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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

XS Old CrustaceanXS Old Crustacean

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,067 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1067
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.

25º PLATO
110 IBU
83 AA
57º Lovibond

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the 97 and the 2003 at Beer Bistro Winter Fest. 2003 was nice and drinkable, hoppy. the 97 was rich and smoke. 97 some smoke. Crisp bitterness but also malt sweetness there so it is an awakening of the palate. 3.5 years later on tap but nowhere as good, age this one.
5.5 years later, Aged somewhat.big off-white head on medium brown. Some medicinal and peppermint aromas. Some licorice in taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 19:34:13 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was nice enough. Rich dark amber in color with a smooth look to it. Nice cloudiness to it. Some carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass, with a nice amount odd white head sitting on top of it. Smooth settle, left behind only trace amounts of side lacing. The aroma was rich, light notes of alcohol and a ton of bready malts. Hints of pine resin hops and a nice, touch of grain mingling in throughout the profile. The flavor was smooth as could be, a very mellow barley wine with hints of caramel and a muted hop note. Interesting balance here, with the alcohol mostly hidden in amongst the profile. Easy to sip, the carbonation was spot on.

Overall an enjoyable barley wine that I am glad I had the chance to try. I would say this would be worth another look.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:00:14 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (courtesy of Okbeer): Poured a cloudy orange/reddish color ale with a medium head with pretty good retention. Aroma of sweet malt and floral/bitter hops mix. Taste is a mix of sweet malt and an incredible amount of bitter hops. In fact, there is just too much hops in this to make it truly enjoyable for me. Body is full and alcohol is also present and provides an enjoyable warming feeling. But in the end, I guess this is just too one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 17:18:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rich O's Gravity Head '08:

The tap didn't do much to soften the carbonation, alcohol strength of hop agression. Certainly the kitchen sink of barley wines, but a lot of age will do this beer a lot of good. Can't deny the complexity or depth of flavors though.

August 10, 2005: Bottle:

Not for the timmid. Yep, I'm apparently timmid. Looks somewhere from brown to ruby red in color. Not quite clear, but pours a thick tan head and laced well. Smells like everything: malt, molassas, hops, grapes, prunes, raisons, chocolate, toffee, berries...the list goes on. Tastes like (see smells like...) with emphasis on the dark fruits; add dates, figs, almonds, and red wine. Very agressive with the flavoring and bittering hops: no punches pulled here. Strong body, thick and a bit oily. Quite chewy and almost nausiating (in a good way if there is such a thing.) Finishes anything but dry. Flavors fade slowly. I opened one three days ago and I'm still sipping on it. All in all, a good complex Barley Wine. Too abrupt now, but is certain to meld and mature with time. Buy now, but drink next year.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 23:41:17 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, medium brown body with, well, no head, but what do you expect with such a punchy ABV.

Smell: Full maltiness and a strong alcohol presence, it seems a bit like a brown sugar liqueur. Even four years later, there's still a deep, resinous hop character smelling of orangey citrus and pine with a slight grassiness.

Taste: Dry, restrained maltiness with only a minor brown sugar and dark caramel flavor with far less sweetness than I was expecting from the nose. Still well-hopped for being near the half a decade mark, though it's also less than the nose led me to believe. Flavors of oranges and tangerines with a twist of pine. Some grassiness. Warming alcohol presence throughout. Bitterish finish with a long, lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Years later and the hops are still very much prevalent. I had hoped for a deeper maltiness to have emerged, but I can be tough to satisfy in the malt department.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 02:07:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Real nice pour,pours a chesnut brown with a slight orange hue with a nice creamy almond colored head.Aroma is fruity and sweet,a very chewy beer nice and fruity with a definent hop profile in the finish.This beer is an American classic to some and it is a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 23:34:10 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2001 Vintage: Pours a hazy, reddish body that appears dark brown when sitting upon the bar. The head is densely creamy and holds well, but it leaves only minor lace. Rich notes of fruity, deep caramel malt and piney hops rush forth to assault the nose. Astounding! The bouquet is almost good enough to simply enjoy on it's own. As I make my way through the serving, between sips I will often simply lift the glass to my nose and breathe in it's resiny goodness. Lingering over it's caramel sweetness and thin sharp fruit, one glass could easily be enjoyed for well over an hour (and I credit that towards its drinkability). But onward... it's full bodied with a very fine, gentle carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. The flavor starts with rich caramel maltiness, followed quickly by a tour du force of hop flavor that's almost minty! It's intensely rich with notes of licorice and toffee at first, but the sweetness and berry-like fruitiness begin to ooze out as it warms. This is a potion that's best enjoyed slightly warm! Alcohol isn't really noticeable on the palate, although it's clearly there somewhere. It finishes dry with loads of hop flavor (pine, spruce, citrus) and bitterness, but some residual malt sweetness as well. It really coats the mouth and throat with hoppiness that's almost spicy and has the drying feel of smoke. That, coupled with what dark malt is there, teeters on appearing roasty. Although it's all right-there in front of you and easy to see, this beer is actually quite complex! It changes as it warms, and as your palate becomes overwhelmed. There's just no keeping up with it's brutal hop assault! And that's one of the reasons that Crusty is just as good whithin the year of it's release as it is with several years time. Well worth putting a case away to cellar!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 19:04:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

