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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,156 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 689
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 88
Gots: 112 | 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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Photo of Deconstructionis
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 XS-- 22 oz Ceramic bottle. Poured cellar temperature into a snifter

Appearance: A cloudy unfiltered amber/orange with fine carbonation that mostly does not rise to a head. It's a murky, turbulent looking glass of beer.

Smell: Intense and robust. Strong dried fruit and hint of pine and citrus. Hops are evident. Vaporous

Taste: As strong as the looks and aroma would suggest-- maybe stronger. Extremely bitter but not harsh with poweful malt character and enough caramel sweetness to mellow the punch. Alcohol not prominent up front but evident in the aftertaste. A big beer that is both balanced and highlights the contribution of each ingredient.

Mouth feel: Thick, but not cloying or syrupy due to the atringent bitterness and alcohol. Remarkably clean on the palate for such a high gravity beer.

Drinkability: within the style, exceptionally easy drinking due to the well struck balance, but this is the antithesis of a session beer. Split a bottle and savor it.

A fantastic beer. At this price it's a special occasion drink but perfect for a cool evening.

Deconstructionis, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of schinebd
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 Ceramic Bottle

Appearance - Very dark brown with some light getting though giving the beer a nice mahogany color. A fluffy brown head that eventually recedes leaving a very minuscule remain. Some moderate lacing.

Smell - Caramel malts, alcohol, and some piny hops.

Taste - At first my tongue is punched with a sharp bitterness. The fresh flavor of the hops has faded, but the bitter punch is definitely still there. The bitterness gives way to a strong caramel backing that bridges the bitterness quite nicely into the blackberry sweetness that sits underneath all of the strong flavors. I can tell the flavors have mellowed favorably with age - I wonder how this beer would taste fresh.

Mouthfeel - The extreme flavor gives the beer a certain sharpness, but the age on this particular bottle has made it more smooth and easy to take in.

Drinkability - A bit heavy on the palette - I'm not sure if I can taste anything after 22 oz of this beer. Also quite expensive.

schinebd, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

XS series in swing-top ceramic bottle. Brought back from California to share with mates here in Sydney.

Pours incredibly thick - an amazing gelatinous blob of liquid in the glass. The head looks like newly formed hot toffee, the bubbles are so stuck in the body that rolling the beer around in the glass leaves them static where they were. Body is a majestic mahogany brown, head is a crackling lace of yellow bubbles. Phenomenal.

Lots of toffee-heavy sweetness on the nose, but also a huge resonant hop aroma, and an undeniable spirituous spiciness, coalescing together into one big bad-ass nose. Every thing is big. No getting away from it.

Taste is either wrong, or just insane. This is incredibly bitter, more so than the most insanely hopped DIPA. Despite the huge sweet aromas, there's almost none detectable here - the bittering hops hold the palate to ransom, strangling every little bit of life out of it. There is, meekly peeking around the corner, the usually brash flavour of alcohol, but the hop bitterness so utterly trumps it, ruling with an iron fist. I'm not sure I approve greatly. Mouthfeel is thick at least, like expected.

To be honest, I found this to be a terribly difficult beer. Everything before the first sip indicated a big, malty, rich barleywine, but the palate was so completely skewed in one direction that I was left reeling.

I prefer more balance in my beers, but it's hard to disrespect it.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of jneiswender
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer in a 4oz sample glass at the brewery as part of a sampler.

A-reddish brown color, looks almost like a mixed drink like "sex on the beach" or something with a beige head.

S-citrus and pine needles

T-piney...hoppy...with a great alcohol finish

M-medium

D-Just outstanding. Well crafted. Full of flavor. I would have this again.

jneiswender, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of david18
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I remember this beer from when it was among the seven ounce offerings to get around some abv law. When they were in the small bottle you had kind of a warning that you were going to get something strong. This is a strong beer and perhaps a little too hot for my taste. The Rogue house flavor doesn't work so well as this alcohol level. In general it is worth trying; just not my favorite.

david18, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 XS vintage into sam smith pint glass. this is my lunch today.

