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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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1,143 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,143
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 114 | FT: 8
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 Bruiser81
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured a very dark amber color looking almost purple when held to the light. The head was a half-inch thick and tan in color. The lacing was amazing forming perfect sheets all the way around. The smell was very fruity, it is some what like strawberries and raspberries. Hops and malt are also very present in the aroma. The taste is a slightly malty up front followed by some intense bitterness. Of course the alcohol is present in the taste, which makes for a good finish. The mouthfeel is medium, and it goes down fairly smooth for this strong of a beer.This brew has a definite warming effect. I'm pretty positive I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting.

Bruiser81, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of johnrobe
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2001 edition. 120 IBUs...Wow! The brew pours a deep shade of brown with orange highlights and a quickly disappearing off-white head. Gobs of fruit in the aroma, along with tootsie roll and a fine oloroso sherry. So many flavors...where to begin? Raisins, chocolate, malt, floral (hops), malt, sweet, dark bread, malt, toffee, malt, toasted nuts and alcohol. Hops bite is prominent but held in check by a moutain of malt. Chewy mouthfeel but not cloying. An excellent cold-weather sipper.

johnrobe, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a thick frothy head and leaves a serious lace. The bitterness is the taste that comes through. Their site lists the IBU at 120!! Good body, murky reddish brown - it is unfiltered. Hoppy finish. I'm going to keep a 22oz cellared for a year or so and see how it mellows.

jdhilt, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of Jarod
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2001, unfined, unfiltered. Rogue XS. Sediment at bottom of the bottle.
This beer poured into the glass a nutmeg color with orange hues on the edges. It was very cloudy and fairly carbonated. The head was fairly thick, not long lasting and a tan/cream color. No lace present. The aroma was robust and fairly simple until I took it outside and nosed it in the fresh February air at 22 F degrees. After that the aroma just burst into wild smells that were not noticeable inside. Smells of strong sweet fruits – apricots, tangerines, nectarines, green apples –also present were citrus hops, sweet malt, some cocoa hints and of course a waft of alcohol was present. It was thick in the mouth, flavors of a sweet malt, fruit, lite chocolate malt, yeast/bread, citrus tart hops and lots of alcohol. The aftertaste was a combination of alcohol and hops. WOW what a beer. Left you mouth feel great and wanting more. Rouge does it again.

Jarod, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. Bottled in 2002.

Appearance: Pours a very thick-looking and cloudy deep amber color. Poured some back in the bottle to swirl around and catch the layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Brownish-colored head quickly disappates.

Smell: An interesting mixture of sweetness, some alcohol, and some citrus mingling together.

Taste: I had a few sips prior to reading the bottle. Needless to say, I was very surprised to see that this beer has an IBU of *120*! There is no way that a beer with an insane 120 IBU can taste this smooth! The caramel sweetness is so prominent up front. It is only in the later stage that the prfound quantity of hops make their appearance. The alcohol has a lovely warming effect, perfect for this blustery, wintery evening we are experienceing. Also, the aftertaste is like having a Heath bar in your mouth...the toffee flavor is very prominent at the end and is so tasty on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Lovely. Large and creamy mouthfeel. Like Pepto-Bismol...it coats, soothes, and relieves.

Drinkability: This certainly got better as it warmed. I'm still trying to dial in my dedicated beer fridge temperature (happy birthday to me..) and it was about 40 degrees when I started. After letting it sit for about 30 minutes, it was definitely better. Overall, a very good barleywine. A little hop-heavy (a previous reviewer's quote of "The IPA of barleywine?" is certainly appropriate), but still very good.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of budgood1
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1998 vintage. 7 oz. bottle.

this old crusty pours out a murky golden brown color. a slight fizz of carbonation rushes up in a delayed fashion....quite peculier. a tantalizing aroma of malty beefness is first recognizable, then a surprisingly muted aroma of those medicinal, sinus tingling rogue hops. tastes run all over the place....malt is first and foremost, then the bitterness of the hops...sandwiched in all this is a bit of sour apples, other tart fruitiness, more citrusy hops, and hints of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. the mouthfeel is quite smooth, although the bitterness borders on puckering. alcohol is barely discernible. finishes quite dry and bitter. the bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste is lingering and tingling.