750ml black-painted clay bottle. It's American Repeal Day, so it's time to break out the biggest, baddest Yankee brew in my fridge...this is the 2008 edition. Nice name - even if it conjures up images of spoiled seafood, when you really think about it.

This beer pours a hazy, muddled orange brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and lazily foamy beige head, which renders some spooky layered horror story webbed lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells strongly of stewed black fruits - prunes, raisins, and dried cherries - a stoic caramel/toffee malt, pungent citrus rind oil and pine needle hops, and a bristling, mildly metallic alcohol warming. The taste conversely leads with the big and bitter pine resin and citrus flesh hoppiness, followed up tightly by the caramel, butterscotch, and toffee malt, a bit of singed camping toast, addled, indistinct dark fruit, just a touch (or is it a nod?) of cellar mustiness, and a pleasantly plump, well-rounded alcohol heat.

The carbonation is fairly soft, a mere frothiness lulling me as I merrily trod on, the body an even medium weight, mostly smooth, a bit thick at times, and creamy in the airy citrus sense. It finishes quite robustly sweet and malty, until those hops come crashing back down for another devastating round on yer palate.

As much as I like a hoppy full-frontal, this seems a tad out of balance for a barleywine, but let's face it, I was duly suckered in after that first gulp of 110 IBU insanity. The difference between this, and the biggest DIPAs out there is negligible, at best. Overall, as the tablewine-esque booze level is basically thoroughly integrated, imma just gonna sit back, and enjoy this heady mutha of a beer, until it slowly creeps up on me. Repeal this, those who had/have/would have the temerity to deprive us all of such well-made craft.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 01:50:04 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 1/2 years later, it's time for a new review with a new package style. the 26 ounce, swingtop ceramic type. The kind I hate, but went ahead and spent $13.45 on anyway...slap some celophane on me, and call me a sucker. At least I know it's good beer in here.

It poured flame -red, but is a dark mahogany in the glass, capped with a warm, cocoå-toned head, creamy and inviting.

Classy aroma. Cognac, well-tempered, ...strength doesn't scream, and flavor is subtle compared to the dragon's-breath of other, bolder barleywines. Dark fruit and leather, hints of chocolate, a mess of malt, with a friendly fleet of hops.

Taste: big, rich, and bitter are the main traits that jump on the palate and overtake the mouth, but in spite of it's bigness, this is actually a mellow, relaxing affair. Not too hot, not too alcoholic, not too punishing, juuust right.
Burnished brandy meets cocoa and cherries, in a sophisticated blend.

Long finish, very complex flavors, hangs definitely in the mouth, thoroughly full-bodied.

I'm going to run out for some seafood, to match curstacean for crustacean.
But, my, this is a nice reunion!
Truly a standard for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 01:12:44 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1998 7oz bottle - an extra from tthomas in a recent trade. Served in my Foothills taster glass (also from a recent trade with Wespatrick).

A - Poured totally flat, although that's not totally unexpected for such an old brew, seeing as it isn't very frothy even when fresh. Murky raisin color with elements of orange and brown. I'd normally be harder on a brew that looked like this, but since it's over 10 years old and from such a high-gravity style I'll cut it a little slack.

S - Tons of caramel, toffee, apple, brown sugar, and dried fruits (raisins, prunes, etc.). The smell is huge and you can even get a sense that there was once a ton of hops in this brew with a few hints of pine and citrus. It smells utterly delicious.

T - Unfortunately, the taste seems a bit muted. There's still lots of caramel, brown sugar, apple, and rumcake, but you can tell that some oxidization has occurred. There's also an odd woody aftertaste that isn't overwhelming, but isn't all that pleasant either.

