XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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90
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1,226 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,226
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 97
Gots: 131 | FT: 8
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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 biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a number of occasions now.
While this review is a collection of impressions (as this beer does make so many) I base its marking (the higher marks) on a 2004 bottle I recently had - served almost at 3 years of age.
It was fantastic...
...Mind blowing really. Some trace of head still lingered, leaving something resembling legs (as in a wine) more than lacing. Carbonation still present enough to hold a stern spine to the mouthfeel (altough carbonation is low anyhow in this one) Appearence seems to earn the right to bear the 'Old Crusty' title - a murky, pond water appearence but with lovely highlights to the colour. How these hops haven't weakened in 3 years is beyond me. They are just as ever present as always. More refined - yes. Any weaker? No.
Flavour is chalk full of malt, that coats the mouth like a sweet nectar or sticky candy. A long, lingering resonance is felt as much as it is tasted. Such a balance between hop bitterness and malt finish. Same can be said for the balance in the aroma. One hell of a beast - but ... refined and balanced. Hints of alcohol can come and go, but never disturb the flavour and if anything, compliment the character. A fantastic barley-wine, great candidate for cellar (defintely has improved with age) and one I keep finding guilty pleasure treating myself when going back to.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a wide mouthed goblet, the beer has a cloudy, almost opaque appearance, with a muddled amber-tan color. Good flow of carbonation present, which is good, because this appears a bit on the thick and viscous side. A very thin film of head that dissipates to residue very rapidly. The beer has initial smells of grapefruit and cotton candy, both characteristics very sweet and forward. Deeper smells reveal more citrus, but also some light spices. The beer has a sour backbone of flavor, but the cotton candy sweetness remains present in the flavor, although much lighter than the smell may infer. Some definite notes of hops, both in the green bitters and slight citrus (grapefruit) notes. Also, a boozey flavor to the beer, although not unpleasant. The beer has a viscous and oily/slick mouthfeel, as it appeared that it would. The aftertaste is slightly sour and toasted. The ABV can also be gleamed from the aftertaste, again not entirely unpleasant. The finish puckers the mouth and dries the tongue a little bit, but that makes it all the easier to follow with another mouthful. It would be difficult to consume this one en masse, and your head might pay for it the next day. Ultimately enjoyable Barleywine!!

Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottling date. 7oz bottle.

murky brown color, light head still. smell of dark fruit and mellow booze. taste of a ton of dark fruits..plums...boozy after taste but mild...3+ years has done this well. full bodied, mild carbonation.

overall just a great barleywine..

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage
750ml Ceramic Bottle/Swing Top

Poured into a chalice a nice deep brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tannish head, which left a nice puddle of sticky lacing in the center of the glass. The nose is malty, hoppy, nice tone of spices, dark fruits, and caramel. The taste is very nice and smooth for a brew this high in ABV, malty, nice hoppyness, slight spice, getting some dark fruits, and caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, one of the easist drinking BW I've had to date, highly recommended.

Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in the No BS BIF Beta from HimerMan. Bottled in 2001.

Poured in a Rapscallion glass, formed a scant 1/8" tan head over the barely translucent reddish brown brew. Head is gone in a flash down to swirl and tiny rim bubbles, with delicate but lasting lacing. Aroma is heavy sweetness and musty alcohol. Taste starts with earthy grains, quickly switching to alcohol, which almost seems to evaporate off the tongue. Mouthfeel is excellent for this style and age, and drinkability pretty nice as well. Glad I got to try this one with this much age under its cap.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Packaged in a 22oz ceramic bottle with a swing top cap. Poured a dark, ruby red with a light tan head that was moderately lasting leaving a sticky film lacing.

S: pine, dark fruit (plums, dates), dried citrus and burnt molasses.

T: The flavor yielded much the same with lots of dried fruit (dates, plums) with some dried citrus (grapefruit) and pine complimentary of Chinook hops. There was a burnt caramel sweetness with some raisins, and figs coming through as well in the finish. Overall a very smooth and very good complexity of aroma and flavor with a massive abv makes this a classic big treat .

M: thick, full and malty with a big creaminess and a bitter dry pungent citrus hopping.

D: Very good drinkability and enjoyment and one that shouldn't be missed.

Photo of vfgccp
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Cherry amber. Off-white head holds up well. Nice lace.

S – Soft and sweet. Light molasses, orange, butterscotch, and a touch of herbalness.

T – Soft malt slingshots into booze then sling shots into a big piney bitterness. Bright orange zest and pith on the backend. They flavors are interesting, but overly sharp and poorly integrated.

M – Medium body. Bright boozy, bitter finish.

Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2004 vintage, openned August 2005.

A: Dark ruby syrup leaves legs on the glass.

