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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
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1,063 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1063
Reviews: 685
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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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage on tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over mahagony liquid.

S: Muted rich toffee malt and vanilla.

T: Bitter pine hops up front with rich toffee malt. Peppery and vanilla flavours are present as well.

M: Thick viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Complex and drinkable, a very good barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 02:33:37 | More by DaftCaskBC
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

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

7oz into New Belgium glass. Raiding the cellar. just shy of 2 years old at this point.

A- Nice copper, head is 1cm tall, sandy tan, settles out and sticks nicely to the glass.

S- Hops are still pretty strong.. Nice malt sweetness to counter.

T- Wow, bitter. Hops are still abrasive. Lovely fruity malt undertones, hope are strong but subside and let the malt come through. Still very bitter, though.

M- mellowed out a bit, bit still not tame by any sort of a stretch.

O- Fantastic, but I think the best is yet to come. Glad I still have a bottle in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 03:44:15 | More by ShogoKawada
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jpro

South Carolina

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

7oz bottle (2010) poured into a snifter...

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy pecan-orange; virtually no head other than a light beige ring of foam; no lace on this 11.5%er.

S: Heavy caramel malt; candied fruit; sweet, boozy aroma.

T: Holy hops! Wow - the 110 IBUs are still well intact... the hops blast the palette right from the start. Sweet malt is there, but is destroyed by the borderline harsh hop bitterness; pretty raw stuff! Maybe another year or two would tame this beast of a barleywine.

M: Full; high carbonation; crushingly bitter.

D/O: A definite sipper. So bitter, though, its tough to get through 7oz; probably the most bitter / intensely hopped barleywine I’ve had - except for fresh Bigfoot, maybe.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 15:19:16 | More by jpro
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a hazy deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, fruity and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, dark fruits, with a pleasant alcohol burn all the way through. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry dark fruit and alcohol presence in the aftertaste. Does not seem huge in alcohol, quite smooth and mellow.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 21:45:37 | More by OWSLEY069
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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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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the '04 vintage into a Darkness glass. Thanks to Chris for sharing. I'm glad I'm popping my Crusty cherry on a nice vintage bottle.

A: Intermittently hazy orange-brown body with a wisp of off-white head. I'm impressed that it's still carbonated at all. Weak legs, though, for being 11.5%.

S: Rich, pure maltiness - huge toffee and caramel, as well as some light, sherry-like oxidation that brings notes of dates, raisins, and prunes. There's even a hint of earthy hops underneath the big sweetness. Impressive, and pleasantly old-smelling.

T: Even hoppier here, with some earthy and herbal bitterness constantly balancing the toffee and sherry. More oxidation here, though, which combines with the big bitterness in a less than terrific way. Still, it's quite tasty.

M: Medium body, beautifully creamy carbonation. Fantastic for this kind of vintage beer.

O: While I didn't instantly fall in love, I can definitely say that Crusty is my favorite Rogue beer, and one that I look forward to drinking more of in the future. I just don't think it's much better than Bigfoot, and since the Sierra is less than half the cost I find it hard to justify buying anything else to age in high quantities.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 02:42:41 | More by woosterbill
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Pahn

New York

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

7oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled 2010, drank November 2011.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates quickly and lacelessly. Pours a murky orange-ish red, has huge legs, and leaves small arcs of lacing.

Smell: Lots of raisin and brown sugar. Some lingering orange-like hops and a nice effervescence. Cinnamon, nutmeg, anise highlights. Smells well developed.

Taste: Similar to the nose, with brown sugar blasted apart by maximum hop bitterness. Some raisin skin. Finishes moderately dry, with a raisiny aftertaste and persistent hop bitterness.

The taste is almost as complex as the aroma, with some cinnamon and nutmeg like flavors along with burnt toast, but even calling these "highlights" is being a little generous. It's mainly brown sugar and bitterness.

Tastes well made, with a strong suggestion that it would improve with a few more years on it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Heavy bitterness leading into moderate dryness. Ample but unobtrusive carbonation. Very good.

Overall: This is a good beer for a cold night, and its target audience is clearly "barleywine lovers with discerning palates." Unfortunately, I can't shake the impression that I walked into the kitchen and ate the chef's work when he was only half done.

