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RATINGS: 1264   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (10033) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2003
Quite an unusual colour - dark brown and purple with a capucinno head. I like it. Aromas are sryupy chocolate and spices with a burst of alcohol. Flavours are as hoppy as hell, verging on the horrid. Luckily it stays on the side of "good" and I like my hops anyway. Roast malts and licourice are also present. This seems to hit even harder than the 10.5 alcohol or maybe I was just tired...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Underrated brew in my opinion. Beer pours murky reddish/brown with big head which is fully retained. There is heavy lacing with this one. The aroma is complex with alcohol, bread crumbs, and sweet plums. Flavor is big and complex as well. Flavor is initially malty sweet and is followed by a large dose of hop bitterness. Good barleywine.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
quantum24 (32) - New York, USA - AUG 25, 2003
2002 bottle. not a great looking beer, dark red/brown and murky (yeast). nice aroma sweet and hoppy, flavor is too unbalanced, cloying and sweet with a huge bitterness. this beer has to many hops! very harsh alcohol/bitterness. will age the rest i have for a while, might help

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2003
Quite syruppy, with warming alcohol in the finish. Bitter hops finish, loads of hops. Caramelly/chocolatey malts, some roasty coffee. Loads of ingredients and flavour, some herbal notes. Once again with Rogue, you're guaranteed flavour, just a bit too syruppy and a touch cloying. (Bottle-GBBF 03')

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5881) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2003
On Tap: This brew poured a medium sized head of small to medium sized light brown mostly lasting bubbles and an uncarbonated opaque brown body. It has an IPA like hop aroma and a strong hop malt spice flavor that I found very overpoweringly hopped. Its noticably high alcohol content appeared after a few sips.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rauchbier (3815) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2003
Bottled. GBBF2003. Rusty red brown, low beige head, moderate condition. Big syrupy barley wine malt/raisin aromas, full bodied and laden with fruity malt. Bit of a relief to taste a big US beer that isnt hop dominated.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
1998 vintage.cloudy brown color almost muddy looking.No head,nice aroma of malt fruit,mainly raisin plum and possible prune,slight bitter-sweet attitude in the smell.Malty taste at first mildly sweet with a mild fruit then the big switcheroo to hops,very bitter and bold they really take over the pallate and after taste leaving you with little more there is a slight wine like appearance in the after taste but it's so faint that it's hardly worth mentioning.This is not a very decent brew IMO it seems very one sided and not at all what i'm looking for in a Barley.I would prefer a Fishtale over this brew any day.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Well this is a first for me; My first rating before lunch. It’s 11:50am on Sunday, shouldn’t I be at church, Nope! Old Crustacean?? That Chinook hops is overpowering; making this beer BITTER and DRY as all hell! The aroma is pleasant, nutty, floral sweet, caramel, toffeeish, but the flavor is a different story. I prefer my barley wines to be sweet and malty rather than hoppy and dry, this beer is giving me cottonmouth and and giant goobers; What a great combination! This is not a bad brew by any standards; it’s just not my type of drink. I want to know the IBU’s? Oh, it's F-ing 120!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Bottled in 2001.
A murky brown barleywine topped with a creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, prune, and bready malts. Little hops bitterness detected in the aroma. Flavor was likewise heavy on the malts, with a caramely, bready body touched with raisin and prune accents. Much like Harvey's Elizabethan Ale in this regard. Hops bitterness takes over the palate in the aftertaste, and these tones were a bit too harsh for my liking. Still, this is a well-crafted offering. BTW, the alcohol was very well-hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5799) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Brown in colour with a lighter brown head which is actually fairly thick, considering that this is a barley wine. The smell is almost strictly hops. Some sweeter aromas pop up if you smell long enough, but there must have been some massive dry hopping on this one, especially considering its a barley wine (again). Full-bodied, very strong flavours initially. Those first flavours are almost all hops, but some pit fruit also comes to mind. The alcohol is very noticeable in this one, even more so than the dfh wws (my opinion). The beer finishs VERY dry and bittering. It's a decent barley wine, but it isn't smooth at all, and doesn't have near the complexity it needs, to be considered a 'world-class' beer. I bought this 12 ounce bottle at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.


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