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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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1,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4
pDev: 14%
Wants: 82
Gots: 107 | 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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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage:

Deep burgundy with an ample, though quickly diminishing cream-hued head. Minor trails of lace appear down the chalice. A quick swirl of the liquid unmasks this beer's alcoholic qualities, as if you weren't all ready aware. Aromas of chestnuts, molasses, Pacific Northwest hops and alcohol linger. Taste features equal notes of the chestnuts, molasses, relatively sweet malt, and alcohol, but the hops (which weigh in at 120 IBUs) stand out the most. Wonderfully hoppy with a sharp bite, the finish on this young Old Crustacean lasts and lasts. Turbid, viscous mouthfeel is quite oily as it should be. Once again, Rogue fails to cut any corners in crafting an aggressive barleywine that is truly indicative of John Maier's style. Good stuff young, better with some (lots of) cellaring. A vertical tasting between the 2001 (two years) and the 2002 (one year) is next. It gets better and better. This stuff is even great for cooking....

2001 Vintage:

This poured a beautiful, deep amber color. The head was minimal, and didn't retain very well, although it did leave nice lace on the glass. I put this away for three months after I initially got it, and I think it could have certainly been cellared for many more months, or years, for that matter. This has a huge hoppy bitterness to it, and is almost a little unbalanced, but you won't hear me complaining. Another excellent creation from the folks at Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2002 21:40:46 | More by Jon
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

12-14-2013 02:28:52 | More by ALLISON01
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-24-2012 13:01:10 | More by GoGators
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-24-2014 02:16:41 | More by Viperman1316
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4/5  rDev 0%

04-13-2014 01:07:56 | More by MattGrimley
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4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1998 7 oz. bottle, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Deep red-brown color, some very fine carbonation, no head.

Strong fruity and savory smell. Apricot and raisins, along with dried tropical fruit, cocoa, soy sauce, tobacco, leather, tomato paste, fusel alcohol. A hint of brown applelike oxidization, surprisingly little.

Tastes like raisins, dried apricot, chocolate, light coffee, and citrus hops, with tobacco and leather deeper down. The flavor builds in intensity for several seconds, at first getting sweeter and boozier, and then getting more savory and bitter. Good balance, especially in the entry and the finish. Intense, and very good.

Viscous texture suits sipping. Great drinkability, for what it is.

Great beer for extended aging, apparently. I enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 07:13:38 | More by Beerzebub
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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, 2003 bottling.

Deep tawny russet brown. Topped by a dense tan head. Some thin spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Notes of chocolate & plums light up the nose & are quickly eaten alive by intense hop notes & fusel alcohol aromas.

Big bold dark fruit flavours along with a ton of sweetness to start. Massive hop flavours take over loaded with citrus & pine sap. Plenty of bitterness takes it into a dry finish. Medium-full bodied, relaxed carbonation. A real powerhouse.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 18:29:36 | More by xgrigorix
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-29-2014 03:06:17 | More by kybeerdrinker
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

12-31-2011 17:00:54 | More by hawkmage
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4/5  rDev 0%

11-17-2011 19:16:54 | More by ATXRyan
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4/5  rDev 0%

02-21-2013 18:12:43 | More by chugamugofsud
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25%

07-18-2013 02:54:44 | More by timjim1327
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

come on everyone, time to sing...

(orangy) red, red (barley) wiiinnnneee, sooo goood to meee, (orangy) red red (barley) wine...

sigh. 2002 XS version is what I am reviewing. Very interesting beer, IMO. Has a dark, deep orangy-red color. Not very see-though, as it were. Has a foamy, thick lightly orange head. Loads of sediment are in my glass, and it gives it an interesting visual.

Smells bready-sweet. Very rich and deeply so. Nice nose, and, gives it s nice aspect when drinking it down. The taste...well, that is an interesting mix too. Sweet maly taste is the 1st thing that hits you, albeit briefly. Then the alchohol mixes in. so then you have a warm tingly feeling and a sweetness behind it, pushing it's way through. Finished with a distinct, bitter, hoppy aftertaste. But, IMO it all mixes, almost indistinguishably. It mixes so nicely too. Mmmm

Thick mouhtfeel, but still highly drinkable. Wow, this brew really impressed me!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 03:25:19 | More by PSUDREW
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beer! Found it on the shelves of a hole in the wall for 1.69 a bottle. Not telling where though. “Bottled in 2003”, so it has some mileage on it.