S: Caramel & pine.

T: Strong bittersweet hit of flavour. Sweet caramel & roasty nutty flavours fade to a piney, catty dryness. Not overly alcoholic (much less than some dubbles that use adjuncts).

Mouthfeel is sherry-like, being heavy, with mild carbonation.

The depth of flavour is incredible & the bitter aftertaste leaves you wanting another sweet malt hit!

Excellent digestif.

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 DrJay
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, deep auburn, nearly opaque, with ruby highlights topped by a thin, light brown head. Very malty aroma, quite sweet smelling, plenty of dark, ripe fruits, and some graininess. Hop aromas are present and provide some balance. The flavour is really big and is a masterful balancing act between the sweet caramel malt and assertive bitterness. Lots of ripe fruit and alcohol flavour, which provides a pleasant warming towards the end. It finishes off-dry with strong bitterness and caramel notes. Full bodied and moderately carbonated. This is a wonderfully complex beer. Now to find more....

Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing fucking beer. Pours a dark brown/red with a neat yellowish head and good lacing all around, slightly cloudy. Smell is sweet molasses, but the hop presence is lurking in the background ready to stab you in the mouth. Taste is all hops, floral citrusy you name it the hops are there, background is very malty, with a smooth chocolatey caramel finish. Very thick and chewy with perfect carb. Excellent. Thanks DrJay.

Photo of Bighuge
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage: This beer pours like liquid polymer. The appearance is murky burgandy. Looks great. A slight bubbly off-white head is present. It laces nicely. The huge bitterness can be perceived in the aroma. Very nice. The bitternes on the tongue is incredible. It is fabulous. I've had the vintage '98 recently, which was exceptional, but the bitterness and hop flavor is much more pronounced with this younger one. There's actually pretty good balance provided by the malt also. The hops seem very hebal and biting. This is a great concoction.

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1998 Vintage: Pours no head. Murky, brown/burgandy color. Huge earthy hop tones mix with a fruity sweetness on the nose. Mouthfeel can be compared to cough syrup. There is a medicinal property in the taste as well. Huge bitterness coming from Centennial hops (as well as Chinook I believe) . IBU = 120 for this brew. But there is also an abundance of sweet flavor. Only John Maier could make a beer with such incredible hop bitterness and malt sweetness like this. There is indeed a warming effect with this brew. Not for the faint of heart. One of my favorite Barleywines. My son and this beer were born in the same year. My son is now four. Both are great treats. And luckily I have several more of these brews to improve with age (as my son will I'm sure too).

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle(room temp) a dark clear gold with a smallish head that dissipates quickly leaving just a fine layer with little lacing.

The smell has a very sweet malty nose and there's also an obvious air of alcohol mixed in there but then, this *is* a BWSA so I expected that.

The taste is huge! Lots of malt up front but a more than abundant note of hops(it's 120IBUs) comes into play and takes over and never relinquishes. If the malt had kept up with the infusion of hops, I'd have certainly rated this one higher than I did.

Overall, this isn't exactly the most well balanced Barleywine Style Ale but I do find it a quite enjoyable brew to sip on. I recommend it.

Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage

750ml painted ceramic bottle poured into a pint glass. The aroma is dominated with dark fruits, malt, caramel and alcohol. The taste starts off pretty mellow, but the hops quickly kick in and give you a nice smack in the face. There is a lingering bitterness of the hops in the finish to accompany the expected warming from the 11% alcohol. Overall, Old Crusty is a wonderful Barley Wine. I look forward to having one after it ages for a while as well. Recommended.

Photo of wordemupg
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing top ceramic bottle poured into tulip nov29 2010

A very dark orange and a little to thick to see bubbles but judging by the solid two finger beige head there's some carbonation in there somewhere. considering the high amount of booze the foam retains quite well and leaves a few partial rings of lace as it falls to a soapy film

S more hops then I expected from a 2008 vintage, I couldn't imagine this fresh some pine and citrus still quite strong, somehow there's a balance here with loads of brown sugar and toffee, the booze is there but pretty well concealed for 11.5%

T fairly earthy and I get some grapefruit rind and a bit more malt then what I smell, the small amount of booze I could smell is gone this is a well made brew

M this is one thick ass beer, enters silky and its a little sticky on the lips, leaves a fair bit behind in your mouth a little gritty even and a nice bitter bite, this is a high point in a truly great beer

D its a fair bit of commitment to crack this one by yourself but I managed it without many issues, I'd never crack a second but even with the massive price tag I'll be buying several more of these to cellar

I could see this one going for another 5-10 years no problem. this was a real treat and it's well worth the 20$ price tag here in Alberta.

Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ceramic bottle shared by daryk77 - much obliged!

