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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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2002
This was a bit harsh, kinda like a combo of jim beam and OE 800. Couldnt really taste the flavor over the alcohol. Put simply, just too much octane for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2102) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2002
Didnít keep all that great of a head, nice hazy dark amber color, very rich, malty, intense flavors, bitter aftertaste, very nice brew

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Definately intense as well as the hoppiest barleywine Iíve had by far.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2002
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is murky dark amber, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned. Aroma is heavily hoppy (citrus - grapefruit, resin), lightly malty (caramel), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is heavily bitter, heavily acidic. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately astringent, moderately alcoholic. I love really hot salsa, but salsa with nothing else going on but fire is pointless. Thatís what this is...fulfilling the popular bloodthirst for hops and alcohol with no other purpose. This is, to me, ridiculous, but each to his/her own...

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2002
A rather harsh, unsatisfying effort from Rogue. As a barleywine, this is in the bottom half. Very little head and a malty body. Try it if you dare.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2002
This barley was, I guess, sufficient. It was not horrible, but certainly not my favorite. Roasted and burnt. Not all what I was expecting. Perhaps another time...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2002
A decent Barley Wine. For some reason mine had no head to speak of (maybe a dirty glass). Alcholic/hoppy nose. Sweet malty start with a middle and finish were the bitterness really comes at you. Not my favorite Barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2002
Thick head. Aroma of alcohol and yeast. Fruity taste with strong, but at the same time pleasant alcohol taste...weird...nice cascade-like hop finish. Probably the best barleywine I have had.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 4, 2002
I bought this when travelling, for some reason I thought it had a high rating but I was wrong. It does have a cool red color which contrasts beautifully with the tan head. The aroma is malty and inviting. The downfall is the aftertaste, which is lingering and unpleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2002
Not as good as some, better than others. I canít give an accurate review because I hadnít yet decided when the stupid little 7oz. bottle was finished. People who sell beer in 7oz bottles shouldnít be allowed to sell them for more than 99 cents, and definitely not over 2 bucks like this one. UPDATE: They now sell this in a 12 oz. bottle. My final answer: this is not as good as most of the heavy hitting barley wines out there. It is too bitter, not thick enough, and just does not have any outstanding characteristics.


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