When I poured the beer I actually got excited, a deep, deep red almost brown, brackish of those tow colors. Virtually not head and no lacing. Is that really a characteristic that should be taken into consideration? Different beers do different things.

Pungent dark berry odors- raisins and coffee, mixed in with a healthy dose of syrup. Aftertaste is medicinal, cherries, and of course an unbelievable helping of hops. Could be the biggest hop bomb to date.

Very strong beer, at a little cooler than room temperature it becomes somewhat cumbersome to drink. I guess the ABV is justified in this case. Crazily complex, a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 02:14:27 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 04:03:39 | More by obywan59
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-25-2014 23:45:26 | More by Danno48
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North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage

Dark brown color with hints of amber. Pours to a big impressive head, which settles to about 2cm, leaving a bit of patchy lace, and stays there well. Strong alcohol-soaked esters and citrus and floral hop aromas jump at your nose. You can smell the bitterness in this one! That's no surprise with an insane 120 IBUs. Rind-like bitterness with a bit of pine smacks you around with the first sip, and alcohol presence cleans up after it. Even with huge hop presence, malt still plays a big role here. Massive creamy caramel maltiness that coats your palate almost keeps up with the hops. Chocolate is noticeable under the caramel. Leafy character is subtly present, especially in the aftertaste. This is a full-bodied, intense, and heavy brew, but, surprisingly, it's very drinkable.

2000 vintage

Dark amber-brown. Head has been lost in the aging for the most part. A more malty nose than the 2001, but still very hoppy. Strong, sweet caramel and chocolate with intense plum and dark fruit. Hops are citrusy and a bit piney. Great aroma that definitely improved with age. Excellent taste as well, spicy and citrus hops with huge caramel/chocolate malt and alcohol heat, one hell of a full body. This is definitely a beer to cellar, and more than the recommended one year.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2002 15:50:03 | More by hyuga
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3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2002, here's a dark reddish amber colored beer with an ample head and a strong malty aroma, as well as hoppy aromma. I sense a touch of dark fruits in this aroma. It's very smooth on the palate, creamy, a bit syrupy. Malts dominate with force at first. It's dark fruits, a bit of chocolate too...and then from nowhere, in comes a wallop of hops and alcohol to finish this monster off. Quite a pleasure to sip this one...very warming in the tummy, perfect for this winter, it being ZERO degrees outside right now and all.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 07:38:25 | More by AudioGilz
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4/5  rDev 0%

07-26-2013 19:29:45 | More by cclark67789
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4/5  rDev 0%

06-09-2014 10:37:59 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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

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

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

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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 03:17:50 | More by BeerNemesis
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4/5  rDev 0%

12-01-2011 04:31:25 | More by baybassboy
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4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1997 Vintage. 7oz nip bottle.

Appearance: Pours a 'really' dark brown with no head at all. Cloudy as all hell. It's a bottle from 1997, so I'm not surprised by the absence of carbonation.

Smell: Chocolate, sweet grains, butterscotch, caramel, licorice, and a touch of hops. The aroma is actually quite similar to a 1996 bottle of their Imperial Stout I had last week...very nice.

Taste: Much like the Imperial Stout, all of the different aromas assert themselves in the flavor. There's a strong alcohol undercurrent that makes itself known from beginning to end. There's also an aggressive, bitter note that seems to have a bit of a pepper aftertaste...interesting. Unique spiciness. Has a very warming effect. Starts malty with amazing complexity, then ends bitter with a stomach-warming heat. Amazing brew...

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with absolutely no carbonation. Goes down like diluted motor-oil....in other words, heavenly!

Drinkability: To judge this against other barley-wines would only be fair...outstanding drinkability! This is a truly spectacular beer to sip and enjoy with a great book, or as a night-cap. I need to buy more of this...

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 21:56:25 | More by MJR
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-15-2014 15:22:49 | More by core42
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4/5  rDev 0%

03-09-2013 23:26:38 | More by DocJitsu
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.