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RATINGS: 1269   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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3.4
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - JUL 5, 2003
I guess I'm not man enough for this beer, cause I couldn't finish the whole bottle. Very powerful tastes of licorice and raisins with some caramel. Pretty caramel color also. Just too strong for a beer, but it is barley wine after all!

3.7
Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Pours a thick, dark amber. Little head with some splotches of lace. Malty aroma with a touch of molasses. Complex and intense earthy bitterness. Thick and slightly sticky. I don't taste or smell much alcohol but I can feel. Oh man, can I feel it.

4
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Re Rate: 7oz '98 Vintage..Most of the same rating from below still applies, but hops are suppossed to mellow with age, not this variety. A huge hope bite, with a nice malt character to back it up, but the hops linger on the tongue ong after the first sip is taken. Yummy, black like the devil, roasted sweet and slightly peppery. Very strong alchohol in the flavor. Extremely dark, and full-bodied, complex and slightly overpowering. Just do not drink it on a hot day.

3.9
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Color is a murky deep mahgoney with a vey thin fizzy, dark ivory head, leaves a thin ring and minimal oily spotty lace. Smell is heavy, dark and earthy malts and hops with a heavy tangyness and strong alcohol late. Taste is heavy, hefty amounts of dark roasty malts, smacked of dark, fat, earthy hops with solid tang and quick bitterness of woody pine and lingering heavy dryness. Full bodied and heavy, with sharp hop tones and texture. This may be a little young yet, I have three bottles left and I'll let em age some before opening the next, a definate revisit. It did get easier to handle as it warmed, but was still a major sipper.

3.8
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Dark amber with transparent red, beige head with a lack of lacing. Aroma has alcohol, hops, and morning after sex smell. Flavors of strong alcohol and sweet hops with a bitter finish. I love how Rogue's beers always match the character on the front of the bottle, excellent job on matchin this one. This is a very straightforward BW with everything right but nothing special. I can't believe this has 120 IBUs!

3.5
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Dark amber color. Had a sweet and malty aroma. Very malty sweet flavor with a medium hopping. Basically it is just a bold syrupy malty flavor. Enjoyable but the flavor could have been better. Maybe aging, or increasing the hops. A little unbalanced. I really enjoyed the alcohol induced warming effect that it had on my stomach.

3.4
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 Redish brown body. Floral, sugary sweet aroma. Super hoppy flavor, citrusy and spicy. Too hop heavy for a barleywine, but not bad.

3.8
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2003
2002: Deep brownish red with a fairly large head. Malty (like cookies) aroma with hints of peaches? This starts malty with a nice bitterness. Very thick and sweet. A little like cherry cough syrup. The bitteness got a little harsh as it warmed.

4.1
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Beautiful dark amber appearance with a beige tight bubbled head. At first it tastes like a Big Foot but then it gives way much more quickly with a smoother hop and less of a sweet malt. Wonderful, silky mouthfeel. The beer may be designed for sipping, but as a barley wine loving hophead I will gulp this one thank you. As it warms towards the end this beer becames an even more complex and compelling balance of malt and hops. The start may not be as exciting as Big Foot, but the end is more satisfying.

4.3
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2003
fanf*#@ingtastic; hoopy aroma, never got it out of the glass to look at it; complex taste of carmel, chocolate and coffee Starbuck's take heed; a special gift by a real revolutionary.


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