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RATINGS: 1235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 110   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2466) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
Deep brown colour. Aroma is really hoppy, malty, with notes of alcohol. Flavour of caramel, malts, warming alcohol. Finishes thick, hoppy and slightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10248) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 31, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 1999 vintage - brown colour, slightly cloudy, no foam, very hoppy (what a surprise at 120 IBU), floral and earthy, extremely bitter with a veeeery long bitter finish - a one dimensional hop bomb but strangely, I like this 3 y.o. beer almost as much as I hated a 4 y.o. tasted 2 years ago. Is it not supposed to improve while aging ?

1996 vintage - 10/3/2000: (4/1/2/1/2) quite an horrible appearence: dirty brown colour, no head; strong alcohol and Port wine aroma, EKU 28 taste-like (means:bad), absolut tragic aftertaste - boark !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2002
1998 Bottling. Age doesn’t smooth this one out much. Hops still dominate, but there is some wineyness in the finish. Low carbonation, seemed a bit heavier than I remember. I’d like to taste back to back with a newer vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2002
A quality barleywine. Good all the way through. Very hoppy and intense

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2002
A thick, chewy, and malty beer...don’t you just love barleywines. Rogue has a more distinctive hop presence than have many of the other barleywines that I have had the joy of trying. It has a hazy reddish-brown appearance and a rather diminutive head. A very drinkable beer. Too bad I have to drive to VA to purchase due to NC’s (unbelievably useless) 6% abv law.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 18, 2002
wow intense. very sweet finish. dark burgundy, good hop bitterness. toffee, very intense overall, i’d like to see this one aged a bit

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1427) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2002
very much to my style and liking. rich malts with plenty of hops and strength in all. Glad I have one that I can cellar if I can just manage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Bottled in 1999. Room temp. Thin dissipating head. Deep red, brown color. Malty nose and flavor. Dry finish. Strong alcohol bite. A nice product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Hoppier than most Barleywines (or at all of the Barleywines that I have dranken up to this point). Malty nose, sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2002
it seems people love this beer or they’re iffy on it. I’m one of the lovers. ’98 bottling: pours deep, slightly hazy red. a thin ring of bubbles is all the head there is. aroma of slight herbs, berries(raspberries?) and chocolate. big flavours of raisins, more berries and brown sugar with a good dose of hops. not quite as hoppy as I remember the ’99 or ’00 being, mind you. still a very tasty brew.

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