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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dedicated to Crustaceans
The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer - just drink it and enjoy.

88 IBU

Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-23-2012

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263
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
26.7%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, honey, citrus zest, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors, but the mouthfeel is off in my opinion.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Where traditional Barleywine is quickly falling from favor, the attempt to "American-ize" them leads to a drier malt structure and a heightened sense of hoppiness. But where does American Barleywine and and Imperial IPA begin? That's the line that brewers flirt with, however it's one that Rogue has chosen to exploit!

Unlike Barleywine, the strong ale pours surprisingly light. Golden or light amber, the ale looks much more like pale ale. Modest in its haze, the beer sheds a creamy off-white blanket of foam that locks onto the beer and refuses distension. Lightly broken lace clings to the glass as the beer sinks.

Its boisterous bouquet opens up with all things hoppy. Floral scents weave in and out of highly citrusy grapefruit, orange, pineapple and apricot. Its accompanying notes of fresh-cut grass, pine and mild chive round out the beer's hoppiness while caramel and honey character support the hops and bring the nose into balance.

Its malty-sweet upstart is decadent with caramel, honey and biscuit- taking graham cracker form. But the middle palate of hops balance the sweetness with its citrus acidity and herbal spiciness. Pink grapefruit, ripe oranges and those tropical fruit flavors carry the ale into finish where the citrus turns resinous- like pine, grass and light chive.

Its malty-dry body is creamy and lingers with sweetness. Even as the spicy and mildly solventy alcohol spices keep the session warm; and as the resiny-dry finish crispens the mouthfeel considerably- the beer's malt is intent to balance the taste- down to the bitter end.

Rogue has straddled the fence of Imperial IPA and Barleywine to perfection. Where I think that the intent was a big IPA, its malt insistence refuses to take the backseat that the style demands. Its this balance that makes it Barleywine- well, kinda, sorta.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml blue-painted bottle. I do like the confusion implied in the name, for some reason. Truth in advertising, perhaps? Methinks I may be inclined to ramble on a bit too long about it. Thanks be to doktorzee for enabling this.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of billowy, foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy chain link fence lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of crisp, biscuity pale and caramel malts, dry boozy esters, mild citrus rind, tart tropical fruit, and herbal, piney hop notes. The taste is more semi-sweet caramel, crystallized toffee, crackery white bread, somewhat acerbic pine extract, bitter tangerine and kiwi fruit, more indistinct citrus peel, a mild mint julep-like spiciness, and rather sedate warming alcohol.

The carbonation is pleasantly tight and progressive, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, a slight airy creaminess popping in and out of perception. It finishes off-dry, the crackery, faintly caramelized malt still running the show, albeit almost remotely, it seems, while the mix of pine forest floor, worldly citrus, and masked spice bitterness provides a decent insurgency.

Certainly more of a hoppy-leaning DIPA, than anything outright barleywine-ish, even by Yankee standards. Maybe the well-integrated, large ABV could push opinion in the other direction, but the lack of any old, musty esters precludes me even further from championing the latter. Overall, a pleasant, definitely warming, and surprisingly balanced (both the malt and hops weirdly restrained, but for the better) DIPA, but, given its provenance, I won't shit on anyone who wants to keep this New Crustacean in the same boat as the Old.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer just looks like it's up right my alley,pours into an imperial nonic a hazed apricot color with frothy half finger white head atop that lasts for quite awhile.Big juicy fruity esters in the nose,they really jump out at ya,after it sits some sweet alcohol is detected.Big alcohol and caramel/toffee sweetness along with fruity hops,not much hoppy bitterness but it does come into play a little in the finish.This is the type of beer that really makes me happy Iam into craft beer,yeah Rogue has made some clunkers recently and the name changing stuff is annoying but this beer renews my faith in this old school craft brewer.Great stuff...in my opinion.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange rind, pine, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent blonde barleywine style. All around great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright orange coloring, opaque, with a frothy, dense, finger-thick, off white head that settles into a filmy surface coating. Aromas of tropical fruits all over the place, heavy on the pineapple, peach, and apricot, with a hint of booze, roasted notes, and some subtle hops bitterness in the background. Flavors are very malty sweet forward, with an underlying blast of booze. Again, heavy on the tropical fruit, with pineapple, peach, and mango commanding the taste buds. Bready backbone provides substance, and there are citrus highlights throughout, with subtle grassy and bitter notes towards the end of the palate. Heavy, robust bodied, filling your senses with every sip. The aftertaste has a bit heavier roast characteristic, with a more subdued sweetness and building warmth from the alcohol. Smooth, lingering sweet finish. This is a heavy beast of a beer!