Pours a hazy honey-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes quickly into a patchy layer of bubbles on top. Not a whole lot of lacing, but I wasn't expecting much considering the high ABV.

Smells more like an English barleywine than I would've imagined. Loads of sweet caramel malt with hints of booze-soaked chocolate. The alcohol comes out more as the beer warms.

Tastes very good. Sweet caramel malt with toffee notes. As far as bitterness goes...there's a whole lot of it. It comes out midway through the sip and lasts until you wake up the next morning. This is one bitter barleywine.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice syrupy thickness and large carbonation that makes this one down smoothly while bringing the boom on the flavors.

Drinkability is very good considering the amount of alcohol in this. It's hardly noticeable until the beer warms a bit, but even then it still goes down very easily.

Overall this is one tasty barleywine. Worth a shot.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage. 12 ounce XS bottle. Old Crustacean is a dark reddish-brown with a minimal head. Aroma is strongly and solely of west coast hops. Holy hell this is a hoppy beer, even compared to Stone Ruination. Is this a barleywine or a DIPA? Luckily the hops mellow out just enough as the beer warms up to make the big malt flavors noticable. Still hops dominate big time, especially in the finish. The 120 IBUs are definently noticed here. Drinkability is a little low, the high ABV and the super hoppiness make this tough to have more than one or two. I'm definently going to save my second bottle and try it in a year or two.

Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago (02/15/03)
The same deep dark and handsome color on the pour, head is modest and the lace residue a fine covering sheet. The nose fusel alcohol, malt, caramel, more like bourbon than beer, Tons of sweet malt at the start, top thick and the finish dastardly in its acidic bite, detrimental amount of hops, devastating is the alcohol sting, aftertaste alcohol bitter and long lasting. "God" how I love this beer and I just found a 12oz bottle? Never seen that one before, yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus and he works for Rogue.

Photo of spinrsx
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

7oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA - 2010 edition

Appearance - Brown colour with a smaller size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for close to 3-4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with an earthy flavour. There is also some dark fruits a big dose of hops.

Overall - Really surprised at the hop punch with this beer even after sitting for 4 years. A decent brew that seems like it would have held up for a few more years. Wish I had a few more tucked away.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a rich mahogany color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head and good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of hops, malt and caramel.

T: The big thing you notice here are the highly bitter hops. It's inescapable. However, this mixes well with the malt, caramel and pepper. A big taste with lots of noticable alcohol.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a chewy texture and a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a well made, drinkable beer, but not one I could sit down and drink a whole lot of. Still, a solid brew.

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

2004 bottled and brewed, maybe bought in chicago a while back. had this once before at clark street alehouse

appearance: pours int a snifter...glowing garnet-mahogany, very strongly tinted....very little in the way of head but a lace can be produced

smell: great complexion in the first whiff...sugary sweet booze, rich malt structure, smooth hopping noticeable in the background. sweet dark fruit soaked in booze

taste: pungent hops noticeable immediately...still very bitter after 2 years. sweet sugars, raisin, plum, booze covered fruits, light spice. complex but it all comes back to bitterness in the finish...starting to think another year or two would have been appropriate. good barleywine from rogue

mouthfeel: high bitterness, thick body

drinkability: pretty good

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

Clear, dark copper colour with a non-existent head. Some lacing.

Sweet, burnt caramel. Nutty. Slightly earthy. Good.

I wonder where the hops are. There is certainly hop bitterness but there is far more burnt sugar, toffee and malt.

Full body with moderately-low carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer but nothing overly impressive. I think it needs a touch more fresh hop character to build up the flavour profile.

Photo of ccrida
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on draft in the Rouge XS goblet, Old Crustacean has a 1 finger, khaki colored head with medium bubbles, which quickly receded to a slight surface skim, leaving a bit of sticky lace. This was more head then I'm used to for a barely wine (e.g. none!), but I credit that to this being from a (presumably new) keg, being it's at the Rogue Ale house.

There is a moderate aroma that is very sweet malt and a bit bourbonish booze, but no fusels or anything. Also some spicy and piny hops.

The taste, look-out! This sucker is super rich, almost chewy. Sweet malts, like cotton candy, with raisin and a touch of toffee. The hops are there, but only moderately so, mainly bittering, although it doesn't finish too dry. The alcohol is certainly assertive, but quite welcome, and overall this is really nicely done. Being on draft and presumably fresh, the sweetness of the malt might off-set the hops better then an only slightly aged bottled version, b/c this was really nicely balanced and super good.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly moderate, with a nice little bit of carbonation.

The drinkability, for a barely wine in particular, is pretty high. It is very robust though and of course super strong, but if you like barleywines, old crusty goes down like butter. A fantastic barleywine!

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.

XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,226 ratings.