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RATINGS: 1211   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ICEatALAMO (913) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2014
2012 vintage bottle. The pour is a nice dark ruby color with a little head. The aroma is strong, can smell it as it sits in front of me. Nice strong aroma, sweet carmel and toffee, with some booze to it. The taste is disappointing. A bit metallically and finishes a little harsh. Also a little thin and light for a high abv beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1401) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Shared 2007 vintage at GregFest 2013 from a cool-looking painted ceramic bottle with swingtop stopper into a nonic half pint glass, thanks Greg & Aaron. It poured a clear deep reddish brown colour with thin weak off-white head. Great big beer, intensely strong malty and hoppy aspects, even 5-6 years later! Bread, fruitcake, caramel, toffee candy, grapefruit, pine cones, very bitter, hints of vanilla, marshmallows, booze. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel, high alcohol but pleasant and smooth, long lasting resiny bittersweet aftertaste. Surprisingly delicious and harmonious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2007 version. Pours murky dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has lots of dough, vanilla, brown sugar, cream, lots of caramel, toasty malt and something that seems like saltiness. It has a full body that is kinda rough with mild harsh carbonation. The initial taste is dark brown bread, toffee, caramel, oxidation, earth, pine, burnt sugar and dirtiness. The finish has pine, earth, resin and bread. Pretty solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1028) - Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 2007 Vintage. Cardboard. Caramel. Bitter. Pine. Chinook. Thanks aaron. High alcohol. Delightful. Too inibriated to fully enjoy.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1391) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2013
750 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (2013 bottle). Murky light brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of tangerine, grapefruit, brown sugar, and molasses. Great flavor of bitter citrus hops, caramel, toffee, booze, and just a touch of chocolate on the finish. The bitterness lingers on the palate but eventually fades and the subtleties of the more hidden flavors start to come through. Pricey, but this is an outstanding barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RumRunner101 (750) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
Brown pour. Aroma is big and boozy with dried fruits. Big flavour, alcohol comes through, but in a nice, warming way. Big and bitter, but tons of sweet malt balance. Somewhat fruity and earthy. Well done and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haslinger (865) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2013
on tap at Beer Belly Deli in Syracuse NY, deep dark pour, intensely rich aroma of booze and hops, extremely drinkable for 11.5% really good mix of flavors, hoppy yet not too much so with some malt in the finish. A really good beer from Rogue

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Renobob (576) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 23, 2013
Et boum ! La magie de Rogue frappe encore ! Quel incroyable produit qui vaut le prix au moins pour goûter une fois ce mélange d'arôme qui explose au palais. Génial !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taosmax (25) - - NOV 11, 2013
750 mL ceramic bottle pours mahogany with a creamy, khaki head into a snifter. The rich aroma had me sniffing for a full minute or more before I tasted: tons of toffee, sweet malts, centennial hops stand out, overripe red apples, pear, vanilla, and a touch of spice; booze is noticeable. Toffee is well balanced with grapefruit-like hops, blending into spiced apples. Finishes with rich caramel and an impressive kick of warming booze. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel and a low level of carbonation. This beer will punch you full in the face and follow up with a quantum wedgie. There’s nothing subtle here.....when you pop the top, it’s ON!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewballs (190) - USA - NOV 9, 2013
I had this one on tap. Excellent brew. Murky, sludgy body. Dense. Resin. Hoppy. There is a faint taste of alcohol, but it is undetectable. Zero head. It is so thick I wonder where any spices would go. Amazing brew. The year wait for it was indeed worth it. On my list of five great beers for 2013.


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