M - For the style the minimal carbonation isn't offensive, and the texture is silky smooth with a bit of alcohol warmth. There's lots of residual stickiness as well.

D - The 7oz bottle is definitely appropriate for the style, and I had no difficulty drinking the whole thing. I'd even consider having a second one - if I had access to one that is. Obviously the high ABV prevents this from being a session brew.

I think 1998 Old Crusty might be past its prime - it's nowhere as tasty as the '98 J.W. Lees or the 1996 Westy 8 that I've tried. I'd be interested in checking out something from the early aughts to see if that is peaking right now. Still, I was very glad that I got to try this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 03:45:41 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

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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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to brandoman63 for this one out of the blue!
2004 vintage, brewed and bottled same year.

Pours out a deep dark russet color. Thin cap of khaki head, about a quarter inch, which dissipates in a couple minutes. Slightly reddish around the edges, but almost opaque otherwise. Foam returns with a moderate swirl.

Aroma is woody with dry pine needles on the forest floor, oxidized malts, and some minor toffee sweetness in the back. Reminding me of the Hardy's I had a few days ago, but it's not that similar. Alcohol is pretty well hidden though it surfaces after about 15 minutes in the glass.

Rich malt complexity, sandalwood, tea, pine, and toffee. Long finish with a good dose of residual bitterness. The enduring hop content tends to distract from any oxidation, though it's present, and not unpleasant. Almost a minty note from the hops, certainly numbing. Low to medium carbonation, very suited to the barleywine. A very slow sipper, I look forward to finishing this over an hour or so. Probably a nice cigar beer...

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 01:43:01 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1/4" head. The nose is really malty with some hop overtones. There is a large presence of crystal and other specialty malts. The taste is good, but a bit high on the abv.. There is a nice balance between the malt and hop flavor. This makes the elevated abv. more managable. The mouthfeel is good; smooth and not overly carbonated. This a heavy bodied beer. It is a good one and done beer; tastey and powerful.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 01:01:59 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, copper color with a small, bubbly, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled syrupy sweet with some subtle floral notes.

T - It tasted of very sweet malt and actually brought some bitter hops.

M - It was fairly sharp and crisp. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This was pretty good. I'd like to see how it would taste after a couple years. Maybe the hops would mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 01:40:02 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml ceramic bottle, unknown Vintage (possibly a few years old), Sampled June 2007
Pours with a frothy, almost two-finger thick (when roused vigorously), dirty, pale brown colored head. The beer is an almost brilliantly clear, deep red color when held up to the light, otherwise it is an opaque, drab, dark amber color. The aroma smells quite sweet and malt focused, with some aged malt notes as well. Notes of sherry and prunes are noticeable around the edges making me guess that this is at least a couple years old. Hop aromatics are still noticeable, with notes of muddy herbs, dulled orange zest, tangelo and some sweet lychee aromatics being noticeable.

The taste is quite a bit drier than I was expecting and it does not have the rich syrup-like body I was expecting. It does have a gripping bitterness in the finish that is almost harshly astringent. Aged malt character definitely shows up here with notes of dusty, toasted grain / chocolate in the finish, and a touch of sherry. In many ways the flavors here just seem washed up, especially considering that I was hoping for gracefully aged.

I have had this beer long ago, and have even heard recently how bitter this beer was, but I was still a bit surprised by how tongue scrapingly hoppy the bitterness of this beer is; even in this obviously aged sample it still dominates the finish with an unwavering grip. With the lightish body, and without the dark color, this would almost pass for a modern day double IPA; though it might perhaps be a mediocre example. I will have to try a fresh bottle of this soon to see what that is like.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 22:00:59 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dove deep into my wallet for this one. I ordered a vintage bottle from 1994 at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. This beer was brought out with the old design that's shown here on BA. The Beer was poured out into a wine glass. The beer had a few bubbles left but not nearly as much as any fresh brew. The color of the beer was a reddish brown color with some sediment floating around in it. The smell of the beer was pretty boozy, with some wine like aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer has some malty fermented fruit flavors in there. There is also a heat in there coming from the ABV. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty thin now and flat. Overall it was a lot of fun having a beer this old. I wouldn't pay for one of these again though.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 16:05:05 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a thin head that becomes a lasting patch. Head briefly reappears upon gentle swirling. Not bad head retention for the abv level.

The smell is of dark caramel, cocoa, dark and citric fruit, brown sugar and some peppery alcohol.

