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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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1,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 113 | FT: 7
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.

110 IBU
83 AA
57º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2001)
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Photo of Bobbydigi
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08 XS series Poured into my Boulevard Smokestack glass. Formed a 1 finger off white head with nice lacing. Color is a very deep red.

Smell is nice. A lot of malt up front, hits of raisins, fruit, and chocolate. You also get a small smell of the hop presence.

Taste is a big mix of malt and hops. This one will be a lot better over time far too boozy, but drinkable. The taste follows the smell only with a bigger hop presence.

Great mouth feel, carbonation is great and it goes down very smooth. Slight alcohol burn at the end though.

I will be able to finish this bottle but no more after that. Give this one a year or two and it might be another story.

I'm going to have to pick up a couple more and try them in the future and maybe update this review.

Bobbydigi, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4/5  rDev -0.2%

StoutItOutLoud, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of mungus
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

mungus, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of DaveRinn
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

DaveRinn, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of ALLISON01
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

ALLISON01, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Avagadro
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

Bottled in a ceramic 750 in 2008, reviewed June 2011.

A: I'm shocked by how much CO2 is still in this bottle, as a loud hiss is released upon prying the cap. Old Crustacean (OC) pours a hazy mahogany with a brilliant cream-colored head that quickly fades to a thin layer of froth.

S: Bouquet is well matured, with notes of sherry, tobacco, roasted cherries, and leather.

T: It is obvious that this beer had changed tremendously over the years, displaying the vinous sherry undertones and dusty leather notes that only come with time. Despite all the time this brew has been given, there is a distinct sharp hop bite that pervades. I'm not against a hoppy barleywine, but, in this instance, I feel that it is getting in the way of the more elegant malt flavors that have matured so beautifully in this ale; chocolate covered cherries, tawney port, vanilla, creme brulee, and cigar tobacco.

M: Full body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation, and only a slight stickiness on the finish.

O: A delightful endeavor to say the least. I have another bottle stashed away, in hopes of indulging in it around the ten year mark.

Avagadro, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of beerman207
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

A; Cloudy orange-brown with a nice white skim head that lasts a while. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Candy apple, malt, hops, pear

T: Taste up front is pears, bitter hops, apples, some raisin, wow - this is a great barleywine.

M: Drying, low on the carbonation side. Easy to drink

O: Love this beer. Rogue has another winner.

beerman207, May 14, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.93/5  rDev -2%

750ml ceramic bottle poured into Duvel tulip. 2008 vintage.

A - Pours a ruddy brown with reddish edging. Very little to no head formation; same goes for the lacing

S - Sweet cherry, plums, dates, leather, caramel. Some hop bitterness of pine forest is still lingering but also brings with it a boozy aroma

T - Nice flavour profile. Very strong caramel and brown sugars, quite sweet. Distinct cherry, plums and currants. This one is pretty sweet actually, but there is a bitterness balance. I do get a woody, smoky aftertaste (leather?); and some molasses

M - Sticky, pretty boozy hot, tacky aftertaste.

O - A nice 3 years old BW with no noticeable oxidation happening yet. A bit boozy and sweet but still a tasty beer.

OakedCanuck, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of kspongeworthy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

kspongeworthy, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Pinche_Oso, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.25/5  rDev +6%

2006 vintage

A - Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours hazy garnet with blond highlights with a thin ecru head.

S - Sweet, caramel malts with a slight hop tinge coming through.

T - The bitter hops load the frontend of the taste before sweet malt takes over and blends with a sort of pepper/brown sugar essence before finishing with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - On the thick side of medium, viscous, decent carbonation.

Notes - Really tasty, strong but not overpoweringly so, a nice sipping beer.

HeyItsChili, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Syraquse
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Syraquse, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a murky brown color with some orangish hues. there is a nice two finger, off-white head that doesnt last very long but leaves some lacing.

Smell is sweet. There is a strong carmel presence as well as some honey and fruit (perhaps raisons).

Taste is sweet initially but quickly fades to a roasted/burnt bitterness. There is like a citrus rush to the palate with this beer when it warms. Alcohol is also present. This brew is intense and I like it.

Mouthfeel is very heavy and not a whole lot of carbonation but it works well for this beer.

Despite the high alcohol this is pretty drinkable.

