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RATINGS: 1235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LetsGoState (654) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Appearance is medium white head with deep amber color. Aroma is a nice malt. Taste is a little bitter but well balanced between the sweet malts and hops. Overall very solid.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1222) - California, USA - APR 22, 2015
A very good barleywine, not as malty as some others. Pours a clearish amber with a thick grey head. Smells of fruit, caramel, malts and sea salt. Taste is bright fruit with pineapple and peach with some scotch notes, and sea salt in the finish. Had on tap at Billcos.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1357) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
On tap at Rogue in SF. Raisin and brandy aroma; quite nice. Enormous raisin and grape taste, sweet with some caramel, and a clean ever-so-slightly bitter finish. Very good barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabah (166) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2015
This is pretty good for a barleywine. They usually are a little too bitter for my liking, but this is well balanced and VERY smooth. I donít know if it is worth the price. Can probably achieve the same result buying a six-pack of Bigfoot Ale for half the price. If you are looking for an expensive luxury beer, and like Barleywine, then is probably worth trying.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trith1 (53) - - APR 13, 2015
i've had the New Crusty, now the old. It's completely different, it's a stand alone, it's a gem. A lovely malty aroma with a fearsome bite, it's delicate on the nose with a good kick at the palate. I love it, i'm glad I split the bottle, cos, wow boy, this one packs a punch.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Vahtooch (1) - AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2015 does not count
Dark, thick and with a slow, long running maltiness which fades off into a subtle sweetness at the back of the palate

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimthechap (1941) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2015
This did not turn out the way I thought it would. I love barley wine with a good manís fervour, but Iím afraid this isnít a great example. Darkish mahogany coloured with nil head, it had mellow woody aromas and flavours that were reminiscent of biting down on a piece of white oak. It seemed harsher than the preceding two barley wines in a style that tends to be well rounded from its again. Not the case here despite 7 years on the clock, which is unfortunate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3046) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2015
Bottled. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, toasted carame, and brown sugar. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with alcohol. Medium boded, oily to syrupy texture and soft carbonation. A lovely Barley indeed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - 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.

4.2
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbuskirk (554) - Holdrege, 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.


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