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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,196 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 91
Gots: 123 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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 MMAJYK
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

***Randalized with Newport Hops on tap at Summit's Wayside Tavern, Cumming GA***

A- Deep dark brown like an old penny. It is semi transparent. Head is minimal, but I did not see the pour.

S- Hops, caramel, and burnt malts. It is also firey and spicy.

T- The Newport hops definitely overwhelm. Chocolate and caramel backbone is stong and there is a strong alcohol taste with bitterness. For what it is (Randalized version) not bad.

M- It is thick and very oily. Carbonation is miminal.

D- Low. This brew was STRONG especially after running it through the Newport hops again. I liked it though, but one glass was enough.

Overall- Different offering and hoppy as hell. My first Randalized offering and I am ready for more. Definitely puts a new spin on things...

Photo of baos
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage crock into Atlas Mason jar.

A: Very nice dark dark amber. 2 finger head with nice lacing on the onset that totally disappears when it warms in the glass.

S: Hops, caramel, alcohol.

T: Floral beeswax hoppy clover taste intermingled with rum and sweet malts and caramel.

M: Medium to light bodied. Could use a bit more but good nonetheless.

D: Nice beer to sip on. One crock of this stuff is all any beer drinker would need. Even professionals like me. Barley wine beers are my second favorite beer. This on is one of the best I've tasted. High on alcohol, but really good.

Photo of jbarletto
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of blitz134
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with red highlights. Head barely had time to form before it disappeared to absolutely nothing on the surface. I’m not going to knock this brew too much on appearance due to lack of head. It actually takes on a more wine-like appearance. Smell is fruity sweet, I’m reminded of raisins and dark cherries to some extent. A little alcoholic in nature. There is definitely some sweet malt in the aroma. I don’t pick up too much on any hop presence in the smell, I’m sure its there but they must blend well with the other smells and just aren’t noticeable for me.

The taste is not as harsh as some describe it, I just don’t find the bitterness many describe. It is quite complex after it sits on the palate for a bit. Initially I pick up on the sweet malts which transfer over to a piney resin hops towards the end. The finish after was unexpected. I detect some toasted malt flavors in the last bits of the finish. Alcohol is definitely warming on the way down. I feel it reeking havoc with my stomach lining.

Mouthfeel is nice as well, thick and slightly oily. Drinkability suffers a bit with the stomach agitating effects this beer has with me. I could maybe have two and then I’d be done.

Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations. I’m setting one aside to see how it develops next year, but this relatively fresh one is more then suiting. I was actually a bit scared to pop the top on this one, but I’m certainly glad I did. I’ll be visiting this one again.

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Enjoyed on tap at Gravity Head '08 in New Albany, IN. Poured into a 10oz glass. This Old Crustacean is a keg from the '04 vintage.

Appearance- Thick and brown with a thick ring of foam around the edges. Lacing is present but not too thick. Wheat LOOKS to be in the grain bill judging by the cloudiness of the beer overall.

Smell- Sweet and luscious with much in the malt bill. Hops are there but not overpowering. Well, maybe just a little overpowering. Munich malt is most definitely present. Rich and hoppy. What a great combination.

Taste- Coffee creamer, big malts, and much hop. This is one powerful bastard. Big fig, chocolate, Vienna malts, prune, raisin, and caramel. I love vintage aged rogue old crusty and could drink it in the future and love it now.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, hoppy, big bodied, and well carbonated. I love this beer despite their tendency to over hop the beer.

Drinkability- Nice. I would love to try it again next year and see what more age has done to it.

Photo of double2chin
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of bmoney
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

Vintage 2002

Appearance: This was a deep amber beer that had hints of red when the light hit the snifter just right. A creamy, dense tan head rose up to one finger. It disappeared quickly, but left a thin layer of foam floating on top of the brew for the entire drink. The lacing was decent, but not as heavy as I expected it to be.

Smell: There was a fairly complex aroma comprised of plums, raisins, peat, cherries, caramel, spice, and alcohol. For some reason, I think I could even smell the water that was used to make this beer.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy smooth upfront, with a light alcohol tingle emerging as the beer moved back into the mouth.

Taste: Damn, I forgot just how powerful of a brew this is. Upfront was a huge caramel and malt flavor that was immediately joined by a biting tartness not unlike cherries. Then from the depths of these flavors arose a smack-in-the-face dollup of hops that lingered well into the finish. Also on the finish was a continuation of the caramel flavor, now a little sweeter, and an alcohol spiciness. The alcohol gave this brew a nice warming effect that was present from the first sip.

This is one big beer. Like the SN Bigfoot, I think that this brew is very well balanced. However, this one is kicked up a notch or two above SN's offering. A few years in the cellar would bring this beer close to the level of perfection.

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

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

Photo of beertaster13
2.81/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice mahogany with deep mocha head, settles to about an inch thick. Lacing furiosly coating the glass. The smell is of plums and caramels roasted over hot coals. HInt of roasted oak. The taste is deep and rich, leaves and oaky taste in the mouth. Roasted toffee and sugar, full bodied, a little to deep for my taste.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2004, served my trusty John's Grocery tulip.

The color is amber/dark purple and the head rises fast and then receeds back leaving a beautiful lacing that looks very good.

Smell is soo fruity and sweet and malty! This smells great! It's like a dark sweet plum and grape smell that's very malty sweet. I enjoy this smell very much.

The taste hits hard with warm alcohol, it almost made me cough. The hoppiness finally comes out and balances greatly with the fruityness. The flavor has fig, roasted malts, and a fruity almost lemon and berry flavor of it's own.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, carbonated well and leaves the mouth farely fast but still leaving it's presence known on the tongue. A medium-large bodied beer that has a hoppiness that will knock your socks off.

