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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 1,200
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 94
Gots: 125 | FT: 7
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Formerly "Old Crustacean"

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

25º PLATO
110 IBU
83 AA
57º Lovibond
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Photo of russellaaron69
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish brown (copper) into my tulip style glass. About a finger and a half of dense head w/ some pretty impressive lacing. Smell was sweet and had definite caramel, choclate and dark fruit notes to it. Taste was superb. Caramel and toasted malt all the way through w/ a slight hop bitterness and alcohol warmth on the back end. Mouthfeel was great. Each sip was full and left one hell of a delicious, lingering after taste. Drink ablitly was also very good. You don't really taste much of the alcohol but you will quickly start to feel it. Definitely up there on my list of favorite brews. I'll be picking up another bottle to let sit for a few years.

Photo of Soilworker
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 2008 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark cloudy amber with a half finger thick head. The bubbles in the head are quite large and retention is moderate.

S: Caramel sweet malts hit the nose right up front with notes of dark dried fruits (fig) and bittersweet chocolate. Slight alcohol presence but this is masked by the other dominate flavors.

T: Thick syrupy caramel malts start off but this starts to fade (quite rapidly) towards a more hoppy character. The hoppiness is somewhat subdued, most likely from the 2 years of age, through age, though the rough bitterness is still present and definitely sticks to the tongue. The alcohol is quite masked but you get a nice warming sensation in your throat. In the finish there is some slight notes of ripe banana at the end.

M: Surprisingly little carbonation to speak of and feals quite full-bodied on the palate.

D: Damn strong alcohol content in this beer and is quite full-bodied and powerful. The bitterness is quite strong still which starts to impact the drinkablity of this beer.

Notes: I've been looking forward to cracking this one open and got what I expected out of this beer. It is a pretty good barleywine and I still think that it could definitely use some more age on it still. At the steep price tag of $17 I'm not sure I'll be buying this anytime soon, especially when there are cheaper and equally as good offerings.

Photo of tim9887
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Old Crustacean 2006 750mL

Pours a deep dark reddish brown, very muddy - cannot see through. Nice 1/4 tan head that subsides quickly to a fine lacing. Aroma is very boozy; has a nice sweet sugary caramel maltiness and some dark fruity character. Minimal hops in aroma (no wonder, it's a 4yr old btl.) Surprisingly, hop bitterness is still quite intact - all 110 of those IBU's lasted quite well. Very bitter and big boozy warmth in the chest. Very dry finish. Smooth and slick mouthfeel.

Photo of sweemzander
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL black ceramic bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2008 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a thick cloudy red mahogany color that actually briefly cascaded during the pour. Left a giant foamy tan head that left tons of intricate lacing behind as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- Fruity. Some fig & raisin with a touch of cherry & cranberry. Some almost burnt caramel. Some dry wood notes. Kinda closed though.

(T)- Dry, with a big hop pine wood bite up front. This is surprising despite its age. Malt of that same burnt caramel. Some new fruits of lemon & lime with fig, raisin, & cranberry. Rather bitter; gets more & more bitter the more I have of it.

(M)- A good carbonation level. This is surprisingly backwards. Still ridiculously hoppy & bitter; not much malt coming through which is so weird since it should be the other way around since this has 2 years of age on it.

(D)- I cant believe how well this has aged. Based on this, it could age for even more years. Still very hoppy; was hoping for more of the malts to come through, but I can live with that. For what you get though, I am glad I did not pay the full price tag for one of these. Definitely not worth the typical $20 price tag for one of these.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this bottle during our Cinco de Mayo tasting. Poured into my Duvel tulip the beer is a muddy orange brown. About a half finger of light beige head forms and recedes leavig a touch of soapy lace.

The aroma has an initial blast of sweet dark fruit drizzled with caramel. This gives way to a robust carmel malt, toasted bread, lightly roasted almonds and a hint of oak barrel. This smells quite inviting.

The flavor is not as complex as the nose but it has some finer points. Smooth caramel malt with a light kiss of citrus hops seems to dominate at first. The middle seems to have a bit of a harsh bitterness mixed with bourbon booze. The finish is rather earthy with a distinct grassiness.

Medium body with rather mild carbonation.

Overall a nice barley wine. Not the most complex set of flavors but drinkable. As long as you split the bottle with someone.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a snifter. 11.5% ABV, 25° Plato, 110 IBUs, 83 AA, 57° Lovibond, ingredients, pairings, 2008 vintage. (Ceramic, swingtop attached bottle)

A - A tall but slow pour leaves a pile of loose cream bubbles floating on top. Good retention for the percent and bits of lace around the edges, it still looks pretty sexy. The color is a muddy, hazy amber-brown that's a bit dirty.