the hop load really caught up with me as i finished the bottle. lots of citrusy and fruity flavors coated my mouth long after the bottle was finished. this is a barley wine to wake up the senses and excite the taste buds. i'm assuming the age of this one mellowed out the profile somewhat, because it seemed so drinkable. needless to say i wasn't satisfied with only seven ounces, but it did warm me up a little bit! rogue old crusty is a great brew and proved to be a nice treat!

budgood1, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rogue barleywine: pours a reddish brown, very hazy. Off white head, with out much stickiness, and not a very long retention. Aroma is very malty, and quite strong. Hmm, the taste is not what I would have hoped. Very malty taste, with more than a little hint of hazelnut. Hops linger though, long lasting taste. As I sip the rest of the beer, the taste improves, although the aftertaste does not. After further reflection, I believe the high level of alcohol intrudes on the taste too much. Fairly decent, but I’d not pick it up again.

jackndan, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of HopheadEd
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I was drinking this beer I was thinking about my review, thank goodness I took notes! Pours a nice dark brown, speckled highlights of tan, off tan head that dissapates quickly. Hardly any head or lace, but good strong aroma of malt, hops and caramel. I could detect the alcohol on the first sip, along with roasted malts and big hops. Thick mouthfeel, a little creamy and hardly any carbonation. A big alcohol kick in the end, but the equally big hop kick balances well. Definitely a one and done as the alcohol got to me, still I could have one for dessert every night.

HopheadEd, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It poured a thick hazy darkish brown with no head at all. Just a fine layer of foam, barely. The smell had a malty, citrus, hoppy aroma with a hint of alcohol. The taste was very flavorful with the citrus and malty flavor and a smooth sweet/bitter creamy taste in the mouth. Then, after all is done the bitterness hit you like a sludge hammer. That bitterness was to stong for my taste. The aroma and flavor were just so complex, but to be ruin by the extreme bitterness, was such a shame.

BeerManDan, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of Mark
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one powerful brew and sure warmed me up on a chilly night. Color is a deep tawny brown, nice darkish head, lacing was decent but started only halfway down the glass. A very hoppy over the top ale, very bitter and tart. Thick substantial body, and smells real nice.This is a complete opposite from Old Nick which was much smoother but not near as aromatic. A very substantial and heavily hopped strong ale. The IPA of Barley Wines? Fine for slow sipping on a winter evening

Mark, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of Sixpack595
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Of the few Barleywines I've tried, this is the worst. Not bad, but the others were better. The taste was a bit ragged with a harsh bitterness. I like my hops, but not these hops I guess. I really expected to like this beer more. I like Barleywines, I like bitter, I like hops. This beer is less than the sum of its parts. I'll try it again after some serious ageing.

Sixpack595, Jan 31, 2003
Photo of comat0se
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one powerful brew! In the glass, it's a hazy, chesnut brown with an off-white, yellowish, loose, quickly disappating head. Floral hops, light citrus, and malt fruitiness is on the nose. Flavor is rich caramel, intense, malt sweetness, followed by spicy hops and a spicy alcohol mix which then fades into a masochistic grapefruit peel assault on the taste buds. To call the finish of this bitter is a massive understatement. The bitterness feels like it's digging out the core of your tastebuds... and for some reason I find it enjoyable! The first sip, I thought, "hmm, this isn't that bitter..." but it just intensified as I went on. A worthy candidate for my 20th review.

comat0se, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well this is my first Rogue Ale brew and I have to say it is great. Pours a caramel amber color with a fluffy creamy head to die for, that leaves a nice silky sexy lace behind. The head last the duration which gets many props. A fruity notes fill the nose all over the place. A very complex nose at that, my nose hairs are going nuts. The first reveals a nice malt flavor with a great hop flavor to boot. The caramel is starting to stick out as the beer warms. A hop after taste is strong which is what I look for in this style. I hop my Barley Wine turns out this good.