A - a turbid, though not opaque, reddish brown is the colour at the bottom of the glass. at the top the head forms very reluctantly and only give about half a fingers worth; leaves a good lot of lacing all over the glass.the mid part of the glass is a very dark mahogany or burnt umber. definitely looks like it can pack in the 11.5% abv. looks fine for a barley wine, but I cant say the appearance for one of these guys has yet to be mouthwatering. but looks are deceiving.

S - a very stong smelling brew. alcohol and this fruity but caramel like note is far out in the front; once one grabs the fruit, then the alcohol sneak right up aside it. the esters are fruity, but also have prominent notes of caramel, and chocolate-syrup-like sweetness. strong malt backing brings up the rear along with just a pinch of the hops.

T - oh good god damn! thats one hell of a punch in the mouth. there is no hiding the alcohol in this beer, it really stays with you the whole drinking process. malts are huge and all over the place, and hops are super bitter (110 IBUs, no kidding). initial taste is malts and a dry alcohol at first, then the booze takes over as it warms up, but as one even further holds the beer in ore, the hops come out and pound the bitterness into my tongue like a sledgehammer; holding the beer in mouth is amazing, seeing how it changes from malts to alcohol to pure hop devastation. the finish is boozy with a sweet malt backing; not a scorching alcohol, more of a nasal sake experience; the booze come right through the malts, and allows the hops some free range. the after taste is bitter and yet malty sweet when looking for it. though in fact the majority of the aftertaste is bitter hops.

MF&D - well, there was no head because this beer is incredibly low carbonated, lending itself to have a very, very, thick body. the brew is creamy, and sticky on the glass. the whole bitter taste, along with the booming alcohol is a bit much to be perfect in the drinkability. nonetheless the beer is quite palatable for those who have the taste for it.

erz316, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of tzieser
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sweet looking ceramic bottle, marked as 2008.

Looks great-- deep ruby color, extremely hazy. poured into a standard white wine glass (unfortunately). formed a half finger head, that lingered for a while before dissipating into a flat, liquor like appearance.

Smells outstanding. God, I love the smell of a great barleywine-- and this one certainly does the trick. Deep, over ripened fruit comes first, quickly followed by a slight woody/oakiness. Also subtle notes of spice (cinnamon, maybe hints of nutmeg)...definite notes of hops. Like I said, this smells great.

Oh man....where can I begin....insanely intense malts up front...subtle taste of overripe fruit as noted in the smell...bitter dark chocolate maybe-- tobacco? It seems like the more I sip, the more flavors come out. The hops also make a lot of noise on this one. Nice and bitter, but it doesn't keep the malts from shining. The lingering aftertaste is pretty clean for such a strong beer.

Mouthfeel is great. Barleywines should all be like this....very small amounts of carbonation, quite syrupy. very nice

Drinkability is good. The alcohol is fairly well masked and the malts are so damn delicious....how could you say no to more? (unless you're hammered....then I'd probably wouldn't want much more)

Overall- You gotta try this barleywine, even if its 20 bucks a bottle. Not much else to say.

tzieser, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of aristeros
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a ceramic 750 ml bottle with the reusable rubber gasket stopper. Says "2008" on the bottle. Poured into my Bodum pint glass and allowed to warm from fridge temperature. About a finger of white head, a little lacing. Burnt sienna/dark red amber color, cloudy. Looks great.

Smell is of sweet fruit, apples and golden raisins. Some floral, some pine. Molasses and whiskey fill out the aroma. Not the hop bomb that I was expecting based on some of the reviews.

Big bitter hop taste with a citrus back up front, mellows out with toffee and toasted caramel malts in the middle. Finishes bitter and boozy with a hop presence that's a bit overwhelming. The mouthfeel was a bit syrupy, with light-moderate carbonation that was sort of interfering, as well.

Very good, just short of great. It's a very aggressive beer and a nice take on the style, and it'd get even better with age. I think I'll cellar a few.

aristeros, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Bobbydigi
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

08 XS series Poured into my Boulevard Smokestack glass. Formed a 1 finger off white head with nice lacing. Color is a very deep red.

Smell is nice. A lot of malt up front, hits of raisins, fruit, and chocolate. You also get a small smell of the hop presence.

