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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1917) - - JUN 18, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-22-12- Poured from 7 oz bottle dated 2010 into snifter Appearance – Pours a hazy orange- copper color with a huge yellowish tinted head. The head had giant carbonation bubbles that slowly popped over time to leave a wonderful level of lacing. Smell – The smell is sweet and malty. The sweet aromas are of fruit and sugar with the malty aromas of biscuit and sweet bread. There are lighter notes of alcohol mixed within, which when mixed with the rest of the aromas makes a very pleasant smell. Taste – The flavor is big of chewy bread up front with a light, almost orange, citrus like flavor. The citrus leaves with an even maltier presence coming into the taste as a big biscuit flavor meets the chewy bread. At along this same time an alcohol flavor enters the taste. It gets stronger and stronger toward the end leaving a somewhat mediciney burn on the tongue in the end. Mouthfeel – Insanely thick. It is like a thick syrupy-decongestant thickness. It coats the mouth thoroughly letting all the flavors really penetrate the tongue. This with a lower level of carbonation and a the burn create a rather unique mouthfeel. Overall – Big and potent with a heavy boozy flavor and a wonderful thickness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5283) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Sampled at 4 Hands. 16 year old version. Itvsmells a little dusty and oxidized. But that is obvious. Clear amber. No foam. Fruity aroma and flavor. Very hot. Big heavy malts. It would be cool to taste a new bottle. This was interesting if short of being great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6433) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle, larger version. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber mahogany color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, fruits, plum, raisin, some earthy bitterness. I have had aged bottles that have held on to the bitterness for years even with oxidation. One of the early craft beers that I enjoyed back in the days of the nip bottle that is still pretty good today.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lemke10 (857) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2014
On-tap. This pours a medium brown color with a slight head. The aroma is slight malty and sweet. The taste is sweet and boozy. Great taste of carmel malts and smooth finish. Very nicely made.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Sampled at the Knick. Odd aroma - kinda cheesy. Mild vapors with caramel and biscuit, oxidized. Dark copper amber hazy with creamy off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Warming. Starts dry and hoppy. Caramel. Oxidized flavors. Big bitter notes throughout with sweet alcohol. Sweet finish with lasting bitter hoppy after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (1181) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2014
Poured from tap to glass. Amber hue with off white head that dissipated to a moderate ring. Aroma caramel, spicy hops, citrus, pineapple, sugar. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and light carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a bitter following and ethanol finish. Overall this is a nice brew bit a bit rough on the transitions. This would be great with some age to allow everything to meld together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABT_S54 (221) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
75cl bottle shared in a Delirium Tremens glass. Pours (glugs) a translucent dark amber colour with hardly any head or carbonation. Aroma is sweet malts and alcohol. Initial taste is more of the same but magnified - a hugely powerful brew. Unfortunately, the sweetness is too much and as for the bitterness. This is by far the most bitter beer I have ever tried/ It almost encouraged you to drink more to exchange the bitter taste with the equally overpowering sweetness. All in all a missed opportunity. Much prefer Hertog Jan Grand Prestige.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ambro206 (214) - ITALY - APR 10, 2014
Una birra incredibile. Nonostante i 110 di ibu si facciano sentire eccome la maltazione e l’invecchiamento (birra del 2012!) la rendono equilibrata e perfettamente bevibile. Al palato si sprigionano da subito sapori di caramello e miele che lasciano spazio all’erbaceo finale dalla persistenza pressochè infinita.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
miquelcrush (1631) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 3, 2014
Cerveza muy licorosa, sin espuma. En boca tiene muchos matices pero predominan los tostados y el licor. Se debe tomar lentamente porque evoluciona en la copa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3582) - 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

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