XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by jtfest:
4/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottled in 2002, this brew poured a dark root beer color. Opaque murky in the glass. Quite a bit of sediment in the bottle and a very small off-white, tannish head. BIG malt aroma with hints of caramel and wet forest. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly tingly, with a smooth syrupy coating. Wonderful taste with a muted sweetness and suggestions of sarsaparilla and coffee -- somewhat disappointingly ending in a rather bitter aftertaste, but not so much as to reverse the enjoyment. Pretty drinkable for the style, but you probably wouldn't be pounding these back.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2004 03:45:00 | More by jtfest
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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 1,103 ratings.