Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2002
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Rerate- bottle-- Pours a deep reddish brown with almost no head. Aromas of spices amd malt with a little nuttiness. Flavors are pretty hoppy and bitter, with alcohol ver predominant. Ouch.. this isn't near as good as I remember and I am actually having trouble drinking it... I don't know if this is due to improper storage at the liqour store, but this is not nearly as good as I remember it..The bitterness overwhelms all over flavors...dissapointing.
8/26/2002--This is the best barley wine I've ever had, maybe because I had it on tap, but it was smooth and beautiful. 8/4/9/4/18= 4.3
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Re-rate)(1999) A clear brown/red. A thin quickly dying head. Huge nose of thick malt,caramel,nuts,cherry,alcohol,monster hops and others. Good body, palate is intensly woody,malty and alcoholic. Sweet malt backbone and light fruity wisps provides a bit of balance but the bitterness of the hops are killer. Needs a few years more but its a fun one to sip.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1999 bottle (7OZ) drank on 3/17/02. This beer is kind of like being clubbed in the head. Intense hop taste that must be too brutal in a new bottle. Thick malt backbone rounds this out. Let your bottle age for 5 years or more and then sip it slow. 7OZ of this is enough.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrusy, oily, big hoppy finish, good, but I don’t remember anything to set this apart from other American barleywines.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ho-hum. Standard Rogue beer. Very strong, tons of malt, and dark. Had this alongside a Rogue Maierbock and I have to say that there is little difference. Nice amber color though.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep Reddish-brown color iwth little head. Sweet whiskeyish aroma with a hint of chocolate. Rich Flavor, similar to whiskey at first then sweet and chocolatey with a dry hoppy finish.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I´m overwhelmed by this three year old bottle and have to surrender to the greatness of it.
It´s orange-brown with no head. It has a massive amount of sediment in the bottle(dumped in another glass and later added to the beer).
The aroma is huge with licorice, bitter chocolate, port-tones and almonds. The alcohol is imminent and with the yeast dumped in it gets fruitier but also the aroma is numbed.
The flavor is exploding with licorice, almonds, fine bitter chocolate, coffee, toffee and hints of wormwood at the end.
It´s extremely heavy on the palate and the bitterness comes roaring in at the end like the space shuttle on steroids. What do you expect of 120 B.U. ?
The flavor and alcohol is actually numbing to the mouth. With yeast it gets fruitier and even smoother. A truly great beer.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am tentative to really give Old Crustacean an in depth rating as I have not had too much experience with barley wines, but I did enjoy this (over the past hour and a half I’ve been sipping it). I’d think the malt alone would put this beer on the map, but there is a very powerful bitterness that seems to kind of shock the senses right along with the alchohol flavor. Pretty complex when you work your way through the first wave of bitterness: some espresso, toasted, tamari.
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
ReRate: a three year old vintage is drinkable - chewy, piney, slight band-aid, very richly hops, bitter chocolate, earthy malt. Maybe will continue to improve but has too far to go for me.
Original: Well, I’ve finally found a beer that is overhopped. It’s just bitter, with no other sensation. Aroma is acceptible, but the muddy appearance and unbalanced flavour is not desirable. If you want a hoppy barley wine, grab a Big Foot, Horizontal or Behemoth.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2001, 12 oz.) Aroma is comprised of what reminds me of a hybrid English-American Barleywine. Mushy, fruity, jammy, chocolatey malts meld with piney, tropical, and earthy hops. Also slightly airy, phenolic, and musty notes. Eye-burning hop vapors. Creamy, tan foam which abates into a non-sticky ring. Muddy maroon without the clumpy yeast pour. Brash, dry, hot-spicy bitterness grabs ahold before malts get a chance to strut their stuff. Raw hop-leaf bitterness lingers for, what seems like, an eternity. Just enough malt structure to justify this as a Barleywine. Yeast pour adds...nothing. These dag-gone hops would cut through poop if they were given the chance. Comparable to swallowing cough syrup, in a good way. Burning flares down the gullet last a few minutes. This is way intense. Flavors do not approach complexity, but with an over-the-top Willamette-Golding astringency, like this, it doesn’t have to be. Nothing will satisfy your hop craving if this does not. Although I really know nothing about cigars, I believe this Vintage would pair extremely well with one to cool things down. I expect this to turn into nectar with a few years of age behind it. This is the true, undispisputed Alpha King of the world. My only beef is: Why isn’t this available in six-packs? For those of us who want to age and contrast the previous vintage. A case of this stuff would do me well. Warning: this may cause nausea. You may need a friend, or enemy, to help you put this thing down.. I nearly did. This is way too young, but who cares?