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RATINGS: 1258   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.


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3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigBodyBenz (45) - Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2013
With this particular Barley wine, it brings a truly strong essence of flavors to to the table with raisins, tops in bitterness and crazy hops variety. Itís a slow sipper indeed and enjoyed at a simple 50 plus degrees. Not Wowed but was enjoyed, glad I tried it though.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (999) - 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 (4076) - 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 (421) - - 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 (5907) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet candied malt, older malt aromas, boozy. Smokey, roasted, drier Flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (4538) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Clear amber color with a white head that diminishes fast. The aroma is nutty and full of dark fruits. More of a sweet beer. Big body and low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3358) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Reddish orange pour with aroma of caramel, fruit, and some hops. Fruit sweetness with caramel, molasses, and a touch of hops. 2012 vintage. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppyScallywag (268) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2016
This is a strong sucker. Itís a very sweet malt barley wine with the alcohol presenting a warming burn. The sweetness hangs around and the warmth stays longer. Not quite sure it was worth $25, but it does come in a really nice ceramic, flip top bottle. Adding to this because I had another glass of it when I got home. I noticed pale yellowing debris/pieces suspended in the beer, as well as sitting on the bottom of the glass. Itís totally unnoticeable in regards to mouth feel, but just wanted to note it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanfolty (2323) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2016
January 9, 2016 - bottle from somewhere a long time ago. Muddy brown pour with limited head. Aroma was sweet malt, dark fruit and some hops. Taste was very bitter and lots of booze. 2010 vintage.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5640) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2015
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.


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