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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

XS Old CrustaceanXS Old Crustacean

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1,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 1064
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4
pDev: 14%

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.

110 IBU
83 AA
57º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2001)
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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very hazy amber-bronze. Pretty substantial head on the pour that mostly recedes. Handsome enough brew.
Smell: sizzling with hops nested in sweet malt. Certainly hop forward. Pretty straightforward american barley nose but rich and deep.
Taste: wow, I was expecting a pretty harsh hop profile but this is nicely blended. More happening than in the nose. Hoppiness and Barleywine malt go toe to toe from beginning to finish. The hoppy bitterness perfectly compliments the barley richness.
Overall: have been disappointed with many Rogue offerings but not this one. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 23:05:50 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of augustgarage


4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Poured from a 750mL swing-top ceramic bottle into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

Sangria body, dark and clear with a soapy finger of beige foam. Soft yet rocky lacing, thin viscous tears, excellent retention.

Deep intense malt and dark fruit aroma with a low spicy/grassy hop note as well. Lovely, inviting, subtle, complex, with restrained alcohol and no signs of oxidation. Leather, toffee, and very faint pipe tobacco as well.

Very uniform flavor profile, dry, leathery, but with plum, blackberry, and burnt sugar notes as well. Mild bitterness that blossoms in the earthy clay-like finish. Black bread, and jam are hinted at as the beer warms.

Creamy, medium-bodied, rich, slightly warming, but without nearly as much heat as the ABV might suggest.

Lacks some of the edge of a fresh bottle, but the age has bound together the disparate flavors into a perfectly harmonious whole. Excellent beer for a rainy day...wish I'd cellared some more (I think this could easily cellar for a few more years without falling off too much).

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 21:59:35 | More by augustgarage
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Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

7oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA - 2010 edition

Appearance - Brown colour with a smaller size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for close to 3-4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with an earthy flavour. There is also some dark fruits a big dose of hops.

Overall - Really surprised at the hop punch with this beer even after sitting for 4 years. A decent brew that seems like it would have held up for a few more years. Wish I had a few more tucked away.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 02:27:01 | More by spinrsx
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottling date. 7oz bottle.

murky brown color, light head still. smell of dark fruit and mellow booze. taste of a ton of dark fruits..plums...boozy after taste but mild...3+ years has done this well. full bodied, mild carbonation.

overall just a great barleywine..

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:55:44 | More by Axnjxn
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4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage in a ceramic bottle, served in a snifter

A - pours a murky copper with an off white head

S - lots of sweet dark fruit - raisins, dark cherry - butterscotch, brandy

T - sweet malt bomb up front - raisin, butterscotch, malt - balanced nicely by a strong hop presence - resiny, piny

M - thick, oily, bitter , substantial

O - very good barleywine. I was happy with this rogue offering, especially since it was my first of theirs since I ventured into Voodoo Doughnut territory

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:03:22 | More by ncketchum
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3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottling, 7 oz bottle.

Murky brown body, nice thick foamy tan head that dissipates to a ring.

Nose is quite enticing with notes of brown sugar, raisin, marshmallow, butterscotch and toffee--a variety of sugary stuff.

Taste is an amalgamation of all that, but it is not as sweet as it smells and is quite bitter, especially in the finish. Some burnt pudding--no, reminds me more of the acrid taste of burnt raisins, like burnt raisin toast. All the other sugary stuff in the nose is in the background, masked by the bitterness.

Body is medium, a little creamy.

A quite bitter barleywine with discordant flavors that have not melded well, even 3 years after bottling and aged in appropriate conditions. I like smelling it, I don't like drinking it as much.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 05:35:56 | More by Beerenauslese
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5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened a cellared 2008 ceramic bottle. 5 years on the shelf has done tremendous good to this already spectacular ale. Much of the stickiness is gone, replaced by a mildly sweet maltiness with light caramel tones. It warns you on the nose to take it easy, without the stringent alcohol note. The body is perfect: brand new there was a syrup-ey feel which is now gone. it surprisingly finishes with a long-drawn bitterness which was non-existent in a new bottle.