S - Bold malty sweetness opens the aroma with a ton of caramel malt and a touch of toast. A solid fruitiness is mellow across the nose. A bit of melon and berry with a huge fusel alcohol nose that has a nice slow burn to the finish without burning the nose-hairs right off. A decent level of hops is apparent, but for the technical 110 IBUs, it's not a lot. Of course, its two years old.

T - Malty sweet and caramel toasted malts have a big punch right away but quickly mellow out to a lightly citrusy hoppy flavor and a mild fruity alcohol finish. It's not even hot at all. Hoppy, bitter flavor finishes it out.

M - Medium-bodied and lacking any alcohol kick to it. Smooth, soft mouthfeel with a nice soft level of carbonation on the finish. Good mouthfeel.

D - Man, this is dangerously drinkable with the alcohol being really mellow with age. The flavor is pretty solid and actually hoppy for it's age. It's a good barleywine I took a chance on when it was on sale and got four bottles. I'll be aging this further.

Photo of marcobrau
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage heavy ceramic swing-top bottle. Pours a deep red with a moderate amount of carbonation. Enticing aroma of burnt caramel, toffee, a touch of burnt marshmallow. Tastes of massive amounts of malt; caramel, a bit of toffee with the intense juicy citrus of Centennial hops combined with the pine resin character of Chinook. Very smooth. The lubricious mouthfeel enhances the drinkability (for a barleywine.) I love the combination of Chinook hops and caramel and Munich malts. The bitterness is intense and gets abrasive towards the finish. High alpha hops and alcohol mix for a very assertively bitter, slightly "hot" finish. Haven't had one of these in really long time. Still a great, intense barleywine. Amazing how assertive the bitterness is with nearly two years of age. Another bottle of this is in the cellar where it shall stay as long as many years as I can resist.

Photo of emmasdad
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1998 vintage. Thanks again to Ratman for the opportunity to sample another beer from the past. Pours a dark, somewhat hazy, brown-amber color, with a very minimal amount of white lacing. Nice aromas of dark fruit, alcohol and caramel malt. Nice malty flavors, with caramel, toffee and alcohol. A very nicely aged beer, way different than the fresh, hugely hoppy beer I remember.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured minimal head on top of a brownish red body with thin lace stuck around glass. A mix of herbal hops and dark fruit, especially cherry, with some caramel and bready malts mixed in. Has a great dry wine like taste with dark fruit, and again I notice cherries for some reason over other fruits, along with a nice chunk of toffee/caramel like sweetness. Not too hoppy but there is a little rounded presence that gives it a dry backbite but dry finish is also due to high alcohol kick. Also some sour fruit and stickiness to this beer. The alcohol bleeds a little on the finish but this is a great sipper/nightcap.

Photo of mcscratchtree2
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle of Old Crustacean XS is vintage 1996-2000, not sure on the exact year. I do know that it was properly stored until 2007 when it was removed from the basement of JK Moose's Par 4 Cafe in Wilkes-Barre, PA and placed in a refrigerator.

I wasn't confident that it would hold up but was very pleasantly surprised when it hit my gullet just a few moments ago. The aroma is typical of a barleywine, smells like alcohol! It has a velvety smooth mouthfeel and I detect a strong caramel taste both in the nose and in the aftertaste. I know I should be sipping this beer, but it is very difficult to do so...love it.

Thanks Moose!

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #3 of our Cinco de Mayo mini tasting.
Thanks to beerfmandy for this one.
2008 vintage.

A- Pours a nice deep amber with a little light showing through around the edge of the glass. Just a small amount of haze as well. A half finger worth of head that recedes quickly and leaves no head.

S- Big burst of dark fruits. Dates and figs mostly with some cherries thrown in. Caramel rounds out the nose and just a faint bit of alcohol pokes through.

T- Like the nose, big dark fruits, caramel, cherry and some biscuit as well. This beer has definitely mellowed after two years and the booze adds a nice subtle background.

M- A small amount of bitterness on the front end but relatively smooth on the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation for the style. Good medium body and not cloying like some barleywines can be.

D- Some age has done this beer well. I am guessing it was pretty hot when it came out. Good flavor and good body. Solid beer all around.

Photo of Murchmac
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened from 2002.

Poured this thing out and its head was yellow. A very carbonated Yellow. Weird.

I was drunk so dont remember the smell or color or anything but this thing tasted hoppy as hell. I couldnt believe how unbelievably hoppy this beer was after 8 years. We had it after a 200 J.W. Lees and it was so different.

The other bw characteristics shown through in this beer. It was an excellent brew. Get one and cellar it, I usually hate rogue beers too.

Photo of movingtrain
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking a 12 ounce bottle from 2002...have been saving this for years...can't wait to give it a try. Found this at Anderson's in Columbus on a sale rack...

