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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

XS Old CrustaceanXS Old Crustacean

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,068 Ratings
THE BROS
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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.

25º PLATO
110 IBU
83 AA
57º Lovibond

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

New York

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cold and rainy September night calls for this crustacean to make an appearance

A- a dark orange and copper body fills the glass with ruby hue on the edges of the glass. A good looking barley wine appearance

S- good caramel and toffee scent is completely surrounded by dark fruit and raisin scents. Some sweet sugar and mollases are in the background as well

T- very heavy handed syrupy caramel flavor with dark fruit flavor all over. Alcohol is very evident but also invited. Really a full bodied barleywine

M- syrupy full flavor that is smooth

O- crustacean is a powerful barleywine that is smooth but does pack a powerful punch. Good enjoyable flavor

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 02:26:29 | More by lovindahops
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Unsure of vintage or dating here.

Muddy murky orange and light brown body, with a faint tan head that falls to a good collar, but a bit of a hazy top.

Nose is warm, inviting. Boozy malt and alcohol, figgy, warm pleasant spices of nutmeg slightly. Good dark sugars hide, not too cloying or syrupy, but big.

A good hop kick to this barleywine on the palate. Bitter mellow astringent hop, hits in the mid palate with a good thick warming malt body. Not much fruit like undertones to this, but a good solid malt backbone provides a good canvas. Mouthfeel is light, but full of flavor. Carries the flavors real nicely. Hints of pine and earth finish on the swallow, with a light bodied malt density. Seems like a contradictory statement, but it works.

Overall quite a good and very different from most barleywines. Nice to grab this one for a change.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 23:32:28 | More by smakawhat
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ediaz

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage (7oz) into a glass

A: Warm deep apple cider color with warm red notes. thin white lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and dark fruit notes with vanilla and a little booze.

T: Bright dark fruit taste that finishes with the other tastes noted in the smell.

M: Medium with a light amount of carbonation.

O: I would have this again but I wouldn't search very hard for it. Nonetheless, a very decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 04:05:44 | More by ediaz
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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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Hopswagger

South Carolina

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

P:  Pours a murky dark apple cider appearance with minimal tan head the leaves thin spotty lacing. 

S:  Huge roasted caramel aroma, luscious berry wheat bread, coriander, dry dog food, soy sauce, burnt toffee, musky yeast. Once swirled the sweet aroma of alcohol stings the nose. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose bready, loaded with sweetness and roasted caramel. The taste opens up the palate to bitter citrus and pine resin. Decently thick and silky mouthfeel that has subtle carbonation. Finish is dry with bitter fruity and grassy hops. 

O:  This beer is huge on the sweetness, bready malts and the bitterness is there but not truly pronounced.   I think this has faded somewhat but is still good regardless. The flavors really playoff each other a develop a complex and balanced beer.  Bottled in 2010 I can tell that the hops have faded quite a bit. I was expecting to have a big robust hop palate but I will have to find a fresh bottle to get the real flare of this beast. That being said it has aged very well. 

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 00:49:26 | More by Hopswagger
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a goblet.

A: Dark amber with some haziness and an off-white head that settles to a ring of foam. Minimal visible carbonation.

S: Sweet malty caramel on the nose. Also some alcohol heat to the nose.

T: Follows the nose with some coriander, dark spice, dark fruitiness. Ends with some boozy alcohol burn with the sticky sweetness.

M: Nice thickness to mouthfeel. Not a whole lot of carbonation but not unexpected with style.

O: This one is tasty, and I went into it with no expectations. There are barleywines I prefer to this one, but I would drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 20:37:01 | More by macrosmatic
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottled in 2000 Sampled in 2012 so it's got a bit of age on it. Pours a mostly clear dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. The aroma is filled with caramel dark sugar and lots of dark fruit with some alcohol and a bit of wet cardboard. The flavor is dark sugars and cherries and raisins with a healthy dose of warming alcohol. There's an earthy herbal component in there as well. Medium to thin body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet harsh alcohol type mouthfeel. Its nice to be able to try a 12 year old bottle of barleywine. I've had fresher bottles of this and felt the alcohol was a bit too present, and this proves that age won't fix that. The twist off cap probably didn't help much, but there was still a little bit of carbonation. Nice to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 05:36:37 | More by johnnnniee
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to David Rosen for bringing over the 2 small bottles (Flying Dog and Rogen)!

Maybe the age has killed the carbonation, but very undercarbonated.

