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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,117 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4
pDev: 14%
Wants: 84
Gots: 107 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly "Old Crustacean"

8 Ingredients:
Hugh Baird Carastan and Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Chinook and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Freedom Hops, Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

25º PLATO
110 IBU
83 AA
57º Lovibond

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zeff80

Missouri

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

2008 bottle

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, copper color with a small, bubbly, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled syrupy sweet with some subtle floral notes.

T - It tasted of very sweet malt and actually brought some bitter hops.

M - It was fairly sharp and crisp. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This was pretty good. I'd like to see how it would taste after a couple years. Maybe the hops would mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 01:40:02 | More by zeff80
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glid02

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ceramic bottle shared by daryk77 - much obliged!

Pours a hazy honey-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes quickly into a patchy layer of bubbles on top. Not a whole lot of lacing, but I wasn't expecting much considering the high ABV.

Smells more like an English barleywine than I would've imagined. Loads of sweet caramel malt with hints of booze-soaked chocolate. The alcohol comes out more as the beer warms.

Tastes very good. Sweet caramel malt with toffee notes. As far as bitterness goes...there's a whole lot of it. It comes out midway through the sip and lasts until you wake up the next morning. This is one bitter barleywine.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice syrupy thickness and large carbonation that makes this one down smoothly while bringing the boom on the flavors.

Drinkability is very good considering the amount of alcohol in this. It's hardly noticeable until the beer warms a bit, but even then it still goes down very easily.

Overall this is one tasty barleywine. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 16:16:42 | More by glid02
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HeyItsChili

China

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

2006 vintage

A - Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours hazy garnet with blond highlights with a thin ecru head.

S - Sweet, caramel malts with a slight hop tinge coming through.

T - The bitter hops load the frontend of the taste before sweet malt takes over and blends with a sort of pepper/brown sugar essence before finishing with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - On the thick side of medium, viscous, decent carbonation.

Notes - Really tasty, strong but not overpoweringly so, a nice sipping beer.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2009 22:41:53 | More by HeyItsChili
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a rich mahogany color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head and good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of hops, malt and caramel.

T: The big thing you notice here are the highly bitter hops. It's inescapable. However, this mixes well with the malt, caramel and pepper. A big taste with lots of noticable alcohol.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a chewy texture and a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a well made, drinkable beer, but not one I could sit down and drink a whole lot of. Still, a solid brew.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2009 15:10:56 | More by avalon07
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rhinos00

Colorado

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

To celebrate my 100th review, I decided to pull out a 10 yr. old Crusty. Poured the 1999 vintage out of the classic 7 oz. bottle into a Rochefort Chalice.

A- Nice cross of burgundy and brown. Clarity was rather hazy and revealed little to no head.

S- Everything a barleywine should smell like and more. As I swirl the contents of the chalice, I get nice whiffs of caramel, sweet malts, burnt sugars, and booze.

T- Very tasty and held up a lot better than I thought it would. At first sip, the caramel and malts are definitely noticed. As it progresses, the beer finishes with a sugared sweetness likened to various dark fruits.

M- Due to age, there was virtually no carbonation. I was also hoping for something with a higher viscosity, but all that was produced was something medium bodied with water-like qualities.

D- Very drinkable, especially since this vintage only came in a 7 oz. bottle. The light consistency combined with great taste and aroma make it stand out in this category.

Overall, a very special treat indeed. As I said above, it held up better than I thought it would. The aroma was heavenly and stood out more than anything. My only complaint was that I was hoping for a thicker consistency, one that would compliment the taste. Other than that, this was definitely worthy of my 100th review.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 01:22:31 | More by rhinos00
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nd5282

California

3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An intensely malty flavor at the beginning of the mouth feel followed by a sweet aftertaste typical of a barley wine style. Definitely enjoy the bitterness and alcohol content while the complex woodsy smell enveloped my palate. I bought this on tap at the Stone Brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 08:55:15 | More by nd5282
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gford217

Georgia

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

750mL 2008 bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky brownish amber with hints of red around the edges. The bubbly off-white head is one inch thick and recedes pretty slowly to a thick ring leaving decent lacing.