Pours a fine ruby red with a small, creamy head on top. A little cloudy in appearance, thick, and bubbly.

Aroma gives off hints of caramel, cinnamon, crusty bread, earthy grapes, and heavy alcohol. Some wet oats, gin elements, juniper, grapefruit, black olives, and some brown sugar.

Some chocolate in the taste, butterscotch, and lots of hops. The presence of hops is remarkable after all these years. There are some brown sugar notes, almost of Belgian candy sugar quality. The alcohol really comes through in the aftertaste. Some bready notes, caramel, burnt/caramelized sugar, and cream.

Overall, this beer has held up extremely well. The alcohol is very present, as are the hops. The beer is a standout, new and aged...and this one, eight years old, is a fine example of a beer that deserves some age on it.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 2008 vintage on tap at a local bar. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Ruby red and hazy in tone. Very bright colored. Very little head, but a nice thin white lacing settles after the pour.

Aroma: The hop presence does not smell like it has faded despite the fact this is a two year vintage. Pungent citrus dominates, but a strong malt body is certainly present right behind it.

Taste: Nice strong hop presence balances well with the caramel and earthy flavors from the malt. Even after a couple years, the hops are still biting and full flavored. Very well rounded. Barely a hint of any booze notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with enough carbonation to keep this beer refreshing overall. Still feels like a sipper for the most part.

Drinkability: The high ABV does not assert itself at all. Feel much lighter than it actually is. The balance also makes this very drinkable for a brew of this considerable strength.

Overall, a quality, balanced, well-hopped barleywine that ages very well. The flavors are all here and well accounted for. The hop presence on this vintage is rather amazing too. Highly recommended, especially for fans of the style.

Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2001 vintage. Completely overlooked this bottle in the bottom of the beer fridge. Man, I really need to inventory that thing.

Very dark brown pour. Hazy does not do this one justice. Grainy in appearance. No head at all, not unexpected for a 9-year old BW.

Nose is outstanding. Huge malt presence. Thick and rich with maple, caramel, raisins, and plums. Alcohol definitely makes itself known.

Thick, rich, syrupy hit. Stays sweet for bit with the raisin and plum making an appearance. Then alcohol takes over. Lots of it. Very strong burn at the finish.

Feel is spot on. Nice malt body to balance the alcohol.

Easy sipper. 12oz bottle is more than enough for two to share.

Photo of IrieJackalope
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 release, aged 2 years

Poured a small amount into a snifter and set the rest aside for a later date. The color is really fantastic on this one, a deep reddish brown with a fantastic, yet thin, layer of head that doesn't quit. The aroma is also quite good. Normally, I expect barleywines to be overwhelmed with malt character, but there is a fair amount of hop quality here as well. Upon first sip, the beer reveals itself to be viscous, yet pleasantly smooth. There's a good amount of malt here, but again, the hops manage to shine through. I'd be doing this beer a great disservice if I didn't mention that this is likely the best experience I've had with a barleywine to date. Overall, Old Crustacean is very drinkable for a barleywine, although you probably wouldn't want to have more than one or two glasses, as the 11.5 ABV might sneak up on you pretty quick. Definitely planning on getting my hands on another one of there to set aside for aging.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous mahogany brown, served with a tight yellow-tanned foam. Retention and lacing are magnificent, and the overall appearance is perfect barleywine. Nose is strong, with two tons of hops smacking you in the face: floral, citric, pine resin. Big dose of fusel alcohol goes hand in hand with a huge caramel malt presence.

Slick, viscous mouthfeel is pretty deep, very smooth and full in general. Lots of hops still, but the balance is better here: the caramel and toffee malts hold their own against the aggressive grapefruit pith, pine resin, and black pepper. Long, boozy finish leaves traces of hops all over the tongue and palate.

Exciting, but restrained in a certain sense. I'll never tire of this beer - drink some young, drink some old; it's got the full spectrum of skills.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Rogue "Old Crustacean" 1998 vintage (12 years aged)

Appearance:
Poured from a funny litte 7 oz. bottle into a tulip glass @ The Gramercy Tavern. Brandy colored no head, no lacing.

Smell:
Big alcohol smell, and some dark fruit, maybe cherry.

Taste:
Again a lot of alcohol punch. I'm getting a bit of a whiskey vibe. Dark fruits come on thick and strong. The alchohol burn is a bit too much for my enjoyment here, but I can still taste the vestiges of its former glory.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Syrupy and languid. The carbonation is all but gone, and the hops have been washed away. Whats left is a big malty alcohol presence. Swishes slowly in the mouth, goes down with considerable alcohol burn.