Overall I will buy as much as they have next time I am up in Milwaukee.

Photo of lilnicky068
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Snellgg5
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of orfeu
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Plant Walker Center. Served in 10-ounce goblet. Deep rubied brown with dense beigeish-brown head. This was served from a refrigerated keg, and therefore too cold for a barleywine, but I was still able to pick up armoas of sweet caramel malts, bourbon soaked cherries and a menacing pine forest of hops. The huge, sweet, malty beginnings of this first sip are immediately thrashed into oblivion by the most massive, earth-scorching hop bitterness I've ever encountered. Woody, pine-struck acridity lingers infinitely...or so it seems. I don't know when this one was kegged, but it sure as hell tastes fresh to me. A bubblegum sweetness tries to emerge as the beer warms. Huge, chewy mouthfeel; medium body. My impression is that this is a promising barleywine if properly aged for a number of years -- like at least three. Right now, at least, the drinkability has to be low, because the hops are almost too obnoxious to really enjoy. I'm all for palate expansion, but beer drinking shouldn't ever feel like a chore.

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

12 oz bottle bottled in 2004. Poured into a snifter, the beer is a gorgeous ruby red amber, very clear, with a slight tan head that quickly reduces to a small spotty cap. A small amount of lacing on the glass. Nose is a big sweet fruitiness--cherries and figs--with a caramel malt and some decently big piney hops. Taste is very hoppy, a huge dose of bitterness, definitely the first thing noticed. Coming back for a second sip, there is a strong malty dark fruit sweetness upfront, a slight bit of caramel, and then comes the mammoth wave of hops. Really a nice tasting barleywine--nice hop flavor, but the sweet malt keeps the bitterness from overwhelming. Never a hint of the 11% alcohol. Full bodied with a syrupy slightly coating feel. Most barley wines are a little on the sweet side for me, but this leans the other way, and I really like it. Could definitely drink a couple in a session, which is a dangerous thing.

Photo of Kornoms
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with a decent head and lacing, but soon dissipates. The smell has definite notes of malt and a bit of fruity notes. The beer tastes awesome! You can taste the hops but it is smoothed out with the malt and the subtle sweetness of the fruit. You can definitely taste the higher alcohol content, but it doesn't take away from the beer. The smoothness mixed with light carbonation makes for a great mouthfeel. Overall, this was a really well done barley wine.

Photo of Necronomad
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

2008 vintage from ceramic 750ml- pours a burnt red/brown hue with a very frothy head. Nose- pine and caramel. Taste- spicy, sweet breads, cookie dough initially, quickly followed by a wallop of hops upside the head. Very aggresive hops really take over after the initial malt sweetness and body to a thin, very bitter finish. I don't mind it- a change from an overly sweet and syrupy barleywine. A kick in the ass every now and then never hurts, but not an every day beer.

Photo of bifrost17
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ngandhi
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweet maple undertone. Raw espresso bean on the finish. But on to the hops, because that's what this beer is.

For 120 IBUs (Jesus, I can barely process that), this actually isn't too rough. The bitterness comes in stages, almost like tasting the different early hop additions seperately. The floral, lightly smoky, caramel opening gives way to an initial esteriness that quickly yields to a piney bittering from the Chinook. I've actually had one person tell me it tasted like fish (maybe that's where the name comes from?). If you can bare the initial blitzkrieg of Chinook, however, there's a great deal of floral and malty sweetness to be found in the brew. The bitters just kind of set up camp on the back of your tongue and there's not much that can be done about that. They frame (almost physically) the rest of the flavors in this brew and work nicely with each one of them. There's a consistent burst of esters a few seconds into each sip that has notes of roses and bubblegum. The Centennial hops are a wonderful counter to the Chinook.

If there is a problem with this beer, it is simply far too young. I can taste the very petals and feel the oils from the hops in my mouth. I've gotten less intense hop notes from fresh hop pellets than I do from this beer. I had a chance to try last year's at a tasting and it was quite mellow; I can only imagine what a couple years might do to this batch. I absolutely love the use of Centennial hops (a very floral hop that usually reminds me of rose water). Father Time, please: Tame the beast.

Relax, relax.
ng

Photo of MSchae1017
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle. This was a 2004 vintage recieved via trade with timtheenchanta. Thanks!

This beer pours a rusty copper color with a tan head that holds and laces nicely but eventually fades. The smell is not overpowering but there is still the smells of dark berry fruits, chocholate and some hops. The taste is very similar to the smell with still a good amount of hops hanging around after all the aging but also a considerable amount of residual sugars lingering in the beer. The beer has a good thickness with a significant amount of dryness and smooth carbonation. Overall a nice barleywine, certainly one worth picking up.

Photo of inebrius
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001

Like a tsunami of sweet caramelly and chocolate malt, Old Crusty comes crashing into an ill prepared community of taste buds leaving an everlasting wake of dry and biting hops. When the powerful flow finally recedes your left with a damaged subfloor covered in spruce buds and a dozen insurance salesmen pounding at the door. But you don't care! No, the rush of it all made you realize how sedentary you had become and now you want more. More of that German chocolate cake flattened into the evergreen forest floor. More of that shaven fluid oozing down your thirsty pipes. More.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at the Old Toad. It poured a murky brown. Very little head. Looks like the water at the bottom of a lake if you stir it around with your foot. It smells nutty, piny, and boozy. The taste is complex, but I think it has too much of a boozy affect. It starts out clean and malty then snaps back with a raw hop bite. As soon as the hops start to regress the alcohol rolls in for a dry and slightly chemical finish. A very warming drink as the autumn starts to roll in.

XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.