For its age, the dryness isnt as strong as id expect. Which kind of scares me because usually sweetness turns to dryness with age. Lots of very sweet toffee and even more caramel. Im thinking its soooo sweet that its almost dry.

i so wish it tasted like it smelled, but nope. Its kind of bland actually. Its sweet, but not as sweet as it smells. Its like an overly dry, almost off tasting sweetness that turns me off. I think it may have oxidized. I think I want dry sweetness, but I get some dryness, but the grains feel dry (and they dont work with the sweeter notes at all).

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 20:02:19 | More by VncentLIFE
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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

Poured from 7 oz bottle dated 2010 into snifter

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange- copper color with a huge yellowish tinted head. The head had giant carbonation bubbles that slowly popped over time to leave a wonderful level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is sweet and malty. The sweet aromas are of fruit and sugar with the malty aromas of biscuit and sweet bread. There are lighter notes of alcohol mixed within, which when mixed with the rest of the aromas makes a very pleasant smell.

Taste – The flavor is big of chewy bread up front with a light, almost orange, citrus like flavor. The citrus leaves with an even maltier presence coming into the taste as a big biscuit flavor meets the chewy bread. At along this same time an alcohol flavor enters the taste. It gets stronger and stronger toward the end leaving a somewhat mediciney burn on the tongue in the end.

Mouthfeel – Insanely thick. It is like a thick syrupy-decongestant thickness. It coats the mouth thoroughly letting all the flavors really penetrate the tongue. This with a lower level of carbonation and a the burn create a rather unique mouthfeel.

Overall – Big and potent with a heavy boozy flavor and a wonderful thickness.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 23:46:35 | More by Darkmagus82
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endovelico

Portugal

3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes. Reviewed under medium low artificial light.

Appearance: Murky amber stroke mahogany brew with almost no head (effectively snitching on the alcohol level) and medium perceived effervescence. Upon some swirling, a beautiful tan head emerges. The color is very inviting.

Aroma: Medium in intensity. On a first sniff: Cloying melanoidin with alcohol up front. Grainy and caramel on the back, but all in all very muffled aroma as i can't really put my finger on what i'm getting. Paradoxically a great descriptor, for me, would be piña colada and yougurt.

Taste: Intense flavour. Ash, melanoidin, alcohol, yeast slurry and caramel. Strong minty / vegetable hops reminiscent of Northern brewer hops. Very muddy as opposed to complex.

Palate: Medium low to low carbonation. Medium high body. Coating finish. Medium high bitterness. Some yeast bite. Alcohol apparent but it's really not supposed to be any other way at 11.5% and 110 IBUs. Soapy texture.

Overall: This beer is all over the place for me. Some things i like, some things are off, some things i hate. It's not an amateurish or badly made beer, it's just badly designed in my opinion, it doesn't really work as a whole. I almost feel guilty giving it such a low score but i expect a re-taste in the future to correct or confirm my suspicions.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 20:46:23 | More by endovelico
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ckollias

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy brown hue with orange highlights. Small, white, head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Strong malty aroma with a good caramel background and a decent hop presence.

T: Robust malt flavor that is slightly sweet. Caramel and slight hop background.

M: Very big, strong and boozy. Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Love, love, love this big ass barleywine. Total worth the money. Great flavor and huge amount of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 00:46:25 | More by ckollias
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: The bottle is absolutely gorgeous, which is a good start. The beer itself isn't bad either. A few shades lighter than Mahogany, burnt orange I guess with a thick head that faded fast.

SMELL: Great smell with a ton of bread in this thing. Banana, clove and brown sugar are all there as well.

TASTE: This smelled like a malty beer, but it tastes like a hoppy one. The finish is exceptionally bitter while the front is loaded with bread from the nose. A bit of sweet maltiness manages to sneak in between the two, but only a tiny bit.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, dry and palate-cleansing.

OVERALL: Not great, but not bad either. The look and smell are great, but the taste and the feel are only slightly above average. All of this adds up to a good beer, but it probably isn't worth paying $17.99 for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 04:04:23 | More by StoneTSR
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

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

Poured into a tulip glass from an awesome resealable gray ceramic 750ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous oily light caramel color liquid with some nice orange hues and amber notes. Very nice off-white almost yellowish head that is dense and has some sticky lacing to it. Very nice and thick looking.

Aroma is also very nice. Caramel notes a plenty with some hop backed citrus notes and some herbal grassy and flowery notes. Slight molasses aroma can be perceived with some bready notes as well. There are some nice fruity notes as well with some slight prune notes. Mild heat as the beer warms.

