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RATINGS: 1266   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2002
Im overwhelmed by this three year old bottle and have to surrender to the greatness of it. Its 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. Its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 Ive been sipping it). Id 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oakes (17172) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2002
ReRate: a three year old vintage is drinkable - chewy, piney, slight band-aid, very richly hops, bitter chocolate, earthy malt. Maybe will continue to improve but has too far to go for me. Original: Well, Ive finally found a beer that is overhopped. Its just bitter, with no other sensation. Aroma is acceptible, but the muddy appearance and unbalanced flavour is not desirable. If you want a hoppy barley wine, grab a Big Foot, Horizontal or Behemoth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2732) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2002
(2001, 12 oz.) Aroma is comprised of what reminds me of a hybrid English-American Barleywine. Mushy, fruity, jammy, chocolatey malts meld with piney, tropical, and earthy hops. Also slightly airy, phenolic, and musty notes. Eye-burning hop vapors. Creamy, tan foam which abates into a non-sticky ring. Muddy maroon without the clumpy yeast pour. Brash, dry, hot-spicy bitterness grabs ahold before malts get a chance to strut their stuff. Raw hop-leaf bitterness lingers for, what seems like, an eternity. Just enough malt structure to justify this as a Barleywine. Yeast pour adds...nothing. These dag-gone hops would cut through poop if they were given the chance. Comparable to swallowing cough syrup, in a good way. Burning flares down the gullet last a few minutes. This is way intense. Flavors do not approach complexity, but with an over-the-top Willamette-Golding astringency, like this, it doesnt have to be. Nothing will satisfy your hop craving if this does not. Although I really know nothing about cigars, I believe this Vintage would pair extremely well with one to cool things down. I expect this to turn into nectar with a few years of age behind it. This is the true, undispisputed Alpha King of the world. My only beef is: Why isnt this available in six-packs? For those of us who want to age and contrast the previous vintage. A case of this stuff would do me well. Warning: this may cause nausea. You may need a friend, or enemy, to help you put this thing down.. I nearly did. This is way too young, but who cares?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 Didn't really like this one. Taste was somewhat harsh, and didn't sit well in the mouth. Alcohol goes straight to the dome. ReRate: 1998 bottle, consumed Feb 2004. Great red color. Excellent barleywine aroma. Really smooth, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2002
Citrusy, alcohol notes evident immediately. Dark red in color and presents with a thick, rich head. Chinook, possibly Cascades in this brew. To be honest, i had this one before, during, and after dinner because it was SOO strong! A little too much alcohol to be really enjoyable and at times overwhelming with the hops. Calm it down and it will be much more enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2002
Lets face it hopheads, some beer really can be too bitter and this is one of them. Copared to a well hopped barleywine like Bigfoot this one misses the point. Part of it is that there is also some bitterness from the malt and the brewers seem to have failed to take that into account. Any beer with this much malt will probably taste good in time, it just may take more years that Im willing to give it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Ah, an Old Crusty in a 12oz. Bottle a site for Old Tired Eyes. The head Bunyanesque in size, the consistency creamy, the color a winsome light tan, and as it evanesces, the lace left behind a glutinous sheet to smother the glass. Fusel alcohol, sweet malt, caramel fresh and robust the nose, start is thickly malt, sweet to the point of distraction, the top is full and rich to the palate. Finish has a ferine bite from alcohol and the hops ignominious in their spicy bite dry as a desert bone, God how I Love this Mona Lisa of the brewers art.

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