I am guessing that this beer would be well above an A average if Rogue sold vintages like J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. I can't speak from experience, but this has "masterpiece at 5+ years," written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 23:16:01 | More by Pahn
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a nice amber color with some haze. There isn't much head, just a thin layer when poured straight down.

My first whiff emphasizes the malty aroma, with nice pale bready malts coming through. There is some dank hop aroma as well; it's just not as strong.

The taste is incredibly bitter. The bitterness drowns out almost all the sweetness from the malt flavor, which isn't much. My penchant for bitter beers is really what keeps me enjoying this, but I can't recommend this as a nicely balanced beer in that regard.

This is nice and medium bodied, the strength of the beer is well hidden behind the IBU's.

I enjoyed drinking this to an extent, but there are much better beers of this style out there. For what it's worth, I prefer a barleywine with a touch more sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 05:07:13 | More by andrewinski1
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Kendo

New York

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

Consumed on 10/15/11. Bottle says it was bottled in 2010, says it should be aged for 1 year. Not sure of the month of bottling, so this one's anywhere from 10 months old to 22 months old.

A: Poured from the 7 oz bottle into a Piraat snifter/tulip-type glass. Body is slightly hazy coppery-orangey-amber with a wisp of an off-white head. Leaves some "legs" of lace.

S: Cold, I get a bit of caramel malt and brown sugar, but nothing really strong. Waft of booze too.

T: First impression: finishes with a bitterness that's almost wood-like in its astringency. Makes me wonder what this would've been like perfectly fresh, as it's palate-shreddingly bitter now, with quite a bit of life behind it. Reminds me a little of fresh Bigfoot. Letting it warm up a bit, I get a sense of malt underneath those hops, but only because I'm really looking for it - think brown sugar, mainly, with some caramel malt. But the resiny, piney hop bitterness is the most noted flavor. Drying (and warming) booze at the end, and felt down the gulley.

M: Medum in heft, carbonation is moderate.

O: OK - not exactly what I expect from a Barleywine, but as a west coast American version thereof, I guess this makes sense. I wonder what a few years in the cellar would do for this, as it's really quite bitter at its current age.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 01:20:56 | More by Kendo
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bobhits

Kentucky

1.43/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Really, who makes a beer with a statement like “best aged one year” and doesn’t give you the month it was bottled?

Opening a bottle that was bottled in 2010 so I have to assume that January 1 2010 was the bottle date so this is ideal and the perfect version of this beer. No more age could possible help this one based on what Rogue says.

A cloudy and orange with a touch of red color body, yeast and sediment clearly present. The head is about a half inch of off white with caramel colored bubbles. Lacing forms almost instantly down the side.

Caramel and amber malt is about all I can pick up on. This beer smells like some child’s candy. That lack of complexity makes the sweet aroma far from good by beer standards but I suppose just below average for barely wines.

Despite the nose this beer is a hop bomb like few I’ve ever had. Opens with a pillowy sweet caramel and sugar malt profile, but quickly turns to a sharp and bitter funk. A coy and unenjoyable fake candy malt flavor mixed with a beer far over the top with hops leaves the mouth confused and disappointed. This beer claims 110 IBU’s and they are there. The problem is they aren’t balanced and this is a freaking barely wine. Much like Bigfoot this beer tries to create a barely wine that is hoppier than any double IPA and with less malt than most.

Not much to talk about here. Thick but not brandy leggings thick and well carbonated for the style but true to style.

Pass on this one. Rogue I want to give you credit for going away from those awful oversized over priced bottles, but you give us these very drinkable sized 7 oz servings and charge 5 bucks for them. Then you fill with one of the worst barely wines I’ve had…shame on you. Oh and you don’t give a bottled on date but have the audacity to tell me to drink at a year old? I should score this beer all 1’s just for that!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:04:25 | More by bobhits
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Phelps

Arizona

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 9-ounce glass at Mellow Mushroom.

Dark burgundy, with a waxy look. It’s mostly murky and opaque, though it clears up to a lighter burnt orange at the edges. Very thin head the color of beach sand.