Wow. Pretty impressive brew. Feel and body is a bit lighter than expected but the flavor really makes up for this. Strong malt undertones. Tons of caramel and molasses notes that are quickly overtaken by a nice prickly and citrusy notes. Very strong hop backed flavor profile. Definitely a hop bomb American Barleywine. Delicious combination of hops and caramel malt notes. Very rich flavors and a nice boozy notes. As it warms some more fruit notes pop up with some nice toffee notes as well. Mouthfeel is still pretty thick and oily with some nice carbonation and a nice dry bitter finish.

I was pleasantly surprised. I had stayed away from Rogue for a while but this is a great beer. Very flavorful and well crafted. Great job Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 22:59:03 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XS Old Crustacean
Rogue Ales
Style: American Barleywine
ABV: 11.50 %

LOOK: Amber hued brew with excellent clarity. Small, short livid head forms and recedes. Looks like a big Barleywine.

SMELL: Complex nose of fruit, spice, heat, and everything nice. Fruit borders on cherry/dark fruits. There is a peppery alcoholic spice aroma as well.

TASTE: Mildly fruity, strong, and hearty. Brown sugar, toffee, molasses, dates, and cherry all come through. Definitely a barleywine.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated. Fruit, spice and alcohol in the finish.

OVERALL: This was a pleasant brew, strong, but never overbearing or not tasty. This would pair with a solid dinner like roasted pork loin and smashed potatoes.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 17:00:06 | More by Stinkypuss
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a light amber color with about one finger of off-white head with decent retention.

The scent was fruity with citrus hops and notes of alcohol.

The taste was of citrus and other sweet fruit notes, bready malt, moderately bitter hop presence, prominent alcohol presence.

Medium body, smooth and drying, moderate carbonation.

Overall a pretty good representation of the style, it was balanced very well, the alcohol was noticeable but not overbearing. I wouldn't mind having this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 14:54:39 | More by BeerCon5
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

I forget where I picked up this little bottle. Was in a barleywine mood and figured I’d try it.
7oz bottle that is marked “bottled in 2010” & “Best when Aged 1 Year”
Poured and left the sediment behind. Yep, looks like a barleywine! Thin film of head that actually shows surprising retention. Classic deep amber color with some burgundy tones. A spot of lace believe it or not.
Some hops in the aroma and a deep malt character. A hint of what surprise lay ahead for me in the flavor.
The flavor is MUCH more hoppy than expected. I am quite shocked actually. Pretty balanced, in that that hop bitterness offsets a hearty base of dark toasted malt.(not roasted or burnt) A touch of sweetness that really gets overwhelmed by the aggressive bitterness.
The body is actually a little thinner than some, but the bitterness offsets this and it’s a big beer.

A hoppy surprise in every bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 00:13:46 | More by Reagan1984
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Kornoms

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with a decent head and lacing, but soon dissipates. The smell has definite notes of malt and a bit of fruity notes. The beer tastes awesome! You can taste the hops but it is smoothed out with the malt and the subtle sweetness of the fruit. You can definitely taste the higher alcohol content, but it doesn't take away from the beer. The smoothness mixed with light carbonation makes for a great mouthfeel. Overall, this was a really well done barley wine.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 19:54:13 | More by Kornoms
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

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

Originally reviewed on paper 2/3/12.

Received this bottle at my tasting as a gift for my recent birthday. :) I've never had this before. This is a 2009 vintage bottle.

Pours a ruddy, reddish-brown hue with virtually no head. Despite the very thin crown a straight down the middle pour provides, it leaves decent enough lacing behind. The smell on this is lovely. It's a bit on the hoppy side of things, but overall it has that lush vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, and generally sweet nose to it. I just love the smell of this barleywine. The taste is decent enough too. The smells don't translate fully into the taste, but the hops certainly shine through, to the beer's detriment, IMO. The mouthfeel has a lot going on. Boozy, hoppy (very), and sweet...this has a pretty smooth draw. It's not as thick and lush as I'd prefer, but it's nothing to sneeze at. Overall, this is a very solid barleywine. Despite it possessing some characteristics that I typically don't find appealing in a BW, the beer as a whole is very successful.

P.S. 11.5% ABV? WHERE? VERY well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 13:58:17 | More by Retail1LO
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old favorite of mine... rare to see this on tap outside of the NW in my experience. On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, with cherry cough drop, lots of sweet malt, vanilla, and something of a meaty flavor. The flavor replicates the nose in this sweet beer, except there's even more cherry cough drop, along with some noticeasble alcohol and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is full, with a long, sweet and bitter finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but is not over the top.

There are better barleywine's out there these days, but this is still an impressive, well made, very well crafted beer from the folks at Rogue. Definitely a walk down memory lane with this one....

