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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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90
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1,143 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,143
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 114 | FT: 8
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 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
Photo of jdg204
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second brew from my fantastic trip to the Rogue Pub in Portland, went with the bartenders recco for a 2nd extreme brew!

A: Dark, brown color with a short head.

S: Very malty and dark fruit sweetness rise from the glass.

T: Big malt profile with caramel dominating the intial taste and hoppy bitterness picking up the undertone.

M: Pretty heavy body with a pretty good aftertaste.

D: A unique Barleywine with the intense caramel flavor which was quite enjoyable. Not my favorite Rogue or Barleywine, but a good brew all in all and one you should try if you get the chance (but not worth going out of your way for). Rogue's one of the breweries doing some cool, original stuff and they deserve credit for this one.

jdg204, May 13, 2009
Photo of iNHaze
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 ceramic 750mL into a highball glass (only thing available at the time)

Old Crustacean poured a rich-looking copper with striking red highlights. Overall, the clarity of my sample was excellent, though there were some larger suspended chunks of sediment floating around in my glass. I got a huge caramel colored frothy head which subsided to a constant 1/8" or so with nice lacing throughout the tasting. Some sparse bubble trails, but this beer is, for the most part, still.

The aroma was complex, a definite push toward caramel malty sweetness, yet floral hop notes and a lingering hint of fruit.

Taste was hops up front, floral and fruity initially, to a pleasant caramel malt flavor tinged with a slight hint of alcohol. The caramel notes definitely come through well in this brew, along with some complex notes reminiscent of clover honey. Caramel fades to a bitter, lingering hop flavor which I found rather unpleasant due to its lengthy, bitter stay on the palate. Only reason this one didn't get a 4.5 for taste.

Mouthfeel was very round and fluffy. A bit of an alcohol zing in the throat, but no noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability would be excellent on this beer if it weren't for two factors: The obvious 11.5%ABV make this NOT something you want to throw back all night, although I did finish my 750 in about 2 hours. Secondly, the bitter aftertaste was unpleasant. I absolutely appreciate this beer for the complexities and balance it acheives, and I'd put it forward as an excellent example of the style, but that aftertaste started to get to me midway through my bottle.

iNHaze, May 03, 2009
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Information: From their website, Old Crustacean is "an unfiltered and unrefined(sp.) Barleywine. Intense, robust, malty and dark. The cognac of beers." Four malts (Great Western Harrington, Klages, Munich and Hugh Baird Carastan) and two hop varieties (Centennial and Chinook) are used in this brew.

My 2008 bottle of Old Crustacean comes in a 750ml. ceramic bottle. 11.5% abv. I poured this offering into my tulip glass. Listening to Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, played by the Academy of Ancient Musics, conducted by Christopher Hogwood.

A: I gave this beer as vigorous a pour as I could manage, but I still came up with a small, foamy, peach-colored head, consisting mostly of big frothy bubbles, which died away steadily and obviously. It left only a pencil-thin line of lace at the edge of the glass. The body itself is a foggy auburn color. It is really tough to see through this brew, being that it is unfiltered. It's colored like an old port, with rich magenta highlights. I get that the brewer wanted this to look raw and unfiltered, but the head was a big disappointment and it turned the beer into something resembling a sludge. I have to give low marks for appearance here.

S: The best nose that I have ever encountered with a American barleywine. Very rich smell with wonderful fruit complexities. So many different aroma qualities here...lavender honey, pear, raspberries, plum, coconut, walnut, vanilla and brown sugar. It smells predominantly of a sweet, thick malt with a good balance struck by the spicy, herbal (minty) hop aroma. Initial whiffs give off a faint indication of the alcohol content.

T: Man that's fucking good...sherry-like. Rich with caramelized malts and smooth as all get up. The flavors are all perfectly balanced. The hoppy bitterness is there, more towards the swallow and not so much up front. There are some unique undertones in the flavor of this beer; for instance, peat, chestnuts and a slight basil note. Though this is a full-bodied and rich malty brew, it never comes close to being cloying. The hops really do their job here.