Taste is a big mix of malt and hops. This one will be a lot better over time far too boozy, but drinkable. The taste follows the smell only with a bigger hop presence.

Great mouth feel, carbonation is great and it goes down very smooth. Slight alcohol burn at the end though.

I will be able to finish this bottle but no more after that. Give this one a year or two and it might be another story.

I'm going to have to pick up a couple more and try them in the future and maybe update this review.

Bobbydigi, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wiseman Justin Reporting:

This came in Rogue's Clay bottle 2008; 11.5% alcohol. This one might need more aging.

Appearance: Nice one finger head with a vicious pour. Thick opaque amber, with fine lacing that sticks to the glass fairly well. For a barley wine it looks very nice.

Smell: Bourbon, molasses, and oak. It's pretty ordinary albeit above average.

Taste: Very strong with the alcohol and the kicking. This beer is not smooth, the alcohol is very sharp and masks the other flavors. Burnt charcoal dominates the aftertaste. The first impression is alcohol which fades to burnt charcoal, very little besides these two dominating tastes. Not very complex. As it warms up, the taste transforms beautifully from charcoal to ashtray.

Mouthfeel: Too sharp and bitter to enjoy. The burnt flavor is hard to get rid of unless you have chips and Tostitos Salsa con queso. Which we do.

Drinkability: Low, for a barleywine I want to finish this quickly and move onto something else.

It's sad to say but I was expecting better things from something in a clay bottle.

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 on tap at the Rogue Publick House in SF. Deep copper color, total clarity, thin tan head. Big caramel malty aroma, cherries, Dayquil? Raisins and caramel flavor, bread dough, hop resin, some astringency. Flavors don't mesh all that well. Decent at best.

illidurit, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this over at the Lion's Pride for my birthday.

Pours a copper/rust color with a thin wispy head, no lacing along the glass.

Smell is pretty much all malt character, some dark fruit aromas but the malt takes the cake.

Taste is is all malt and dark fruit, some hoppiness comes near the end but just seems a bit out of place, could have been a little thicker and the alcohol presence more refined.

Not the first barleywine I'd reach for but probably not the last either.

deltatauhobbit, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Deus1138
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a craving for a Barleywines for like a week. So I picked up a few tonight. This was one of them.

Poured into a pint glass. Color is a hazy brown with a slight redish tint. I got about 1/2" of light frothy, fluffy head that lasted quite a while and produce some very nice lacing.

Smell is insane! As I poured into a pint glass from about half an arm's length away, I was overwhelmed by the smell of hops! Wow! This was a hop assault on my nose before I even brought the glass up to my nose for a closer inspection!

Taste is exceptional. You are greeted with the flavor of bitter, grassy hops then the malts make their presence known: caramel and brown sugar come through, very mild. Then the hops, mostly grassy, slightly citrusy, come back like Rocky Balboa in the last round of Rocky 4 and leave you with a dry, bitter hoppy finish. Rogue has done a such a great job blending the hops! A hop assault like this could be brutal if not done right, but in this case, it's perfect. My mouth has been left tingling from the hops and awaiting the next sip. Considering the ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden. It adds more warmth than flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. There's a lot going on here, but it's not overwhelming.

Drinkability is excellent. Leave it to Rogue to produce a fine brew like this. Add this to list of things I am going to try to age! Definitely a sipper, but one so enjoyable you may sip yourself into inebriation.

Deus1138, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since Alabama "free'd the Hops" I reaped the benefits in Huntsville.
Poured a cloudy copper color with a thin, yet rich white head. Nose is hops, fruits, caramel and some pine. Taste is very good. Lots of hops and you can tell this things has serious IBU. Mostly nutty and raisin, some dark fruit perhaps plum, but very discrete.

barleywinefiend, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep earthy red colour, like the dirt in Death Valley (maybe - I don't know, I've never been there). Head is amazing when poured - ochre in colour and medium thickness but produces a little puff of bubbles beneath that swim around before settling up into head, largely due to beer's heaviness. Tilting the glass produces more of this amazing effect, and lacing is not thick, but very clingy and resilient. Absolute incredible, unique-looking brew.

