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RATINGS: 1263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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.


ChrisPants' rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Brownish red pour with tan head, lingering long enough to lace nicely. The best-smelling beer Iíve had in a while. Nutmeg, warming caramel, jalapeno hops, dark chocolate, espresso, pineapple, and more (Iím sure better names are available for these flavors)--all blend together masterfully. Finish is melted pepper, biting hops and citric acid, sweet rich throat-soothing coffee-chocolate. And more. The blending of these complex elements are extremely impressive, and linger afterward. It leaves me short. Butterscotch! Also butterscotch. And toffee. And red wine.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
750 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. 2013 vintage. The pour is a dirty light brown with some reddish hues shining through. There is a bubbly off white head that falls down to a thick collar leaving some pretty hefty lace. The aroma is interesting. There is a lot of bitterness. Itís got a metallic malt and a strong bitter fruit to it. The sweetness is definitely not there. Iím not looking forward to this. The flavor is awful. Resoundingly bitter with a hint of dark fruit. This fucking sucks. There is a bitter malt and itís backed up by a metallic and fake bitter hop and just sits on the tongue. This is a hugely bitter piece of shit. The mouth feel is thin and light with a weird carbonation and a lingeringly bitter aftertaste. There is nothing good that comes from it, just bitterness. Fuck this.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ebone1988 (1256) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. 2013 vintage. Aroma is hops, caramel malt, candy, citrus, bitter malt, standard barleywine procedure. Appearance is dark red brown, light brown head, hazy. Taste is bitter as fuck, malt, caramel, earthy hops, harsh. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, boozy earthy hops and caramel aftertaste. Overall, not good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7277) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Changkat. Poured a reddish dark amber with a round bubbly white head. The aroma is rich sweet malt,sugary alcohol bitter. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich burning alcoholic bitter sweet malt palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very alcoholic and a little one dimensional.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmuncey (16) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2016
This barley wine is a heavy hitter for sure. It is not a session beer at all and needs to be savored as opposed to slammed. I liked it once but not sure I would buy it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
colui72 (614) - HONG KONG - MAY 14, 2016
Hazy amber with a medium cream head. Aroma is pine, ripe fruits, sweet malts. Very malty in palate too, with caramel, spices, sweet bread. Full bodied, not boozy in taste, very complex with a hoppy finish. Not an easily forgettable ale!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (1134) - Xiamen, CHINA - APR 17, 2016
Tasting at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours hazy amber with a thin white head. Aroma of pine and hops. Bitter finish. Seems like a DIPA to me, nice all the same.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
artiredbirds (453) - St.Petersburg, RUSSIA - APR 12, 2016
Мощь во всем, в теле, во вкусе. Нетипич& барлик, даже сладост& мало, но дико жестко и режуще.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - APR 11, 2016
Vintage bottle shared by Bart at Struise shop in Bruges, cheers! Off-white, thin, loose and bubbly head (the bottle had been opened before apparently), quickly vanishing, cloudy brown robe with ochre edges. Complex aroma of soy sauce (the typical effect of maderisation in very old dark beers), dried mushroom, old sherry, fig, honey-glazed spare ribs, bitter honey, caramel. Rich fruity onset, sweetish with lots of meaty umami, bit dried banana and raisin, creamy caramelly malt body with hints of milk chocolate and toasted nuts, earthy finish with peppery hop accent and long, drying, warming, brandy-like alcohol. Glad I finally tasted this and it has stood the test of time nicely, but now Iím only left curious for a younger sample...

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
a_sully (436) - - MAR 27, 2016
Light orange brown and translucent. Thin white head. Slightly sweet aroma. Taste is sweet and fruity, smooth overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (6395) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet candied malt, older malt aromas, boozy. Smokey, roasted, drier Flavors.


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