Good job by Rogue. I will purchase this again.

hckyfn9999, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of GoGators
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

GoGators, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Zekenyce, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Jackal
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Jackal, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of CortexBomb
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%

Pours out with no head to speak of, and only a touch of lacing. Some carbonation evident as well. Colour reminds me of cider, an off brown-reddish. Smell is faintly malty but not overly impressive.

Taste is a left hook though, huge on the hops with a strong bitter and alcohol tinged finish and an after that seems to last forever. Good, but a bit overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium syrupy, you can feel the body, but it's not over the top remarkable, similar in the drinkability, this is a decently drinkable barley wine, but it does pack a wallop, so for most this is a sipper.

CortexBomb, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of BugTownPub
5/5  rDev +24.7%

BugTownPub, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of TheBungyo
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

2004 vintage.

It's sad that the only way to get this beer fresh is to buy it for the insane price of nearly $15. Thankfully I managed to buy a bottle of the '04 which was bottled in normal bottles and not the overpriced useless ceramics (I refuse to buy those).

Body is warm mahogany, head is scant. Nose is boozey caramel and lemony/piney hops and sharp alcohol. Taste is syrupy caramel and hops that refuse to fade even after 3 years of rest.

Mouth is medium and it feels nice. I'd rate this higher for drinkability if there were the choice of buying this in a regular bottle or the ceramic but since there really isn't, I won't be buying this again unless I find these old vintages.

TheBungyo, May 15, 2007
Photo of Wisconsinality
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Wisconsinality, May 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

SDG1070, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of rkuhnel
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%

From a 2007 ceramic bottle the was 750 ml in size this poured a very deep and slightly hazy copper garnet color with a very thick and long last tan hear that left great lacing. Nose of floral and citrus hops, and sweet malts. Mouthfeel thick and oily . Flavor is sweet and slightly bitter, and you sure notice the alcohol.burn. Bitter finish. However the 11.5% alcohol starts to numb the tongue near the finish. This probably could have used another year on the shelf. Served at cellar temperature - 55 degrees.

rkuhnel, May 26, 2008
Photo of charlesw
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

2005 vintage ceramic flip top 750ml [Edit... Ooops! Forgot to mention that I got this in trade from spacecoyote. Thanks, dude!]. So, yeah. The bottle counts for part of the appearance. Actually, the bottle may account for a lot. As it has a narrow and somewhat long throat, the beer glug-glugs out for a while. This helps give it a little higher head and, at the same time, helps release the aroma.

Oh, and, hey. I take back all of the mean things I said about Rogue - about how they don't know how to brew. This is beer. I wish... I wish I had one that was more recent so that I could compare. Hmm. Well, maybe I'd say mean things about Rogue again if I did... Maybe this is so good at this point 'cause the Cascades and cie have mellowed. All I get is big mouth and big bitterness.

Mind you... I think that this is just past prime - just a little on the sweet side for the bitterness. But I can totally see how it would be at a little less old. What I can't picture is how it is when young... Whatever. It's like... Well, it's interesting how similar this one at this age is to a Double Bastard. So obviously I like it. Still, it's a bit sweeter and a bit on the cloying side... But then, hey, it's aged a few years. I can totally see how it would have a less sweet side to it when younger.

Still... Rogue being Rogue... I can't really imagine that I'd like it young!

charlesw, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of baiser
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours deep brown, with a thin film of foam. Thick and syrupy appearance. Aroma of caramel, liquor, dark fruits and malt. This is one smooth, full bodied and potent beer. I really appreciated the taste, but it's not something I'd consider one of my favourites. Complex flavours of ripe fruit, herbal flavours, hops, grapefruit, bitterness and alcohol. Finishes sweet and welcoming. It'll beat your tastebuds down over and over.

baiser, May 29, 2005
Photo of Onslow
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

drank from the ceramic bastard bottle ... 2008 . 11.5 % ... a very big bold brew .. tons of bitterness for a barleywine, but it really seems to work ... a bawdy little monkey ... wonderfully aggresive, like the starting feelings of domination ... not sure its worth it in the ceramic bottle but a very nice beer .. and even though this is a monster of a beer it really doesn't seem overdone! .. Rogue: +1

Onslow, Jul 12, 2008
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,142 ratings.