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RATINGS: 1220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
amceachern99 (70) - Albany, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2001
Very Strong. I am not a big barley wine fan

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2001
The aroma is of the Trappist grain...the taste is very spicy and actually kind of rough when cold, and the palate suffers throughout the drink. But, as it warmed up, the flavors really started flowing.

0.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2001
This is a BAD beer. I like some Barley Wines, but this had no flavor - only bitter. What was with the excessive sediment? Dumped this beer down the drain. Was the ’99 bottling.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 26, 2001
Normally, I find barleywines a bit too strong for my likings but this one is very good. Not overly hopped, but still very strong. Served at room temperature, it has slight caramel flavors with a very robust mouthfeel. Mmmm, mmmm, good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jswatson (2) - Antioch, California, USA - AUG 23, 2001 does not count
My favorite barleywine two years in a row at the Toronado Barleywine Festival (2000,2001).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 23, 2001
a rather strong barleywine. tastes a little overhopped- no other tastes can come through

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2001
I had the 1998 bottling. It featured an extremely intense hop flavor and aroma overpowering a healthy malt flavor and aroma. Dark and hazy with no head at all, a bit rough around the edges. I absolutely love hops, but my money’s on Bigfoot. It’s cheaper (around here), you get more, and I believe it’s a better product.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 19, 2001
Extremely intense and ’in your face.’ HUGE hoppy finish overwhelms the malt body. Would be tremendous after five years of mellowing. At two years, its explosive and entertaining, but not subtle at all. Good stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indra (2656) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2000
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2003 2002 bottling. Oh, the aroma...alcohol, pine, caramel, berries and pineapple, dark, spicy hop resin, intense maltiness. Mouth-watering. Deep, dark, enticing garnet-brown color with very fine effervescence and a slight but geometrically interesting pattern of a head. Flavor is largely hop-oriented, large and hop being the key words. The distinctive, spicy, piney, earthy Chinook hops are very apparent throughout and blend nicely with the Centennials, another piney Pacific Northwest variety. Malt provides some lightly bready toastiness, toffee, light stickiness and some fruitiness, with hints of apple, pineapple and berry. Finish is juicily hoppy, warming, alcoholic and bitter, with a bit of malt sweetness. Aftertaste shows still more astounding amounts of hoppiness, lingering long, bitter, spicy, and dry. Balance is here at the start but overall the focus of this West Coast barleywine is certainly the hops. I am unabashedly and highly enjoying this. Count me as a big-time fan. I’m very glad they switched the XS line of beers to 12 oz. bottles instead of 7 oz., I used to think XS stood for ’Extra Small.’

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2000
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 120 IBUs of pure pleasure; hophead heaven. Virtually no head, but it doesn't really matter with this beer. Opaque amber color. Strong mouthfeel and flavor. Nice fruity aroma; slight prune flavor - very controlled (kinda like Sam Adams Triple Bock's nephew, in that sense). Smooth and silky. Very strong hops. Warm alcohol presence. A 'sippin' beer. Rerate: Year-old bottle was even better! Malts seemed to show more, with a wonderful complexity. Hops were still strong, but more blended. Rerate, year-plus-old bottle: Two words: almond and chocolate. Really good! OK, so that was five, and this is now fifteen.


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