Sweet nose. Burnt sugar, orange juice, some sweet floral notes as well. Orange blossom? It’s a little hard to pick up, but it’s not bad.

The flavor, in contrast, is kind of toasty. Crumbly cocoa, hints of caramel and overripe oranges mix with toasted bread, lots of burnt sugar, molasses and maple before a toasty biscuit finish. Good amount of booze.

Light massaging carbonation inside a sugary, syrupy medium body. It’s not crusty, but it is rather thick and blasts with fire in the nose.

I had tasted some Old Crusty from the bottle once and found in heinous, but Rogue beers do have a tendency to sit on shelves around here. From the tap, it’s a heavy, sweet, syrupy, above average barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 22:08:08 | More by Phelps
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

On tap @ the Rogue Brewer's on the Bay (Newport, OR) on 8/29/11. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep clear ruby (with some coppery edges) and topped with a thin frothy covering of off-white head. This sticks around with a nice creaminess to the look, leaving back a good bit of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smell quite bold in the nose, with a warm stickiness of caramel, toasted grains, green fruit, pine, spice, and alcohol sweetness. This definitely has some strength in the nostrils.

The taste has a big mouth filling combo of sticky caramel and grainy sweetness. Green citrus and sharp resinous character really helps add some assertiveness to the profile, as this finishes very piney and bitter with a sweet kiss of warm spicy alcohol on the tail-end. The hops and grains feel at even strength here. The mouthfeel is full bodied and large and in charge with a LOT of presence in the mouth. The ABV is well done here for an 11-12% beer, never being stinging on the palate but definitely giving this a hefty warming nature and there were plenty of extra flavors of sweetness and spice being thrown off by the ABV. Well done.

For a fresh American Barleywine, I thought that this one got it about right. Although the complexity wasn’t quite here, the base ingredients were definitely in place for more to develop as this ages and while there is a pretty hefty hop presence, I was pleased to find that it didn’t beat you over the head like some of these one that are borderline DIPAs. Bitter and sticky wrapped up in an easy sipping warming package about sums this one up. It had been a while since I’ve had this and I couldn’t think of a better beer to have during our chilly late afternoon visit to the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 18:41:57 | More by Kegatron
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TheJollyHop

California

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage poured into a snifter.

Right off the bat, herbal and lemon hop scents on top of a burnt sugar/toffee/caramel malt backbone were noticeable.

The beer pours a beautiful red hued amber with off white lacing and a small (1/2) finger's worth of head.

Citrus lemon and lime mixed with toasted malt strike first, but then a wave of hops bitterness takes hold and remains well into the finish. Raisins and burnt toast come to mind. Wow, this beer is bitter! The sweetness barely managed to make its presence towards the finish and the lingering, dry mouthfeel seems to last forever. This beer with one year of age is definitely too young for my tastes. It just leaves an unpleasant lingering herbal flavor that makes you want to scrape your tongue somehow. On the plus side however, the alcohol has become mellow and warming with age.

The mouthfeel is creamy, medium/low carbonation and medium bodied which is immensely enjoyable, but regrettably just ends up being the perfect texture for is wildly bitter beer.

Overall the nose is solid, as is the mouthfeel and the appearance, but the taste is so biter that it makes for a less than enjoyable experience. With some aging this beer "could" be great, but even with a year it just is too harsh still.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 05:40:32 | More by TheJollyHop
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output01x

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7 oz. capped bottle (Bottled In 2010) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger tan-colored head that fades after a good few minutes to a thick coating. The body is a murky orange mahogany. Thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass in sheets.

Dark, caramelized malts give notes of dark fruit, brown sugar, and molasses. The nose is rather straight-forward and lacks complexity, but is definitely good and mouth-watering.

The taste is not nearly as dark and sweet as the nose. Instead, a slightly sweet breadiness and caramel flavor comprise the beginning of the taste. Once the beer is swallowed, a completely unexpected grassy bitterness strikes the exact middle of the mouth leaving a dry, bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is not noticeable as a warmth but is seen in a medicinal way.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, this beer is very drinkable despite the flavors. The body is not really thick but is rather sticky. The carbonation is a little fizzy but does not seem to detract from the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 06:49:45 | More by output01x
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the tap take over at Novare Res.

