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RATINGS: 1245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 110   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7440) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"a hoppy but well balanced, full bodied barleywine. dark, yeasty, robust. i’ve had better, but this is a pretty solid effort nonetheless. i’d recommend it if they still sold it in 12 oz. bottles for a reasonable price, not $12-13 per 750. Too bad...it ain’t that good."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1504) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (2876) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a dark hazy orange color with red tints closer to the center of the beer. The head was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess gently dissipated to a mushroom cap of a film. The lacing was stringy and sticky. The smell had a caramel boozy maltiness over top of some vanilla and a little chocolate. The taste was mainly boozy sweet through the caramel tones. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy on my tongue. This fairly thick syrupy beer just made me sip it for as long as I could. The carbonation was decent for the style as it was pretty subdued. Overall, decent Barleywine that seemed to have sat a bit heavier than other Barleywine I’ve had. With the lack of hops in the smell, I’d probably want to say it was closer to the English side but I didn’t get the tobacco aroma. For the price, I probably wouldn’t get it again, though it was nice to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (2713) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 24, 2014
20,7 cl bottle @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. In short: a mild barley wine.
Pours ery hazy, copper, small off white head. Poor head retention, some lacing. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Malty, caramel aromas. Taste follows the nose, some liquoriceand liquor notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
Bière cuivrée, trouble et couverte d’une fine écume marquant le verre d’une fine dentelle. Un riche nez de pain grillé et de biscuit au beurre. Elle est très amère, légèrement sucrée. Elle est liquoreuse, de corps baraqué, peu effervescente et se termine en une longue fin amère et aromatique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2054) - - 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 (5814) - 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 (7227) - 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 (913) - 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 (3827) - 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.

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