drinkable.
Dark amber-brown. Head has been lost in the aging for the most part. A more malty nose than the 2001, but still very hoppy. Strong, sweet caramel and chocolate with intense plum and dark fruit. Hops are citrusy and a bit piney. Great aroma that definitely improved with age. Excellent taste as well, spicy and citrus hops with huge caramel/chocolate malt and alcohol heat, one hell of a full body. This is definitely a beer to cellar, and more than the recommended one year.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2002 15:50:03 | More by hyuga
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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
90 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.