Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2002
2001. nice strong aroma, very floral, deep brown in color, scotch like, alcoohol really warms you up. and it's very nice. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 1997 7oz bottle sweet malty aroma, mellowed hops, warming alcohol feel, not much head, sweet and malty, I don't care for the tiny 7oz bottle, need more of this fine barley wine, I will have to get a couple more bottles of this, this one has aged well. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Rerate- bottle-- Pours a deep reddish brown with almost no head. Aromas of spices amd malt with a little nuttiness. Flavors are pretty hoppy and bitter, with alcohol ver predominant. Ouch.. this isn't near as good as I remember and I am actually having trouble drinking it... I don't know if this is due to improper storage at the liqour store, but this is not nearly as good as I remember it..The bitterness overwhelms all over flavors...dissapointing.
8/26/2002--This is the best barley wine I've ever had, maybe because I had it on tap, but it was smooth and beautiful. 8/4/9/4/18= 4.3 jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2002
(Re-rate)(1999) A clear brown/red. A thin quickly dying head. Huge nose of thick malt,caramel,nuts,cherry,alcohol,monster hops and others. Good body, palate is intensly woody,malty and alcoholic. Sweet malt backbone and light fruity wisps provides a bit of balance but the bitterness of the hops are killer. Needs a few years more but its a fun one to sip. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2002
1999 bottle (7OZ) drank on 3/17/02. This beer is kind of like being clubbed in the head. Intense hop taste that must be too brutal in a new bottle. Thick malt backbone rounds this out. Let your bottle age for 5 years or more and then sip it slow. 7OZ of this is enough.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2002
Citrusy, oily, big hoppy finish, good, but I don't remember anything to set this apart from other American barleywines. Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
Ho-hum. Standard Rogue beer. Very strong, tons of malt, and dark. Had this alongside a Rogue Maierbock and I have to say that there is little difference. Nice amber color though. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
Deep Reddish-brown color iwth little head. Sweet whiskeyish aroma with a hint of chocolate. Rich Flavor, similar to whiskey at first then sweet and chocolatey with a dry hoppy finish. DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2002
I´m overwhelmed by this three year old bottle and have to surrender to the greatness of it.
It´s orange-brown with no head. It has a massive amount of sediment in the bottle(dumped in another glass and later added to the beer).
The aroma is huge with licorice, bitter chocolate, port-tones and almonds. The alcohol is imminent and with the yeast dumped in it gets fruitier but also the aroma is numbed.
The flavor is exploding with licorice, almonds, fine bitter chocolate, coffee, toffee and hints of wormwood at the end.
It´s extremely heavy on the palate and the bitterness comes roaring in at the end like the space shuttle on steroids. What do you expect of 120 B.U. ?
The flavor and alcohol is actually numbing to the mouth. With yeast it gets fruitier and even smoother. A truly great beer. drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2002
I am tentative to really give Old Crustacean an in depth rating as I have not had too much experience with barley wines, but I did enjoy this (over the past hour and a half I've been sipping it). I'd think the malt alone would put this beer on the map, but there is a very powerful bitterness that seems to kind of shock the senses right along with the alchohol flavor. Pretty complex when you work your way through the first wave of bitterness: some espresso, toasted, tamari.