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RATINGS: 1243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 110   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (983) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle. A- Butterscotch pudding, caramel, dark fruits, herbs, floral, slightly sweet. A- Mahogany color, hazy liquid, tan head. T- Butterscotch, malty, dark fruits, spices, slightly sweet. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, buttery herbal finish. O- Overall, this was a decent Barleywine. Had two years of age on it so Iím sure that helped. As is normal with Rogue, it was way overpriced. Certainly not worth $20+ a bottle. Yes, the bottle is cool but also deceiving as the walls are thick and doesnít hold as much as youíd expect. This beer was good but didnít wow me at all.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrodooo5 (1284) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Delicious barleywine! Pours cloudy copper w/ a thin head & decent lacing. Aroma is kind of sweet yet full of hops. Taste is full of sweet malt & finishes just a tad bitter but highly drinkable. An outstanding barleywine!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2377) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
A first rate barley wine. 110 ibuís? Thatís crazy. And they are certainly present. Caramel and hop aromas. Some sweet malty flavors.. But mostly booze and hops. This would be awesome aged in a barrel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1067) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
A mahogany cloudy pour with hint of red. Small level of head. Hearty aroma of hops, malt, oak, yeast and wheat. Flavor is boozy and also hearty. Very smooth figure. Pretty simple formula here but it works! The cognac of beers. Haha

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12906) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
Keg at APEX, PDX, 09/11/14. Clear golden amber with a decent beige covering. Nose is mellow fruits, candied fruit peel, bitter orange, hint of booze. Taste comprises rich fruits, spice, brown sugar, dark fruit rinds. Full body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok no frills barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1882) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Draft->snifter. Hazy dark orange/brown with thin offwhite head. Sweet caramel malt, with bitter boozy citrus zest and pine hops. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1293) - Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Hazy brown with orange highlights. Thick and sticky lacing coat the glass. Body is full, sweet, with toffee and chocolate notes. Alcohol is noticeable in the dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3506) - Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage bottling, 10.75%. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, herbal, floral, grass, pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome American barleywine. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"a hoppy but well balanced, full bodied barleywine. dark, yeasty, robust. iíve had better, but this is a pretty solid effort nonetheless. iíd recommend it if they still sold it in 12 oz. bottles for a reasonable price, not $12-13 per 750. Too bad...it ainít that good."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1470) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Tap at the Rookery. Pours a hazy brown with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma of fruit and caramel. Taste of caramel, some oakiness, and some vanilla.


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