Gentlemen, your 99 is an understatement. Rogue has set the bar very high for a cellar-able ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 01:00:43 | More by MacCherry
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1.4/5  rDev -65%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

2000 vintage. "Unfiltered and unfined." 26 plato. 120 IBU. "Best when aged for 1 year." Oops. Cute little 7 fl oz brown glass bottle with printed-on clear label and branded pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop for around $10.00 USD and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are low; I've never had a beer this old that was good.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with as much vigor as possible as major carbonation issues are anticipated.

No hiss or signs of carbonation upon removing the cap. Uh-oh...

A: Pours no head whatsoever. I swirl the glass to try to get a floater or something, but I can't. There are some bubbles on the surface, so maybe there's still some co2 in there. Body colour is a murky dull opaque brown with reddish hues. Yeast particles are abundant and chunky, visible plainly at the bottom of the glass.

Admittedly, it's not much to look at.

Sm: Obvious oxidation - wet cardboard comes to mind. Raisin, sherry. Caramalt and biscuit malt. No hop character is present here. Caramel, toffee. Some faded fruity notes. Raisin is dominant, followed closely by oxidation. Touches of alcohol. Dead yeast.

Time doesn't seem to have been good to this beer based on the aroma. Mild in strength. I'd safely call it unappealing.

T/Mf: Ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Raisin and wet cardboard. Dull vague malts. Some prune juice. Luckily, there's no booze. But it does have a sticky old feel to it which is rather unpleasant. Dead yeast. Hints of sherry, but not enough to save it. Acrid overall.

Viscous and musty. Sludgy and thick. Bleh. Flat. Vinous. Some acidity. Syrupy.

No hop character comes through at all.

Dr: Not drinkable at all. The tiny 7 oz bottle may be 6 oz too much for me. I'll struggle to get through it, but I may have to just cook with it or mix it with another beer at the very least. Really terrible with 13 years on it; I'll have to revisit it with one year of age to really give it a fair shake, but this experience was consistent with the other bad aged beers I've had. Note to self: don't buy any beer with more than five years of age on it. Definitely the worst beer I've had in a long time.


Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:31:13 | More by kojevergas
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1997 vintage. 7 oz bottle into a taster glass. From a vertical purchased from Bottleworks and muled thanks to FalconA. This vintage is 26º plato, 120 IBU, 38º L, and 73.1 AA with a different ingredient list than listed. Opens with a faint fizz. Best after one year, this has 16...

A - Pours a surprisingly clear burnt red body. The bottom of the bottle has a 1-2mm layer of sediment which I avoided. No head or lacing to speak of. Swirling leaves behind a faint alcoholic trace.

S - The aroma is fantastic. Rich caramel, roasted malts, raisins, and just a faint nod of oxidation. Sort of a sweet raisin soda like smell. Light fusel heat. This honestly does not smell like a 16 year old beer. I've had 1-2 year old beers in the style that were less composed.

T - Starts off well with muted caramel, toffee, burnt sugar and raisins. Some alcohol heat mixes with a high level bitterness.Things take a turn for the worse on the aftertaste with an odd mineral water flavor. Decent given its age, but 7 oz feels like overkill here. Mouth feel is obviously flat but still drinks pretty well.

O - For a 16 year old barleywine I don't see it faring any better. Short of the mineral water bitterness this was a really impressive science experiment in aging. Me thinks the absurd IBU level does not help after all of the hop flavors have faded away.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 02:53:39 | More by davey101
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4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ST: Bottle into a glass

A: Dark hazy brown; with some head. Nice lacing on glass.

S: Small hints of hop aroma, with a nice malty smell. Has a good bread smell to it.

T: Definitely get a good hop taste to it that you don't get in the smell. Get a good doughy yeast taste.

MF: Nice slight heavy body, but not overbearing to the mouth giving it a nice finish

O: Exceptional beer. This would be a wonderful beer to age. If you find this, get it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:29:21 | More by powerss13
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3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 05-07-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml colored bottle, swing-top
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Single from The Bottle Shop, Franklin

I like the format on this beer, a ceramic-feeling bottle with a swing-top lid.