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Photo of vfgccp
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Lighter than I thought it would be, but still a nice looking beer. Apricot gold body with a finger of off-white head. Nice retention and lace.

S - Mild nose. Light booze, water, touch of caramel, lemon lime soda, soft woody hops.

T - Honey, bread crust, bitter wood, and wax. Astringent lemony finish.

M - Super smooth medium body.

O - I like the concept, but the astringency on the backend is a little overpowering.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, grassy hops, mixed light fruit. Doesn't really smell like either an IIPA nor a barleywine, but has some elements of both. Interesting flavor, starts with rich caramel malt, tropical, stone and apple family light fruit and grassy hops then tapers off into a very bitter hop finish that was almost resiny in intensity, but without the evergreen flavor components that usually support resiny hops. Long, lingering bitter finish with light residual caramel and mild grassy hop flavors. Medium to heavy bodied with an appropriate barleywine mouth feel. A bit of a roller coaster of flavor; my initial response was mmmm, better than expected with nice rich concentrated fruit and malt flavors, but soon a wtf when the much more stark bittering compounds kicked in. Fortunately as my tongue got hop fatigue, there was a better balance of the quite nice initial flavors and the intense finish and I enjoyed this more. I really liked the initial flavors and do not enjoy the finish. I'm torn about cellaring one of these. Old Crusty was a trusted cellarable barleywine, and if the initial flavors in this intensify and improve and the finish balances out, this could be great too. I'm on the fence on this one. Interesting with some great flavors, but perhaps too stark and tongue shredding in the finish. (You know I'm going to cellar one, I just can't help myself…more at 11:00… or 2016).

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

750 picked up a few days ago at the COOP for about $11 and change.... Poured tonight into my HotD goblet.... a beautiful bright glowing hazy golden brew.... nice long lasting off-white head.... great retention and good lacing.

Nose is surprisingly balance... piney and fruity hops help move a pretty hefty maltiness up and out of the glass... with warmth, something that I associate with apricot blooms a bit.

This is waaay more bitter than the aroma... lighter maltiness (than the nose) barely balances the resinous hops and then smack the bitterness grabs mid-palate and doesn't give up through a very long finish.

Medium/full body with a good carbonation that helps cut through the residual sugars... sorta slick and definitely a bit boozy.

This is a hoppy bitter monster that will not benefit from cellar time IMO.... enjoy it now while it is bright and brash.

4/4.25/3.75/3.75/3.75

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Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Crustacean looks brand spankin' new: it has a strong, charged golden radiance and glitters as though it were intentionally designed to stand out. Make no mistake, however, the ale is nowhere near transparent; its haziness is so heavy as to make it look thick as a brick.

Though designed as a Double IPA/Barleywine cross-breed, it has the earthy hops, toasty breadiness, and alcohol esters to pass for a Bock. Or at least it would if not for the pine and grapefruit flavours. Still, those aren't prominent enough to satisfy my nose, and for all their aromatics the sap and zest are out-muscled by alcohol.

New Crusty does kind of taste like it's being funneled through a gas tank; the alcohol is overpowering. There's no two ways about it: 10.8% is a lot of booze, especially when there's not enough grain to hide it all. Nevermind blurring the lines between Barleywine and Imperial IPA - this thing blurs your vision (if you don't lose it entirely). Harsh stuff.