The aroma was surprisingly hoppy up front with lots of citrus and some floral pine hints as well. The caramel malt base is present but not as dominant as I expected. Some raisins and plums come out as the beer warms.

The taste started out with the some hop kick, mostly grapefruit and other citrus. The sweetness of the caramel malt and some dark fruits are present in the middle before the floral hops turn on the bitterness in the finish with a good bit of alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily with decent carbonation.

Overall it's a bit more abrasive than I imagined, but I should have expected as much from a fresh bottle. It's good now but I'm going to age a couple of these for a while as I know a couple of years will make this one much better.

EDIT: Tasted the 03 and 04 in a side-by-sde recently and was impressed with the way this one had ages. The abrasive hops and alcohol had calmed a good bit and really rounded this one into a fine barleywine. Score reflects this updated view.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 02:10:46 | More by gford217
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Klgkenny

North Carolina

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

Lightly poured from a refrigerated, ceramic fliptop bottle into a room temp pint glass.

A murky amber body supports a thin milky head. The head leaves rings of lace down the edges of the pint as you drink.

Bright hoppy scents backed by a caramel malty aroma waft from the glass. Upon closer inspection, citrus and grapefruit assault the nose. A great taste for a fresh barleywine. If it were a couple of years older ot would be pretty balanced, but the present green taste makes it a sipper.

This is a medium bodied beer that is cut with a nice fresh carbonation. The alcohol doesn't bite in the nose or the mouth, but lies in wait until it has the opportunity to ambush your stomach, but not an unpleasant ambush... A warm surprise for the belly.

As it is right now, this is a great barleywine, but in a couple/three years, it will be great. I'll lay one of these down for the ages.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 04:21:19 | More by Klgkenny
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Drew966

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Crustacean 2004 vintage (12 ounce bottle) pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that looks reddish when held up to the light. I can smell hops as soon as I cracked the cap, pretty impressive considering the age of the bottle. Caramel malt takes over in the aroma from there. There is a very nice mouthfeel, on the thicker side. The flavor is full, lots and lots of malt and an impressive hop presence. Alcohol is definitely present giving a peppery taste and a noticeable warming. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 00:35:15 | More by Drew966
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Britton

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage in a 750 mL stop-top XS bottle.

A: A multihued, deep amber or mahogany with a thin layer of frothy bubbles, quickly fading to oblivion. Some haziness from sediments(?).

O: Malts quickly followed by hops, a faint whiff of EtOH and other organic-y solvents here and there. This all colludes to provide a somewhat overwhelming but pleasant aroma.

T: Malts. Spice from hops, then the sweets, bitters again. A little twinge of alcohol in the ol' uvulator. Just grand.

M: Sticky and thick, just as it should be.

D: Sip or die, but as with anything really worth trying again I could drink the whole bottle to myself.

Overall, A very hoppy barley guy, one which would surely benefit from aging, but perfect in its own way as-is.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 03:36:27 | More by Britton
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jdklks

Nevada

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

poured into a pint glass from the 750ml ceramic bottle.

A- dark brown with a murky amber-reddish tint that shines through especially when held up to light.

S- very malty and slightly fruity. the alcohol is pronounced but not overly so.

T- a very good barleywine. lots of hop resin and a bite at the end that stays in the back of your mouth long after you take a sip. as the smell suggested, it is very malty and has a smooth finish. hints of caramel as well. the alcohol is well masked but definitely there. very good.

M- full-bodied, more so than many other barleywines. soft and smooth, and as i mentioned before, a strong hop resin.

