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RATINGS: 1269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 110   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 10, 2003
Beautiful ruby red color with a smallish tan head. Aroma is hoppy and slightly fruity. Flavor is very bitter throughout, with decent amount of malt and some caramel notes. Way too bitter for me, not well balanced. But still an interesting brew to try.

bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 2003
rated from krustyburger2
Dark ruby red with a thin tan head. Some lacing.
Smells very hoppy and sweet.
Very bitter. Alcohol is very strong too. Sweetness and hops should mellow well together.
Very rich and thick on the tongue.
6/10, 5/5, 5/10, 3/5, 15/20 = 3.4
2002 resample (10/2003)
Dark ruby red body with a nice light tan head. No lacing.
Malty and clean aromas. Raisin/plum aromas as the beer warms.
Sweetness from malt and a still large whallop of hop flavor. Alcohol and hops have mellowed but still not mellow. Sweet.
Big body and big mouth feel. Glad I have a few more in the cellar.
6/10, 5/5, 6/10, 3/5, 16/20 = 3.6

TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 1998 vintage. Empties a dark hazy brown with almost no head. The first scent I recognize is of mocha and some hoppiness. This has a definite bitterness in the mouth with some malt sweetness and some yeastiness. Dry long coffee-like finish with a slightly sour aftertaste. Recommended.

hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Tasted on 03-16-2003. Sampled 1/3 of a 12 ounce bottle. Bottled in 2002. My first barley wine. Deep orange amber color, thick and murky, with very little head or lace. I can smell lemon, honey, grapefruit, and orange like odors and a little malt. Reminds me of a hot totty. Maybe barley wine can cure a cold. This is definately the bitterest beer Ive ever had. The bitternes tastes like orange and grapefruit rinds. As I adjust to the bitterness the good malt flavors become noticeable. A great way to warm up on a rainy day. Now I know I like this beer style.

Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a light bubbly tan head that let trace circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, spice and raisins. A flavor of malt, caramel, raisins and a touch of spice. It has a nice silky medium body to it and has a sweet, yet slightly peppery aspect to the finish. A fine barleywine which will probably do better with age.

UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2003 New......Had the 1995 vintage on tap at Eli Cannons during the Rogue tasting. Cloudy ochre brown, with a slim khaki colored head. Aroma is very smoothed out, nutty and malty, with hints of black cherry and currant. Alcohol is apparent. Flavor is extremely malty, hops are subdued and tranquil, with plenty of complexity. Aged very nicely. Diminished apple fruitiness, with plum, black cherry, and raisin. Very port-like. Slightly metallic alcohol flavor, with a strong hoppy and alcoholic finish. Sticky and chewy mouthfeel, with the rim of the glass getting sticky. Very warm going down. This beer gets better and better the older it gets......Old.......Had both the 2001 and 1998 bottlings in a sitting. 2001 is very robust and heavy, with a massive hoppiness and rich maltiness. A kick-you-in-the-face beer. Slightly cloudy deep bronze color. 1998 was much the same, in color and aroma (hops and big maltiness), but very smoothed out and refined. I definitely preferred the 1998, for it's aged qualities, and it also seemed to be balanced a little better. Rating is for the 1998.

rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Very good. Well-balanced--sweet, bitter, fruity, flowery, alcoholic. Not too complex, but very enjoyable.

nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2003 Pours with a dark, murky, reddish color, very typical of b-wines. Has a very nice tan head with decent retention. This beer was brought into the world in 2001. Aroma reveals both sweetness and hops. Lots of alcohol, with hops winning the battle over the malts. Very good. Rerate: Dude, the 1998 rocks.

hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2003
(Bottled in 1999) Dark amber color. Strong malt/alcohol aroma on pouring. Feels thick. Nice balance fruit (plum)flavor at first then the hop bitterness on the way down. A very solid Barleywine.

brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2003
A goood barleywine. Nice amber color and light malty aroma. Solid hop bitterness. Definitely one that needs to be aged a while.

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