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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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90
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Reviews: 700
Hads: 1,232
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 101
Gots: 134 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2001

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
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Reviews: 700 | Hads: 1,232
Photo of waughbrew
2.76/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am disappointed. While it is cool to be extreme, these 120 IBUs come off as just annoying to me, covering up any nice maltiness or sweetness that is pleasing in thick beers. The high-alpha hop sting is a little too piercing in the taste, and I really am not interested in having another. (289 characters)

Photo of Jdiddy
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing Barley Wine. That is the long and the short of it. Very chewy with a beautiful hoppy/caramel taste. It is a perfect blend of the above flavors. The color is a nice deep dark copper/brown. Alcohol is balanced perfectly. As the temperature gets more warm, it becomes syrup-like and sweet. Very drinkable indeed. (317 characters)

Photo of avylover
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I think "barleywine" from now on, this beer will come to mind, and this is my first taste of the stuff. Strong, malty, and thick. This is the real deal. It's a dark brown with light barely visible through my pint. Not much head really. The smell is malty & alcoholic, just like the taste. Lands syrupy in the mouth, with lots of sweet malt backed by alcohol that is welcome and not hidden at all. It seems like Rogue knew exactly what they were doing with this one, but other barleywines i've tried offer a bit more complexity. If a straight up barleywine is what you want, this will no doubt satisfy.

Tried again 2003 - TONS of hops and bitterness. Perhaps the first bottle I tried had mellowed out ALOT, because this did'nt seem as malty this time around, just very hoppy.

2005 Tons of malt, tons of hop bitterness...the journey coninues. Don't let this sucker get into your sinuses, as it likely to put a hole in them.. (933 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An excellent Barley Wine from Rogue! This is, quite honestly, a brutal beer. This beer pours out a dark amber, peach-y, brown-ish colour with a nice sized head and some noticeable sediment. This smells heavenly; malts, hops, smoke, fruits, spices, alcohol, chocolate,...it's one big fruit cake with alcohol in it! This tastes like more of the same. Very hoppy! and very malty as well. This beer has a very thick, full, syrupy mouthfeel to it and a good drinkability as well. Just watch out or the 11%+abv will do you in. Another winner from Rogue, but do I like it more than Old Horizontal?Hmmmm...........
Cheers!,
F. (620 characters)

Photo of scottum
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooooooth... A great barleywine on tap. Dark brown with a very small head. The hops hold up quite well. The mouthfeel is supurb. This is another true gem from Rogue. Just remember to pace yourself because the 11.3% can sneak up on you. A good beer to start out the night with. (277 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2001 Vintage: Pours a hazy, reddish body that appears dark brown when sitting upon the bar. The head is densely creamy and holds well, but it leaves only minor lace. Rich notes of fruity, deep caramel malt and piney hops rush forth to assault the nose. Astounding! The bouquet is almost good enough to simply enjoy on it's own. As I make my way through the serving, between sips I will often simply lift the glass to my nose and breathe in it's resiny goodness. Lingering over it's caramel sweetness and thin sharp fruit, one glass could easily be enjoyed for well over an hour (and I credit that towards its drinkability). But onward... it's full bodied with a very fine, gentle carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. The flavor starts with rich caramel maltiness, followed quickly by a tour du force of hop flavor that's almost minty! It's intensely rich with notes of licorice and toffee at first, but the sweetness and berry-like fruitiness begin to ooze out as it warms. This is a potion that's best enjoyed slightly warm! Alcohol isn't really noticeable on the palate, although it's clearly there somewhere. It finishes dry with loads of hop flavor (pine, spruce, citrus) and bitterness, but some residual malt sweetness as well. It really coats the mouth and throat with hoppiness that's almost spicy and has the drying feel of smoke. That, coupled with what dark malt is there, teeters on appearing roasty. Although it's all right-there in front of you and easy to see, this beer is actually quite complex! It changes as it warms, and as your palate becomes overwhelmed. There's just no keeping up with it's brutal hop assault! And that's one of the reasons that Crusty is just as good whithin the year of it's release as it is with several years time. Well worth putting a case away to cellar! (1,817 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at RedBones.

This barley wine poured cloudy, dark coffee-brown with thin white foam that did leave some lace down the glass. The smell was mostly floral hops, but with some malty aroma, too. The initial taste was dominated by hops, but eventually the sweet malt did make a valiant effort to come through. There was also a bit of oak in the flavor. The mouthfeel was a battle of sweet malt and strong hop bitterness which almost gave a chalky feel. The carbonation was low. The drinkability was good, and this ale grew on me as I finished the glass. "Old Crusty" as the bartenders called it. (608 characters)

Photo of Bruiser81
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of johnrobe
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,482 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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! (1,223 characters)

Photo of jackndan
3.4/5  rDev -15%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of HopheadEd
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of Mark
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (480 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of comat0se
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002:
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. (688 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Cheers. (581 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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...

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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... (1,486 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001

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. (587 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
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!!
Prosit!!!

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

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (528 characters)

XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.