D- goes down easy enough. very warming on a cold night. smooth finish that keeps you wanting another sip. a must try for anyone who likes barleywines!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 05:28:13 | More by jdklks
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magictrokini

California

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy mahogany with ho head. Aroma is nice and hoppy with caramel and some malt. I really like the taste. Sweet up front, smooth and malty, then turns to a strong hop bitterness. Mroe pepper and resin than citrus. The finish is more hops with caramel and toffee. The alcohol is hidden throughout, but it creeps up in the end.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 16:49:12 | More by magictrokini
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A substantial amount of yeast is floating throughout the brew. The head is a light tan color and starts out at a quarter inch and quickly fades away leaving a sticky film along the inside of the glass. The body is a deep purple color and barely translucent.

S - Plum, anise and alcohol.

T - The unique hops flavor this beer boasts is apparent throughout. There are accents of anise, citrus and sour as well.

M - The feel is exceptional. It starts out soft and wet in the front of my mouth. As it moves to the back it gets more abrasive triggering taste buds along the way. The finish is felt in the top back of my throat as it lingers from sip to sip.

~ This is a sippin' brew. One that I'll surely partake in again someday. It's not a brew for the meek. You need to have an open-mind before trying this beer. It can be overwhelming but I think that's part of its luster.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 22:24:59 | More by cdkrenz
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brendan13

Australia

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

A - Poured into a snifter a murky, very dark copper colour with a couple of centimetres of beige head that slowly falls away leaving sporadic lacing. When held up to light it appears much more dark red with an orange hue.
S - A sweet caramal malt aroma hits first followed by some dark fruit & herbal notes. A good swirl and a deep sniff reveals lots fruity and piney hop qualities.
T - Like the smell the taste is also dominated by a sweet caramel maltiness. The hops come through although the piney quality is much more dominant.
M - Quite a full bodied beer with a lower side of medium carbonation level. A lingering caramel sweetness but also a bitter, dry finish.
D - Quite a flavourful beer and the alcohol is quite well hiden for a 12% beer.
Not something for everyone but I'd drink it again despite to hefty price.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 11:13:30 | More by brendan13
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VelvetMonkey

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow. This beer is really interesting. I've had it tucked away in my wine cellar for over 4 years and got a wild hare to open it. My impressions:

It poured muddy brown like I'd scooped up a glass of Florida river water but with a little head that disappeared into a light ring in the glass. It smelled like carmel, a little fruity, with some licorice and the slightest hint of alcohol. The taste was initially very pleasant--malty carmel and dried fruits--but slid into a profound hoppiness--think "punch in the face" hoppiness. Humm. Another sip to get acclimatized and, yes, I like it. I roll a sip around in my mouth to really amp up the hops. Mmmmm. . . Almost bitter chocolate.

It is, of course, not something I'll be drinking one after the other in the garage while I'm putting brakes on the Jeep. It's not meant to be, but it's a nice diversion. A beer experience I'm glad I had and will likely have again. This time, I'm going to buy one a store it for 10 years. I wonder what alchemy will happen in that time.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 23:52:23 | More by VelvetMonkey
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Lukie

Australia

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2008 vintage poured out a very thick, murky... muddy orange colour. There was only a mild sparkly of alcohol, and no real head to it, but it is definently carbonated.
I have no idea what to rate the look...

Rich caramel and honey aroma, with hints of aniseed and sweet licorice (yes they are different). It is almost sticky date pudding smell, and rock candy. I have no idea where the hops are.

There is a big malty backbone behind this, with lots of honey and caramel leading into a massive hoppy bite. The hops are very astringent and leave a very dry bitter taste in the back of the mouth. The bitterness is extremely overwhelming.

I am not sure about this beer. It has an amazing aroma, and big characteristics about it, but the bitterness from the hops just leaves a really, really strong taste in the back of my mouth. It takes away quite a lot from the beer.
My first effort at an American Barleywine aswell. Might have to re-review down the track.

I should also point out this retailing for around 35-40AU in Australia. Definently worth it for something incredibly unique.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 13:17:16 | More by Lukie
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Halcyondays

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Naja's Place, 2004 Vintage,

A: Pours a murky dark brown with a full tan head into a Chimay snifter, head has good retention.

S: Complex mix of malt and hop notes, some alcohol, pretty typical American barleywine smell.