Notes:
So far, I can't say barleywines are my favorite style, so I admit at least some degree of bias. I'll come back and tweak the review as I gain more appreciation for and experience with them. However, 12 years of aging was too much for this one in my opinion. It seems to be past its peak in complexity and has moved into more one dimensional territory -- almost like a fruity, syrupy burst of alcohol.

The B- rating reflects what I consider to be a decline in complexity due to excessive aging. I have tried not to let my personal ambivalence for the style from getting in the way of judging its potential.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008

Nose is richly malty with some complex aged aromas, a moderate citric fruity/floral/hoppiness, and more malt. Smells nice.

Pours a very dark brown, color makes it quite murky although it seems to be clear. Mild head - bubbly with large bubble and little retention. It looks kind of like a stagnant pond with something growing in it. Looks good.

Very viscous with strong hop bitterness and bite. This must be one of the thickest beers I've tried. Citric fruity hop with some secondary pine and herbal spice. Some roasted tones - coffee, chocolate - go well with the citric. Richly malty. Tastes good. Feels wonderful. Pretty good drinkability.

Good, but significantly overpriced.

Photo of goethean
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage. Dark copper. Aroma of cherry cola and caviar. Intense, earthy, minerally malt flavor. Mellow hops well-integrated with the malt. Alcohol burn. Some very dark fruit, like chinotto (dark bitter orange) and very dark toffee, overlaid with bitter herbs. A slight hops aftertaste. The hops are no longer identifiable as typically American varieties. If you like barleywine, this is the ne plus ultra.

24 April 2011

2004 bottle --- 7 years old.

Smells of rich munich malts, bourbon, cough syrup, wine-like. Flavor is rich, malty, syrupy, bourbony, and sugary, with an intense bitter pine finish and a strong bitter pine, resiny hops aftertaste. Somewhat reminiscent of Gale's Prize Old Ale, but without the wild yeast notes. Smooth, not boozy, and perfectly balanced, which says something about how intense and perhaps out-of-balance this beer is for the first six years.

Photo of obywan59
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml metallic looking ceramic bottle with a clamp-down cap. 2008 vintage.

Pours dark amber with a tall tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some decent lacing. First pour is nearly transparent/just slightly cloudy. More reddish when held up to the light. Very pretty in the glass. 2nd pour looks much more dense. More chocolately red. Brighter light gives just a bit more of a reddish glow.

Rich, sweet barley aroma. Chocalatey caramel. Loads of piney hops with lemon or orange peel as well.

Very full-flavored. Hops would be over-the-top if not well-countered by such a huge malty sweetness.

At first I thought this was going to be too thick for the sweetness, but it settled down nicely. Very full mouthfeel that perfectly complements the full flavor. Substantial burn in the throat.

Perhaps I'm acclimating, but this is my favorite barleywine to date. Very drinkable for the style.

A well-rounded brew. If anything, some might say it's a bit heavy on the hops, but it's an excellent selection, even though it's still young.

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/25/2010

2007 vintage on tap at Churchill's in a snifter. The beer is dark reddish amber with a nice creamy off white head. Retention is excellent and it leaves thick rings of lacing on the glass.

The nose is of sweet caramel and dark toffee with a strong hop presence. Notes of grapefruit, orange, and pine are ascertainable. I detect aromatic fruit cake. The citrus notes become more pronounced with warming.

The flavor is sweet caramel with a strong citrus hop presence an upper moderate bitterness. The hops are reminiscent of grapefruit and pine resin. The long finish is dry and well balanced, with lingering caramel and grapefruit.

I haven't had this beer in ages, but it displayed an excellent combination of rich caramel malt and citrus hops. It's certainly one of the best experiences I've had with an American Barleywine.

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color along the top half of the glass. The bottom is a dark maize color. 3/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, alcohol, sweet malt, slight brown sugar, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, strong hops, slight sweet malt, and slight dark citrus. Overall, the alcohol is not well hidden, even in the aroma.

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

taste- so alcoholic, bitter, and raisiny

color- dark chestnut brown

clarity- hazy

smell- cinnamon, raisins, roasted meats, yeast

body- full, heavy, medium-length finish

appearance- heavy, oily, flat

overall impression- intense, robust, malty, and dark

glassware: tulip

Photo of mondegreen
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage, 750ml poured into two snifters.

Part of my 30th Birthday Celebration thanks to longtime friend and newbie BA graphx3d.

A: Dark Brown/Red with a thick healthy head.

S: Lots of aromas here, hops & alcohol are prominent. Brown sugar and citrus are also present.

T: Dead on for an American Barleywine. The 2008 is still very young, so it was a little sharp, but still delicious. Alcohol, citrus hops, and brown sugar dominate the palate.

M: Wonderful and think, medium/heavy carbonation.

D: Good for the style. I probably could drink the 750ml alone, but I'm not sure I'd want to.

XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,200 ratings.