Nose is a rich, delectable bouquet of sweets. Sweet toffee, dates, maybe some cranberries at the back, and just the right amount of an earthy acidity to counterbalance the really rather pungent sweetness. Smells sweet, sticky, delicious and slightly fruity. Again sensational.

Taste is an odd shock to the palate after that smell. A deep, earthy grittiness abounds with a very unexpected burnt coffee bitterness. While it definitely lacks the toffee sweetness of the nose, there is definitely evidence of a very potent, prominent malt base, very thick and rich. Most of the palate is very bitter and tastes like it's been bombarded with hops, very astringent with a slightly phenolic character that comes around the mid and hangs well over the finish. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth but not quite as full as I would have expected. Overall, while the alcohol is very well hidden except maybe a twang in the middle, the dark, saturating earthiness of this renders it moderately less drinkable.

I'm not saying it has a bad flavour, just odd.

laituegonflable, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of brushtachio
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1999 vintage poured from a 207 ml bottle. By far the oldest beer I've ever sampled and I didn't know what to expect.

Poured muddy dark brown. No carbonation except for a tiny island that precessed around the center if the snifter for most of the experience.

S. Dark fruit. Tobacco. Bitter chocolate 

T. Vitually no sweetness. Tobacco. Alcohol is well hidden.  Still a surprising amount of bitterness. Unsweetened chocolate.  

M. Lack of carbonation and viscous consistency make this a chewy treat.

D. It's a 10 year old barlywine. Not sure that this category really applies. Not any less drinkable than any other brew in it's style.  

brushtachio, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 edition here.

Pours a nice garnet/ burgundy color with a thick two-finger head into my fluted tulip.

Aroma is raisin-like with some alcohol warmth present upfront followed by muted hops.

Taste is strong and boozy with raisin and a blunt amount of hops. Things calm down in the middle but still quite boozy.

Mouthfeel is warm and boozy with the alcohol coating the throat and a good dose of hop bitterness and raisin lingering.

Best enjoyed slowly due to the booziness. I wonder if it needed to be a bit more cold but then again, the cold does nothing for a beer like this. It's been a while since I've reviewed this style. Otherwise, this is a decent beer that could probably use more aging. I wouldn't buy it again though because I've had better.

Brad007, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure of the vintage but I got a 10oz pour from the tap which I was surprised to see.

A- Old Crustacean holds a dark mix of brown mixed with some red when held towards the light. From the tap this produced a semi thick tan head that dwindled down to a skim. The head was able to be brought back with a few swirls while this left a sheet of lace.

S- A very intense barleywine with a big malt presense from a few varieties. Big caramel and toffee musk with a less prominent bready scent. Some chocolate even less coffee This would not be a rogue brew without some hops and this one has more than some with a big piney nose. Cant help but to notice some alcohol in this.

T- My god this is big. Crusty is highly hopped up with a big pine taste plus some floral qualities. This could not be that old of a vintage as the hops are still up there. Besides that, big malts on the toasted side with caramel and some bread. Also getting just a touch of dark fruit with some plums but very minimal. The alcohol is expertly hidden.

M- Not as hot as expected as the alcohol is there but does not intrude, there is some heat going down. A bit of bitterness from the hops that would of been much bigger if it was not for the big malt addition. Sweet and a breeze to take down in small sips, it's almost impossible to gilp this. An above medium feel with a good amount of carb.

D- Glad I had it on tap as the bottles are quite pricy and there is no way I could finish a big bottle of this. Even with being so big this was not all to hard to take down and was enjoyable. Being a Rouge product I expected big hops and while they were there they were not a problem actually enhancing the taste. I could see a uber fresh bottle of this being a problem. I need to lay one down for a decade as I would not be to inclined to open it.

BARFLYB, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

Pours out of a criminally overpriced ceramic bottle into my duchesse glass a gorgeous ruby red color with slight haze and a stark white head that lingers well leaving nice lacing.

Nose is chock full of PNW fruity hops. Some definite malt sweetness lingering under there as well. Definitely has the nose of a PNW DIPA.

