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RATINGS: 1249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Big malt nose with a solid hop foundation. Almost an overwhelming sweetness to this one. A little thin in the body.I think this could have stood some aging to mellow and balance everything out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 1999 edition, sampled in 2002: Muddy brown lurking swampiness..
completely no head whatsoever..Cherry twizzler aroma with a shot of alcohol..
Cocoa covered alcohol balls..faint cherry..definite orange rind...warming..
Super hoppy finish with a creamy grapefruit rind aftertate
Re-Rate 2002 edition: fresh, hoppy, whoa goodness..uppin da shizzies..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Smelled and tasted like it should have a big body but didn’t, ended up tasting watery as a result. Little head. Potent, mildly flavored. Hint of coffee-type esters?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (6529) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Aroma of a fruit salad - very malty; appearance as murky brown as the Cuyahoga River in the ’70s before they cleaned it up. Flavor is that of sweet tobacco juice with fruit cocktail thrown in - bad way to describe it - but it is delicous and it hides the 10.5% alcohol well. Great late night - after dinner drink. Rogue comes through again!

   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 (5512) - 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 (2628) - 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.

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