XS Old Crustacean | Rogue Ales

1,274 Ratings
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 goz
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2002 bottle. Pour is deep hazy mahogany, thick bubbly tan head, mostly diminishing to leave a little lacing. Aroma is sweet, fruity, vinous, hints of alcohol. Flavor is strongly sweet, chewy maltiness, and then come a brutal hop attack that would probably make most wince. Body is full, alcohol becomes more present as it warms up.

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Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, murky brownish-red hue with a small, quick to dissipate beige head, some spotty lace. Inviting nose, hoppy with secondary aromas of alcohol, plums, and sweet malt, not as potent as expected. Assertive palate, powerfully sweet… equally bitter, deep malt inroads, fruity notes, the alcohol is very obvious, maybe too much so. The aftertaste is raw, dry, burning alcohol, harsh. Full-bodied, meager carbonation… it isn’t all that “drinkable,” it is worth a try… I’d like to try an older vintage. There are better Barelywines available.

2002 vintage.

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Photo of Running4beer
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dated 2001.

WOW. What a beer. The aroma of this was so strong I could smell it on the other side of the room. Strong malty smell, some chocolate coming off of it and a bit of floral hops and some raisin/plum. Taste was a kick in the nuts if your not used to something like this. I don't think my tongue ever tasted so many flavors at one time. There was malts and hops and raisins and floral hops and chocolate and carmel and a black coffee no sugar and alcohol how can you leave that out there seems to be more but I can't put my finger or tongue on it. Just tons of flavor. WOW. It poured out a dark brown with red highlights and a thin lacey head that completely disappears, only thing left is the sticky lace around the snifter. At first the flavors make it so overwhelming you take your time drinking it.The drinkability is poor at first but as you let this warm it goes down a lot smoother. The mouthfeel is thick with a bit but not much carbonation. This is good beer but if your not used to the extreme flavors this puts out all at once watch out cause WOW just WOW.

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Photo of dmarch
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a very thin head. Plum and other dark fruit aroma with some alcohol. Taste is also of plums and raisins with hints of caremel. A great beer, but a couple years in the cellar may do this wonders.This was for the 2002 version so it's still pretty young. I think I'll buy a few more to let them age a bit.

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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.

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Photo of Wildman
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a light bubbly tan head that let trace circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, spice and raisins. A flavor of malt, caramel, raisins and a touch of spice. It has a nice silky medium body to it and has a sweet, yet slightly peppery aspect to the finish. A fine barleywine which will probably do better with age.

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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.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.76/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am disappointed. While it is cool to be extreme, these 120 IBUs come off as just annoying to me, covering up any nice maltiness or sweetness that is pleasing in thick beers. The high-alpha hop sting is a little too piercing in the taste, and I really am not interested in having another.

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Photo of Jdiddy
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing Barley Wine. That is the long and the short of it. Very chewy with a beautiful hoppy/caramel taste. It is a perfect blend of the above flavors. The color is a nice deep dark copper/brown. Alcohol is balanced perfectly. As the temperature gets more warm, it becomes syrup-like and sweet. Very drinkable indeed.

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Photo of avylover
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I think "barleywine" from now on, this beer will come to mind, and this is my first taste of the stuff. Strong, malty, and thick. This is the real deal. It's a dark brown with light barely visible through my pint. Not much head really. The smell is malty & alcoholic, just like the taste. Lands syrupy in the mouth, with lots of sweet malt backed by alcohol that is welcome and not hidden at all. It seems like Rogue knew exactly what they were doing with this one, but other barleywines i've tried offer a bit more complexity. If a straight up barleywine is what you want, this will no doubt satisfy.

Tried again 2003 - TONS of hops and bitterness. Perhaps the first bottle I tried had mellowed out ALOT, because this did'nt seem as malty this time around, just very hoppy.

2005 Tons of malt, tons of hop bitterness...the journey coninues. Don't let this sucker get into your sinuses, as it likely to put a hole in them..

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Photo of francisweizen
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An excellent Barley Wine from Rogue! This is, quite honestly, a brutal beer. This beer pours out a dark amber, peach-y, brown-ish colour with a nice sized head and some noticeable sediment. This smells heavenly; malts, hops, smoke, fruits, spices, alcohol, chocolate,...it's one big fruit cake with alcohol in it! This tastes like more of the same. Very hoppy! and very malty as well. This beer has a very thick, full, syrupy mouthfeel to it and a good drinkability as well. Just watch out or the 11%+abv will do you in. Another winner from Rogue, but do I like it more than Old Horizontal?Hmmmm...........