M: As I said before, this is a full-bodied beer! The carbonation is low and it leaves the mouthfeel extremely smooth and flat. Not viscous though. Which was very nice. It made this beer palatable and quite the thirst quencher.

D: Too good, too good. I drank every last bit of the 750ml bottle. Granted over a period of two days, but I still enjoyed the beer by the end and I can't wait till I open up my other 2008 bottle years from now. Barleywines run the risk of becoming overly hoppy or, as is the case with some English barleywines, too malt forward and one dimensional. This was a beautifully crafted beer and if the look was compromised in the making of this, then so be it.

MusicaleMike, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1998 7oz bottle - an extra from tthomas in a recent trade. Served in my Foothills taster glass (also from a recent trade with Wespatrick).

A - Poured totally flat, although that's not totally unexpected for such an old brew, seeing as it isn't very frothy even when fresh. Murky raisin color with elements of orange and brown. I'd normally be harder on a brew that looked like this, but since it's over 10 years old and from such a high-gravity style I'll cut it a little slack.

S - Tons of caramel, toffee, apple, brown sugar, and dried fruits (raisins, prunes, etc.). The smell is huge and you can even get a sense that there was once a ton of hops in this brew with a few hints of pine and citrus. It smells utterly delicious.

T - Unfortunately, the taste seems a bit muted. There's still lots of caramel, brown sugar, apple, and rumcake, but you can tell that some oxidization has occurred. There's also an odd woody aftertaste that isn't overwhelming, but isn't all that pleasant either.

M - For the style the minimal carbonation isn't offensive, and the texture is silky smooth with a bit of alcohol warmth. There's lots of residual stickiness as well.

D - The 7oz bottle is definitely appropriate for the style, and I had no difficulty drinking the whole thing. I'd even consider having a second one - if I had access to one that is. Obviously the high ABV prevents this from being a session brew.

I think 1998 Old Crusty might be past its prime - it's nowhere as tasty as the '98 J.W. Lees or the 1996 Westy 8 that I've tried. I'd be interested in checking out something from the early aughts to see if that is peaking right now. Still, I was very glad that I got to try this bottle.

MasterSki, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't prepared for the fierce, almost oppressive bittering in Old Crusty. The bittering at first seems distorted and overblown. But a plush fruitiness soon brushes it aside to deliver a rush of plum and fig. Further warming coaxes more fruit in the taste and smell.

Old Crustacean is tawny, clouded, and delivers an impressive stadium wall of lace. Its soft, camel-hair head shows more retention than one might expect from a beer of such high alcohol content.

I'd imagine you could age a beer of this sort for up to a decade with measurable improvement over time, for the excess of hops begs to be tempered with age. Even so, the beer is regal when fresh.

RedDiamond, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/4" head. No lacing with this this beer.

Smell: loads of malt and dark fruit sweetness rise from the glass.

Taste: big malt profile with brown sugar, prunes, some mild fig flavors, alcohol, and a nice bitterness. Big and bold flavors that change as it warms.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the malty goodness and alcohol warming last a while.

Drinkability: very nice for the style. A definite slow sipping beer but more than one glass could be had over the course of an evening.

Gavage, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Out of 2008 ceramic 750ml bottle pours a deep and dark mahogony with a off white lacey head. That is deep like an oceanic abyss.

Aroma: Mild nutiness out of the gate. Along with tones of cocoa. Mild hints of rosted malts with the slightest hop notes.

Taste: Light hop carachter with slight cocoa. Nice hints of burnt hops with hints of dark roasted malts. It does have a bit wood graininess to it with a little bit of a bready texture.

Notes: This is a very nice barleywine nicely drinkable on a cool or cold night. Cheers

horshack7, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Parrotshake
2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

2008 bottle. Poured from one of those cool-looking ceramic bombers, rather than the bottle pictured above.