The palate is fortunate for the caramelly sweetness of the malts and for the generous amount of grapefruit zest because otherwise there's few redeeming qualities to this beer. The combination of herbals, citrus, tree needles and unabashed alcohol give it the profile of a craft gin - and don't make it any easier to drink straight. The bitter, dry aftertaste acts as a punishment.

Intended to show that beer need not fit neatly into categories to be enjoyed, the only thing this offering proved is that old is better than new; whereas Old Crustacean is rich and mellow, New Crustacean is hollow and hectic. It tastes and drinks more like something made at Rogue's distillery than their brewpub. Rogue usually does a better job at 'big' beer - don't bother with this one.

On-tap at Rogue Public House in Portland, Oregon.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy orange/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit, sour finish more like an IPA than a barleywine. Expensive at $13.99 for a 750ml blue bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery in Newport, OR. Apparently, it's a "pale barleywine", brewed with entirely pale malts.

Indeed, it seems pale: a pale yellow colour, with mild hazing and a hugely solid body. Head is a powdery ring of white. Lace is intricate and complex. It looks like Hindu art. It's a great looking beer all up.

Nose is bright with sparkly hops. Hints of mint, pine, orange and juniper with a touch of jammy apricot giving it some sweetness. Whoo, this is a big beer. You can tell already.

Or can you? Actually, the palate is surprisingly light (or at least lighter than I expected). Some slight grain on the entry with a hint of raisins, before some pithy orange sharpness comes through like a dollop of rindy marmalade. There's a big biting bitterness on the finish, but it's smoothed and lightened somehow. Somehow. I just can't figure it out. Not from the feel, which is gloriously smooth and thick: it might just be the fragrance of it gives the impression of the big hop bitterness without actually leaving a huge whack of hop oil on the finish.

Fascinating stuff, and surprisingly good, given this could have just been astringent, fusel-full and harsh. Instead, we get a remarkably balanced beer for it's high ABV and aggressive profile.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought locally for ~$10.

A hazy orange brew with a one finger head of foam, doing well with the lacing as the head shrinks.

The nose is intrinsically bitter with grapefruit citrus until a few whiffs in when I get a strongish aroma of sweet malt.

Super bitter up front, almost too bitter but not quite, as a huge caramel maltiness sweeps in and tames the hop bitterness for the most part. The alcohol is very noticeable, bringing a hella lot of heat. This is also a very dry sucker, a very dry sucker.

Medium bodied for the most part though it does get a bit thin in the finish.

An interesting brew and a lot cheaper than the Old Crustacean, probably in part because the bottle isn't a swing top but, I like the old one more.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 7/2/14

A slight haze in a golden yellow body. just a few slow tiny bubbles but they pump out a well sustained three fingers of foam that leaves a few thick rings followed by continuous thick coverage, lighter in color then expected but sexy looking stuff

S lemon, mango, tangerine, and pineapple, some grass, tropical citrus I can't place, sweet hard toffee, and just a hint of booze and something I can't quite place mint perhaps?

T not to far off the nose, more booze and just a little pine and cereal

M silky and a little syrupy, some heat, and almost slimy on the palate, just a little sticky on the lips, cereal and tropical fruit on the finish

O not what I expected but I liked what I got, big brew but not over the top, the booze hits my head and chest more then my throat

light on the malt for something so big, I can see how this one would get stuck in between styles, I'd peg it as an Imperial Pil, don't think I'd age this one

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy peach color under a 1” rapidly dissipating foam cap. The nose is fruit over rich malt flavors and assertive hops. Palate starts with fruit and malt then the hops assert themselves on the finish and mingle with the potent alcohol and rich malt. They are all potent but well balanced. On the palate the fruit tastes like a blend of peach and pineapple with a touch of pepper with a little cola in the background. A chewy body. It has medium to medium low carbonation. This beer recalls a whiskey or bourbon drink.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is honey sweet, with soft notes of flowers, pear, and a hint of muted citrus. Not as hoppy as expected.