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Photo of scottum
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooooooth... A great barleywine on tap. Dark brown with a very small head. The hops hold up quite well. The mouthfeel is supurb. This is another true gem from Rogue. Just remember to pace yourself because the 11.3% can sneak up on you. A good beer to start out the night with.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2001 Vintage: Pours a hazy, reddish body that appears dark brown when sitting upon the bar. The head is densely creamy and holds well, but it leaves only minor lace. Rich notes of fruity, deep caramel malt and piney hops rush forth to assault the nose. Astounding! The bouquet is almost good enough to simply enjoy on it's own. As I make my way through the serving, between sips I will often simply lift the glass to my nose and breathe in it's resiny goodness. Lingering over it's caramel sweetness and thin sharp fruit, one glass could easily be enjoyed for well over an hour (and I credit that towards its drinkability). But onward... it's full bodied with a very fine, gentle carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. The flavor starts with rich caramel maltiness, followed quickly by a tour du force of hop flavor that's almost minty! It's intensely rich with notes of licorice and toffee at first, but the sweetness and berry-like fruitiness begin to ooze out as it warms. This is a potion that's best enjoyed slightly warm! Alcohol isn't really noticeable on the palate, although it's clearly there somewhere. It finishes dry with loads of hop flavor (pine, spruce, citrus) and bitterness, but some residual malt sweetness as well. It really coats the mouth and throat with hoppiness that's almost spicy and has the drying feel of smoke. That, coupled with what dark malt is there, teeters on appearing roasty. Although it's all right-there in front of you and easy to see, this beer is actually quite complex! It changes as it warms, and as your palate becomes overwhelmed. There's just no keeping up with it's brutal hop assault! And that's one of the reasons that Crusty is just as good whithin the year of it's release as it is with several years time. Well worth putting a case away to cellar!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at RedBones.

This barley wine poured cloudy, dark coffee-brown with thin white foam that did leave some lace down the glass. The smell was mostly floral hops, but with some malty aroma, too. The initial taste was dominated by hops, but eventually the sweet malt did make a valiant effort to come through. There was also a bit of oak in the flavor. The mouthfeel was a battle of sweet malt and strong hop bitterness which almost gave a chalky feel. The carbonation was low. The drinkability was good, and this ale grew on me as I finished the glass. "Old Crusty" as the bartenders called it.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured a very dark amber color looking almost purple when held to the light. The head was a half-inch thick and tan in color. The lacing was amazing forming perfect sheets all the way around. The smell was very fruity, it is some what like strawberries and raspberries. Hops and malt are also very present in the aroma. The taste is a slightly malty up front followed by some intense bitterness. Of course the alcohol is present in the taste, which makes for a good finish. The mouthfeel is medium, and it goes down fairly smooth for this strong of a beer.This brew has a definite warming effect. I'm pretty positive I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting.

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

2001 edition. 120 IBUs...Wow! The brew pours a deep shade of brown with orange highlights and a quickly disappearing off-white head. Gobs of fruit in the aroma, along with tootsie roll and a fine oloroso sherry. So many flavors...where to begin? Raisins, chocolate, malt, floral (hops), malt, sweet, dark bread, malt, toffee, malt, toasted nuts and alcohol. Hops bite is prominent but held in check by a moutain of malt. Chewy mouthfeel but not cloying. An excellent cold-weather sipper.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a thick frothy head and leaves a serious lace. The bitterness is the taste that comes through. Their site lists the IBU at 120!! Good body, murky reddish brown - it is unfiltered. Hoppy finish. I'm going to keep a 22oz cellared for a year or so and see how it mellows.

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Photo of Jarod
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2001, unfined, unfiltered. Rogue XS. Sediment at bottom of the bottle.
This beer poured into the glass a nutmeg color with orange hues on the edges. It was very cloudy and fairly carbonated. The head was fairly thick, not long lasting and a tan/cream color. No lace present. The aroma was robust and fairly simple until I took it outside and nosed it in the fresh February air at 22 F degrees. After that the aroma just burst into wild smells that were not noticeable inside. Smells of strong sweet fruits – apricots, tangerines, nectarines, green apples –also present were citrus hops, sweet malt, some cocoa hints and of course a waft of alcohol was present. It was thick in the mouth, flavors of a sweet malt, fruit, lite chocolate malt, yeast/bread, citrus tart hops and lots of alcohol. The aftertaste was a combination of alcohol and hops. WOW what a beer. Left you mouth feel great and wanting more. Rouge does it again.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. Bottled in 2002.

