XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by rundocrun:
4/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 7-oz bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled in 2010 and says "best when aged for 1 year." I'm sure that it's not been exactly 1 year since this was bottled, but I really just want to give this one a try before going through the psychological work of holding on to a bottle for several years.
A - Pours a very dark coppery orange color. Somewhat cloudy. Minimal head forms, but what is there is off-white. No lacing on the glass.
S - Like many barleywines I've tried, this beer is big and malty in the nose. Lots of dark fruity esters. This beer almost smells candy-coated. Maybe just the slightest suggestion of pine from the hops. Also a hint of sweet orange as the beer warms. Also a good amount of spiciness from the alcohol. Bold and complex.
T - Caramel, figs and prunes up front along with an immediate shot of alcoholic spice. An immense hop presence comes in soon after and takes over the flavor profile until the finish. In the finish I get a lingering hop bitterness, but a wine-like tang is also noticeable among hints of vanilla and dry, biscuity grain. If this beer were given at least 2 years to age and get the hops mellowed out a bit, I think it would be top-notch.
M - Thick and syrupy. Just like I'd expect from a barleywine. Mild, but very smooth carbonation. Lingering boozy warmth after each sip.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2011 00:52:33 | More by rundocrun
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3.25/5 rDev -19%
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
4.48/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Served on-tap in downtown Janesville, WI. This pours a medium brown color with a slight head. The aroma is slight malty and sweet. The taste is sweet and boozy. Great taste of caramel malts and smooth finish. Rather filling beer and a nice find to try on-tap. Very nicely made.
Serving type: on-tap
05-11-2014 20:56:58 | More by Lemke10
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.