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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
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1,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 689
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 87
Gots: 116 | FT: 7
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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Photo of Stingray5
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 bottling. Pours a gorgeous chestnut with a small head that reduced to an island of foam in the shape of Italy. Aroma is sweet fruit with raisin and fig undertones. Incredibly thick mouthful with what might just be the perfect level of carbonation. Taste is an incredible balance of sweet fruit, bitter chocolate/coffee, spices, and hops. Finish is a dry, almost chalky bitterness, but not in a bad way. Bitterness aside, smooth as silk and not even a hint of the 11% abv present in this beast. Wonderful.

Stingray5, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

26 degrees Plato, IBU 120, Apparent Attenuation 73.1, Lovibond 38.

Brewed with Great Western Harrington, Klages, Hugh Baird Carastan and Munich Malts, Chinook and Centennial Hops, and PacMan yeast.

Pours out to a murky dark amber, forming a sticky dark beige head with a vigorous pour. Retention and lacing are very good. Aroma hits me first with the immediate impression of very ripe strawberries. This is actually created by the interesting mix of the very sweet floral hops, yeast, alcohol, and the prunes, raisins, and figs contributed by the rich amber malts. Mouthfeel is silken smooth with a dense body. Taste begins with brilliant, pungent hops (equally herbal, floral, and earthy), followed by a menagerie of sticky sweet malts with the raisin and prunes characteristics. These are perfectly in balance until a wave of astringent alcohol hits the taste buds, followed by a very intense herbal bitterness which slowly edges into the finish and seems to last forever. The finish is dry and woody with lots of pine notes. Suprisingly, the alcohol is only perceptable in mouthfeel and brainfeel.

This is an excellent brew, completely different from the tap version (see my other review). This is one of the best barleywines around, however I think it would be better if the bittering hops in the finish were more subdued, as it loses it's balance towards the end and limits it's drinkability.

Mitchster, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

WesWes, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a blood red color with a tan ring of lacing. The aroma has a fruity maltiness. Has a biscuity malt aroma as well. It has a very malty, fruity flavor which flows to a deep bitter finish. Definitely a high octane brew. It will warm you up. It is very complex in its aromas and flavors. A very good Barley-wine that I would definitely sample again.

BeerBuilder, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of beerinator
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep Ruby Brown.

Aroma- Heavy fruity esters, with hints of caramel and cherry.

Taste- Lingering bitterness. Heavy bitterness up front with caramel undertones. Almost a tingly burn.

Notes- Could be awesome with a slice of carrot cake, or pecan pie with a scoop of ice cream. This is a great beer from a very respectable brewery. This beer is begging for aging. If you buy some, make sure you save it for a while.

beerinator, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of Boto
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1995 vintage. A local beer bar had an aged keg that had been brought from Rogue for a tasting night. I was very impressed by this beer. Time has been very good to it. The color is a rich copper color. Almost no head to it. The aroma is very malty sweet. There is a bit of hops to the nose. They are more prevalent in the taste, but time has married the hops and malts quite well. There is a sweet smoothness to the beer, with a subtle, but potent hop aftertaste. It seems as if it has to get awhile to get to this point, but well worth the wait if you have some to put down!

Boto, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002..

Sweet nutty rich smell. Deep ruby color. Tan head disapates rapidly (ABV) to a lighter pale lace and sheen. Original round rich smooth malt, orange peel, and cherry followed quickly by a crushingly bitter hoppy finish. Rich smooth mouth. Big grapefruit, quinine, orange peel, dry tongue... wonderful bitterness. As it warms in the goblet it rounds.. and rounds. Much better at slightly below room temperature! Yummmm.

frank4sail, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a dark reddish-brown with one fat finger of head. There is good lacing left on the glass. The smell is packed with hops, and there is some sweet caramel on the nose as well. The taste hits you like a brick wall. Loaded full of hops, this is what 120 IBUs tastes like huh? Somewhere underneath all those hops, there is a bit of a nutty flavor, and some alcohol as well. The mouthfeel is very heavy and strong. The drinkability is way down though. This beer can only be described as a Bigfoot that has just been kicked in the nuts and is out for blood.

