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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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1,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 95
Gots: 126 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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.

110 IBU
83 AA
57º Lovibond
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Ratings: 1,206 | Reviews: 699
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. ceramic bottle with resealable stopper. Leaves less than one finger of tan colored head that quickly dissipates into a foam ring at the edges, and some good lacing. Body is brown amber with orange and red highlights.

Smell - apples, strong spicy alcohol, hint of figs, hint of pums, malt bread with almost burned crust.

Taste - tobacco upfront, with dark crusted malt bread, washed through with strong spicy alcohol. Hint of caramel. Aftertaste of some caramel and fruit.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, low carbonation, smooth, and very dry.

Drinkability - this is very good. High abv holds down sessionability.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Bottled in 2002:) -- Pours a hazy unrefined reddish copper body. The head is dense and creamy and shows some good retention, and leaves a bit of lace. On the nose I got some whiff’s of caramel malts, spices, some fruitiness and pine hops…surprised I picked up these through the strong alcohol aroma. On the palate, the alcohol pierces the mouth with the nearly 12% abv, after the brew warms a bit it is easier to consume with different flavors coming across…caramel maltiness, toffee, spices, pine needles, and some nice sweet fruity flavors. Mouthfeel is some-what sharp. It took me about a ½ hour to finish this freak’n 12oz beer. This is a monster of a beer…very good brew, a slow sipper.

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

The last of the barleywines from the session with chonyr and raider. We took this one head to head with Old Ruffian, two big, bad assed hop forward barleywines. I must of had a good buzz by the time i got to writing my review for this one because its not very easy to read my handwriting, which sucks at the best of times.

Quite dark in colour and slightly opaque, sort of like a cloudy cola. Thin tan coloured head formed while this mildy carbonated brew was poured. No lacings were produced.

A very complex nose, with aromas of dark fruit, leather, toffee and some chocolate. Also a big hop nose with a piney blast that mellowed into slightly less bitter white grapefruit peel.

Another hop bomb of a barleywine, which has an interesting flavour profile much like the above mentioned aromas. Theres some chocolate or roasted malt giving a slight chocolate flavour, as well as hints of nuts, dark fruit, and a leather burley tobacco pouch. All of these interesting flavours are then assaulted by 120IBUs of mouth stripping hops and their pine and grapefruit blast.

A big, thick, mildly carbonated hopwine. Their brutal bitter is a pleasant easy drinking bitter. This one almost lives up to the monicker of brutal bitter. Probably the only thing that prevents this from being cloying is the huge hop blast that strips the inside of the mouth with its resinous hop blast.

A good, brutally bitter sipper, but not very sesionable. Another barleywine for the hop heads, and i may have found this more drinkable at the start of our session as opposed to the end. May try this one again, but i wont be looking for it anytime soon.

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

750ml ceramic bottle poured into a goblet. 2008 vintage.

A: Red body with a two-finger head that leaves lots of lacing.

S: Caramel, chocolate, and hops.

T: Strong complex chocolate and caramel malt flavors. Hops have receded somewhat but are still very much present. Excellent balance.

M: Thick and syrupy.

D: A top-tier American barleywine. Like an amped-up Bigfoot. They really need to ax those stupid ceramic bottles, though.

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Stunner97
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- brown in color with slight foam head and low carbonation, somewhat murky in body

Smell- lots of sweetness and malts, raisins, caramel, definite slight hoppy tone in the background

Taste- I really did like the taste and balance on this one, good mix of lots of sweetness and hoppy bitter tone leaving a nice long finish at the end, overall very nice barleywine taste wise

Mouthfeel- Rich creamy and full bodied for sure

Drinkability- very drinkable beer but definitely a sipper and probably a one a nite night cap kinda beer, but I thought it was a very enjoyable example of the style I would certainly try again, If you like barleywines give this one a try good flavor but dont plan on driving anywhere after! (PS REAL TREAT ON TAP)

Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kobeer
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of badbeer
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL Ceramic XS bottle, poured into Tripel Karmeliet chalice.

Red, mostly brown color, tan head that quickly went away leaving no lacing or anything behind. Very malty backbone, caramel and dark fruit, with a floralness not far behind. Very nice caramel maltiness, but the hops are not blended enough, there is the maltiness and then a very strong bitterness following. Pretty good but I think needs some age to perfect its flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a low carbonation level. Took quite a while to finish the glass, but perhaps I'll age one for a few years, I imagine it could turn out quite nicely.

Photo of Harvest06
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 DCgolfpro
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of double2chin
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of bmoney
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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 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 Carpentiere
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Snellgg5
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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%

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