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RATINGS: 1205   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Ok, I’ve had a few barley wines and, for the most part, I’ve yet to be impressed. Given that none were more than a year old, I figured it would be unfair to bash the whole genere until I’d had a few aged samples. Then comes slob who sent both of these, the ’95 being bonus! -1995 vintage- smaller bottle with different picture. Once opened the musty aroma called for closed inspection. My sniffer is a little out of wack but still the mustiness of dark fruits is obvious. No head. Aromas of dark fruits, cellers, and alcohol. Tastes great, the 120 IBU’s have obviously died down a lot. This is malty with a mouthfeel to die for... silky and milky. Wish the bottle was bigger :( ***2002*** Poured a little of each at the same time. Small head but enormous compared to the ’95. Aroma was much lighter, hoppier, and generally wasn’t "dark"... still somewhat musty though. Hops are much more present in taste. There’s something like Fruit Loops to the palate. Should have been less compulsive and aged it a year longer. This one probably breaks out more like this Aroma-7 App.-3 Flavor-6 Palate-3 Overall- 14 ***2006*** ...tasted on 5/25/07. 750 ceramic bottle $14. When I "popped the cap" ;) of this pap sealed/ swing top bottle there was thick green hop resin on the inside of the black ceramic bottle. Once poured the hops fill the air & the alcoholic, almost ether-like, nose makes itself know... this hit me before the first few sips as an intrusive warning. All hundred’anfidy IBU’s hit ya’ at once but the crash is cushioned by a strong, yet FAR from balancing malt profile. There’s little bits of everything in this, but my tonge is coated w/ lupin resin. I’ve really enjoyed this bottle, the swing top let me stretch it two nights, but this beer is too young & $14 a bottle.....


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABT_S54 (89) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
75cl bottle shared in a Delirium Tremens glass. Pours (glugs) a translucent dark amber colour with hardly any head or carbonation. Aroma is sweet malts and alcohol. Initial taste is more of the same but magnified - a hugely powerful brew. Unfortunately, the sweetness is too much and as for the bitterness. This is by far the most bitter beer I have ever tried/ It almost encouraged you to drink more to exchange the bitter taste with the equally overpowering sweetness. All in all a missed opportunity. Much prefer Hertog Jan Grand Prestige.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ambro206 (28) - ITALY - APR 10, 2014
Una birra incredibile. Nonostante i 110 di ibu si facciano sentire eccome la maltazione e l’invecchiamento (birra del 2012!) la rendono equilibrata e perfettamente bevibile. Al palato si sprigionano da subito sapori di caramello e miele che lasciano spazio all’erbaceo finale dalla persistenza pressochè infinita.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
miquelcrush (40) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 3, 2014
Cerveza muy licorosa, sin espuma. En boca tiene muchos matices pero predominan los tostados y el licor. Se debe tomar lentamente porque evoluciona en la copa

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2103) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Orange pour. Pear and orange flavor Thought this beer would kill me. And it did. Super good not just it got me drunk

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smaynard6000 (551) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
on tap. Dark red in color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt. Full bodied with a sticky texture and bitter finish. Moderately sweet as well as heavily bitter. Plenty of malt and hops in this create an intense complex flavor. A standout among barleywines.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1183) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Nice mild dark aroma, has a good dark fruit taste, some malt blended well with pine hops, alcohol hidden well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (107) - - MAR 3, 2014
2012 bottle. Pours a rusty orange, with pretty much no head. Aroma of grapefruit, cooked pineapple, bread, caramel, pine, and a bit of dried fruit. Taste is bitter grapefruit (pith and all), malt, dried fruit, and an earthy herbal note. Medium mouthfeel. Finish is astringent bitterness like chewing on a citrus peel. This is tasty and intense, but seems like more of a malt-heavy DIPA than a barleywine. Hope you like grapefruit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbfobes (2153) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2014
On tap at O’Riley & Conways, apparently they were supposed to serve this in an 8oz glass, the bartender was new and poured a full 20oz glass, waaaaaaay to much of this stuff, pours a murky dark brown with a light brown head, the aroma is huge with tons of sweetness and malt, almost too much going on, the flavor has a ton of sweetness on the front end with malt and caramel with a little bit of hops in the finish, the abv isn’t hidden at all and the mouthfeel is very sticky and full, almost a chore to get through this, we ended up leaving about half in the glass when we left, just too much.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (392) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
Draft, 1 year old (apparently) Dark amber pour. no head but that’s how it came...so yo. Aroma is hoppy man, caramel, brown sugar..yea. Taste, sweet, fruity, big hoppy finish, no kick from the booze, Big American BW, nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Mostly clear, quite red color. Little off-white head. Whoa, big malt on this. First sip is a wave of toasty, spicy, tropical fruity flavors. Caramel, spicy, toffee aromas... Some earthy, lightly tropical fruity hops. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, and the sweetness that’s there is a bit cloying. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Aside from the taste (big bitter and sweetness in a not that great way), alcohol is well hidden -- no burn or bite, and minimal warmth. Seeing some of the bitter orange peel pointed out by chuckaduck. Solid one to try, but not one that I’d intentionally age (I doubt this is a super-fresh example) and repeat again to enjoy for myself.


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