Wow. Kinda tastes like one too. hahaha. The hope presence in here is huge, and it is savagely bitter. Starts out nice, and very balanced. A good malt sweetness and PNW hop profile. Fruity and floral hop flavors. As the finish approaches a savage smack of bitterness begins to build. Basically sheer bitterness all the way through the aftertaste. Kind of cool. This will die with age, and i still think i prefer aged vintages of this, but its mighty fine fresh as well.

The mouthfeel is pretty much ideal. Great carbonation, pretty much ideal viscosity.

Drinkability is suprisingly good for the abv, aside from refonkulous bitterness, which i quite like, but many will not. It does hamper the drinkability a bit either way though.

Overall a fine fine barleywine. A shining example of the american style to be honest. Most of Rogues beers are mediocre at best, but as long as your willing to pay for a disgustingly overpriced bottle, you can find good rogue brews. This one does great with age, and is nice fresh too. Definitely displays a Pacific Northwest flare. A fine beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Seru1
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a snifter

Appearance- Leathery brown with very thing brown head.

Smell- Weak on the nose, very citrusy and hoppy with dried fruit notes.

Taste- Very tasty malty flavors of brown sugar build to a very hoppy spicy finish.

Mouthfeel- Well Coating, Long Lasting.

Drinkability- Very hoppy, probably couldn't down more than one, like alot of rogue ales.

Seru1, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of FloppyDog
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the ceramic pop top bottle into a snifter.

A deep coppery-brown with a minimal and quickly-dissipating head. As I hold it up to the light, I see some kind of hints of green, possibly due to the enormous amount of hops. It appears very thick, with slight legs on the glass.

The aroma is dominated by citrus hop character at first, and as I inhale deeper I get the alcohol mixed with caramel malt and some sort of dark fruit, like dates.

The taste is dominated by hop bitterness upfront (almost too much for me), with malt sweetness in the middle and a very subtle alcohol in the finish. It was by no means fusel, but rather pleasant. As the beer becomes less carbonated, it becomes less harsh on the hop bitterness, and in my opinion, more enjoyable.

The mouth feel is thick and full. Slightly syrupy, but does not stick to the tongue too much.

Overall, an interesting extreme beer, but something that I can only handle on occasion, as opposed to all the time.

FloppyDog, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'08 XS Metal-like bottle.. poured heavily into a tumbler....

- Great cloudy milky brown appearance not much head or carbonation in appearance but a nice slew of lacing..

- Awesome sweet caramel malt barley madness... nice bitterness.. 'bout all I can say! Raisin? Prune... bit of ester and alcohol.

- Very sweet and smooth.. creamy, only warming.. tastes like it smells.. bit of fruit.. raisin, prune... barley...slightly woody I think..

- Bit dry and chewy... otherwise good.

- Hugely drinkable as it doesn't taste strong at all, and has low to medium carbonation which is about spot on for the style...

Docer, May 25, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage Ceramic bottle poured into a DFH Signature glass a slightly murky brown with crisp edges and a nice frothy light tan head. Aroma is an abundance of burnt caramel and toasted bread. The taste is a wonderfully complex blend of burnt caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, and dried fruits with a nice hop background. The beer certainly shows its 11.3%, but it is not too strong, just a sipper. I've always heard that this one needs some age, and it certainly comes through nicely!

atsprings, May 25, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 5/13/2009 (Bottle 2008):

Pours a dark red brown colored body, with a good-sized head, tan brown color, very lasting. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit. Syrup. Lots of scents. Sweet brown sugar taste, dark fruit too. Aged dark fruit. Dark grape taste. Extremely sweet syrupy taste. Too much for me.

jujubeast6000, May 19, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- brown in color with slight foam head and low carbonation, somewhat murky in body

Smell- lots of sweetness and malts, raisins, caramel, definite slight hoppy tone in the background

Taste- I really did like the taste and balance on this one, good mix of lots of sweetness and hoppy bitter tone leaving a nice long finish at the end, overall very nice barleywine taste wise

Mouthfeel- Rich creamy and full bodied for sure

Drinkability- very drinkable beer but definitely a sipper and probably a one a nite night cap kinda beer, but I thought it was a very enjoyable example of the style I would certainly try again, If you like barleywines give this one a try good flavor but dont plan on driving anywhere after! (PS REAL TREAT ON TAP)

Stunner97, May 17, 2009
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.