XS Old Crustacean | Rogue Ales

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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 woosterbill
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the '04 vintage into a Darkness glass. Thanks to Chris for sharing. I'm glad I'm popping my Crusty cherry on a nice vintage bottle.

A: Intermittently hazy orange-brown body with a wisp of off-white head. I'm impressed that it's still carbonated at all. Weak legs, though, for being 11.5%.

S: Rich, pure maltiness - huge toffee and caramel, as well as some light, sherry-like oxidation that brings notes of dates, raisins, and prunes. There's even a hint of earthy hops underneath the big sweetness. Impressive, and pleasantly old-smelling.

T: Even hoppier here, with some earthy and herbal bitterness constantly balancing the toffee and sherry. More oxidation here, though, which combines with the big bitterness in a less than terrific way. Still, it's quite tasty.

M: Medium body, beautifully creamy carbonation. Fantastic for this kind of vintage beer.

O: While I didn't instantly fall in love, I can definitely say that Crusty is my favorite Rogue beer, and one that I look forward to drinking more of in the future. I just don't think it's much better than Bigfoot, and since the Sierra is less than half the cost I find it hard to justify buying anything else to age in high quantities.


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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

7oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled 2010, drank November 2011.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates quickly and lacelessly. Pours a murky orange-ish red, has huge legs, and leaves small arcs of lacing.

Smell: Lots of raisin and brown sugar. Some lingering orange-like hops and a nice effervescence. Cinnamon, nutmeg, anise highlights. Smells well developed.

Taste: Similar to the nose, with brown sugar blasted apart by maximum hop bitterness. Some raisin skin. Finishes moderately dry, with a raisiny aftertaste and persistent hop bitterness.

The taste is almost as complex as the aroma, with some cinnamon and nutmeg like flavors along with burnt toast, but even calling these "highlights" is being a little generous. It's mainly brown sugar and bitterness.

Tastes well made, with a strong suggestion that it would improve with a few more years on it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Heavy bitterness leading into moderate dryness. Ample but unobtrusive carbonation. Very good.

Overall: This is a good beer for a cold night, and its target audience is clearly "barleywine lovers with discerning palates." Unfortunately, I can't shake the impression that I walked into the kitchen and ate the chef's work when he was only half done.

I am guessing that this beer would be well above an A average if Rogue sold vintages like J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. I can't speak from experience, but this has "masterpiece at 5+ years," written all over it.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.07/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a nice amber color with some haze. There isn't much head, just a thin layer when poured straight down.

My first whiff emphasizes the malty aroma, with nice pale bready malts coming through. There is some dank hop aroma as well; it's just not as strong.

The taste is incredibly bitter. The bitterness drowns out almost all the sweetness from the malt flavor, which isn't much. My penchant for bitter beers is really what keeps me enjoying this, but I can't recommend this as a nicely balanced beer in that regard.

This is nice and medium bodied, the strength of the beer is well hidden behind the IBU's.

I enjoyed drinking this to an extent, but there are much better beers of this style out there. For what it's worth, I prefer a barleywine with a touch more sweetness.

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Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 10/15/11. Bottle says it was bottled in 2010, says it should be aged for 1 year. Not sure of the month of bottling, so this one's anywhere from 10 months old to 22 months old.

A: Poured from the 7 oz bottle into a Piraat snifter/tulip-type glass. Body is slightly hazy coppery-orangey-amber with a wisp of an off-white head. Leaves some "legs" of lace.

S: Cold, I get a bit of caramel malt and brown sugar, but nothing really strong. Waft of booze too.

T: First impression: finishes with a bitterness that's almost wood-like in its astringency. Makes me wonder what this would've been like perfectly fresh, as it's palate-shreddingly bitter now, with quite a bit of life behind it. Reminds me a little of fresh Bigfoot. Letting it warm up a bit, I get a sense of malt underneath those hops, but only because I'm really looking for it - think brown sugar, mainly, with some caramel malt. But the resiny, piney hop bitterness is the most noted flavor. Drying (and warming) booze at the end, and felt down the gulley.

M: Medum in heft, carbonation is moderate.

O: OK - not exactly what I expect from a Barleywine, but as a west coast American version thereof, I guess this makes sense. I wonder what a few years in the cellar would do for this, as it's really quite bitter at its current age.

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1.49/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Really, who makes a beer with a statement like “best aged one year” and doesn’t give you the month it was bottled?

Opening a bottle that was bottled in 2010 so I have to assume that January 1 2010 was the bottle date so this is ideal and the perfect version of this beer. No more age could possible help this one based on what Rogue says.

A cloudy and orange with a touch of red color body, yeast and sediment clearly present. The head is about a half inch of off white with caramel colored bubbles. Lacing forms almost instantly down the side.

Caramel and amber malt is about all I can pick up on. This beer smells like some child’s candy. That lack of complexity makes the sweet aroma far from good by beer standards but I suppose just below average for barely wines.

Despite the nose this beer is a hop bomb like few I’ve ever had. Opens with a pillowy sweet caramel and sugar malt profile, but quickly turns to a sharp and bitter funk. A coy and unenjoyable fake candy malt flavor mixed with a beer far over the top with hops leaves the mouth confused and disappointed. This beer claims 110 IBU’s and they are there. The problem is they aren’t balanced and this is a freaking barely wine. Much like Bigfoot this beer tries to create a barely wine that is hoppier than any double IPA and with less malt than most.

