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 Hopswagger
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a murky dark apple cider appearance with minimal tan head the leaves thin spotty lacing. 

S:  Huge roasted caramel aroma, luscious berry wheat bread, coriander, dry dog food, soy sauce, burnt toffee, musky yeast. Once swirled the sweet aroma of alcohol stings the nose. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose bready, loaded with sweetness and roasted caramel. The taste opens up the palate to bitter citrus and pine resin. Decently thick and silky mouthfeel that has subtle carbonation. Finish is dry with bitter fruity and grassy hops. 

O:  This beer is huge on the sweetness, bready malts and the bitterness is there but not truly pronounced.   I think this has faded somewhat but is still good regardless. The flavors really playoff each other a develop a complex and balanced beer.  Bottled in 2010 I can tell that the hops have faded quite a bit. I was expecting to have a big robust hop palate but I will have to find a fresh bottle to get the real flare of this beast. That being said it has aged very well. 

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Photo of Adkins1203
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of AJmon13
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlindPig
2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from '97. Not sure if it is off but it has lost all carbonation.
A- No head what so ever on with a murky brown body.
S- Chocolate, alcohol, toffee, biscuit, and just a sweet caramel.
T- Pretty much follows the aroma. Still has a big bitterness to it (not as big as a fresh one). Alcohol heats back of throat with the lingering flavors of toffee, and chocolate. There is another flavor in there that I can't pick out. They are all pretty well blended together but I think it has passed its peak or just my bottle has.
M-No carbonation what so ever and a medium to full body.
D- Not to good. I think with a nice smooth carbonation it would of been quite a bit better. Just really strong and hot flavors. I would like to try one with about 5 years of age instead of 10.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of shadow1961
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rogue's Old Crustacean Barleywine Ale pours
out a tan head over a dense brown brew. The
nose is a rich blend of sharp molasses, their Pac-
Man yeast, and dark fruit. The flavor is molasses,
a hint of bitter chocolate, and sharp hops. The
aftertaste is very hoppy and grassy. As the brew
warmed, I noticed that the sharpness moderated and
some of the dark fruit flavors came foreward.
To get the maximum flavor and balance out of this
particular brew, I would suggest serving it at cellar
temperatures- 55º- 60ºƒ. Ice cold out of the fridge
there is an unacceptable level of hop bitterness and
a sort of chalky mouthfeel.
Still, in my opinion the brew is really unbalanced- the bitter
hops pretty much overwhelm the other flavors in it. This is
a real surprise given the great job Rogue did with their Brutal
Bitter. Given the high cost ($15.00 for 750ml) I just can't
justify recommending it. Oh well, you can't win them all. The
bottle is really nice though. Maybe I'll make a lamp out of it.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
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 izzyismyrott
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

This poured to a very dark brown with a really thin but dark head. There's not too much lace but it looks nice.

Its taste is sharp and abrupt up front, with lingering hints of malts and alcohol.

The mouthfeel is sharp and potent, like any other good barleywine. All things considered, it's pretty drinkable too.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at Total Wine and more in Tampa, Fl and poured into two pint glasses.
Appearance: A dark amber color body that was almost brown. A tall off white head leaving a fair bit of thin lace and staying tight all the way down.
Smell: Nice and hoppy and stayed that way throughout.
Taste: A bit malty at first, but as it warmed up, the hops appeared and became the brew.
Mouthfeel: A bit smoother than I would have expected.
Drinkability: Pretty good.
Don't drink and review.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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 acrawf6
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this beer tastes so concentrated. Very rich flavor! but this could be because of the vintage... its only a year old. Pours out a very dark ruby color.

Aroma in rogues all smell the same to me. I couldnt tell you the difference from one to the other. but if i had to say anything maybe some caramel.

Taste is, again, very rich and bitter. The mouthfeel is very full.

overall i think the drinkability would be better if i would have waited from opening up this one. But overall i think it is a great beer to enjoy one at a time.

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Photo of axf4129
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hoppymeal
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 Vintage, 12 oz. Pours a ruby red to brown in color with basically no head. Bottle conditioned cloudiness. Smell is rich of sweet malts, some pruniness, ripe cherries and raspberries, perfuminess and a hint of piney hoppiness that is enveloped in a good size boozy aroma. Taste is nice and rich as well with good malt sweetness up front, red licorice, caramel, and finishing with a strong alcohol flavor and warmth. The hops are far from a fresh sample of this one but are still present in the finish, peppery and dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly thinned from aging. This one is drinking well now, but could definitely go longer in the cellar to let more of the malt flavor come through, although fresh its raw power is also enjoyable.