A: The hazy, orange-brown beer starts of with big off-white bubbles in the head, probably from the glugging of the first pour due to the narrow neck opening.

S: Aromas have a fruit sweetness, as in dark fruits first off, followed by pine and evergreen hops. Very clean and pleasant smelling.

T: The taste starts off with hop bitterness, in a way I can't easily classify, which is then followed by malty and fruity notes, making a nice contrast between the bitter and sweet. However there is some sort of unpleasant taste I can't put my finger on.

M: Full-bodied brew, with carbonation in the medium to high range. The finish is bitter and has some astringency to it.

O: Overall a good beer, but it seemed to be lacking in terms of others I've had in the style. It smelled better than it tasted...

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 04:31:49 | More by sommersb
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml ceramic bottle poured into a large snifter. This is a 2012 bottle, opened 6 April 2013.

Pours ruby brown, very little head (probably because I poured very gently). Slow carbonation makes this look thick and viscous. Smell is rich, musty, vaguely sweet, fairly muted (might be too cold). Dark fruit -- I think I smell dates. A little bit of grapefruit rind.

Taste is grapefruit rind bitterness, some floral sweetness, a little bit of smokiness. Lots of bitterness. A little bit of the dates or plums.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich and pleasant. Overall, this is a very solid beer. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 19:42:28 | More by snaotheus
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New Mexico

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 7 ounce bottle, the beer pours a dark amber color with very little foam. The aroma is strong with candy sugar and laced with dark fruit overtones. Smooth and slightly carbonated on the palate. It starts sweet, offering a few tobacco notes as it glides back. Bitterness rises at the end to finish it off. Overall this is a good beer. I would appreciate more depth, perhaps more age, for Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 01:38:35 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of Ascender


4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift from my bro-in-law and I'm thankful for it!

A cloudy burnt umber pour with a one finger head and medium lacing afterwards.

The nose has plum, pine and a bit of wood, or almost bark in it.

The taste is cinnamon, allspice, hops, pine and a high sweetness where the alcohol comes through. It's really tasty but it's clearly a high alcohol beer, that taste is unmistakable.

That said, I really enjoyed this. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:42:46 | More by Ascender
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy dark amber color with a thin tan colored head.

Toasted malt, caramel, and grassy hop. A little bit of earthy hop or peat in there also.

Initial flavor is of sweet toasted grain and caramel malt. The earthy and grassy hops then kick in to cut through the sweetness and give it a peppery spice and bitterness. These are strong flavors that complement and balance each other very well.

Good carbonation makes it smooth. A little bit oily.

Very nice beer here. There's no doubt that this is a sipper. The flavors are very strong yet blend together very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 23:53:16 | More by Kromes
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Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 release poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, bourbon, some fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bourbon, caramel, brown sugar and a little fruit. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a touch of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is strong considering the age of the beer and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 00:03:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like Barleywines, unless they are too sweet. Like many good Rogue beers the flavor of the Old Crustacean was never lacking, and for a high gravity beer that is important. One of the best Barleywines I have had.

Brewed 2004
Bottled 2004
Drank 2012 in a beer snifter.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:51:54 | More by DocZygote
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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was given a bottle from 1998 that an uncle had cellared. I cracked it open on a damp, cool September night. I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. I'm thinking it might have been slightly past its prime (14 years is quite a long time I know) but it was enjoyable. The alcohol had all but vanished but there was some subtle bitterness that felt out of place. It was definitely better when it was closed (cold) then after I had let it sit. The warmer it got the worse I felt it got. I have another bottle that was cellared in 2010 so I think I'll try that shortly and compare the two. I have no doubt about it's legendary status but, for me, this wasn't spectacular, just merely good.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 19:02:45 | More by darktower
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cold and rainy September night calls for this crustacean to make an appearance

A- a dark orange and copper body fills the glass with ruby hue on the edges of the glass. A good looking barley wine appearance

S- good caramel and toffee scent is completely surrounded by dark fruit and raisin scents. Some sweet sugar and mollases are in the background as well

T- very heavy handed syrupy caramel flavor with dark fruit flavor all over. Alcohol is very evident but also invited. Really a full bodied barleywine

M- syrupy full flavor that is smooth

O- crustacean is a powerful barleywine that is smooth but does pack a powerful punch. Good enjoyable flavor

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 02:26:29 | More by lovindahops
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Unsure of vintage or dating here.

