XS Old Crustacean | Rogue Ales

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XS Old CrustaceanXS Old Crustacean

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2001

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2013 edition

L: pours clear bronze color with a finger of off white head
S: sweet caramel and raisins with slight bitterness
T: big bitterness throughout, a touch a caramel sweetness.
F: thick, but with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty brownish amber color, the malty tones, the 1/4" light tan head, more off white I guess. Aroma of booziness and caramel maltiness.

Taste drops a substantial amount of that foresty pacnw Chinook hop when you have this one fresh. This one transforms similar to Bigfoot when aged. Sticky caramel malt and maris otter draped all over this one. While it is plenty warming, the alcohol doesn't stay too heavy for too long. A very slight impression of wood from the malt tone. I figure this one clocks in around 90 ibu. This one drinks somewhere between old school barleywines like Old Foghorn and Bigfoot. Not as sweet as the Anchor, but not as hoppy as the Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - murky brown with some clarity near the bottom and around the edges with a large tan head that sticks around and leaves a decent amount lacing behind.
S - Sweet bready malt with bitter hops - otherwise a really faint smell.
T - Sweet bready malt and barely up front followed behind by bitter hops. Intermixed are notes of caramel and dried fruits as well as some citrus.
F - Medium to full bodied with a light to medium amount of carbonation. Somewhat chewy.
O - A really nice standard barelywine - everything seems pretty spot on and done very well with nothing crazy or over the top.

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Photo of nicole309
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from a fresh 2017 bottle.

Appearance: dark amber color coming off with medium bubbles creating an orange tinted white head rising just about two finger's length off the body. Lacing not sticky at all, drops quickly after the first sip.

Smell: light malt scent not exactly super strong.

Taste: Softly bitter and touch of honey consisting of floral and citrus. Hybrid brew which crosses the plane of IPA and barley wine.

Mouth: sticky brew which I'm painting with chips and you feel that after taste just linger.

Overall: Very good brew but deceiving in regards to the name. Not exactly barleywine, but still a pretty good beer. Always in a glass and I say if you see it on a shelf grab it. Salud!

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Velivolus
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LoganMc
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of erickc
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cd34
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CPAles
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared 5 years. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: dark chestnut-brown with considerable haze. The head is a light tan ½ finger with good retention.

Aroma: sweet malt with hints of molasses and raisins. Alcohol is not readily detectable but you know its there.

Flavor: sweet – but not overly so, with molasses and raisins as in the nose. Alcohol is present, but it is more in the background.

Mouthfeel: medium-medium

Overall: this was enjoyable. A quality barleywine but not the best – really middle of the pack. I wouldn’t buy this again. It is good, but I’d prefer trying other breweries’ barleywines before returning to this one.

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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radcpa
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red appearance with tan head that dedicates quickly and some carbonation. Aroma is a little sour fruit. Taste is a slightly sour fruit with no alcohol aftertaste.

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Photo of kds2437
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage – ceramic bottle. Nice brown reddish color with a thin dark beige head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of molasses, pine, red berries, spices, tea leaves, mild cocoa and red apples. At this stage malt is starting to overcome hops here.
Flavor is sure more interesting. Notes of pine, molasses, char, wood, red berries and cherry, raisins, spices, cocoa, black tea, lemon, their pacman yeast, resin, earth, grapefruit and vanilla. Dry and bittersweet long aftertaste. Its 105 IBUs feels relatively under control, now that it evolved for a few years. But still able to counterbalance the strong malt base.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 10.75% is well hidden and matches perfectly with the overall beer.
This is a hoppy forward and full of character American Barley Wine. A bittersweet black tea. It has a good complexity that reveals slowly as it warms up. This has aged quite well. And who says hops fade quickly, after four years still is able to punch. Maybe, when young it might be overwhelming for some. Don’t be a predator, drink this after aging!
Reference for the Style and worth trying, specially if you dig the style.

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Photo of sanitarium16
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 750ml Swing Top

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy, brilliant amber color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing except a broken line found at the outset of the pour and a few spots here and there.

Smell - Complex aroma that hits on notes of dried apricot, toffee, leafy/tea-like hops, grapefruit peel, caramel, and even a faint hint of chocolate.

Taste - Ahhh, my bittersweet tasty friend. So complex, yet so harmoniously in sync with itself. Upfront, notes of caramel and grapefruit bitterness. Mid-taste sees the flavor shift to notes of dried fruit, toffee and a hint of floral hop character. Shifts again near the finish, moving more toward bitter notes of grapefruit pith and earthy tea leaf bitterness, while a touch of fruit and toffee sweetness hangs in to keep the brew from completely killing you with the sheer mountain of hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste buzzes with grapefruit pith, lemon zest and low, tea leaf bitterness. Lovely. Absolutely lovely.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation, but with a slick texture that makes it a fairly smooth drinker. Dry finish; leaves a hint of stickiness on the lips.

Overall - One of my all-time favorite barleywines since I first started on craft nearly 15 years ago, I'd finally reviewed it June of '14, a bottle from 2012 (that I'd found at room temp on a shelf at a pit stop in the middle nowhere on I-5), and found it not quite as good as I'd always had on tap; the age (and possible mismanaged aging of it) simply did it no favors. I'm glad I bought the '16 version this year, and must say I now remember why I love it so much. It's sweet and bitter profile blends so wonderful it's like drinking a hop tea candy that tastes so much better than it sounds. At $18/bottle it's a steep price to pay, but damn does it feel worth it while drinking it. While I'm sure it ages wonderfully if kept under the right conditions, I'm unsure if I'd be able to do so. It's just so amazing when fresh!

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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