Flavor is similar, honey sweet throughout, with an herbal, earthy, biting bitter finish that lingers. Finish is too harsh for my liking.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL capped bottle. no date.

pours a hazy cloudy orange color , thin white head. hoppy aroma - fairly earthy and floral. taste is bitter, dry, biting hop flavor. a little boozy. body is a bit syrupy and sticky. moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a clear deep orange-amber color with a tiny head of white foam. The head fades very fast leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest a sweet smell with tons of caramel and toffee as well as some big fruity aromas of tangerine, orange, and apricot, Along with these are some lighter hoppy aromas of a grapefruit and grassy smell as well as a bit of a boozy aroma of a rum like nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a very bready and doughty taste with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness. Along with these flavors are a little bit of a citrus sweetness as well as a moderate showing of a grapefruit hop flavor. As the taste advances the grapefruit grows stronger in nature and is joined by some grassy and herbal hop taste. The herbal hops and grassy flavors actually out pace the grapefruit more toward the end all while a bit of a boozy flavor joins the profile. The sweet flavors all the while remain relatively constant, and in the mix of tastes that is left, ends up leaving a somewhat warmingly sweet and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the sweeter and more malty flavors of the brew mixed with the moderate hop and yeast the feel is rather nice and creates a nice slower sipper.

Overall – An alright Barleywine overall. It has a decent hop blend but also maintains a good level of sweet, malt, and booze. Not a bad try, but nothing all that exceptional as Barleywines go.

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Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank you to mom and dad for bringing back this bottle and many more from the Rogue brewery in Newport.

Appearance. Pours a bright and hazy orange with two fingers of thick, cream coloured head .

Smell. Candied orange rinds, lemon and grapefruit, along with sweet caramel and grainy light malts. This is going to be one hoppy bwine.

Taste. Big orange, grapefruit and lemon rinds, some candied pineapple, caramel and sweet grainy light malts. Big and quite tasty. Alcohol very well hidden but for the heat in the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel. Full body, but maybe not quite as big as I was expecting from the sweet and full smell. Smooth low carbonation, just a bit sticky on the lips. Slight warming in the back of the throat hints at the big abv.

Overall. Surprised by this one, it's a tasty brew that's flown under my radar. Would be happy to drink this again.

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Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew, from a large 750 ml bottle, this brew is an orangish color with a slim head....lots of haze. The aroma is fruity, with grapefruit and peach notable....some underlying pale malt and some alcohol. The taste is notably sweet...malty, with a very pronounced bitterness. Long and continuing hoppy finish. Very full in body.

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Photo of Pencible
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like fresh lemons and sweet oranges, with some tart grape juice.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and resin hops, with some sugary malt and alcohol. It had a clean bitter aftertaste with a lot of alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was barely a drinkable beer, with very one dimensional scent and taste. The body was good, but the finish was terribly rough like a shot of vodka. Age might help mellow the burn, but I don't know if the malt bill is strong enough to hold up over time. Not a high quality brew.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is musty barn hay...
The taste has an assertive orange and grapefruit flavor, to include the bitterness, at first. There are some very sweet malt notes that snake their way in and out. And the booze is there too.
The texture is thick with low carbonation.
It's a big beer with big flavors. Interesting for sure.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy dark golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is fruity piney hops with some caramel malt and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet fruity caramel malt with lots of resiny piney hops and some harsh fusel alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, nice fruit and hops but the harsh alcohol is a bit overbearing.

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Photo of 57md
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Straw in color - way too light for a barleywine. The nose has a sweet note that is hard to place but certainly not unpleasant. The flavor is mildly sweet with not too much maltiness. The body is super light for either a barleywine or a DIPA - that DOES make it dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter. No bottle codes or dates that I can see.

Pours slightly hazy, good sized pale tan head, slow fine carbonation. Smell is mysteriously fruity. Smells kind of like old oranges. Some musty bread scent.

Taste is creamy, sweet and fruity. There is an aspect of creamsicleness to this, without being overpowering or off-putting. Strong pine and citrus bitterness in the aftertaste, which comes out more and more with each sip.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, sticky. Chewy. Overall, I like this quite a bit.

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