The taste is of cocoa, toffee/caramel - sweet with fruity alcohol. Strong citrus/pine hop presence in background. Long, warming finish.

The feel is rich - full, but not overly syrupy. Smooth for richness and abv.

Wow - this is an AWESOME American barleywine. Delicious, aggressive, rich, well-balanced for style. A work of brewing art - one of the best (if not the best) American barleywines I've had! Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 18:03:40 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep amber brown hue with a tan off white head, just from the texture of the pour I can tell this is a very big beer. Well here we go aroma from the beginning I am getting notes of plum buried deep inside a garden of overzealous vinous hops of pine cone slash grapefruit west coast variety but with the deep overly ripened fruit tones this is a definite monster barley wine great. The forefront of the flavor gives an eye-opening rush of hop bitterness mixed with some joyous malt and fruit undertones, just a huge beer from Rogue I admire a brewery willing to go over the top but still create an outstanding example of a barley wine. With deep tones of alcohol and slightly salty sweet shimmering notes of malt this beer is quite an experience bottled in 2002, just amazing. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy without being cloying in my opinion. Drinkability is well try one and leave it at that what an experience a must try west coast barley wine, let's put it this way Bigfoot is tame compared to this.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 13:20:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/4" head. No lacing with this this beer.

Smell: loads of malt and dark fruit sweetness rise from the glass.

Taste: big malt profile with brown sugar, prunes, some mild fig flavors, alcohol, and a nice bitterness. Big and bold flavors that change as it warms.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the malty goodness and alcohol warming last a while.

Drinkability: very nice for the style. A definite slow sipping beer but more than one glass could be had over the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 13:46:24 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Naja's Place, 2004 Vintage,

A: Pours a murky dark brown with a full tan head into a Chimay snifter, head has good retention.

S: Complex mix of malt and hop notes, some alcohol, pretty typical American barleywine smell.

T: This is really good. Only having had Old Crustacean fresh it was a joy to have it at 4 years old. Great hop character still, in comparison to the '04 Bigfoot I had after which was still excellent but much more a malt bomb. Excellent balance, full pine, grass and terpene flavour. Malt gives strong toffee and caramel, all the flavours are big, definitely aggressive, but they work really well together, excellent.

M: Strong, full-bodied and full of hop resin. Light carbonation after the aging gives it good drinkability.

D: This is an outstanding American Barleywine and the beer I think Rogue really shines in, a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 02:18:30 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

gnarly beer. pours a hazy golden amber color and looks thick and sticky. like the texture of marshmallow fluff. smells mildly hoppy and just super strong. was told by the barkeep it was 121 IBUs, which would make this the most bitter beer i have ever consumed, but it didnt feel bitter, or certainly not 121 units bitter. did little to mask the alcohol in any event, this was just brimming with boozey punch. a pint of this could kill a casual beer drinker. overall just a huge beer, not for the faint of heart, and even gnarly for a barleywine, which tend to be burley to begin with. cool to try around the holidays for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 20:11:17 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Since Alabama "free'd the Hops" I reaped the benefits in Huntsville.
Poured a cloudy copper color with a thin, yet rich white head. Nose is hops, fruits, caramel and some pine. Taste is very good. Lots of hops and you can tell this things has serious IBU. Mostly nutty and raisin, some dark fruit perhaps plum, but very discrete.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2009 13:36:42 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, 10 year old keg on-tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse.

Red-amber in a 12 oz. glass. Poured without head but still left a delicate lacing. Smells amazing. Very sweet and fruity aroma, almost like a spiced rum. Taste is very complex, almost too much for me. Starts sweet with citrus, then very rich and fruity which fades out as bitterness comes in.

Nice mouthfeel with a pleasant bitterness. Fairly easy to drink for a 10 year old barleywine. Wow, best barleywine I've had to date. Damn!

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2005 02:55:25 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/03/11 notes. 2002 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz, glass into a snifter.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Still looks pretty good.

s - Smells of caramel malts, dark fruits, molasses, toffee, and bready malts. No real booze, this smells really good and has held up wonderfully.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, musty notes, bready malts, light sweet fruit and molasses, and very light alcohol. Not quite as good as the nose, as it was slightly musty, but still in good shape.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Not much alcohol warmth, the time has really mellowed this one out.

o - Overall a very good barleywine that definitely holds up. Not too much alcohol considering the ABV, I'm guessing because of the age, and it smells amazing. Would like to have it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 18:02:19 | More by mdfb79
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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
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