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RATINGS: 1212   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Orange pour. Pear and orange flavor Thought this beer would kill me. And it did. Super good not just it got me drunk

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smaynard6000 (602) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
on tap. Dark red in color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt. Full bodied with a sticky texture and bitter finish. Moderately sweet as well as heavily bitter. Plenty of malt and hops in this create an intense complex flavor. A standout among barleywines.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1221) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Nice mild dark aroma, has a good dark fruit taste, some malt blended well with pine hops, alcohol hidden well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (117) - - MAR 3, 2014
2012 bottle. Pours a rusty orange, with pretty much no head. Aroma of grapefruit, cooked pineapple, bread, caramel, pine, and a bit of dried fruit. Taste is bitter grapefruit (pith and all), malt, dried fruit, and an earthy herbal note. Medium mouthfeel. Finish is astringent bitterness like chewing on a citrus peel. This is tasty and intense, but seems like more of a malt-heavy DIPA than a barleywine. Hope you like grapefruit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbfobes (2269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2014
On tap at O’Riley & Conways, apparently they were supposed to serve this in an 8oz glass, the bartender was new and poured a full 20oz glass, waaaaaaay to much of this stuff, pours a murky dark brown with a light brown head, the aroma is huge with tons of sweetness and malt, almost too much going on, the flavor has a ton of sweetness on the front end with malt and caramel with a little bit of hops in the finish, the abv isn’t hidden at all and the mouthfeel is very sticky and full, almost a chore to get through this, we ended up leaving about half in the glass when we left, just too much.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (525) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
Draft, 1 year old (apparently) Dark amber pour. no head but that’s how it came...so yo. Aroma is hoppy man, caramel, brown sugar..yea. Taste, sweet, fruity, big hoppy finish, no kick from the booze, Big American BW, nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Mostly clear, quite red color. Little off-white head. Whoa, big malt on this. First sip is a wave of toasty, spicy, tropical fruity flavors. Caramel, spicy, toffee aromas... Some earthy, lightly tropical fruity hops. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, and the sweetness that’s there is a bit cloying. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Aside from the taste (big bitter and sweetness in a not that great way), alcohol is well hidden -- no burn or bite, and minimal warmth. Seeing some of the bitter orange peel pointed out by chuckaduck. Solid one to try, but not one that I’d intentionally age (I doubt this is a super-fresh example) and repeat again to enjoy for myself.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - FEB 22, 2014
2010 tiny bottle. Typical barleywine nose and appearance. Decently hoppy still with a bit of booziness and bitter taste that creeps up at the end. Thanks for aging this for me MGM liquors!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Howlader (638) - - FEB 17, 2014
10oz glass at the Underground in Edmonton. Pretty good barley wine, one of Rogue’s better beers.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Triple_D (3) - Monroe, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2014 does not count
Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes fuller than it smells with hints of sweet barley and a hoppy finish. On tap @ Issaquah brewhouse.


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