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RATINGS: 1230   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.


1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2002
What the hell IS this? It tastes and feels like industrial strength suntan lotion, with intense bitterness and hints of charcoal, citrus, and, on good moments, cedar and sherry. Just too much going on in here and not much of it pleasant.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2002
A really huge beer. Complex flavor profile - very little bitterness. A little medicine-like and astringent. Not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Davidw987 (23) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 24, 2002
1997 bottling, drunk on 1/23/02. Definitly mellowed with the age. Some nice toffee and molasses flavors in the malt. The hops had faded quite a bit. No hop aroma and the bitterness was a bit harsher than I expected. Maybe some of the smoother alpha acids deteriorate faster than the grittier tasting ones. Some oxidation was present, but not bad considering it was a five year old bottle. Alcohol flavor was present but not overwhelming. Overall, Id expected more malt and complexity for this big a beer after five years. A good beer, but it didnt make me want to break open the 99. David

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Do you like hops? If not, don't try this! I love hops, this might just be my favorite Barley Wine/Beer, and Yeah that Alcohols real apparent isn't it?... Good, thats the way I like it. Soothing and madeira-like. Would've given it 5 stars but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for something better!?!?!?! re-rate: Man has this changes a lot over the years. Same with the Imperial Stout. There just not what they used to be. Thinner, less hoppy. Dissapointing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2001
A little hoppy for the style. Can be sharp in younger versions. Best to age for at least a year or two to allow for mellowing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2001
The first barleywine i ever tried was Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. I hated it, and continue to this day, to hate it. I have been hesitant to try any other West Coast barleywine, thinking they would be overhopped or just repulsive. After reading some of the reviews of this beer by some of the top raters on this site i honestly dont know why i decided to order this at the bar tonight. However, i was pleasantly surprised. There was a strong bitter, hoppy aftertaste for only one sip. I found the flavors of fruits, grape and plum, to dominate the hops. Ill take this any day over Bigfoot.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - NOV 20, 2001
big hops, port-like flavor - good thing its in a small bottle. Id like to try it after five years of aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2005 Oooooh. A lovely barleywine. Very strong, with complex and deep flavors. Very smooth at first sip, with an aftertaste of very intense, concentrated hops, perhaps a few too many. Have been sitting on one for a while, will see how it is after mellowing.

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2001
On 4/1 I said Not my kind of beer. It has a strong flavor, its interesting, but its not something Id want to drink much of. It has a strong taste. Now, I pretty much agree. This beer is just too much. It just has too much hops, it ruins the beer for me.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2306) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2001
This might be the definitive fire-side beer. Warming with its alcohol, this beer will raise your spirits high.


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