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RATINGS: 1217   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbfobes (2304) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2014
On tap at OíRiley & 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 isnít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (646) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
Draft, 1 year old (apparently) Dark amber pour. no head but thatís 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6579) - 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 thatís 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 Iíd intentionally age (I doubt this is a super-fresh example) and repeat again to enjoy for myself.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1923) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
2011 Bottle shared with my bro. Aroma of pine, burnt malts, and brown sugar. Pours a little hazy brown with a nice white head and good carbonation. Taste is pine, rye, sold malt presence and a dry sugary finish. Clean and hoppy even after a couple years. Great barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (717) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
Aroma:rich malt aroma. ..some liquor smells present but not undesirably. Some yeast presence aswell Taste: very hoppy taste up front with sweet dark crystal malts . Some fig and caramel notes. Some alcohol puch with high bitterness Appearance: Clear amber body with bubbly head with good retention

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (1905) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle shared at Gunnar tasting at CBC Clerkenwell. Rich ruby red to orange in colour and hazy in the glass, with a medium white head. Nose is sweet orange marmalade, citrous fruit bitter, alcoholic, barley sugary sweetness. Taste is sweet orange marmalade, rich sweet citrous acidic, orange, grapefruit, raw alcohol. I can feel the alcohol flushing up the back of my neck. Itís got a kick but itís rich and quite cloying. Good in small doses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2200) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 5, 2014
Tap at Qbrick. Sinus soothing caramel, with some piercing hops. Bright reddish/brown color with great lacing. Strong, rich caramel with minty hopping, finishes with small bursts of fruitiness and healthy hopping. Medium-heavy body. This is a well-made barley wine. Smooth and balanced from mid palate onwards. Iíve had it several times over the years, it it doesnít disappoint. One of the best from Rogue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (179) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Pours a lovely clear cherry brown with a small white head. Has a little toffee aroma mixed with molasses and brown sugar. Has a sweet malty taste with a bitter after taste.

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