SheepNutz, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of euskera
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out auburn read with a small head. Smell was hoppy, with some sweet malt in there. Taste was bitter hops, with alcohol and some sweetness in there. The hops were obtrusive to me; it seemed they were out of place. I prefer my barleywines on the sweet side, and I must admit I was dissapointed. This could have been so much better than it was, because I did get glimpses of what was behind the hops, but not enough to make this a beer I'd go back to on a regular basis...

euskera, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, an "Old Crusty"...2002 bottling...

Thick grainy pour, hazy nutmeg brown appearance with a speckly but pretty scant head. many ring laces. Resinous aromas, some balsam and hints of acidity and alcohol. Starts with a lump of malt, like a thick slug of molasses that evens out as the monster 120 IBUs makes its presence known. Still a ginger-like sweetness battles the hops valiently, but not quite so much of a throat kicker as a relatively new and raw Bigfoot. Pretty impressively brewed beer, thick and flavorful with a decent sense of balance when a characterful sweetness factors in to the equation. This beer may not calm down for quite a while.

ADR, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of far333
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

2000 vintage. Appearance is fairly average, with dark copper coloring and a dark beige frothy head that dissipates quickly. Looks can be deceiving - the aroma is the first clue. It's strong and consists of sweet malt, some hop bitter, and definite alcohol. Then the flavor sucker-punched me in the head. Huge flavor all at once, very rich and malty with a kickin' hop bitter, and an alcohol kick at the back of the tongue. Bitter orange peel aftertaste, with nuances of sweet candy. Tangy alcoholic bitter aftertaste sticks in the back of the throat. Very smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Low drinkability due to the wallop that is delivered. This one ended my evening, and then pounded my forehead in the morning.

far333, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sampled at Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR.

Appearance: deep reddish brown, some haze, fair amount of head for a BW, lacing

Aroma: some sweet malts and a big helping of piney hops

Flavor: rich sweetness prevails as long as the sip is held in your mouth, hop flavor creeps in slowly but then wallops your tastebuds immediately after swallowing, caramel, raisin, sweet finish despite high bittering rate

Mouthfeel: full body, on the verge of syrup, nice alcohol warmth without the burn

Overall Impression: I know it's probably blasphemous, but I'm not a huge fan of Rogue's beers. I've tried 9 or 10 of them and they were all pretty aggressively bitter, even their American Amber was assertive. Finely crafted beers and a brewery that deserves a lot of respect, but I find the high hop rate a bit boring. It's pretty easy to throw a ton of hops in a beer. I must admit, I'm not much of a hop-head, so take my Rogue reviews with a grain of salt. If there's a Rogue ale that is balanced, I'd like to try it.

GreenCard, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally tracked this one down. It's 2002 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, it explodes out of the glass with a thick looking off white head. However, the head was gone before the beer was half gone, leaving an unadorned reddish-brown liquid. The smell is almost all hops, with pine scents and a noticeable alcohol aroma. It's quite bitter initially, but the malt makes its presence known as it warms. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, and it's very drinkable for a 11%+ beer.

mickeymac, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 bottling - Color is a murky deep mahgoney with a very thin fizzy, dark ivory head, leaves a thin ring and minimal oily spotty lace. Smell is heavy, dark and earthy malts and juicy hops with a heavy tangyness and strong alcohol late. Taste is heavy, hefty amounts of dark roasty malts, smacked of dark, fat, earthy hops with solid tang and quick bitterness of woody pine and lingering heavy dryness. Full bodied and heavy, with sharp hop tones and texture. This may be a little young yet, I have three bottles left and I'll let em age some before opening the next, a definate revisit. It did get easier to handle as it warmed, but was still a major sipper.

Revisit 11/16/2003 of 2002 bottle - aged wondefully, hops more abundant in both smell and taste, much smoother drinkablity. Still hefty, load of wondefully mixed thick, heavy, chewy malts, hops have a darkened, dry bitterness, earthy, heavy pineyness with a mellower tone and balance. Ohh sooo nice...
Glad I decided to open it!

tavernjef, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of freed
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy in color, this beer was served in a 12oz glass only. It had little head that disipated quickly. The smell was wonderfully fruity and malty with hints of the hops and alcohol it contained.

