XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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4.33/5 rDev +8%
A - Poured with a small, light brown head on top of a somewhat hazy, dark brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves only minor lace.
S - Aromas of figs and pine hops with some spicy alcohol notes. Complex malt character of caramel and toffee with some molasses.
T - Sweet caramel up front with velvety hop flavors of pine. Rich malt flavors of molasses and toffee mix with the hops and yeast to produce flavors of rum and chocolate covered cherries. The flavors darken in the finish with notes of burnt caramel that are balanced by strong bitterness and mustardy hop flavors. Lingering spicy alcohol notes along with molasses and tobacco.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.
D - Nice, complex malt character with very complex dark sugars. I have had fresh bottles of this beer before, when it tastes like acetone and vomit, and the two years that were supposedly on this keg improved it vastly. Both the hops and alcohol have mellowed significantly and the malt character has become darker and more complex. There is still enough of the resinous hops and sharp alcohol left to keep the beer intense and lend it a boozy quality. This was quite good, but I suspect that there is still room for improvement. I can't wait to crack open the five year old bottle that I have in my cellar.
01-05-2010 04:27:37 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a very deep amber brown hue with a tan off white head, just from the texture of the pour I can tell this is a very big beer. Well here we go aroma from the beginning I am getting notes of plum buried deep inside a garden of overzealous vinous hops of pine cone slash grapefruit west coast variety but with the deep overly ripened fruit tones this is a definite monster barley wine great. The forefront of the flavor gives an eye-opening rush of hop bitterness mixed with some joyous malt and fruit undertones, just a huge beer from Rogue I admire a brewery willing to go over the top but still create an outstanding example of a barley wine. With deep tones of alcohol and slightly salty sweet shimmering notes of malt this beer is quite an experience bottled in 2002, just amazing. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy without being cloying in my opinion. Drinkability is well try one and leave it at that what an experience a must try west coast barley wine, let's put it this way Bigfoot is tame compared to this.
07-04-2003 13:20:55 | More by WVbeergeek
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
On tap @ the Rogue Brewer's on the Bay (Newport, OR) on 8/29/11. Served in a goblet.
Pours a deep clear ruby (with some coppery edges) and topped with a thin frothy covering of off-white head. This sticks around with a nice creaminess to the look, leaving back a good bit of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smell quite bold in the nose, with a warm stickiness of caramel, toasted grains, green fruit, pine, spice, and alcohol sweetness. This definitely has some strength in the nostrils.
The taste has a big mouth filling combo of sticky caramel and grainy sweetness. Green citrus and sharp resinous character really helps add some assertiveness to the profile, as this finishes very piney and bitter with a sweet kiss of warm spicy alcohol on the tail-end. The hops and grains feel at even strength here. The mouthfeel is full bodied and large and in charge with a LOT of presence in the mouth. The ABV is well done here for an 11-12% beer, never being stinging on the palate but definitely giving this a hefty warming nature and there were plenty of extra flavors of sweetness and spice being thrown off by the ABV. Well done.
For a fresh American Barleywine, I thought that this one got it about right. Although the complexity wasn’t quite here, the base ingredients were definitely in place for more to develop as this ages and while there is a pretty hefty hop presence, I was pleased to find that it didn’t beat you over the head like some of these one that are borderline DIPAs. Bitter and sticky wrapped up in an easy sipping warming package about sums this one up. It had been a while since I’ve had this and I couldn’t think of a better beer to have during our chilly late afternoon visit to the brewery.
09-15-2011 18:41:57 | More by Kegatron
3.85/5 rDev -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.
04-17-2009 03:45:41 | More by MasterSki
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
2 1/2 years later, it's time for a new review with a new package style. the 26 ounce, swingtop ceramic type. The kind I hate, but went ahead and spent $13.45 on anyway...slap some celophane on me, and call me a sucker. At least I know it's good beer in here.
It poured flame -red, but is a dark mahogany in the glass, capped with a warm, cocoå-toned head, creamy and inviting.
Classy aroma. Cognac, well-tempered, ...strength doesn't scream, and flavor is subtle compared to the dragon's-breath of other, bolder barleywines. Dark fruit and leather, hints of chocolate, a mess of malt, with a friendly fleet of hops.
Taste: big, rich, and bitter are the main traits that jump on the palate and overtake the mouth, but in spite of it's bigness, this is actually a mellow, relaxing affair. Not too hot, not too alcoholic, not too punishing, juuust right.
Burnished brandy meets cocoa and cherries, in a sophisticated blend.
Long finish, very complex flavors, hangs definitely in the mouth, thoroughly full-bodied.
I'm going to run out for some seafood, to match curstacean for crustacean.
