XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by pezoids:
1.75/5 rDev -56.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1
Bottled in 2001.
Poured a murky and mysterious burgundy brown color. A thin filmy head of tan cream topped the beer off. The aroma is strong with sticky fruit and heavy with malt sweetness. The heavy and rich aromas that emanate from this beer almost come full circle and almost cabbage-like. The taste well now, how to say this its like chewing on a grapefruit seed. Intensely bitter throughout and seems highly unbalanced, even with the heavy malt. I know this is an American Style barleywine, and it is from the West Coast, but Jesus! Gimme a break here! This might be just the thing if you want to strip the paint off dads old Studebaker. A few more sips and Im breathing fire. Its like sucking on a green acorn. Tannic, acidic and bitter as hell. Body of malt is heavy, but gets completely overwhelmed by the bitter qualities. It reminds me of accidentally drinking seawater, and it back washes up through your sinus cavity. It stings and numbs. I really cant see anyone enjoying this I did manage to finish it, but just barely. Maybe this is just too young... but, until it (or my palate) matures - Gag
This is just craft beer gone wrong, IMHO.
Serving type: bottle
08-22-2004 02:11:16 | More by pezoids
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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
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.