XS Old Crustacean
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XS Old CrustaceanXS Old Crustacean
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American Barleywine
Ranked #53
Ranked #4,430
4.05 | pDev: 13.09%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
XS Old CrustaceanXS Old Crustacean
Notes: 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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Reviews: 718 | Ratings: 1,305
Reviews by sprucetip:
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4.05/5  rDev 0%

primarily notes to self…2013 vintage (in December 2014) from a growler. Very good beer. Hoppy but not as much so as some barley wines, such as Alaskan and Bigfoot. Solid malty base. Not too boozy. I would not pay the ceramic bottle price, but 2 pints for $8 is fair.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2002 Vintage: Pours a nice tan head that dissapated quickly. The beer is dark tea in color. It smells like sweet malty alcohol, with just a bit of cherry to round it out. The taste is at first sweet, but barleywine sweet, as in you know its gonna bite you if you drink it too quick. The sweetness fades into malty caramel, which in turn disappears as the bitter aftertaste comes rolling in. It continues to bite at the back of your tongue as your stomach warms.

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Photo of mwearl
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16oz glass, beer was dark brown with a red hue and about an inch of head; very creamy with good carbonation and moderate lacing. Smell had distinct grain odor with a hint of cherry, but without an overpowering alcohol smell. The taste is very bitter and the high ABV comes through strong, initially masking the complexity. You can definitely taste the grain and the the hops. Also leaves quite a lasting bitter aftertaste on the tongue. Mouthfeel is heavy with a residual that I can bite as if unfiltered to the bottle. The is a great novelty beer but you aren't going to be drinking a lot of it at any given sitting. I must point out that the bottle it comes in is worth trying this beer.

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly poured from a refrigerated, ceramic fliptop bottle into a room temp pint glass.

A murky amber body supports a thin milky head. The head leaves rings of lace down the edges of the pint as you drink.

Bright hoppy scents backed by a caramel malty aroma waft from the glass. Upon closer inspection, citrus and grapefruit assault the nose. A great taste for a fresh barleywine. If it were a couple of years older ot would be pretty balanced, but the present green taste makes it a sipper.

This is a medium bodied beer that is cut with a nice fresh carbonation. The alcohol doesn't bite in the nose or the mouth, but lies in wait until it has the opportunity to ambush your stomach, but not an unpleasant ambush... A warm surprise for the belly.

As it is right now, this is a great barleywine, but in a couple/three years, it will be great. I'll lay one of these down for the ages.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Mini Bottle (8 oz?)

A - A cloudy amber orange, Zero head, no lace.

S - Smells sweet and boozy hot.

T/M - BOOM! Malt, malt, spicey/pepper, sweetness, a finish that is bitter/bitey/dry if you will.

O - A tasty little beer, been aged for a year, didn't get to try it prior to the aging and this was left over at my house after a tasting. Dare I say I would like it a lot more if it were fresh? I know this will settle down but I would like a more sweet upfrontness in a barley wine, I will wait to see how the other bottle is in a few years.

PP (Price Point) - Unknown, free leftovers from a BA tasting!!

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

2002 bottle:

The beer pours a deep mahogany with a thick tan head. The head has died down to a film and quite a bit of lacing is forming on the glass.

The beer has a boozy, overripe fruit aroma.

The taste is a mix of caramel with hints of pine. There is a little grapefruit in there too. It is interesting how the aged hop flavor mixes with the rich malt backbone. Interesting, but not necessarily delicious. The mix seems just a little disharmonious, but just slightly.

The mouthfeel is good: low carbonation and a thick, but not syrupy body.

The drinkability is good, despite the high abv, typical for the style.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate from an ancient 1994 nib bottle.

1994 nib bottle courtesy of Sloth! Bottle opens without a hiss. Pours a thick, opaque mahogany with a cherry edge. Rich malt, prunes, raisins, caramel fudge cake in the nose. Mouth is flat but thick and viscous. Touch of oxidation. Bold, rich flavors with banana nut cake, dark fruits, and toffee. Very nice. Would have been stellar with bubbles. Thanks Bert, an awesome trader!

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Photo of yesyouam
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rogue Old Crustacean is a slightly hazy copper ale with a thin, dense, yellowish head that thins to turbulent film and leaves decent lacing. It has a big, complex aroma; semi-sweet, heavy malt with notes of caramel and toffee. There's a resiny pine scent and some kind of spice. It's pretty full bodied and smooth. The finish is syrupy and chalky. It leaves the lips sticky. It has a bold flavor, pretty sweet and tangy. Then comes the cutting bitterness with lemon peel and pine sap. The flavors work together quite well. The 7 ounce bottle is a good idea. It's pretty astringent and I probably should have kept it cellared longer.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MHJeff06
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of 99bottles
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage. Props where Props is due: KClinger’s Publik House had some of these bottles in storage and nicely kept were they.

Appearance: 12 ounce bottle. Into a tulip, this beer has a rich ruby auburn color and a half inch of head that settles to a persistent off white head. Gorgeous. In the bottom of the bottle lies nearly a half inch of deep brown yeasties, sediment and secrets of the past 3 years. I’m all for the vitamins and nutrients, but I believe that scuzz might just kill a man.

Smell: A very full and sweet malt nose melds nicely with a sharp pine bitterness. Very decadent and heavy on the malt, I see it uses five different types.

