Odysseyalien (66) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
It may not be fair for me to rate this as I prefer British barleywines to American. While I like pale ales and DIPAs, I don’t care for the added hops in my barleywine which is generally the American barleywine style. The British barleywines are much less hoppy.
Still, in my opinion, this one was too bitter for me even for an American barleywine. I almost poured the balance of my glass down the sink. Improved slightly as it warmed . Not my style but even then, I was put off by this beer unfortunately.
Beer5000 (5306) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well stored, aged small bottle as Old Crustancean Barleywine from La Cerveteca, Barcelona. Slightly unclear reddish orange body with a small, fast disappearing tan head. Strong aroma of sweetish malt, caramel, dry fruit like raisins and prunes with some alcohol. Flavor is sweet malty with the same fruits as found in aroma, warming alcohol and pretty bitter for the style. Full bodied and long lasting sweet and warming aftertaste. Great barley wine, feels more balanced than expected after the first sips.
GenkiGonzo (772) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Imazato. Murky, light-ruby, little head. Sweet malt aroma with some hops. Smooth, malty beer with a decent hop finish.
madelfonatree (225) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flip top bottle from 2013 enjoyed October 12, 2015 in a Mad Elf tulip/snifter.
Look - Very slow to develop head. It chug a lugged out of the bottle with an aggressive pour to yield a finger of light tan, fine bubbled head. Body is very murky clay. Lacing is nice. Head ends up being a ring.
Smell - Toffee. Plum. Raisin. Whiskey. Tobacco. Brown sugar. Hop.
Taste - Bitterness from the sediment overpowers it. Tobacco. Whiskey. Toffee. Floral. Fruit.
Feel - Perfect. No part of this is hard to drink. It sits well in the stomach. It is well carbonated but not overpowering. Creamy and not too heavy or watery.
Overall - 2013. Great. Filter it a bit to lessen the bitterness. Feel is top notch.
SPDickerman (1080) - Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear deep mahogany with a small beige fizz. Smells strongly of caramel and toffee with a subtle hint of booze. Taste is sweet, boozy, caramel, hints of pine. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barleywine finishes with a woody, dry, oakiness.
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille. Mondial de la bière 2007.
Couleur : ambrée foncée.
Apparence : voilée.
Houblon résineux et terreux, caramel sucré, léger de fruits (abricots), notes d’alcool
Entrée de bouche : moyennement amer de houblon résineux et légèrement citrique avec des notes fruitées (abricots)
Un support de malt sucré, de caramel aux notes terreuses ainsi qu’un léger goût d’alcool.
En bouche :
Corps : rond.
Effervescence : moyenne.
Texture : légèrement résineuse.
Finale : longue, amère de houblon résineux, légèrement citrique et aux notes herbeuses avec un léger goût d’alcool.
Homer321 (2980) - Melboring, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared against my will by Troy. Slight papery oxidation. Some toffee and strong sugary smell. Taste disappoints just as much. Very paper and thin.
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated based on notes taken 10 Sep 2012 -- Growler from my buddy Leitch poured into a pint glass and shared while enjoying his last night in Laughlin. Gonna miss this bastard. Glad he was able to share one last awesome brew with me.
Koelschtrinker (14076) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intensiv malziger, scharf schokoladig bitterer Antrunk, gänzlich ohne Karbonisierung. Die Intensität bleibt hoch, Espresso, deutlich Vanille. Dabei sehr weich, der Alkohol ist höchstens ahnbar. Viskos, erneut Bitterschokolade. Pflaume, mild herb. Langer Nachgeschmack. 8/13/9/13/11/13
BeerRenter76 (426) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
XS 2013 Batch: Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a sweet flavor and an herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink, a bit pricey, i wish they didnt have to use these ceramic bottles.
Fantomasus (289) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky caramel brown with a light brown/tan head, impressive. Potent aromas: caramel, bread, cereal, resin, floral, dough, leather, alcohol, cooked vegetables, and some vanilla. Amazing. Flavor is off balance but delicious. Super sweet, sour, then bitter and salt. Better than I first thought. Finish is mostly bitter and alcohol. Wonderful stuff.