XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by yesyouam:
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Rogue Old Crustacean is a slightly hazy copper ale with a thin, dense, yellowish head that thins to turbulent film and leaves decent lacing. It has a big, complex aroma; semi-sweet, heavy malt with notes of caramel and toffee. There's a resiny pine scent and some kind of spice. It's pretty full bodied and smooth. The finish is syrupy and chalky. It leaves the lips sticky. It has a bold flavor, pretty sweet and tangy. Then comes the cutting bitterness with lemon peel and pine sap. The flavors work together quite well. The 7 ounce bottle is a good idea. It's pretty astringent and I probably should have kept it cellared longer.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2011 19:56:25 | More by yesyouam
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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.