XS Old Crustacean | Rogue Ales

1,275 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 frank4sail
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Sweet nutty rich smell. Deep ruby color. Tan head disapates rapidly (ABV) to a lighter pale lace and sheen. Original round rich smooth malt, orange peel, and cherry followed quickly by a crushingly bitter hoppy finish. Rich smooth mouth. Big grapefruit, quinine, orange peel, dry tongue... wonderful bitterness. As it warms in the goblet it rounds.. and rounds. Much better at slightly below room temperature! Yummmm.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 7oz bottle into snifter glasses. This beer was bottled in 1998. What a treat that I have been waiting for. The beer poured a deep cloudy brown color with some noticeable sediment throughout the bottle that made its way into the glass. The beer had a nice sweet fruity aroma of raisins, plums. Very similar to a port-like aroma which I happen to enjoy. The taste was had a sweet fruit, malty hit upfront that was balanced out slighty by the present hops. Which each sip from the snifter the tastes intensified and the spicey alcohol character got a little more intense. Worth the wait and worth another try in time.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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 Bobbydigi
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jcalabre
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 27 October 2002. This reddish/brown barleywine starts out with lots of malt up front. It finishes w/ some hoppiness. The 11.3% ABV warms you up quite quickly. As barleywines go, this is a pretty good one. Just don't try & drive right afterwards.

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Photo of obywan59
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml metallic looking ceramic bottle with a clamp-down cap. 2008 vintage.

Pours dark amber with a tall tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some decent lacing. First pour is nearly transparent/just slightly cloudy. More reddish when held up to the light. Very pretty in the glass. 2nd pour looks much more dense. More chocolately red. Brighter light gives just a bit more of a reddish glow.

Rich, sweet barley aroma. Chocalatey caramel. Loads of piney hops with lemon or orange peel as well.

Very full-flavored. Hops would be over-the-top if not well-countered by such a huge malty sweetness.

At first I thought this was going to be too thick for the sweetness, but it settled down nicely. Very full mouthfeel that perfectly complements the full flavor. Substantial burn in the throat.

Perhaps I'm acclimating, but this is my favorite barleywine to date. Very drinkable for the style.

A well-rounded brew. If anything, some might say it's a bit heavy on the hops, but it's an excellent selection, even though it's still young.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: The bottle is absolutely gorgeous, which is a good start. The beer itself isn't bad either. A few shades lighter than Mahogany, burnt orange I guess with a thick head that faded fast.

SMELL: Great smell with a ton of bread in this thing. Banana, clove and brown sugar are all there as well.

TASTE: This smelled like a malty beer, but it tastes like a hoppy one. The finish is exceptionally bitter while the front is loaded with bread from the nose. A bit of sweet maltiness manages to sneak in between the two, but only a tiny bit.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, dry and palate-cleansing.

OVERALL: Not great, but not bad either. The look and smell are great, but the taste and the feel are only slightly above average. All of this adds up to a good beer, but it probably isn't worth paying $17.99 for a bomber.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ChadQuest
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a 2008 ceramic bottle, i got it at the store down the road from FFF a while back, really cool flip top bottle i'm sure ill use in the future, really lame price of $18.

The head doesn't last long, maybe it's because the % is around 11%, but it ends with a slighty cloudy brownish-red color, i can read this text through the edges but not the center.
The aroma is better then the flavors at this point, while the aromas give a brown sugar, brandy, and toasted/melted caramel and citrus rind likeness, the flavors come out with a bit of oxidation,sharp pointed solvent like alcohol, and zesty oranges and mixed malts. Drinkable, but this isn't the flavors i'm happy to pay $18 for. Mouthfeel is in the ballpark of sticky and coating and i'm going to brush my teeth soon.
I had to get this for the experience, and because it's a Barleywine(that's my tick catagory), but otherwise don't pay $18 for it, one of those 7oz bottles may be worth for the experience it if that happens.

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Photo of Moonshae_D
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle of the 2001 that I found in NJ. Dark amber in color with no head. The smell is sherry and hops but not over powering. Barley Wines are my favorite style and this did not disappoint. The hops are prominent at 120 IBU's. There is a slight alcohol taste more in the finish that I bet would go away with another year of ageing. Warming and relaxing, a great sipping beer. Another great offering from Rogue.

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Photo of freed
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy in color, this beer was served in a 12oz glass only. It had little head that disipated quickly. The smell was wonderfully fruity and malty with hints of the hops and alcohol it contained.