Muddy murky orange and light brown body, with a faint tan head that falls to a good collar, but a bit of a hazy top.

Nose is warm, inviting. Boozy malt and alcohol, figgy, warm pleasant spices of nutmeg slightly. Good dark sugars hide, not too cloying or syrupy, but big.

A good hop kick to this barleywine on the palate. Bitter mellow astringent hop, hits in the mid palate with a good thick warming malt body. Not much fruit like undertones to this, but a good solid malt backbone provides a good canvas. Mouthfeel is light, but full of flavor. Carries the flavors real nicely. Hints of pine and earth finish on the swallow, with a light bodied malt density. Seems like a contradictory statement, but it works.

Overall quite a good and very different from most barleywines. Nice to grab this one for a change.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 23:32:28 | More by smakawhat
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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage (7oz) into a glass

A: Warm deep apple cider color with warm red notes. thin white lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and dark fruit notes with vanilla and a little booze.

T: Bright dark fruit taste that finishes with the other tastes noted in the smell.

M: Medium with a light amount of carbonation.

O: I would have this again but I wouldn't search very hard for it. Nonetheless, a very decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 04:05:44 | More by ediaz
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

2008 vintage.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a sweet flavor and an herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink with some nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 03:22:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a murky dark apple cider appearance with minimal tan head the leaves thin spotty lacing. 

S:  Huge roasted caramel aroma, luscious berry wheat bread, coriander, dry dog food, soy sauce, burnt toffee, musky yeast. Once swirled the sweet aroma of alcohol stings the nose. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose bready, loaded with sweetness and roasted caramel. The taste opens up the palate to bitter citrus and pine resin. Decently thick and silky mouthfeel that has subtle carbonation. Finish is dry with bitter fruity and grassy hops. 

O:  This beer is huge on the sweetness, bready malts and the bitterness is there but not truly pronounced.   I think this has faded somewhat but is still good regardless. The flavors really playoff each other a develop a complex and balanced beer.  Bottled in 2010 I can tell that the hops have faded quite a bit. I was expecting to have a big robust hop palate but I will have to find a fresh bottle to get the real flare of this beast. That being said it has aged very well. 

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 00:49:26 | More by Hopswagger
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New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottled in 2000 Sampled in 2012 so it's got a bit of age on it. Pours a mostly clear dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. The aroma is filled with caramel dark sugar and lots of dark fruit with some alcohol and a bit of wet cardboard. The flavor is dark sugars and cherries and raisins with a healthy dose of warming alcohol. There's an earthy herbal component in there as well. Medium to thin body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet harsh alcohol type mouthfeel. Its nice to be able to try a 12 year old bottle of barleywine. I've had fresher bottles of this and felt the alcohol was a bit too present, and this proves that age won't fix that. The twist off cap probably didn't help much, but there was still a little bit of carbonation. Nice to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 05:36:37 | More by johnnnniee
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to David Rosen for bringing over the 2 small bottles (Flying Dog and Rogen)!

Maybe the age has killed the carbonation, but very undercarbonated.

For its age, the dryness isnt as strong as id expect. Which kind of scares me because usually sweetness turns to dryness with age. Lots of very sweet toffee and even more caramel. Im thinking its soooo sweet that its almost dry.

i so wish it tasted like it smelled, but nope. Its kind of bland actually. Its sweet, but not as sweet as it smells. Its like an overly dry, almost off tasting sweetness that turns me off. I think it may have oxidized. I think I want dry sweetness, but I get some dryness, but the grains feel dry (and they dont work with the sweeter notes at all).

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 20:02:19 | More by VncentLIFE
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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,064 ratings.