kunzbrew, Jan 23, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-rate(1/23/03)...1998 vintage...awesome dark fruit nose...plums...dark berries...a bit of molasses...great, great nose..pours a light brown color...no head.....very smooth mouthfeel...the aging (almost 5 years) has done wonders...still a huge bite of bitterness from this 120 IBU powered bad boy....The flavor is still heavily weighted towards the hops and I do wish this had a bigger malt load to go with it...flavor does not mimich the nose....pretty much all sharp hop bite, and a tich of molasses as a backbone....I love hopped up beers but this one is so over the top it, I'm dang near ready to mix this with a doppel to give it some balance....If you love hops to the extreme this is for you...

Maybe it's the inexperience of this bottle(a 2001 Barley Wine is still just a young colt you know?), but it does not taste very balanced to me....Very high bitterness....not as much malt as I'd prefer. I'd assume with some cellering, the hops and malt would blend better..hops and breadiness on the nose...a nice aroma...just not real balanced right now...I should have let this sit for a few years..muddy brown in color...


1998 Vintage: If you look up barley wine in the dictionary, they should have a picture of this one right next to it. Defines what a barley wine is all about...definitely a complex sipping beer..tremendously hopped(on the bottle it says 120 IBU), and I'm guessing very strong...a warming effect evident..a treat for those who love this style...

ZAP, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 version. 12 oz bottle.
Rich cloudy burgundy color. Super creamy, foamy, bubble filled tan head. Laces the glass in sheets. Great initial hop hit right in the nose. Bottle says Caramunich Willamette & Kent Golding Hops. Works for me. Smell is both striking and inviting at the same time.
Unbelievable smooth balanced taste combinations. Subtle carmel and chocolate malt flavors ease your palate after the initial hop bitterness. Mouth puckering hop bitterness. Rich chocolate taste fades away, but it is both surprising and soothing. Super creamy, rich and full bodied. Finish is strong and full. Warming alcohol presence in your belly. Bitterness lingers, and leaves a hole in your mouth, aching for more of this wonderful elexir. Easily the best barleywine I have had. An instant all time favorite.
Cheers to Rogue for another great product.

StevieW, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of inebrius
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Like a tsunami of sweet caramelly and chocolate malt, Old Crusty comes crashing into an ill prepared community of taste buds leaving an everlasting wake of dry and biting hops. When the powerful flow finally recedes your left with a damaged subfloor covered in spruce buds and a dozen insurance salesmen pounding at the door. But you don't care! No, the rush of it all made you realize how sedentary you had become and now you want more. More of that German chocolate cake flattened into the evergreen forest floor. More of that shaven fluid oozing down your thirsty pipes. More.

inebrius, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have a 750ml Rogue XS Old Crusty today (30DEC05 - 3yrs and 1 day later...). Still lovely.... opaque chestnut, thin head... rich nose of caramel and strong NW hops... smooth and full.... plenty of caramel here, too, plus the citric hop bite. Hops are actually Chinook and Centennial, per the bottle notes. Nothing much, if anything, has changed to me in 3 years. A top-shelf bier! My thanks to Artied2 for the Christmas gift of this big bottle of beautiful bier! Zum Wohl!!!

Old Crusty (a 2002 version) has a deep, dark brown color, with minimal, if any, transparency. The head was quite frothy at the start, yet quickly fades into a tight, tan, thin layer. Lacing, too, presents itself well. The nose jumps right out at you, in the way the classic barleys, like Bigfoot and Old Guardian, do!! There is lots of richness and warmth, with sweet malt melding with strong Pacific-NW hops! Oh, and what a luscious mouthfeel! Body is well above medium, if not full, and it is oh-so-smooth! Flavor is verrry savory! There is plenty of malt here at the beginning, and it is rich and sweet. Hops then jump right up into your face, and linger and linger on your tongue! A distinct grapefruit character stands out, as well. Must be from Cascades, I'm assuming. This is a wonderful bier!! I should snag a few and cellar 'em, if I can be patient!!

overall: 4.6
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 5


Bierman9, Dec 29, 2002
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've never had another style of beer where the hops and malt were both so prominent! Green hops leap out of the bottle, but a strong malt feel lies below. I didn't taste the alcohol, but certainly felt it! I only had one, don't think I could drink more than that in one session. Poured nicely, significant head and lace. Very fresh and lively. Quite a taste experience! I like strong beer, and this one TASTES strong. I will add that barley wine is one of my favorite styles, and this is right behind bigfoot as one of the best.