The taste was equally warm and malty. Side notes of fruit and hops, all which was very smooth and was way to easy to drink. Decent for a barleywine, though not what I'd expected from Rogue. It made for a good desert though.

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Photo of crwills
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the pleasure of sampling a vintage 1997 bottle of Old Crustacean from the cellar at Beerbistro in Toronto. Kept the bottle too -- a teeny little 7 oz. with the date and year stamped on it. This is my first real 'vintage' beer, so I figured it was worth saving a keepsake.

The beer was poured into a large brandy snifter and, appropriately enough, had the colour and appearance of a good brandy. The tiny bottle barely filled the bottom of the large glass, but it was more than enough.

Smell is very winey, with a strong alcohol presence and lots of spicy notes. Couldn't tell you what spices, but that's what stood out to me.

Taste is huge and intense, even though this beer was 9 years old and supposedly mellows with age. Powerful malty mouthfeel, strong flavours of raisins and overripe plums, ear-warming alcohol, and bready notes. But what really stands out for me more than other barleywines I've had is the bitter hop intensity. I looked at the bottle before taking a sip, and was shocked at the 120 IBU. It doesn't come off as hop-crazy as a big double-IPA, but you can definitely feel the bite, especially in the long-lasting dry and bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a great experience. Recommend anyone in the Toronto area who is a fan of this beer head to Beerbistro. They have 4 different vintages of Old Crustacean in the cellar (1997, 98, 2001, 2002 I believe), and it would be really cool to see how it ages over time (although at $12 CDN a pop it better be a special occasion).

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 1997. A murky, light amber in color, strong earthy and port aroma. Very thick as to be expected, some port and oak, yet some hop and malt notes up front. Vanilla beans, caramel, cola and slight peppery/spicy feel leads you searching for more. The definition of well rounded. Tasty, hoppy in the end, but the 120 IBUs are slightly masked, very crisp and belly warming, well aged, search for it now, cellar it, secure it and enjoy it. One of the best barley wines one the market.

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Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've heard about this beer being "extreme" and all that hype. I love Rogue, and although I'm far from agreeing with the whole bigger is better trend in beer, I'm down with a beer that pushes the boundaries, however that may be. Let's see how this one stacks up. Ok it looks pretty killer. Nice dark red color, super murky. Smells like a bomb went off in a room filled with chocolate covered cherries that had started to rot. Taste is super flavorful. All over the place. There's a big chocolate presence that I haven't noticed in a lof of barleywines. Explosive, fruity, fig newton taste. Also, rusty, bitter, dirty hops. Super bitter hops and super sweet fruity malts... I guess that's balanced?? A bit thick and syrupy on the palate. A little more carbonation would ties everything together a bit better. That being my only complaint, this is a really great beer. An interesting take on a broad style. Just make sure you ate some nails for breakfast in order to prepare for this brew.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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

2010 7oz bottle.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy brown, with a medium amount of bubbly tan head. A little retains in clumps and around the edge of the glass, leaving mild lacing.

S: Strong floral hops and huge malty background. Notes of toffe and chocolate, and a little bit of boozy warmth.

T: Strong booziness. For the first couple sips it's almost overwhelming, but as you get used to it it seems to calm down a bit. Beyond the booze there's a fairly big malty sweetness followed by a huge amount of hops. It's actually a bit like an imperial IPA.

M: Medium to full body, medium to low carbonation.

D: 7oz is a good size; it's an interesting beer, but just a huge amount of flavor.

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of khiasmus
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage.

A- very dark brown with a finger or two of head after a hard pour, that doesn't last but laces beautifully.

S- Smooth molasses-like malt, dark roasted barley, some dark fruit, a bit of grapefruit, alcohol. A lot.

T- Honestly... call me crazy. But I say if you mixed a belgian strong dark ale perfectly with a hop-bomb DIPA, this would be it. The initial malt profile is just what you would expect in a Trappist, complete with the yeast character to back it up. Dark fruit, molasses, etc. Then comes a roasted character with lots of depth... almost a smokiness, a bit of acridness. After that comes the hop-bomb: the hop flavor comes deftly, and then the bitterness overwhelms all else.

M- Smooth, thick, chewy, silky, then acrid, dry, warm.

D- You'd be hard pressed to enjoy the whole bomber... without pissing yourself. However, you must try this beer, and I think in about 4 years, after some harshness is gone from the hop profile, it may well be around a 4.9.

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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,275 ratings.
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