XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales
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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.
01-29-2004 23:59:02 | More by CortexBomb
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
05-15-2007 05:00:30 | More by TheBungyo
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Beer #3 of our Cinco de Mayo mini tasting.
Thanks to beerfmandy for this one.
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.
05-06-2010 23:35:28 | More by Wisconsinality
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.
05-26-2008 17:52:22 | More by rkuhnel
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!
02-14-2008 00:36:47 | More by charlesw
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.
05-29-2005 08:16:25 | More by baiser
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
07-12-2008 14:56:33 | More by Onslow
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
pours a dark red/brown color. decent head that leaves some lacing.
nice fruit, alcohol in the smell. grape/berries aroma.
taste is strong/bitter upfront but nice. slightly fruity/sweet. well balanced, good carbonation - overall really good and true to the barleywine style.
07-18-2011 07:17:14 | More by fostachild
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
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....
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.
07-30-2002 21:40:46 | More by Jon
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
06-18-2008 07:13:38 | More by Beerzebub
4.45/5 rDev +11%
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.
02-24-2010 04:03:39 | More by obywan59
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
11-29-2004 18:29:36 | More by xgrigorix
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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!
06-16-2004 03:25:19 | More by PSUDREW
4.25/5 rDev +6%
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.
10-19-2005 02:14:27 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
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