JohnnyDuvel, Dec 27, 2002
Photo of ElGuapo
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown with a foamy off-white head that dies kind of quickly, but it will leave you with a little lace on the sides of the glass. aromas of sweet malts, some dark malts, and alcohol come out at you.

the alcohol is hidden very well by the malts at the beginning, but you get a winey alcohol kick at the end. the malts are in a great balance that only breaks up with the dry finish. the body is nice and rich with low carbonation and a smooth feel. this brew is a much better drinker than other barley wines i have had. hopefully others to come will be more like this one.

ElGuapo, Dec 27, 2002
Photo of MJR
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1997 Vintage. 7oz nip bottle.

Appearance: Pours a 'really' dark brown with no head at all. Cloudy as all hell. It's a bottle from 1997, so I'm not surprised by the absence of carbonation.

Smell: Chocolate, sweet grains, butterscotch, caramel, licorice, and a touch of hops. The aroma is actually quite similar to a 1996 bottle of their Imperial Stout I had last week...very nice.

Taste: Much like the Imperial Stout, all of the different aromas assert themselves in the flavor. There's a strong alcohol undercurrent that makes itself known from beginning to end. There's also an aggressive, bitter note that seems to have a bit of a pepper aftertaste...interesting. Unique spiciness. Has a very warming effect. Starts malty with amazing complexity, then ends bitter with a stomach-warming heat. Amazing brew...

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with absolutely no carbonation. Goes down like diluted motor-oil....in other words, heavenly!

Drinkability: To judge this against other barley-wines would only be fair...outstanding drinkability! This is a truly spectacular beer to sip and enjoy with a great book, or as a night-cap. I need to buy more of this...

MJR, Dec 22, 2002
Photo of philipt
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thick, chewy, and malty beer...don't you just love barleywines. Rogue has a more distinctive hop presence than have many of the other barleywines that I have had the joy of trying. It has a hazy reddish-brown appearance and a rather diminutive head. A very drinkable beer. Too bad I have to drive to VA to purchase due to NC's (unbelievably useless) 6% abv law.

philipt, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of paceyourself
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a 1995 bootle of Old Crustacean and said why not(it's only 7 yrs.)? It was a good choice to say the least. All 6.4ozs. and 100 IBU's held up great. It poured very cloudy with hardly any head. Sweet caramel aroma was faint. I can taste raisin but it was as perffectly balanced as any barley wine i've tasted. The 6.4ozs. is just enough to have at any one time.

paceyourself, Dec 12, 2002
Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1997 7oz bottle sweet malty aroma, mellowed hops, warming alcohol feel, not much head, sweet and malty, I don't care for the tiny 7oz bottle, need more of this fine barley wine, I will have to get a couple more bottles of this, this one has aged well.

maxpower, Nov 28, 2002
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle of the 2001 that I found in NJ. Dark amber in color with no head. The smell is sherry and hops but not over powering. Barley Wines are my favorite style and this did not disappoint. The hops are prominent at 120 IBU's. There is a slight alcohol taste more in the finish that I bet would go away with another year of ageing. Warming and relaxing, a great sipping beer. Another great offering from Rogue.

CharlesRiver, Nov 27, 2002
Photo of dolem98
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a dark shade of amber for a barley-wine. Hopped well, but not overly-hopped, giving it a wonderful aroma and bitterness without overshadowing the sweetness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, so stay away if you cannot handle that. The bitterness and syrupy sweetness combine for a really cool mouthfeel.

dolem98, Nov 06, 2002
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.