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RATINGS: 1258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 15, 2015
[2/13/15] Draught at Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco. Dark amber color. Aroma of very resinous hops and some malt. Flavor has some malt and big resinous bitterness. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
subin (3) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2015 does not count
Drinking at Toronado at SF Beer Week. More bitter than the Stone Oak. Sweet, malty, strong, but hops most palpable flavor. Notes of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MetalNHopHead (1153) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Despite its surly name, Old Crustacean offers a lot of sweetness. The batch I drank from did, anyway. Of course, two years (the amount of age on my batch) is plenty of time to mellow a big attitude. And I imagine a younger version of Rogueís Barleywine has plenty of attitude considering the 110 IBUís from the Chinook and Centennial hops. As it was, this beer had lots of butterscotch flavor. In fact, Iíve never had a beer that has such a distinct butterscotch taste. The 11.5% ABV means that this beer is strictly a sipper, but itís a solid choice for passing an evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3533) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2015 Barley wine bottle share on 1/31, 2008 bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with amber highlights and just a faint skin of light off-white head. Hot and hoppy in the flavor. Aroma is great, full of brown sugar and molasses. Complex alcohols change as it warms. Nice hoppy finish, lingers. Also had 2011 on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5563) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2015
I was surprised i havenít rated this. I aged a bottle for approximately 8 years; nip size with a crown cap. Malt and caramel aroma. No carbonation left, and I doubt there was much to begin with. Hops are still there surprisingly. Dry palate and earthy plant matter as well. Muddy brown color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (1420) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrodooo5 (1403) - DOVER, 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2564) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1217) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (15541) - 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.

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