XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by ummswimmin:
4.78/5 rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
While enjoying my birthday dinner in New York I came across the 1995 vintage of this beer. (there was also a 1994 old ale... but I forget the brewer) I ordered it while hardly being able to contain myself. I love a good barley wine, and a bottle aged for over 15 years blows the mind. [If you are looking, they are serving it in very small supply at Dylan's Steakhouse]
This beer pours in a very dark ruby color. The head and carbonation was missing... as expected for a beer that old.
The smell and flavor was amazing. You get the vineous quality, the fruityness, the sour, the sweet. It was an amazing combination.
It was served in a small bottle, and I just sipped it through the first couple courses with a smile on my face.
It is amazing getting to drink a beer with this kind of history. My hat is off to this restaurant for stocking this bit of history and to Rogue for making a barleywine that keeps so well.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2012 02:05:55 | More by ummswimmin
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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 1,115 ratings.