Not much to talk about here. Thick but not brandy leggings thick and well carbonated for the style but true to style.

Pass on this one. Rogue I want to give you credit for going away from those awful oversized over priced bottles, but you give us these very drinkable sized 7 oz servings and charge 5 bucks for them. Then you fill with one of the worst barely wines I’ve had…shame on you. Oh and you don’t give a bottled on date but have the audacity to tell me to drink at a year old? I should score this beer all 1’s just for that!

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3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 9-ounce glass at Mellow Mushroom.

Dark burgundy, with a waxy look. It’s mostly murky and opaque, though it clears up to a lighter burnt orange at the edges. Very thin head the color of beach sand.

Sweet nose. Burnt sugar, orange juice, some sweet floral notes as well. Orange blossom? It’s a little hard to pick up, but it’s not bad.

The flavor, in contrast, is kind of toasty. Crumbly cocoa, hints of caramel and overripe oranges mix with toasted bread, lots of burnt sugar, molasses and maple before a toasty biscuit finish. Good amount of booze.

Light massaging carbonation inside a sugary, syrupy medium body. It’s not crusty, but it is rather thick and blasts with fire in the nose.

I had tasted some Old Crusty from the bottle once and found in heinous, but Rogue beers do have a tendency to sit on shelves around here. From the tap, it’s a heavy, sweet, syrupy, above average barleywine.

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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Rogue Brewer's on the Bay (Newport, OR) on 8/29/11. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep clear ruby (with some coppery edges) and topped with a thin frothy covering of off-white head. This sticks around with a nice creaminess to the look, leaving back a good bit of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smell quite bold in the nose, with a warm stickiness of caramel, toasted grains, green fruit, pine, spice, and alcohol sweetness. This definitely has some strength in the nostrils.

The taste has a big mouth filling combo of sticky caramel and grainy sweetness. Green citrus and sharp resinous character really helps add some assertiveness to the profile, as this finishes very piney and bitter with a sweet kiss of warm spicy alcohol on the tail-end. The hops and grains feel at even strength here. The mouthfeel is full bodied and large and in charge with a LOT of presence in the mouth. The ABV is well done here for an 11-12% beer, never being stinging on the palate but definitely giving this a hefty warming nature and there were plenty of extra flavors of sweetness and spice being thrown off by the ABV. Well done.

For a fresh American Barleywine, I thought that this one got it about right. Although the complexity wasn’t quite here, the base ingredients were definitely in place for more to develop as this ages and while there is a pretty hefty hop presence, I was pleased to find that it didn’t beat you over the head like some of these one that are borderline DIPAs. Bitter and sticky wrapped up in an easy sipping warming package about sums this one up. It had been a while since I’ve had this and I couldn’t think of a better beer to have during our chilly late afternoon visit to the brewery.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage poured into a snifter.

Right off the bat, herbal and lemon hop scents on top of a burnt sugar/toffee/caramel malt backbone were noticeable.

The beer pours a beautiful red hued amber with off white lacing and a small (1/2) finger's worth of head.

Citrus lemon and lime mixed with toasted malt strike first, but then a wave of hops bitterness takes hold and remains well into the finish. Raisins and burnt toast come to mind. Wow, this beer is bitter! The sweetness barely managed to make its presence towards the finish and the lingering, dry mouthfeel seems to last forever. This beer with one year of age is definitely too young for my tastes. It just leaves an unpleasant lingering herbal flavor that makes you want to scrape your tongue somehow. On the plus side however, the alcohol has become mellow and warming with age.

The mouthfeel is creamy, medium/low carbonation and medium bodied which is immensely enjoyable, but regrettably just ends up being the perfect texture for is wildly bitter beer.

Overall the nose is solid, as is the mouthfeel and the appearance, but the taste is so biter that it makes for a less than enjoyable experience. With some aging this beer "could" be great, but even with a year it just is too harsh still.

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3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7 oz. capped bottle (Bottled In 2010) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger tan-colored head that fades after a good few minutes to a thick coating. The body is a murky orange mahogany. Thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass in sheets.

Dark, caramelized malts give notes of dark fruit, brown sugar, and molasses. The nose is rather straight-forward and lacks complexity, but is definitely good and mouth-watering.

The taste is not nearly as dark and sweet as the nose. Instead, a slightly sweet breadiness and caramel flavor comprise the beginning of the taste. Once the beer is swallowed, a completely unexpected grassy bitterness strikes the exact middle of the mouth leaving a dry, bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is not noticeable as a warmth but is seen in a medicinal way.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, this beer is very drinkable despite the flavors. The body is not really thick but is rather sticky. The carbonation is a little fizzy but does not seem to detract from the flavors.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the tap take over at Novare Res.

The appearance is amber with a hefty head formation. It pours over the glasses edge multiple times at the bar tender pours it. The head stays and leaves a generous lace.

The aroma is very nice, notes of vanilla, honey and earthiness from the hops comes through, it is all backed by pale malts.

The taste mimics the aroma starting with sweet flavors of vanilla and honey it begins to dry as the carbonation subsides and a bitter earthiness finishes to the end.

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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,294 ratings