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RATINGS: 1245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 110   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2002
This is very different. And very, very potent. I taste a lot of chocolate and roasted malts. Not bad, but I will have to drink this very slowly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2002
[1995 bottle] I was at the beer distributor today with the feeling that I’d like to try something new. I was searching among the shelves, staring at radom beers, most of which I’d never heard of before, when I saw this cute little 6.4 ounce bottle sitting by itself in front of a giant bottle of Corsendonk. ’How cute,’ I thought. I lived to regret that statement. This beer grabbed me by the tongue and slapped me around a bit, as if to say, ’who you callin’ cute, b--ch!’ There is a lot going on here. Chocolate, hops, malts. A lot of bittersweetness. I can see why they call it Old Crustacean; I think it would go great with seafood. This is robust and flavorful. Certainly a ’sipping’ beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Pours a murky brownish red, with small brown head, that disappears quickly. Alcohol is apparent but not in a bad way, malty with a lkot of hop action, some grapeftuit notes were coming through in the flavor, nice bitter finish, and a sure belly warmer, very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2002
I personally got a good head on mine. It was creamy and had a hint of brown like if you don’t put enough chocolate syrup in your milk. The color is brown with a slight tint of red when held up to a light. It smells somewhat like grapefruit and alcohol. The flavor is quite shocking at first, especially since I haven’t had a barleywine in a long time. Huge hops and malts that almost numb your mouth and warm your belly. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Brown, clear, and absulutely no head. I let this set a year, and it hasnt really mellowed much. Alcohol in the aroma, but not unpleasant. More like a liqueur than a beer. Sweet, malty, with a hop finish, and a slight alcohol burn. Strong, and a great winter sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 Rating #1 Tap at brewery (6,4,9,3,17). Dark red/amber color. Very smooth. Red fruits. Brown head. Alcohol comes through. Re-Rate Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival of the 1996 vintage (8,4,8,5,17). Mahogany color with a light brown head. Dark fruits with plenty of malt and some chocolate flavors. A little grainy. Re-Rate - Bottle of the 1995 vintage (6.5 oz bottle) (7 3 7 4 16). No head, brown color. Port wine aroma and flavor. Smooth. The hops of its youth are gone, and in its place a malty chocolate wine like finish remains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002
Upfront Malt, Hoppy finish wy brown/red color. Warms you up nicely

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010 750 mL bottle, black ceramic, likely 4 or 5 years old: pours a wonderful garnet with a light brown head. Overly sweet aroma with loads of citrusy floral notes. The astringent hops have still not gone away, but it is much more bare-able. Palette has thinned to the point of being watery. Not bad...I over-rated this beer many years ago. Nov 2010: 3.5 The crazy mixture of flavours was a nice experience for me. I am not sure if ’sweet bitter’ makes much sense, but that is the only way I can describe the flavours I tasted. Oct 2002: 4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 Draft, 2/12/12. Lightly hazed amber body, beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, grapefruit, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pine, resin, some caramel, light raisin. Medium-full body, resiny. 7/4/7/4/15

(10/24/02) Muddy brown body with no head. Aroma of strong sweet maltiness and alcohol, some bitterness in there too. The hops jump to the fore in the taste, pine and grapefruit, pine and grapefruit, pine and grapefruit. Fairly sweet. Healthy alcohol flavor too, with a dry finish. 7/3/8/3/15

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2003 7 oz.bottle , whew....... Hugely Intense hop aromas, mindblowing hoppiness, bitter, grapefruit, and warming. This BW goes perfectly with a Cuban cigar, flavours complement one another, this is a Love it or hate , and I Love it.Now that I am about finished it time to say good-nite Gracie. IBU's are off the charts for this Barley Wine, be careful, be very careful,Recommended in small doses only!4.2 Rating. Re-rate 96 Vintage Keg at Gravity Head @ Rich O's, wonderfully aged, the harshness is all gone and what is left is a complex, smooth unique BW, I have never even heard of a Keg that is 7 years old.This is something much different than the few bottles I have had, Credit to Roger Baylor for putting together a great event like Gravity Head.

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