The appearance is amber with a hefty head formation. It pours over the glasses edge multiple times at the bar tender pours it. The head stays and leaves a generous lace.

The aroma is very nice, notes of vanilla, honey and earthiness from the hops comes through, it is all backed by pale malts.

The taste mimics the aroma starting with sweet flavors of vanilla and honey it begins to dry as the carbonation subsides and a bitter earthiness finishes to the end.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 00:11:34 | More by bishopdc0
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adman08

Wisconsin

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

A-Pours a cloudy reddish, amber color with decent head.
S-Aromas of citrus, strong alcohol and very sweet malt.
T-Very sweet, tons of malt with a slightly caramel flavor. Significant hop bitterness.
M-Huge malt body, very sticky. Light carbonation.
Overall, a very good barleywine. Great hop flavor with huge malt body. Excellent balance, not too hoppy, not too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:33:18 | More by adman08
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alexhahn82

California

2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Mini Bottle (8 oz?)

A - A cloudy amber orange, Zero head, no lace.

S - Smells sweet and boozy hot.

T/M - BOOM! Malt, malt, spicey/pepper, sweetness, a finish that is bitter/bitey/dry if you will.

O - A tasty little beer, been aged for a year, didn't get to try it prior to the aging and this was left over at my house after a tasting. Dare I say I would like it a lot more if it were fresh? I know this will settle down but I would like a more sweet upfrontness in a barley wine, I will wait to see how the other bottle is in a few years.

PP (Price Point) - Unknown, free leftovers from a BA tasting!!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:42:03 | More by alexhahn82
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Masticon

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off I'd like to point out that this brew is frequently considered to need significant aging before being ready to drink. We did not do this. We had a 7 oz bottle of 2011 which we cracked open and drank So that's what I'll review here. I'm sure some people are crying out against the crimes we committed against the beer. But all of these brews were off the shelf.

Appearance - 3.0 : The big lack here was under carbonation. Little to no head, nice light amber color. I felt that it poured a bit thin for a barleywine.

Smell - 3.5 : Dominated by a strong American hops smell. I had difficulty tracing down much of any malt aroma through the hops. This promised to pack a punch with all those hops. Right up front. However, smelt more like an IPA to me.

Taste - 3.0 : Big upfront bitterness that ended with a citrus and floral hop finish. Malt flavor absent. No noticeable alcohol burn. Mild dryness overall. This seemed to me to mirror a double IPA and definitely lacked the malt flavor I was seeking in a barleywine. As a double IPA would have been fine.

Feel - 4.0 : Smooth with decent thickness. What I didn't see in the pour I felt when drinking.

Overall - 3.5 : My primary disappointment here comes down to expectations and prince. While not a bad beer it really didn't measure up to my expectations of a barleywine. I really feel that I over payed for this beer. At $5 for a 7oz bottle I'd expect flavors I couldn't find in a six-pack of Torpedo IPA. Save some money and just get a double IPA instead.

You can read a comparison of this and a couple other barleywines on my blog at dearmondfood.blogspot.com

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:44:43 | More by Masticon
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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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phiberoptik

Ohio

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

Ratings above are for 2002 bottle but ratings below are 2002/2010 bottle comaprisons. Thanks to Brad and Cam as well for these tastes.

First things first. AGE THIS BEER. 2010 was WAY too young.

2002 (4.5) - Pours a calm deep mahogany, amber, almost like a bourbon. Very little head, as expected.
2010 (4) - Significantly lighter shade of coppery amber.

2002 (4) - Tons of aroma coming off this tasting. Raisins, plums, caramel, alcohol. All very rich.
2010 (3.5) - Sharp alcohol right up front. Slightly biscuity but still getting some of the brandy soaked raisin aromas.

2002 (4) - Very smooth and rich, velvety. Raisins, sweet caramelness, as well as a nice alcohol warming in the finish.
2010 (3.5) - A bit of floral hops up front, maltiness, and a bitter finish. You can just tell its young.

2002 (4.5) - Very velvety and rich. Almost like a snifter of brandy.
2010 (4) - Nice low carbonation, good tongue feel.

