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RATINGS: 1243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 110   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An unfiltered and unrefined Barleywine. Intense, robust, malty and dark. The cognac of beers. A huge beer in a little bottle, this is a beer designed for sipping. Old Crustacean is brewed with eight ingredients, Great Western Harrington, Klages, Hugh Baird Carastan and Munich Malts, Chinook and Centennial Hops, free-range coastal water and PacMan yeast. Old Crustacean is best when aged for one year.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 Redish brown body. Floral, sugary sweet aroma. Super hoppy flavor, citrusy and spicy. Too hop heavy for a barleywine, but not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2003
2002: Deep brownish red with a fairly large head. Malty (like cookies) aroma with hints of peaches? This starts malty with a nice bitterness. Very thick and sweet. A little like cherry cough syrup. The bitteness got a little harsh as it warmed.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Beautiful dark amber appearance with a beige tight bubbled head. At first it tastes like a Big Foot but then it gives way much more quickly with a smoother hop and less of a sweet malt. Wonderful, silky mouthfeel. The beer may be designed for sipping, but as a barley wine loving hophead I will gulp this one thank you. As it warms towards the end this beer becames an even more complex and compelling balance of malt and hops. The start may not be as exciting as Big Foot, but the end is more satisfying.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2003
fanf*#@ingtastic; hoopy aroma, never got it out of the glass to look at it; complex taste of carmel, chocolate and coffee Starbuck's take heed; a special gift by a real revolutionary.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Bottled 2001: Hazy, cloudy, chunky brown amber with a thin lid of tan bubbles. Heavy sweet aroma with dates and mild citrus. Hints of alcohol and heavy hops waft up as it warms. Initial sweetness taken back quickly by a sharp hops acidity. About 2 minutes after the sip, a small amount of malt comes back, but way to late.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2935) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2003
2002 bottle: Carmel with ouzo. Hazy orange brown color. Chocolate, roasted coffee, and grapefruit. Thick and chewy. I'm diggin it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Finally found a couple of bottles and this may be the most bitter beer I've had, which is good. Alcohol is well hidden and the hops are intense. Hints of malt but the hops kill the other flavors.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 7, 2003
This beer poured very dark and had a moderate head and moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma was somewhat complex and I couldn't tell anything particular in the smell. The taste was very strong and difficult to drink at first, but you become accustomed to it quickly. With the alcohol content, it shouldn't be hard to drink several of these if you can get past the first one. Not at all pleasing at first, but it doesn't matter much after that.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2003
2002 bottle. Hopped up anise caramel flavor. Very dark red-ruby color. Great lacing. This truly is a "big" beer- malts, hops. Thick, chewy. I need to age some and try again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 4/5/03: bottle.
full ruby-brown in color. no lacing. nice strong aroma which includes alcohol and malt. big flavor, with alcohol, malt and some floral.
re-rate:
10/18/03: need to add that this beer is also very hoppy! i think that this time i might rate it: 6,3,7,3,16 = 3.5 still very good overall.


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