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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,103 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,103
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4
pDev: 14%
Wants: 81
Gots: 106 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly "Old Crustacean"

8 Ingredients:
Hugh Baird Carastan and Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Chinook and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Freedom Hops, Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

25º PLATO
110 IBU
83 AA
57º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2001)
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vitrael

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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage poured from XS bottle into snifter glassware.

A: Deep amber, slightly hazy, with a thin oily tan head.

S: Spot on, wonderfully bready and sweet malty aroma. Very appetizing.

T: Hops, aggressive and harsh, rather spoiled the experience for me. The biscuit / toasty malt flavor is exquisite, but cowering behind a harsh hop bitterness. Tastes really quite overhopped to me, though I can tell the malt body is quite good. The bottle is 12-18 months old so could possibly need more time, although it recommends 1 year cellaring right on the bottle. I'm still going to buy more.

M: Appropriate to the style, a very heavy and viscous body, although perhaps a little overcarbed. Difficult to appreciate the sensation of this one in the mouth as the hop aggressiveness sets in after a few seconds.

I'll still get more bottles of this and give them a couple of more years to mellow. I wouldn't approach the 2010 vintage until at least 2014.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:43:26 | More by vitrael
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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.

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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.