Taste: The most full beer I’ve ever tasted. Full of flavor, complexity, body, malts and hops. Outstanding. Some of the many intricate flavors after 3 years of aging are pine, oak, rum, cocoa, bourbon, cedar wood. The alcohol is very much a prescence in this, and with the age the beer has taken on spirit qualities. The 120 IBUs are still very much alive, though the hops have settled into place behind the luscious malts. The bitterness exists in the aftertaste and in any burps one might have. An almost saponic quality is present in the aftertaste. Maybe 120 IBUs is approaching the limit of my tastebuds. One of the most complex beers I’ve ever tried. For this, it gets a 5.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth, and immensely rich. At times almost cloying, but never out of place. The malts don’t hide the alcohol, but do a good job supporting it. I think it fits the style and this particular beer very well.

Drinkability: I wouldn’t recommend that anyone ever have more than one of these in a sitting. Dangerously alcoholic but also dangerously alluring, I kept sipping trying to taste new complexities and pinpoint old ones; I kept admiring the outlandish flavors and sanity defying nuances. If the threat of a serious hangover is the only thing keeping me from drinking many more of these, I’d say it’s pretty darn drinkable. This barley wine is an excellent example of the style and one that ages magnificently.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a big ol' ceramic swingtop bottle....2006 edition.

pours brown with a tan head. lots of tiny little bubbles rising through the brown body. looks good for a barleywine. Smells very sweet, with floral hops and alcohol. Taste is very bitter and very sweet and malty. Some floral hops flavors, along with a smokiness that's quite nice. bitterness would probably fade a bit more with time, but its good to go now as well. i might age one just for fun anyway to see how it changes. Good to sip and takes a while to get through the whole thing.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rdc67
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle.

Ruby red with floaties and dregs. Light tan head with nice lacing.

Caramel, raisins, oak tannins in the nose.

Thick and syrupy with an impressive mouth coating. Talk about hops! Grapefruit and coniferus sap, a huge ass malt body, booze is well hidden. A roasted malt flavor comes out in the finish.

This is a very brash beer, and I like that. It took a period of a few months to savor 4 bottles, but Old Crusty is a damned fine brew.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 5/13/2009 (Bottle 2008):

Pours a dark red brown colored body, with a good-sized head, tan brown color, very lasting. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit. Syrup. Lots of scents. Sweet brown sugar taste, dark fruit too. Aged dark fruit. Dark grape taste. Extremely sweet syrupy taste. Too much for me.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Retail1LO
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on paper 2/3/12.

Received this bottle at my tasting as a gift for my recent birthday. :) I've never had this before. This is a 2009 vintage bottle.

Pours a ruddy, reddish-brown hue with virtually no head. Despite the very thin crown a straight down the middle pour provides, it leaves decent enough lacing behind. The smell on this is lovely. It's a bit on the hoppy side of things, but overall it has that lush vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, and generally sweet nose to it. I just love the smell of this barleywine. The taste is decent enough too. The smells don't translate fully into the taste, but the hops certainly shine through, to the beer's detriment, IMO. The mouthfeel has a lot going on. Boozy, hoppy (very), and sweet...this has a pretty smooth draw. It's not as thick and lush as I'd prefer, but it's nothing to sneeze at. Overall, this is a very solid barleywine. Despite it possessing some characteristics that I typically don't find appealing in a BW, the beer as a whole is very successful.

P.S. 11.5% ABV? WHERE? VERY well hidden.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ithacabaron
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review #100.

2002 Vintage.

Pours a deep, incredibly clear ruby red, which looks muddy, except when held up to the light, when it reveals its hidden treasure.

Smell is dulled hops, steely, but all the fruit gone, mixed in with marzen-like bread notes from the malt (must be the Munich). Decaying, burned hops come back again, a reminder of what a %AA beast this is when served fresh.

Taste takes a hit. Time has not been kind to this, as all that's left of the hoppiness is a bitter, flinty, almost headache inducing bitterness that overwhelms everthing else. Don't expect to taste anything for the rest of the day. Chinook hops dominate the profile from a mile away, and they're abused in the worst way. The malt is surprisingly submissive, even after all this time, and fails to connect with the other elements of this beer to create a coherent package. This is many solitary elements together, rather than one brew in itself, ya dig?

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints from me.

Drinkability takes a hit for all the above reasons. Booze doesn't become noticable until you're done the glass and go to stand up...and then it's noticable.

All in all, a classic barleywine that pulls no punches. Chuck Bednarik would approve. This is smash-mouth barleywine that still sticks around to remind other, more modern barleywines where they came from. Even John at Rogue admits that this is a tough drinker. A good history lesson, but there's much better in the way of barleywines out there.

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Photo of mattpetti
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage

Pours a nice cloudy amber in color with a small tiny bubbled head that withers away to almost nothing at all.

The smell is of light sweet fruit (maybe grapes, apples, with some citrus back). The finish is of a pleasant dose of pine and hops.

The taste is a suprise to me with the first punch of fruit being extremely light in flavor with the crisp grape and apple comming through only slightly. The flavors increase as the beer warms(and warms you at 11.3%). Then at the end there is an awesome hop bitterness that seems to bounce around your mouth until it has hit every part. All i have to say is 120 ibu and you get the picture. The aftertaste of the hops makes this beer a tough one to have more than one, but it is a joy to drink just the one. As the beer warms the hops subdue slightly and give way to more pleasant fruit flavors, but who wants to wait that long. I have yet to be dissapointed by the rogue crew and this does not dissapoint.

2001 vintage

Still is an exceptional beer with the hops still kicking some ass. A lovely nightcap for a cold winter night.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage on tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over mahagony liquid.

S: Muted rich toffee malt and vanilla.

T: Bitter pine hops up front with rich toffee malt. Peppery and vanilla flavours are present as well.

M: Thick viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Complex and drinkable, a very good barleywine.

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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1305 ratings