Overall: 2002 (4) & 2010 (3.5) - Again, it would have been nice to try something in the middle ground but 2010 was still too young for this and I am thinking 2009 and maybe even 2008 would be as well. 2002 might be a bit too late, so someone try a 2004 or 2005 and let us know!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 16:24:03 | More by phiberoptik
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

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

From notes, 7-30-2011
2002 and 2010
thanks Brad and Cam

A - 02 is clear mahogany with no head, whereas the 10 is cloudy red/brown with no head

S - 02 is very barleywiney (I still can't figure out how else to describe it), and 10 is quite biscuity

T - some chocolatey notes, nice sweetness, good overall barleywine character.

M - smooth and fairly robust

O - it's a good beer that ages and changes well.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 14:30:01 | More by ColdPoncho
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 bottle

A-looks like brandy almost. No head at all

S-smells a little like aapples ....

T-carmel and mslt are the main things I taste. Very good for being 9 years old. Wow

M-medium body and so smooth

O-very good especially for the age. Definitely cellar this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 20:17:24 | More by brew3crew
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

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

7oz bottle.

pours a dark red/brown color. decent head that leaves some lacing.

nice fruit, alcohol in the smell. grape/berries aroma.

taste is strong/bitter upfront but nice. slightly fruity/sweet. well balanced, good carbonation - overall really good and true to the barleywine style.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 07:17:14 | More by fostachild
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle, vintage 2002. Slightly rusted cap comes off with hardly a hiss of carbonation. However, the pour into a snifter yields a finger of creamy tan head. A light swirl agitates some bubbles from solution which holds around the edge of the glass and creates spotty lacework. This brew appears a dark brown color with lighter brown around the edges. When held to the light, it is a transparent color of deep ruby red.

The aroma of this brew is very sweet with hints of molasses, caramel, minor herbal hops, fruity booze like plum and raisins. Hints of chocolate and a very light touch of oxidation across the back. As this brew warms up, it picks up more scents of hops still present with fruity and rindy character somewhat like pulp. This brew smells very good with sweet indications that are very deceiving when you take your first sip.

The taste is big and boozy with a flavor of herbal hops. Some chocolate indications through the body provide a bit more bitterness that is lightly roasty. There is a huge hop presence in this brew with a very long lasting bitterness that tastes of a mixture of oily rinds. Quite toasty and almost a bit woody in flavor across the backend. Almost excessively hoppy in a way that some other flavors of this brew are still lost behind the bold hop inclusion.

This is a very bold brew with big fusel alcohol and even more dominating bitterness. For being 9 years old, I think it could continue to age for several more years. Medium to full bodied with a light, enjoyable level of carbonation. This is quite an oily bitter brew that seems a bit onesided in taste which is not what the aroma leads you to believe. Overall a very aggressive american style barleywine that is worth a try. I have a ceramic 750ml bottle that I have been ancy to open up, after having this experience I am in no rush to open it anytime in the next 10 years, it might need that much time to make it a bit more palatable.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 18:34:27 | More by stakem
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chugalug06

Colorado

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

*Update* 2008 Ceramic bottle

I'm only going to state differences and upgrade my scoring...

A - Very nice clarity has come to the brew. Spotty lacing. up from 2.5

S - No play-doh smell. Very malty. smooth, sweet and delicous. Up from a 2.5, very nice b-wine.

T - Grape has subtlety faded. Very deep flavor.

M - Awesome!

O - What an awesome brew! I wish Rogue still brewed like this...perhaps they do! I will pick up some "new" Old Crustacean ASAP!!!!

Fresh 2011 Old Crustacean

A - pours very little head, what's there is white. Brew is foggy amber color. Average.

S - Smells a bit like play-doh... Not as hoppy as typical B-Wines have. Lots of bready yeast. Much like a amber.

T - Very different. Lots of grape! Perfect for a b-wine. lots of great flavor deep inside that the scent doesn't represent.

M - Awesome carbonation! Impressively, no heat. Fantastic feel.

O - All over the board... This brew is great tasting, but lacks looks and scent. Worth trying, I'll buy one to sit on. Boo to the 7 oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 04:31:58 | More by chugalug06
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,063 ratings.