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RATINGS: 1238   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.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2002
Let’s face it hopheads, some beer really can be too bitter and this is one of them. Copared to a well hopped barleywine like Bigfoot this one misses the point. Part of it is that there is also some bitterness from the malt and the brewers seem to have failed to take that into account. Any beer with this much malt will probably taste good in time, it just may take more years that I’m willing to give it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Ah, an “Old Crusty” in a 12oz. Bottle a site for “Old Tired Eyes”. The head Bunyanesque in size, the consistency creamy, the color a winsome light tan, and as it evanesces, the lace left behind a glutinous sheet to smother the glass. Fusel alcohol, sweet malt, caramel fresh and robust the nose, start is thickly malt, sweet to the point of distraction, the top is full and rich to the palate. Finish has a ferine bite from alcohol and the hops ignominious in their spicy bite dry as a desert bone, God how I “Love” this “Mona Lisa” of the brewer’s art.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swamptours (28) - Romulus, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2002
A little too intense in the alcohol. Not too bad but I wouldn’t want to drink this everyday.

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 (2111) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2002
Didn’t 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 I’ve had by far.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (6658) - 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. That’s 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.


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