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 23:13:47 | More by johnmichaelsen
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EricCioe

Montana

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage on tap at the Rhino. At their February 2012 barleywine fest there is 2009 Old Crustacean, 2008 Alaskan Barleywine, 2008 Bigfoot, 2008 Gnarleywine, and 2007 Old Guardian.

This pours ruby red with a small head that dies down leaving decent lace for the abv. On the nose there is a mixture of raisin, smoke (?), toasted malt, and pine resin. In the mouth there is an immediate strange saltiness combining with more standard dark fruit flavors. There is still a surprising hop presence given the age. The body is medium sticky with a long bitter finish.

Overall, this was probably the least good beer of the flight. There seems to be a weird amalgamation of flavors here, almost like rather than a well-integrated barleywine it's a mixture of scotch ale and DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 16:10:02 | More by EricCioe
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Meerkey

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: No real head to speak of. Muddy orangey brown. Kind of like thick, dark honey.

S: Grainy malts and some hops. Some fruit.

T: Yum! Lots of strong, drying hops accompanied with bready malts. Some fruit. Alcohol is definitely noticeable.

M: Bitter, very drying. Sharp, but smooth on the tongue. Nice.

O: A very good beer. Surprisingly hoppy. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 03:48:55 | More by Meerkey
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AgentMunky

California

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 7 ounce bottle into an Albemarle Ciderworks glass. 2010 vintage.

A: Light but dense off-white head is short-lived. The beer is an ugly sort of translucent, muddy orange-brown. Unfiltered.

S: Bready malts, older hops that still have some kick, and significant amounts of fruity alcohol.

T: This is a damn good barleywine. Loaded with hops that have barely mellowed over the last year+, but balanced with a heavy malt base and a subtle sweetness of fruity esters and alcoholic body. The back and forth across the tongue is oh-so-pleasant. By the end, the hops have finally won out. 110 IBU? I believe it.

M: Astringent, but full-bodied. Bitter, but only lightly dry on the aftertaste.

O: Really great Rogue beer -- one of the best -- and a steal at under $2 a bottle. Highly recommended; a stellar example of the American Barleywine style. I have no idea what it's like fresh, but this aged bottle is a thing of beauty. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 03:37:04 | More by AgentMunky
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While enjoying my birthday dinner in New York I came across the 1995 vintage of this beer. (there was also a 1994 old ale... but I forget the brewer) I ordered it while hardly being able to contain myself. I love a good barley wine, and a bottle aged for over 15 years blows the mind. [If you are looking, they are serving it in very small supply at Dylan's Steakhouse]

This beer pours in a very dark ruby color. The head and carbonation was missing... as expected for a beer that old.

The smell and flavor was amazing. You get the vineous quality, the fruityness, the sour, the sweet. It was an amazing combination.

It was served in a small bottle, and I just sipped it through the first couple courses with a smile on my face.

It is amazing getting to drink a beer with this kind of history. My hat is off to this restaurant for stocking this bit of history and to Rogue for making a barleywine that keeps so well.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:05:55 | More by ummswimmin
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hiku7

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious barleywine.

Pours orange reddish, somewhat cloudy, with a small quickly dissipating cream-color head. Good lacing though.

Caramel and toffee dominates the aroma, followed by a tangerine citrus blast, then some nice hearty alcohol warming.

Flavor is also tangerines, caramel, toffee, plus some nutty burnt sugar. Hop bitterness is substantial, especially in the finish. Slightly gingerbready spiciness also in the finish. Sweetness is balanced somewhat by the hop bitterness, but stays sweet enough per the style.

Medium full body. Moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet mouthfeel with plenty of residual sweetness in the finish.

Overall, this is a solid west coast hoppy barley wine. Very big feeling beer and great after dinner on a rainy cold night.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:58:29 | More by hiku7
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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft, poured into a 10 oz tall snifter at Cobblestone’s York PA, 1/8/2012.

Notes taken at bar.

As poured a rather thin head, but this glassware leaves a little something to be desired.
Deep, brown amber color.

Medium rich malty aroma, with a hint of yeast. Could be a little more distinct, but it’s pleasant enough. I believe a larger more open glass would have helped the smell quite a bit.

Thick creamy entry on the palate of crisp bitter hops, followed by very rich malt. The yeast tries to come forward but loses to the hops and malt. Very full mouth feel and great carbonation.

Very long finish of bitter hops and rich malt.

A somewhat different take on the American Barleywine Style. Scotch Ale like flavors and somewhat candyish malt. Still there is a really distinct hop kick to this ale that hangs in from the first sip to the last. Very tasty. Best at 55 degrees or so. I would love to try this in a proper glass.
Recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 00:57:43 | More by JTSbeerislife
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.