Nice dark brown with a reddish tinge to it, a finger or so of grey-ish head. Considerable lacing on the glass.

Smells of dried figs, palm sugar and rum. Awesome.

Dates and dried fruit and caramel malts right off the bat, then a big hit of warming booze, with like... coins and a little Vegemite in the finish, which is where it goes to hell for me. 110 IBUs is a lot, but the hops used in this one seem to make it astringent rather than just purely bitter. Bitterness is one thing, but this is just harsh. Murder on the palate - upon cracking this one I had a nice bit of dark fruit cake as well and instead of the pleasant match you'd expect, the cake served mostly as a brief and welcome respite from the assault going on in my mouth. Hmmm...

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, with almost no carbonation.

Drinkability at 11.5% was probably never going to be particularly high, but combined with the sheer brutality of the Chinook hop bitterness it's much less so - there's not a lot to compel you to take another sip. I couldn't convince anyone else in the house to have more than a taste and set out to test my own endurance by polishing off the entire bomber - I'm not ashamed to say I quit with about 1/4 of the thing to go. Total battle of attrition.

On a technical level, I'm sure this beer achieved everything Rogue had in mind for it, and they're to be applauded as always for craftsmanship and thinking outside the box. This is "extreme beer", proper. As a guy who paid for it and had to drink it, I'm less objective. Outside of perhaps disciplining your kids should you catch them drinking underage, I can't think of any occasion for which this beer would be appropriate.

Parrotshake, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent mahogany with a fine-bubbled but not thick head (though this may be an artifact of the pour). Aroma is malty and has hints of cloves and hard cider. Flavor is strong and syrupy with a fierce alcohol bite and tones of maple syrup, caramel and hops. It is quite bitter yet has a whisper of sweetness. Texture is ragged and rough with a syrupy core.

Cyberkedi, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of bheilman
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best smelling barleywine I've ever had. I expected this beer to have a lot lighter hue but it presents with more of a caramel amber color. Decent carbonation for a barleywine. So for the smell, it's malt dominated with at least 3 or 4 of the best smelling types of malted barley. Almost triple like in smell but a little more oak. The taste is complex and even changes for a good while after the beer is in your stomach. Strong malt presence with a fair share of hoppy bitterness. The hops is less than I would expect from the west coast, but I feel like this balance really works. Does have a slight alcohol taste to it, but not overwhelming.

bheilman, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the finest brews I've had in a long time. Had off the tap at Barcade in Brooklyn. It pored a dark brown, fairly opaque with a bubbly head. Very hoppy scent to it.

Very malty taste to it, seems like licorice really comes through. Full-bodied with an excellent bite to it. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Amalak, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of PalatineBrewing
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

King of barleywines. It is not subtle and it overpowers your every sense. Don't drink this beer unless you have a serious love of extreme beers. I drank this on draft at the Rogue taphouse in Newport, OR, and it rocked my world.

A: Dark brown with a dark head.

S: Smells like poison.

T: Has an overpowering bitterness at first, but on the second sip you detect an amazing complexity. Raisins, bourbon, brown sugar, hops, ... wow. Could be considered a right of passage. Awesome flavor. THIS is the barleywine against all others will be measured.

M: Medium; some definite gravity, but not syrupy.

D: You wouldn't want to drink more than one or two...

Overall: This beer defines extreme beer. Love or it hate it, it is not for everyone.

PalatineBrewing, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of MrDerp
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great dark red color with just a light head
S - Hoppy with a light floral quality
T - Sweet taste, with a bitter hop background/aftertaste that stays with you. May be strong at first but quickly fades and becomes normal.
M - (Looks slightly thick) but is actually light and very smooth

Great, extremely drinkable beer. Very hoppy but with a great floral quality and light caramel flavor. Highly recommended.

MrDerp, Mar 06, 2009
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.