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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

XS Old CrustaceanXS Old Crustacean

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1,068 Ratings

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Ratings: 1068
Reviews: 686
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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Photo of ADZA


3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got a two litre growler of this from Cellarbrations Carlisle it's been a while since i sampled this and pours a rusty copper hue with an off white two finger creamed head and clingy leggy boozy lacing nice,the nose is butterscotch,marzipan,toffee,a touch of booze and a distinct herbal hoppiness and yeah it's a barley wine alright with a nice full well carbonated feel and the taste starts sweet with caramel malts,butterscotch,maple syrup and toffee finished with a fruitcake bittersweetness and overall well worth the price compared to buying it in bottle and well worth a try cheers.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2013 14:58:22 | More by ADZA
Photo of gurpapete


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, drank on the couch. As with any barleywine Style beer the aftertaste on this beer is not for the faint of heart. The nose is caramely and very malty. At 11.5 abv there is virtually no head. A little too carbinated for a traditional barleywine but lines ones gut like the best of the bunch! Being a sucker for barleywines I have to give this beer high remarks.

Serving type: growler

07-27-2010 20:55:19 | More by gurpapete
Photo of HeyItsChili


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

A - Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours hazy garnet with blond highlights with a thin ecru head.

S - Sweet, caramel malts with a slight hop tinge coming through.

T - The bitter hops load the frontend of the taste before sweet malt takes over and blends with a sort of pepper/brown sugar essence before finishing with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - On the thick side of medium, viscous, decent carbonation.

Notes - Really tasty, strong but not overpoweringly so, a nice sipping beer.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2009 22:41:53 | More by HeyItsChili
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a rich mahogany color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head and good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of hops, malt and caramel.

T: The big thing you notice here are the highly bitter hops. It's inescapable. However, this mixes well with the malt, caramel and pepper. A big taste with lots of noticable alcohol.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a chewy texture and a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a well made, drinkable beer, but not one I could sit down and drink a whole lot of. Still, a solid brew.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2009 15:10:56 | More by avalon07
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: reddish brown color, with a slight haze but not quite opaque. two fingers of a tan head that fades at a decent pace to almost nothing

Smell: strong herbal hops, smaller citrus notes, some alcohol coming through. backend is full of malts, mostly crystal and some earthiness. not a whole lot of sweetness but a small amount of caramel

Taste: opens up with lots of hops. resin, herbal, citrus and spice. plays into an astringent bitter alcohol. malts are barely hanging on, with some light sweetness and crystal character.

Mouthfeel: super bitter and resiny. heavy and low carbonation causing a stickiness.

Overall: i bought this one mostly for the sweet swing-top ceramic bottle. I found the beer to be a bit over priced and but just not doing it for me. the flavors are to untamed and harsh.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 13:51:00 | More by SportsandJorts
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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 Flounder57


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at Stoddard's in Boston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson mahogany color with no clarity or vision of bubbles. Nice frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: caramel, toffee, raisins, fruity, grassy spicy hops, and cherry.

Taste: Same ad above. Based on the smell, I figured it wouldn't be that sweet. Hoppy bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, sipper, low carbonation, and a little booze.

Overall: Pretty nice barleywine. Could use a bit more sweetness, but I'm happy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 00:14:17 | More by Flounder57
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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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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a goblet.

A- Poured a rich mahogany color with off-white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Lots of malt sweetness in the aroma, cherry, sweet, and toffee.

T- Lots of rich and decadent maltiness, big cherry, raisin, caramel, toffee, very bready, and light citrusy notes on the finish. Moderate bitterness, it does have some hop character but is very much malt forward.

M- Very full-bodied and chewy, some warming, and some stickiness.

O- I am not a big barleywine guy and a little goes a long way with me, but this really was a dessert beer. I don't like overly sweet beers so the wallop of hop bitterness kept it from being too sweet for me, but I doubt I would ever want more than 10 ounces at once.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 00:54:30 | More by Hoptometrist
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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
Photo of ncketchum


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
Photo of Beerenauslese


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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3.14/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On Tap (2007)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

(Aged for 6 years)

Murky brown with little head. Some trace carbonation bubbles present. Leaves the glass only oily on the way down.

Sweet sticky caramels and oxidation are heavy in the aroma. Little else.

Flavor is a fairly bitter one alongside lots of oxidation and sweetness. Some very old hop character is left. Drinkable, but 4 ounces is a generous pour.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit slick.

Decent, but I wouldn't want any more than my 4 ounce pour.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 15:09:43 | More by ehammond1
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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
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, on-tap at Bar Hop.

Dark amber in colour. Small white head, nice lacing. Fades quickly.

Smell is not particularly strong. Bready malt, caramel, some grassy notes.

Sweet caramel malt flavour-wise, along with toffee. Decently hopped, some pine and slight citrus. Well balanced with a slightly bitter finish.

Medium to full bodied, moderately carbonated. Oily. Surprisingly light bodied given the ABV.

Overall, pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 18:02:03 | More by jrenihan
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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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been a long time since I've had an old style Rogue for various reasons.
Draft at Grapevine.  Dark amber pour, just a ring of white.

Aroma,  mostly hops, citrus and pine.  There is an exteamly faint caramel malt.

Taste,  a sweet caramel up front, then fruitcake.  Then dominated by the bitter hops, pine and some grapefruit.  A little unpleasant alcohol.  Kind of a toasted malt with slight anise finish.  

Pretty big and sticky.  Carbonation keeps it from being too sticky.  Definetely some warmth, can see this should get less abrasive with some age.

An old standard.  Probably a good starting place for those new to the style. Yet another reminder of why I prefer a good English Barleywine though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 02:09:14 | More by Bung
Photo of Kromes


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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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.