But, my, this is a nice reunion!
Truly a standard for the style.
06-22-2005 01:12:44 | More by feloniousmonk
3.63/5 rDev -9.5%
gnarly beer. pours a hazy golden amber color and looks thick and sticky. like the texture of marshmallow fluff. smells mildly hoppy and just super strong. was told by the barkeep it was 121 IBUs, which would make this the most bitter beer i have ever consumed, but it didnt feel bitter, or certainly not 121 units bitter. did little to mask the alcohol in any event, this was just brimming with boozey punch. a pint of this could kill a casual beer drinker. overall just a huge beer, not for the faint of heart, and even gnarly for a barleywine, which tend to be burley to begin with. cool to try around the holidays for sure.
12-10-2011 20:11:17 | More by StonedTrippin
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1/4" head. The nose is really malty with some hop overtones. There is a large presence of crystal and other specialty malts. The taste is good, but a bit high on the abv.. There is a nice balance between the malt and hop flavor. This makes the elevated abv. more managable. The mouthfeel is good; smooth and not overly carbonated. This a heavy bodied beer. It is a good one and done beer; tastey and powerful.
08-17-2003 01:01:59 | More by WesWes
3.73/5 rDev -7%
First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA
Poured from a corked 750 into a stem glass, a dark, hazy amber with little to no head; a bubble here and there. Sugar and malts in the aroma, boozy, resinous. Toffee and brown sugar in the taste, alcohol bite, piney and resinous, and a bit medicinal, but mostly due to the alcohol. Heavy-medium body, good, but I think a 750 was a bit much, even though I split the bottle with my girlfriend--who became my fiancé that night. (She hated it.)
(The beer that is.)
06-06-2011 18:08:48 | More by Rifugium
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
From 07/03/11 notes. 2002 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz, glass into a snifter.
a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Still looks pretty good.
s - Smells of caramel malts, dark fruits, molasses, toffee, and bready malts. No real booze, this smells really good and has held up wonderfully.
t - Tastes of caramel malts, musty notes, bready malts, light sweet fruit and molasses, and very light alcohol. Not quite as good as the nose, as it was slightly musty, but still in good shape.
m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Not much alcohol warmth, the time has really mellowed this one out.
o - Overall a very good barleywine that definitely holds up. Not too much alcohol considering the ABV, I'm guessing because of the age, and it smells amazing. Would like to have it again sometime.
08-01-2011 18:02:19 | More by mdfb79
4.65/5 rDev +16%
Pours brown with a thin head that becomes a lasting patch. Head briefly reappears upon gentle swirling. Not bad head retention for the abv level.
The smell is of dark caramel, cocoa, dark and citric fruit, brown sugar and some peppery alcohol.
The taste is of cocoa, toffee/caramel - sweet with fruity alcohol. Strong citrus/pine hop presence in background. Long, warming finish.
The feel is rich - full, but not overly syrupy. Smooth for richness and abv.
Wow - this is an AWESOME American barleywine. Delicious, aggressive, rich, well-balanced for style. A work of brewing art - one of the best (if not the best) American barleywines I've had! Highly recommended!
09-01-2007 18:03:40 | More by jwc215
3.18/5 rDev -20.7%
750ml ceramic bottle, unknown Vintage (possibly a few years old), Sampled June 2007
Pours with a frothy, almost two-finger thick (when roused vigorously), dirty, pale brown colored head. The beer is an almost brilliantly clear, deep red color when held up to the light, otherwise it is an opaque, drab, dark amber color. The aroma smells quite sweet and malt focused, with some aged malt notes as well. Notes of sherry and prunes are noticeable around the edges making me guess that this is at least a couple years old. Hop aromatics are still noticeable, with notes of muddy herbs, dulled orange zest, tangelo and some sweet lychee aromatics being noticeable.
The taste is quite a bit drier than I was expecting and it does not have the rich syrup-like body I was expecting. It does have a gripping bitterness in the finish that is almost harshly astringent. Aged malt character definitely shows up here with notes of dusty, toasted grain / chocolate in the finish, and a touch of sherry. In many ways the flavors here just seem washed up, especially considering that I was hoping for gracefully aged.
I have had this beer long ago, and have even heard recently how bitter this beer was, but I was still a bit surprised by how tongue scrapingly hoppy the bitterness of this beer is; even in this obviously aged sample it still dominates the finish with an unwavering grip. With the lightish body, and without the dark color, this would almost pass for a modern day double IPA; though it might perhaps be a mediocre example. I will have to try a fresh bottle of this soon to see what that is like.
