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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

XS Old CrustaceanXS Old Crustacean

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1,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 1065
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.

110 IBU
83 AA
57º Lovibond

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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 11:47:12 | More by BeerManDan
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

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 21:43:17 | More by Mark
Photo of Sixpack595


3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2003 00:18:46 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of comat0se


4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 21:52:13 | More by comat0se
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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.


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2003 17:08:59 | More by kunzbrew
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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...


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...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 22:32:56 | More by ZAP
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4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 18:36:35 | More by StevieW
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4.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 19:58:27 | More by inebrius
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New Hampshire

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!!

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


Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 13:45:02 | More by Bierman9
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 20:15:10 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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New Jersey

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

dark brown with a foamy off-white head that dies kind of quickly, but it will leave you with a little lace on the sides of the glass. aromas of sweet malts, some dark malts, and alcohol come out at you.

the alcohol is hidden very well by the malts at the beginning, but you get a winey alcohol kick at the end. the malts are in a great balance that only breaks up with the dry finish. the body is nice and rich with low carbonation and a smooth feel. this brew is a much better drinker than other barley wines i have had. hopefully others to come will be more like this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 18:30:22 | More by ElGuapo
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4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1997 Vintage. 7oz nip bottle.

Appearance: Pours a 'really' dark brown with no head at all. Cloudy as all hell. It's a bottle from 1997, so I'm not surprised by the absence of carbonation.

Smell: Chocolate, sweet grains, butterscotch, caramel, licorice, and a touch of hops. The aroma is actually quite similar to a 1996 bottle of their Imperial Stout I had last week...very nice.

Taste: Much like the Imperial Stout, all of the different aromas assert themselves in the flavor. There's a strong alcohol undercurrent that makes itself known from beginning to end. There's also an aggressive, bitter note that seems to have a bit of a pepper aftertaste...interesting. Unique spiciness. Has a very warming effect. Starts malty with amazing complexity, then ends bitter with a stomach-warming heat. Amazing brew...

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with absolutely no carbonation. Goes down like diluted motor-oil....in other words, heavenly!

Drinkability: To judge this against other barley-wines would only be fair...outstanding drinkability! This is a truly spectacular beer to sip and enjoy with a great book, or as a night-cap. I need to buy more of this...

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 21:56:25 | More by MJR
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thick, chewy, and malty beer...don't you just love barleywines. Rogue has a more distinctive hop presence than have many of the other barleywines that I have had the joy of trying. It has a hazy reddish-brown appearance and a rather diminutive head. A very drinkable beer. Too bad I have to drive to VA to purchase due to NC's (unbelievably useless) 6% abv law.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 14:53:20 | More by philipt
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a 1995 bootle of Old Crustacean and said why not(it's only 7 yrs.)? It was a good choice to say the least. All 6.4ozs. and 100 IBU's held up great. It poured very cloudy with hardly any head. Sweet caramel aroma was faint. I can taste raisin but it was as perffectly balanced as any barley wine i've tasted. The 6.4ozs. is just enough to have at any one time.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 19:23:32 | More by paceyourself
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1997 7oz bottle sweet malty aroma, mellowed hops, warming alcohol feel, not much head, sweet and malty, I don't care for the tiny 7oz bottle, need more of this fine barley wine, I will have to get a couple more bottles of this, this one has aged well.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2002 17:47:54 | More by maxpower
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle of the 2001 that I found in NJ. Dark amber in color with no head. The smell is sherry and hops but not over powering. Barley Wines are my favorite style and this did not disappoint. The hops are prominent at 120 IBU's. There is a slight alcohol taste more in the finish that I bet would go away with another year of ageing. Warming and relaxing, a great sipping beer. Another great offering from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 17:01:08 | More by CharlesRiver
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a dark shade of amber for a barley-wine. Hopped well, but not overly-hopped, giving it a wonderful aroma and bitterness without overshadowing the sweetness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, so stay away if you cannot handle that. The bitterness and syrupy sweetness combine for a really cool mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 16:49:13 | More by dolem98
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4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage: Oooooooooh BABY!!! Pours a delicious looking cloudy dark amber with a small light tan head. The delicious aromas of a sweet fruit and nuts make my mouth water as good as any great beer ever has! Sweet mother of Pearl! This stuff is delicious in case I haven't mentioned that yet. The semi-sweet fruity taste and tart bitterness of hops that resemble grapefruit are blended nicely so that you don't even notice the 11.3% ABV although there is a warming feeling that increases with each swallow that overcomes you. It has a lightly sticky mouthfeel to this medium bodied brew. My first barleywine and it's love at first taste! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2002 17:20:28 | More by BeerAngel
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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage: Reminds me of Stone Ruination IPA. But its a barlywine? Very bitter hops. Smells of alcohol, yet does not burn. Expected this beer to be more complex, there are a lots of flavors peeking through the huge hop presence. Will age well.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 17:50:46 | More by boblinneman
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4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 Vintage: Brilliant solid red with a gold robe. A six-pointed star pattern of very fine bubbles settles onto the surface. The aromas feature freshly cracked new pecans, honey, and terracotta, all in an enormous, profound display of riches. As it opens there are hints of freshly butchered beef, hazelnuts, and sweet prarie grasses that emerge. The flavors are a thundering cascade of velvet: burned sugar, cola, maple wood, black pepper and vanilla bean appear in turn. A keeper, if you can keep your hands off of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2002 10:52:20 | More by putnam
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. This barleywine is a hop-head's delight. Pours out to a dark amber color in the glass. Aroma is nice, with that hop-nose you know is a preview to that hop taste. Literally as complex as a beer can be. So many tastes were going through my mouth that I couldn't really put a finger on just one. Raison, molasses, and a slight sweetness that give way to this "in you face" blast of hops. If there is a hoppier beer out there, I haven't had it yet.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 05:56:08 | More by proc
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4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2000 Vintage: Hazy garnet hue, covered by a thin soapy head due to the high alcohol. Intense caramel and toasty malt w/ a wallop of buttery toffee in aroma. Fruitiness eeks in, combines w/ the sweetness resulting in a red licorice - like note. Mild vinous alcohol and hints of sherry are present as well. Although subdued, the waft of heaty fusels are a harbinger of a potent brew. This warms my nostrils if I inhale deeply. Trace pine hop nose. Rich and enticing aromawise. Deeply toffeeish sweetness hits the palate initially, but quickly gives way to assertive, sharp, yet clean hop bitterness that more than offsets what would be a cloyingly sweet malt profile. Caramel notes, and nutty sweetness akin to peanut brittle provide contrast to the quenching bitterness mid palate. Hop flavor has faded into muted citrus. Full in body and very dextrinous in mouthfeel, partially due to the apparent high final gravity. Finishes w/ lingering hop bitterness and residual sweetness on the lips. Enveloping alcohol warmth grows progressively stronger throughout. Old Crusty 2000 has matured wonderfully. The hop bitterness is still sharp, but the rich buttery malt is not overshadowed. Intense and absolutely delcious.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2002 18:29:56 | More by marc77
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North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage

Dark brown color with hints of amber. Pours to a big impressive head, which settles to about 2cm, leaving a bit of patchy lace, and stays there well. Strong alcohol-soaked esters and citrus and floral hop aromas jump at your nose. You can smell the bitterness in this one! That's no surprise with an insane 120 IBUs. Rind-like bitterness with a bit of pine smacks you around with the first sip, and alcohol presence cleans up after it. Even with huge hop presence, malt still plays a big role here. Massive creamy caramel maltiness that coats your palate almost keeps up with the hops. Chocolate is noticeable under the caramel. Leafy character is subtly present, especially in the aftertaste. This is a full-bodied, intense, and heavy brew, but, surprisingly, it's very drinkable.

2000 vintage

Dark amber-brown. Head has been lost in the aging for the most part. A more malty nose than the 2001, but still very hoppy. Strong, sweet caramel and chocolate with intense plum and dark fruit. Hops are citrusy and a bit piney. Great aroma that definitely improved with age. Excellent taste as well, spicy and citrus hops with huge caramel/chocolate malt and alcohol heat, one hell of a full body. This is definitely a beer to cellar, and more than the recommended one year.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2002 15:50:03 | More by hyuga
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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/medium brown color with a decent head that fades fast and leaves a nice lace down the glass. Tons of sweet maltiness and some nice piney hoppiness in the aroma of this one. Huge caramel maltiness to start this one off with some nice hoppy twangs in it as well. Great piney character as well and some slight alcohol warming. Nice and smooth but a little bit thin for the style, however, the brew remains awesomely drinkable. Damn this is on fine BW. Yet another great one from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2002 09:29:01 | More by Murph
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3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2001 Vintage: This is likely a legend in the making, but it is only at AA ball right now. Like any prospect, it needs time to develop, but many of the skills are already in place.

Muddy brown-orange. Frothy, creamy khaki head retains well for a brew of this size.
Aroma is big on hops, with pine being the dominate persuasion. Some toffee and chocolate hues are noted as well.

Taste is, in a word, raw. Ragged, piney hops seem to pierce through everything. Bitterness is huge. Toastedness and chocolate stuggle for survival. There is a solid carmel/toffee base, but this cannot weather the hop melee. Solvent-like alcohol pops up late, forming an oppresive alliance. Faint dark fruits, and perhaps even tropical fruits linger in the distance, too frightened to approached due to the menacing regime.
In a year or two (or five), the malts will begin to win this war, and make this much more balanced. But the hops and alcohol are too aggressive at this point to make any headway.
The body is in place, smooth and viscious. Chewable, if somewhat syrup-like.
Presently, it is only drinkable to witness the carnage. I'd suggest giving this some time to achieve stability. Psychotic hopheads excluded.
With some rounding, this will be in the majors someday. A rough diamond as it is, but capable of aspiring to it's 1999 big brother. The bigger frame (12oz vs 7oz) helps.

Thanks, Bighuge. But I should have let this one develop. Hope to find another one to cellar.


1999 Vintage: I am truely stunned by this amazing beverage....where to start? How about the f'king 7oz's...I want 12oz bottles...But at least I have heard the latest batch comes in them.

This is my favorite Barleywine. Fantastic integration after 3 years...but this could go strong for several more. Flavor upon flavor. Malt lays down some sweet carmel and (slightly) bready notes. The hops jump on top with some piney and splendedly bitter tones. I also detected some minty hues as well. Sweetness dominates, but in a lovely way. Balance is extraordinary. My lord, is this good.

Only drawback (as previously mentioned) is the $2.50 for a 7oz bottle. But still unquestionably worth it. One of the absolute best. Bargain at any price.

I am amazed that I can still find this batch, but it is still available in stores in the Madison area. I won't say which ones out of selfishness...so you better act fast!!
(note to self: pick up more bottles of Ol Crust 1999 tomorrow)

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2002 00:26:16 | More by cokes
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
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