T: This is really good. Only having had Old Crustacean fresh it was a joy to have it at 4 years old. Great hop character still, in comparison to the '04 Bigfoot I had after which was still excellent but much more a malt bomb. Excellent balance, full pine, grass and terpene flavour. Malt gives strong toffee and caramel, all the flavours are big, definitely aggressive, but they work really well together, excellent.

M: Strong, full-bodied and full of hop resin. Light carbonation after the aging gives it good drinkability.

D: This is an outstanding American Barleywine and the beer I think Rogue really shines in, a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 02:18:30 | More by Halcyondays
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mikeyv35

New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an expensive 750ml., 2008 ceramic bottle, into a Duvel snifter.

A: Very appealing to the eye, a dark brown almost amber color with a one finger tan/beige head, and nice lacing that remained on the glass. Would have liked to see a slightly larger head on this one.

S: Slightly fruity with a touch of booze, raisins, and mustiness.

T: Alcohol is very well masked and the brew has a raisin and fig taste with alot of bitterness on the finish - which would be explained by the 110 IBU's listed on the ceramic bottle. A little too bitter for my taste, but overall a quality brew.

M: Very rich and thick, but leaves the palate feeling relatively clean.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for a barleywine. However, after two 12oz. Duvel glasses was feeling nice - 11.5% will tend to do that.

Overall, not on my favorite list, but worth a try and a pretty darn good brew from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 07:17:30 | More by mikeyv35
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

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

12 oz bottle 2002 vintage with 120 IBUs stated on the label. Consumed 01/15/07. Pours a murky amber to brown with almost no head. The aroma is of sweet booze soaked plums and cherries along with a hint of pine hoppiness. Smooth flavor of dried shriveled plums, dates, cherries and a couple of raisins. There are also smooth and rich roasted malts, caramel malts, some toffee, a bit of roasted coffee beans and alcohol warmth. There is a nice pine hoppiness that takes hold about midway and builds some to the finish.

2005 vintage consumed 5/11/06. Pour out very dark out of a very dark ceramic bottle. Mmmm. This is going to be good. The aroma was assertive with roasted malt, chocolate malts, citrus hops and as the temperature rose so did the alcohol aroma. Very inviting aroma. The taste is both hop flavor and chocolate malt competing for dominance. I think it is very well balanced throughout the flavor profile. Near the end of the taste (moments before the next is to begin) I get both lingering bittering hops, roasted chocolate malts and the warmth of the alcohol. I love the taste. Scratching me right where I itch.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:43:00 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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jwinship83

Illinois

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

bottle from 2007 pulled from basement

A- ruby red body under a large foamy lasting beige head with very even lacing

S- very fruity. slight hint of booze, lots of cherries figs and raisins or tobacco.

T- extreme blast of grapefruit at the end, this is obviously still very hoppy at this point. sweet malts and fruits up front. the alcohol is well hidden for something this massive. this one also has a cough syrup like taste in there too, which

M- thick and rich but not syrupy. bitter after taste. slight alcohol warming all the way down

D- this is one i wanted to wait longer to crack open, but since i hadnt tried it i should open one before aging the rest. glad i did. one entire bottle was enough, but i wouldnt have minded another glass. check this one out if you havnt, i cant wait to see what it becomes in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 03:30:53 | More by jwinship83
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ol' expensive ceramic bottle from Wine Warehouse that I splurged on following the election. A portion given to a friend, and the remainder poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: A dark, thick, dirty brown - almost black in places - body with a finger-and-a-half of tan head with average retention. The lacing is great though - bubbly, sticky, full, leaving huge suds on the surface of the beer and a nice full ring of lacing. Color isn't so hot, but the lacing is great.

Aroma: Sticky sweet malts - brown sugar, milk chocolate, toffee - and spicy, piney hoppiness are prominent here. There're hints of citrus, flourishes of other hoppy notes, but it's mainly like getting thwacked with a chocolate covered pine tree branch. Or, gently slapped upside the head. A minor solventy alcohol note emerges, but only after it's seriously warmed to room temperature.