06-13-2007 22:00:59 | More by Gueuzedude
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
On-tap at Naja's Place, 2004 Vintage,
A: Pours a murky dark brown with a full tan head into a Chimay snifter, head has good retention.
S: Complex mix of malt and hop notes, some alcohol, pretty typical American barleywine smell.
T: This is really good. Only having had Old Crustacean fresh it was a joy to have it at 4 years old. Great hop character still, in comparison to the '04 Bigfoot I had after which was still excellent but much more a malt bomb. Excellent balance, full pine, grass and terpene flavour. Malt gives strong toffee and caramel, all the flavours are big, definitely aggressive, but they work really well together, excellent.
M: Strong, full-bodied and full of hop resin. Light carbonation after the aging gives it good drinkability.
D: This is an outstanding American Barleywine and the beer I think Rogue really shines in, a must try.
11-23-2008 02:18:30 | More by Halcyondays
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
03-28-2009 13:46:24 | More by Gavage
1.4/5 rDev -65.1%
2000 vintage. "Unfiltered and unfined." 26 plato. 120 IBU. "Best when aged for 1 year." Oops. Cute little 7 fl oz brown glass bottle with printed-on clear label and branded pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop for around $10.00 USD and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are low; I've never had a beer this old that was good.
Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with as much vigor as possible as major carbonation issues are anticipated.
No hiss or signs of carbonation upon removing the cap. Uh-oh...
A: Pours no head whatsoever. I swirl the glass to try to get a floater or something, but I can't. There are some bubbles on the surface, so maybe there's still some co2 in there. Body colour is a murky dull opaque brown with reddish hues. Yeast particles are abundant and chunky, visible plainly at the bottom of the glass.
Admittedly, it's not much to look at.
Sm: Obvious oxidation - wet cardboard comes to mind. Raisin, sherry. Caramalt and biscuit malt. No hop character is present here. Caramel, toffee. Some faded fruity notes. Raisin is dominant, followed closely by oxidation. Touches of alcohol. Dead yeast.
Time doesn't seem to have been good to this beer based on the aroma. Mild in strength. I'd safely call it unappealing.
T/Mf: Ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Raisin and wet cardboard. Dull vague malts. Some prune juice. Luckily, there's no booze. But it does have a sticky old feel to it which is rather unpleasant. Dead yeast. Hints of sherry, but not enough to save it. Acrid overall.
Viscous and musty. Sludgy and thick. Bleh. Flat. Vinous. Some acidity. Syrupy.
No hop character comes through at all.
Dr: Not drinkable at all. The tiny 7 oz bottle may be 6 oz too much for me. I'll struggle to get through it, but I may have to just cook with it or mix it with another beer at the very least. Really terrible with 13 years on it; I'll have to revisit it with one year of age to really give it a fair shake, but this experience was consistent with the other bad aged beers I've had. Note to self: don't buy any beer with more than five years of age on it. Definitely the worst beer I've had in a long time.
07-01-2013 01:31:13 | More by kojevergas
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
11/23/07- Purchased at Weimax Liquors in Burlingame, CA.
Presentation- 12oz bottle, vintage 2002. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Deep amber colored pour with a 3/4 inch or larger head. Settles at a mild rim which leaves above average lace patchwork and streaks.
Smell- Hasn't lost it hops, that's for sure. With a strong grapefruit-pine tree aroma. It also has gained significant caramel scented malt.
Taste- The smell to a "t". About even dispersion between hops and malt. Grapefruit explosion of hops to go with a sweet very dark candied caramel flavor. At points during the aftertaste it almost tastes like hazelnut..
Mouthfeel- I bit highly carbonated, but it worked well with this beer. Even to that point, it was still fairly smooth and left a bitter and lingering aftertaste.
Drinkability- Score one for Rogue...at least 5 year old Rogue. Glad I still have a few of these left to consume over time. Excellent!
Version 2002...yet again! 05/12/08
Still has maintained it's hops...how the hell can this be as hoppy as it is? It's more hoppy than any fresh barleywine I've had! Carbonation has decreased and is much smoother. Just can't believe how hoppy this is.
11-27-2007 16:51:29 | More by GClarkage
3.83/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
08-08-2009 03:53:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.53/5 rDev +13%
Wow, 10 year old keg on-tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse.
Red-amber in a 12 oz. glass. Poured without head but still left a delicate lacing. Smells amazing. Very sweet and fruity aroma, almost like a spiced rum. Taste is very complex, almost too much for me. Starts sweet with citrus, then very rich and fruity which fades out as bitterness comes in.
Nice mouthfeel with a pleasant bitterness. Fairly easy to drink for a 10 year old barleywine. Wow, best barleywine I've had to date. Damn!
12-14-2005 02:55:25 | More by tempest
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.