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Photo of Skidz
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2001

Pours out a bright, dark, reddish-brown and sits a cloudy, dark red amber in the glass with a small off-white head fading to a very light skim.

Smells completely malty Sweet aromas of apple leather and tart green grapes mixes with old raisins and dates. A light chocolate presence. Little to no hop interference.

Tastes of roasted malts and tangy fruit flavors. Powdery chocolate flavors and an increasingly stong presence of alcohol. Stings the back of the mouth and intensifies the hop spiciness. Finsih is bitter with lingering alcoholic warmth and herbal spice flavors and a burnt wood aftertaste.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth with nice, even carbonation. Full body gives it a big boost.

Full of roasty flavors, has it's place in the spectrum. A worthwhile venture, and is very satifying.

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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ski271
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Zeno's in State College.
A: Medium-dark, ruddy-amber with a small, light tan, creamy head that quickly diminished to a ring.
S: Pungent hops balanced by smooth, buttery malts. A little dark fruit and alcohol in there.
T: Stinging alcohol and hops bitterness right off the bat. The smooth malts then join the mix, adding a warm, depth and roundness. Resin and pine hang around for a long time on the strong alcohol finish.
M: Medium-full body, lightly astringent, lightly syrupy texture, moderate carbonation
D: A lot of character but a bit too cloying I though, even for the style. Seems like there's something little holding this one back from being great. Still worth a try though.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A ceramic 750mL bottle of the 2008 vintage that was shared at an impromptu tasting. Poured into a tulip glass.

The pour is syrupy and thick. I can tell that this is going to be thick just from watching it pour. The body is garnet amber accentuated by ruby highlights in the light. There is ample head, and it leaves spotty lacing. Swirls produce wine-like legs that creep back into the beer.

The aroma is dominated by boozy warmth, caramel, nutty malts, and a hint of vanilla. The taste is similar, but more complex. Caramel, toffee, and some nuttiness is joined by piney hops. Cherry notes also make a quick appearance before they give way to vanilla in the finish.

Thick, sticky, and syrupy, this has a lot of potential, but I would hold onto another one for a couple more years before opening it, to give it more time to mellow.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Round 4 of an 8 round American Barley Wine-off with expatsteve. After a very diverse lead-in I thought our palates were ready for the belle of the ball and gem of my fledgeling collection - a bottle of Vintage 2001 I lucked upon last year. My most highly anticipated tasting to date.

Pour: deep, dark, garnet/mahogany, cloudy and chunky, swampy but still gorgeous to look at with a short crown of khaki foam.

Nose: raisin, black licorice, leafy/herbal hops, vinuous, with malt grain in the finish. Reminiscent of old-timey hard candy and aged port.

Taste: gooey caramel, raisin, port wine, trail mix, brown sugar, prune/date/fig, with a long black licorice candy finish. Complexity is paralleled in the style only by the Great Dane's Barleywine '02, another phenomenally aged b-wine.

Feel: luxurious and silky smooth, velvety carbonation...qualities of any number of smooth fabrics really.

Overall/Drinkability: WOW. Just wow.The Sophia Loren of graceful agers, this was a simply sublime drinking experience. 5+ years have mellowed and deepened the flavors to an impressive degree. Very similar, again, to the Great Dane's aged barleywine. So different than any other bottled barlywines out there, it's certainly earned a place of its own in the pantheon of amazing American beer.

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

2009 vintage on tap at the Rhino. At their February 2012 barleywine fest there is 2009 Old Crustacean, 2008 Alaskan Barleywine, 2008 Bigfoot, 2008 Gnarleywine, and 2007 Old Guardian.

This pours ruby red with a small head that dies down leaving decent lace for the abv. On the nose there is a mixture of raisin, smoke (?), toasted malt, and pine resin. In the mouth there is an immediate strange saltiness combining with more standard dark fruit flavors. There is still a surprising hop presence given the age. The body is medium sticky with a long bitter finish.

Overall, this was probably the least good beer of the flight. There seems to be a weird amalgamation of flavors here, almost like rather than a well-integrated barleywine it's a mixture of scotch ale and DIPA.

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