The taste was equally warm and malty. Side notes of fruit and hops, all which was very smooth and was way to easy to drink. Decent for a barleywine, though not what I'd expected from Rogue. It made for a good desert though.

freed, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 27 October 2002. This reddish/brown barleywine starts out with lots of malt up front. It finishes w/ some hoppiness. The 11.3% ABV warms you up quite quickly. As barleywines go, this is a pretty good one. Just don't try & drive right afterwards.

jcalabre, Jun 09, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured very dark and had a moderate head and moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma was somewhat complex and I couldn't tell anything particular in the smell. The taste was very strong and difficult to drink at first, but you become accustomed to it quickly. With the alcohol content, it shouldn't be hard to drink several of these if you can get past the first one. Not at all pleasing at first, but it doesn't matter much after that.

clvand0, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of HumuloneRed
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 1998. This is a great beer that is pretty hard to consume when it is young. The hop flavor just invades your pallet like an atomic bomb, or an alpha bomb!. 4 years later it still has quit a hop bang! But more flavors come though now. Little or no oxidation at all. But it would be hard to tell. Some grapefruit mixed with prune. Bitterness lingers for a good while. Even though this beer was flat it had a lot to offer. But damn those small bottles because now I’m out!

HumuloneRed, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 1997. A murky, light amber in color, strong earthy and port aroma. Very thick as to be expected, some port and oak, yet some hop and malt notes up front. Vanilla beans, caramel, cola and slight peppery/spicy feel leads you searching for more. The definition of well rounded. Tasty, hoppy in the end, but the 120 IBUs are slightly masked, very crisp and belly warming, well aged, search for it now, cellar it, secure it and enjoy it. One of the best barley wines one the market.

GeoffRizzo, May 30, 2003
Photo of Darkale
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2002 edition.

Pours as thick as most barley wines, and creates a thin, creamy, tan-colored head. Aroma is deep and malty, and I could swear that I smelled nuts in it, too. Head recedes quickly, and the lacing is pretty good for a barley wine.

Taste brings out a wow! Deep, burning, brash malt taste. Tingles all the way to the back of your mouth. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, with a sour aftertaste. Much more brisk, burning, and raspy than expected.

Mouthfeel is chewy, rich, and slick.

This is not a casual beer. One of these is about as many as you are going to have in a 24 hour period. Perhaps those who counsel setting this beer aside for a while are right. It's in your face and aggressive. If you had a long night and a pleasant book, you could hardly do better (though I suspect your reading comprehension would suffer!).

Darkale, May 15, 2003
Photo of goz
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2002 bottle. Pour is deep hazy mahogany, thick bubbly tan head, mostly diminishing to leave a little lacing. Aroma is sweet, fruity, vinous, hints of alcohol. Flavor is strongly sweet, chewy maltiness, and then come a brutal hop attack that would probably make most wince. Body is full, alcohol becomes more present as it warms up.

goz, May 06, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, murky brownish-red hue with a small, quick to dissipate beige head, some spotty lace. Inviting nose, hoppy with secondary aromas of alcohol, plums, and sweet malt, not as potent as expected. Assertive palate, powerfully sweet… equally bitter, deep malt inroads, fruity notes, the alcohol is very obvious, maybe too much so. The aftertaste is raw, dry, burning alcohol, harsh. Full-bodied, meager carbonation… it isn’t all that “drinkable,” it is worth a try… I’d like to try an older vintage. There are better Barelywines available.

2002 vintage.

bditty187, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of Running4beer
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dated 2001.

WOW. What a beer. The aroma of this was so strong I could smell it on the other side of the room. Strong malty smell, some chocolate coming off of it and a bit of floral hops and some raisin/plum. Taste was a kick in the nuts if your not used to something like this. I don't think my tongue ever tasted so many flavors at one time. There was malts and hops and raisins and floral hops and chocolate and carmel and a black coffee no sugar and alcohol how can you leave that out there seems to be more but I can't put my finger or tongue on it. Just tons of flavor. WOW. It poured out a dark brown with red highlights and a thin lacey head that completely disappears, only thing left is the sticky lace around the snifter. At first the flavors make it so overwhelming you take your time drinking it.The drinkability is poor at first but as you let this warm it goes down a lot smoother. The mouthfeel is thick with a bit but not much carbonation. This is good beer but if your not used to the extreme flavors this puts out all at once watch out cause WOW just WOW.

Running4beer, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a very thin head. Plum and other dark fruit aroma with some alcohol. Taste is also of plums and raisins with hints of caremel. A great beer, but a couple years in the cellar may do this wonders.This was for the 2002 version so it's still pretty young. I think I'll buy a few more to let them age a bit.

dmarch, Apr 14, 2003
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.