XS Old Crustacean | Rogue Ales

XS Old CrustaceanXS Old Crustacean
1,280 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 ohtheguilt
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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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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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 Jd2391
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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Photo of EricCioe
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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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 Metalsnota
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Photo of bluesplit63
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of Dirty25
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 ellswrth
3.25/5  rDev -19%

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 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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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
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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XS Old Crustacean from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,280 ratings
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