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XS Old Crustacean - Rogue Ales

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1,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 88
Gots: 119 | 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 beertaster13
2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
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
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
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 double2chin
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of cubedbee
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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 orfeu
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Kornoms
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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 John_Beeryman
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of inebrius
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of chefbigjon
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of wingman14
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a solid dark brown with a tan head that is gone before you blink. The smell is hoppy and sweet, smells similar to many Rogue beers; also you can detect the alcohol. I am picking up some fruits, maybe some citrus. A very aromatic barleywine. Do not gulp this one, it will knock you to the floor. This thing is packed to the brim with flavor. Starts sweet with the fruit which quickly turns to the hops and bitterness. Ends with a soft finish because the beginning packs quite a punch. The aftertaste is mostly bitter, with hints of the citrus. The mouthfeel is warming and smooth, goes down like a smooth whiskey. A great sippin beer. I gave it a lower drinkability score because of its harshness, but do not let that scare you away from trying this beer. Another solid offering from Rogue.

Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Snellgg5
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jbarletto
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of huskermike12
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Bobbydigi
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev -0.2%

XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.