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RATINGS: 1269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 110   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Ok, I’ve had a few barley wines and, for the most part, I’ve yet to be impressed. Given that none were more than a year old, I figured it would be unfair to bash the whole genere until I’d had a few aged samples. Then comes slob who sent both of these, the ’95 being bonus! -1995 vintage- smaller bottle with different picture. Once opened the musty aroma called for closed inspection. My sniffer is a little out of wack but still the mustiness of dark fruits is obvious. No head. Aromas of dark fruits, cellers, and alcohol. Tastes great, the 120 IBU’s have obviously died down a lot. This is malty with a mouthfeel to die for... silky and milky. Wish the bottle was bigger :( ***2002*** Poured a little of each at the same time. Small head but enormous compared to the ’95. Aroma was much lighter, hoppier, and generally wasn’t "dark"... still somewhat musty though. Hops are much more present in taste. There’s something like Fruit Loops to the palate. Should have been less compulsive and aged it a year longer. This one probably breaks out more like this Aroma-7 App.-3 Flavor-6 Palate-3 Overall- 14 ***2006*** ...tasted on 5/25/07. 750 ceramic bottle $14. When I "popped the cap" ;) of this pap sealed/ swing top bottle there was thick green hop resin on the inside of the black ceramic bottle. Once poured the hops fill the air & the alcoholic, almost ether-like, nose makes itself know... this hit me before the first few sips as an intrusive warning. All hundred’anfidy IBU’s hit ya’ at once but the crash is cushioned by a strong, yet FAR from balancing malt profile. There’s little bits of everything in this, but my tonge is coated w/ lupin resin. I’ve really enjoyed this bottle, the swing top let me stretch it two nights, but this beer is too young & $14 a bottle.....


3.4
gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2017
From old tasting notes. Cloudy brackish brown color. Creamy beige head. Interesting spicy Worcestershire sauce aroma. Tangy, bittersweet treacle malt flavor. Bittersweet malt/hop finish seems subdued. Long bitter aftertaste.

3.5
SamVimes21 (478) - - JUN 17, 2017
Bottle at Cornwall Specialist Beers , Redruth , Cornwall dark brown with off white head with dark roasted malts , toffee ,raisins taste leaving a rich strong malty toffee aftertaste ,thanks to Hal the brewer at coastal for the taster .

2
mrdrock (13) - - JUN 9, 2017
Orange color Strong alcohol flavor More hops than I want in a drink Lasting after taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
tmoreau (4374) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2017
Shared 2012, 750 ml. ceramic, swing-top bottle poured to a fest sampler showing a cloudy, brownish amber color, with modest, off white foam that rapidly reduced to a persistent ring, and light spots of lacing. The nose was some fruitiness as citrus & pit fruit, brown sugar, caramel, malt sweetness, and some ready alcohol. The taste was similar, medium+ bodied, with low carbonation, booze, and held onto a pronounced, earthy & rind-like bitterness. Decent BW.

3.4
dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Deep copper amber color with a sudsy off white head. Sweet malt bomb with an earth edge. Notes: on tap at he brewery, Portland visit May 17

4.4
Tognetta (951) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 9, 2017
Avermelhada de média turbidez, espuma de média formação e persistência. Bastante malte e uva no aroma, leve lupulado. Paladar de médio dulçor e leve/médio amargor bem balanceado. Corpo licoroso e média carbonatação. Final tende a amargor açucarado, lúpulo sempre presente, uva em segundo plano. Muito boa. Melhor barley que já bebi.

3.8
Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle share @ Hampton Inn pre-DLD 2016. Pour is very hazy dark orange with a medium beige head. Notes of veggies, leather, alcohol, caramel, bread, and resin.

4.1
hawanna (3302) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2016
0,355 l bottle Vintage 2003 ! caramel, alcohol, raisin, cereal, amber-orange color, hazy, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

2.9
koleminer20 (3599) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
750 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. 2013 vintage. The pour is a dirty light brown with some reddish hues shining through. There is a bubbly off white head that falls down to a thick collar leaving some pretty hefty lace. The aroma is interesting. There is a lot of bitterness. It’s got a metallic malt and a strong bitter fruit to it. The sweetness is definitely not there. I’m not looking forward to this. The flavor is awful. Resoundingly bitter with a hint of dark fruit. This fucking sucks. There is a bitter malt and it’s backed up by a metallic and fake bitter hop and just sits on the tongue. This is a hugely bitter piece of shit. The mouth feel is thin and light with a weird carbonation and a lingeringly bitter aftertaste. There is nothing good that comes from it, just bitterness. Fuck this.

2.9
ebone1988 (1932) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. 2013 vintage. Aroma is hops, caramel malt, candy, citrus, bitter malt, standard barleywine procedure. Appearance is dark red brown, light brown head, hazy. Taste is bitter as fuck, malt, caramel, earthy hops, harsh. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, boozy earthy hops and caramel aftertaste. Overall, not good.


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