XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by masikon:
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
2004-12oz. bottle. Pours a dark copper to bergundy with minimal head which recedes to only a ring after a short time. Nose is huge and complex, full of garden scents, rasins, and alcohol. Taste is a slam of fruits up front with raisins, spicy peppers, onions? It's all balanced by a strong malt backbone which gives texture of biscuits or toast...aftertaste has a strong but not unpleasant alcoholic warmth. I had bought this with intentions of aging it but got impatient as tends to happen, enjoyed it nevertheless however. Out of a limited number of barleywines i've sampled so far this is my favorite, edging out Stone's Old Guardian on the basis of more flavor...less burn.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2006 01:48:49 | More by masikon
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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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