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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,118 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,118
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4
pDev: 14%
Wants: 84
Gots: 107 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev 0%

12-26-2012 00:55:28 | More by t0rin0
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

12-10-2011 21:48:23 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

11-18-2011 18:40:16 | More by nmann08
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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

01-29-2012 07:09:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

02-24-2012 22:10:34 | More by kjkinsey
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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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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

02-27-2012 05:54:34 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-05-2014 02:51:24 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%

03-09-2013 21:47:51 | More by spycow
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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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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -25%

03-06-2014 14:58:36 | More by GRG1313
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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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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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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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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

11-23-2011 05:10:24 | More by JAHMUR
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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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nickfl

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

A - Poured with a small, light brown head on top of a somewhat hazy, dark brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - Aromas of figs and pine hops with some spicy alcohol notes. Complex malt character of caramel and toffee with some molasses.

T - Sweet caramel up front with velvety hop flavors of pine. Rich malt flavors of molasses and toffee mix with the hops and yeast to produce flavors of rum and chocolate covered cherries. The flavors darken in the finish with notes of burnt caramel that are balanced by strong bitterness and mustardy hop flavors. Lingering spicy alcohol notes along with molasses and tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Nice, complex malt character with very complex dark sugars. I have had fresh bottles of this beer before, when it tastes like acetone and vomit, and the two years that were supposedly on this keg improved it vastly. Both the hops and alcohol have mellowed significantly and the malt character has become darker and more complex. There is still enough of the resinous hops and sharp alcohol left to keep the beer intense and lend it a boozy quality. This was quite good, but I suspect that there is still room for improvement. I can't wait to crack open the five year old bottle that I have in my cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 04:27:37 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

10-16-2012 17:11:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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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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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
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