Taste: A full-bodied and flavorful beer. The hop bitterness is there, large and in charge, but it's not rough or edgy - it's smooth, and very vegetal. Lots of darker toasty malts, but not dark enough to where it's not sweet - it is, hella-sweet, with toffee, caramel, chocolate, toasty bread. There's a slight nutty sheen, and a few other dark malt notes. Only the faintest wisp of alcohol, which is nice, but there's certainly enough syrupy stickiness here to cover up even the most fiendish of abv%s.

Mouthfeel: Oh this one's thick as hell. Luxurious, almost. It's syrupy, even-bubbled, creamy, but a lot of the prickly bitterness is killed (or at least muted) by the prickliness. The carbonation and evenness are such that they somewhat deaden the impact of the thickness of this one.

Drinkability: This one has it's pros and cons. On the plus side, it's pretty tasty, the alcohol's well hidden, the lacing is great, and the carbonation spot on. On the down side, it's sort of one dimensional on the hop side, the alcohol is crazy high, the color's not so hot, and it's thick as a bitch. Overall, though, it's a good beer, and one I would DEFINITELY recommend on tap, and perhaps slightly less so in bottle-form, just because of its crazy expensive price.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 21:59:10 | More by CrellMoset
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goodspeed94

California

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

Bottle dated "1997" served at the Stuffed Sandwich. Thanks Sam!

A: Pours a dark, cloudy brown into a tulip glass with only a single bubble. Small amount of sediment accumulates at the bottom, and the overall texture of this beer is presented right up front.

S: After 11 years in the bottle, this brew hasn't lost a step. Strong smell of raisins, sugar, and hops (120 IBU's), some wood character as well. Kind of smells similar to one of those caramel bulls-eye chews.

T: Extremely layered and complex. The nose gives away many of the flavors, but roasted chocolate can be found buried in there, some fruits. The alcohol in very well hidden and a small alcohol taste is about 20 seconds delayed. It is apparent that this has been aged.

M: Like a thick, sugary cider type feel. Low carbonation, warming. Nothing too harsh on the tongue.

D: If I could find more of these, I would not mind having another. Fairly strong alcohol. Definitely a treat.

This beer was aged 11 years and is by far the oldest beer I have ever tried. I really like what aging can do, and plan on sitting some barleywines down for the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 19:17:44 | More by goodspeed94
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little put-off by the appearance of this beer, but it had some other positive attributes that allayed my initial fears. It poured viscous and hazy...looked like malt syrup or maybe eggnog if the primary ingredient was actually malt syrup instead of egg. I thought I was in for a malt bomb with lots of malted milk ball flavor, but that wasn't the case. Aroma was fruity, bourbon, and lots of maltiness. Still thinking that I was getting a malted milk ball. However, flavor was very mellow while still being highly malty and smooth with some nice bourbon notes. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:12:28 | More by BeerBelcher
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bifrostguard

California

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep reddish brown with a moderate sticky head. Leaves a thick amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Malt and hops. Suprisingly plentiful on the hop side for a barley wine.

T - Malty, spicy and bitter. A very nice balance between hop and malt with alcohol coming in with a warming effect on the end.

M - Smooth and creamy.

D - Had this one at the Rogue Bar right after tasting their imperial stout. This would be another one that I could take my time with and not even think about switching to something else, but I was at the bar and I didn't want to pay $15 a piece to try at home. Complex, enjoyable and tasty!

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2008 02:14:57 | More by bifrostguard
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rye726

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a mahogany color with a nice tan head. The nose is well balanced between the bitter hops and sweet malts. As is the flavor. This is exactly where an American Barleywine should be. Right between a Double IPA and an English Barley. Fruity hops followed by rich malts, ripe plums and cherries, carmelized candy and subtle alcohols. Full body is well carbonated. A great brew from Rogue. Maybe I will buy a bottle after all as I'm sure this will age nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 00:27:54 | More by rye726
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.