XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by marcobrau:
4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
2008 vintage heavy ceramic swing-top bottle. Pours a deep red with a moderate amount of carbonation. Enticing aroma of burnt caramel, toffee, a touch of burnt marshmallow. Tastes of massive amounts of malt; caramel, a bit of toffee with the intense juicy citrus of Centennial hops combined with the pine resin character of Chinook. Very smooth. The lubricious mouthfeel enhances the drinkability (for a barleywine.) I love the combination of Chinook hops and caramel and Munich malts. The bitterness is intense and gets abrasive towards the finish. High alpha hops and alcohol mix for a very assertively bitter, slightly "hot" finish. Haven't had one of these in really long time. Still a great, intense barleywine. Amazing how assertive the bitterness is with nearly two years of age. Another bottle of this is in the cellar where it shall stay as long as many years as I can resist.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2010 03:22:11 | More by marcobrau
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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 1,117 ratings.