Appearance: Pours a very thick-looking and cloudy deep amber color. Poured some back in the bottle to swirl around and catch the layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Brownish-colored head quickly disappates.

Smell: An interesting mixture of sweetness, some alcohol, and some citrus mingling together.

Taste: I had a few sips prior to reading the bottle. Needless to say, I was very surprised to see that this beer has an IBU of *120*! There is no way that a beer with an insane 120 IBU can taste this smooth! The caramel sweetness is so prominent up front. It is only in the later stage that the prfound quantity of hops make their appearance. The alcohol has a lovely warming effect, perfect for this blustery, wintery evening we are experienceing. Also, the aftertaste is like having a Heath bar in your mouth...the toffee flavor is very prominent at the end and is so tasty on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Lovely. Large and creamy mouthfeel. Like Pepto-Bismol...it coats, soothes, and relieves.

Drinkability: This certainly got better as it warmed. I'm still trying to dial in my dedicated beer fridge temperature (happy birthday to me..) and it was about 40 degrees when I started. After letting it sit for about 30 minutes, it was definitely better. Overall, a very good barleywine. A little hop-heavy (a previous reviewer's quote of "The IPA of barleywine?" is certainly appropriate), but still very good.

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Photo of budgood1
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1998 vintage. 7 oz. bottle.

this old crusty pours out a murky golden brown color. a slight fizz of carbonation rushes up in a delayed fashion....quite peculier. a tantalizing aroma of malty beefness is first recognizable, then a surprisingly muted aroma of those medicinal, sinus tingling rogue hops. tastes run all over the place....malt is first and foremost, then the bitterness of the hops...sandwiched in all this is a bit of sour apples, other tart fruitiness, more citrusy hops, and hints of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. the mouthfeel is quite smooth, although the bitterness borders on puckering. alcohol is barely discernible. finishes quite dry and bitter. the bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste is lingering and tingling.

the hop load really caught up with me as i finished the bottle. lots of citrusy and fruity flavors coated my mouth long after the bottle was finished. this is a barley wine to wake up the senses and excite the taste buds. i'm assuming the age of this one mellowed out the profile somewhat, because it seemed so drinkable. needless to say i wasn't satisfied with only seven ounces, but it did warm me up a little bit! rogue old crusty is a great brew and proved to be a nice treat!

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Photo of jackndan
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rogue barleywine: pours a reddish brown, very hazy. Off white head, with out much stickiness, and not a very long retention. Aroma is very malty, and quite strong. Hmm, the taste is not what I would have hoped. Very malty taste, with more than a little hint of hazelnut. Hops linger though, long lasting taste. As I sip the rest of the beer, the taste improves, although the aftertaste does not. After further reflection, I believe the high level of alcohol intrudes on the taste too much. Fairly decent, but I’d not pick it up again.

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Photo of HopheadEd
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I was drinking this beer I was thinking about my review, thank goodness I took notes! Pours a nice dark brown, speckled highlights of tan, off tan head that dissapates quickly. Hardly any head or lace, but good strong aroma of malt, hops and caramel. I could detect the alcohol on the first sip, along with roasted malts and big hops. Thick mouthfeel, a little creamy and hardly any carbonation. A big alcohol kick in the end, but the equally big hop kick balances well. Definitely a one and done as the alcohol got to me, still I could have one for dessert every night.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It poured a thick hazy darkish brown with no head at all. Just a fine layer of foam, barely. The smell had a malty, citrus, hoppy aroma with a hint of alcohol. The taste was very flavorful with the citrus and malty flavor and a smooth sweet/bitter creamy taste in the mouth. Then, after all is done the bitterness hit you like a sludge hammer. That bitterness was to stong for my taste. The aroma and flavor were just so complex, but to be ruin by the extreme bitterness, was such a shame.

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Photo of Mark
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one powerful brew and sure warmed me up on a chilly night. Color is a deep tawny brown, nice darkish head, lacing was decent but started only halfway down the glass. A very hoppy over the top ale, very bitter and tart. Thick substantial body, and smells real nice.This is a complete opposite from Old Nick which was much smoother but not near as aromatic. A very substantial and heavily hopped strong ale. The IPA of Barley Wines? Fine for slow sipping on a winter evening

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Of the few Barleywines I've tried, this is the worst. Not bad, but the others were better. The taste was a bit ragged with a harsh bitterness. I like my hops, but not these hops I guess. I really expected to like this beer more. I like Barleywines, I like bitter, I like hops. This beer is less than the sum of its parts. I'll try it again after some serious ageing.

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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,274 ratings.
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