JStax (7125) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Clear amber color with a white head that diminishes fast. The aroma is nutty and full of dark fruits. More of a sweet beer. Big body and low carbonation. alobar (3879) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Reddish orange pour with aroma of caramel, fruit, and some hops. Fruit sweetness with caramel, molasses, and a touch of hops. 2012 vintage. Nice beer. HoppyScallywag (339) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2016
This is a strong sucker. It’s a very sweet malt barley wine with the alcohol presenting a warming burn. The sweetness hangs around and the warmth stays longer. Not quite sure it was worth $25, but it does come in a really nice ceramic, flip top bottle.
Adding to this because I had another glass of it when I got home. I noticed pale yellowing debris/pieces suspended in the beer, as well as sitting on the bottom of the glass. It’s totally unnoticeable in regards to mouth feel, but just wanted to note it. ryanfolty (2585) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2016
January 9, 2016 - bottle from somewhere a long time ago. Muddy brown pour with limited head. Aroma was sweet malt, dark fruit and some hops. Taste was very bitter and lots of booze. 2010 vintage. Beer5000 (6674) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2015
Well stored, aged small bottle as Old Crustancean Barleywine from La Cerveteca, Barcelona. Slightly unclear reddish orange body with a small, fast disappearing tan head. Strong aroma of sweetish malt, caramel, dry fruit like raisins and prunes with some alcohol. Flavor is sweet malty with the same fruits as found in aroma, warming alcohol and pretty bitter for the style. Full bodied and long lasting sweet and warming aftertaste. Great barley wine, feels more balanced than expected after the first sips.
GenkiGonzo (1092) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2015
Draught at Imazato. Murky, light-ruby, little head. Sweet malt aroma with some hops. Smooth, malty beer with a decent hop finish. madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Flip top bottle from 2013 enjoyed October 12, 2015 in a Mad Elf tulip/snifter.
Look - Very slow to develop head. It chug a lugged out of the bottle with an aggressive pour to yield a finger of light tan, fine bubbled head. Body is very murky clay. Lacing is nice. Head ends up being a ring.
Smell - Toffee. Plum. Raisin. Whiskey. Tobacco. Brown sugar. Hop.
Taste - Bitterness from the sediment overpowers it. Tobacco. Whiskey. Toffee. Floral. Fruit.
Feel - Perfect. No part of this is hard to drink. It sits well in the stomach. It is well carbonated but not overpowering. Creamy and not too heavy or watery.
Overall - 2013. Great. Filter it a bit to lessen the bitterness. Feel is top notch. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Pours clear deep mahogany with a small beige fizz. Smells strongly of caramel and toffee with a subtle hint of booze. Taste is sweet, boozy, caramel, hints of pine. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barleywine finishes with a woody, dry, oakiness. Viper666 (6034) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille. Mondial de la bière 2007.
Homer321 (5166) - Melboring, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Couleur : ambrée foncée.
Apparence : voilée.
Houblon résineux et terreux, caramel sucré, léger de fruits (abricots), notes d’alcool
Entrée de bouche : moyennement amer de houblon résineux et légèrement citrique avec des notes fruitées (abricots)
Un support de malt sucré, de caramel aux notes terreuses ainsi qu’un léger goût d’alcool.
En bouche :
Corps : rond.
Effervescence : moyenne.
Texture : légèrement résineuse.
Finale : longue, amère de houblon résineux, légèrement citrique et aux notes herbeuses avec un léger goût d’alcool.
Bottle shared against my will by Troy. Slight papery oxidation. Some toffee and strong sugary smell. Taste disappoints just as much. Very paper and thin.