jswatson (2) - Antioch, California, USA - AUG 23, 2001 does not count
My favorite barleywine two years
in a row at the Toronado Barleywine
Festival (2000,2001). Mooncheese999 (8) - USA - DEC 9, 2004 does not count
Now this is one tough beer. When I drink this I feel like I’m a seahardened old man sippin one down before I set sail. This is about as bitter as it gets. It kinda taste like poison which is friggin awsome. I usually chug one of these down to start a long night of drinking. Unfortunately I’ve never seen a liquor store that sells bottles of this...I’ve only seen it on tap. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 My stealth black crock bottle says 2006 @ 11.5%. Pours rich drain water amber after a flood w/
full semi creamy froth reducing to island spatter. It literally looks like thick mud soup as
it fill the glass. Aroma is sweet w/ cherry and malted acid hops.
Super full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Intense and robust flavors are extremely hoppy leaving
3rd degree asprin burns complete w/ sloughed off skin. This stuff is so hot it burnt my lips off.
A big massive malted mudslide tries to balance it out at mid palate but hasn’t got the momentum.
Kinda like the Fire dept arriving too late leaving your charred remains for someone else to deal with.
The aspin wins out to the finish w/ a K.O. Big gobs of chewy roasted
caramel and new leather scattered in the crowd somewhere but get lost in the chaos.
Overall: this ones like war of the worlds. Hopsy firey asprin against the flood of a malted
sludgeslide. Like it says above, "intense and robust". Age this one please or drink now
and I’m not repsponsible for what happens. I’m tellin’ ya man. Put on your hard hat for this one
and approach with caution. You might want to bring a knife and fork.
davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
On tap at Biero. Massive beer, full marks. Aromas of anisette, cherry, caramel, and alcohol. Taste has a sweet start, with notes of acidity, and a big bitter bite. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Amber red, with a frothy head. rachelastete (5) - Coronado, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012 does not count
Husband states: I love the appearance because it’s really frothy and sticks to the side of the glass.
He’s right, it leaves a beautiful lace. The most beautiful barley wine!!!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Vintage 1995. Tasted at my Barleywine tasting in May of 2004. WOW!!! I have saved this since 1995 and am glad that I did! Such a mellow nose. Alcohol is still strongly present to the smell. Also smells a little medicine-like (I consider this a plus). This is unfiltered and has the gloriuos color of dishwater on steroids. No head at this point. Hoppy, but balanced. Burns all the way down to your duodenum. Great flavor hops, few aromatic bitter hops detected. The only thing that I have to say negative about this beer is that it is packaged in a twist bottle that I cannot bottle my homebrew cyser in. Why did I not buy a case of this in 1995? Oh, the stupidity of youth... unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
I was once told by and good drinking buddy of mine that Old Crusty was Evil in a Bottle. Now DonYounger calls him the TreeHugger.
Rusty brown head on top of the muddiest brown malt toughness you’ve ever seen. Hopp aroma to burn off your nose hairs. The first BW I’ve ever had. I thought all BWs were all like this. I wish. Hop bitterness is the ultimate palate killer. A condensed BREWER. Thank you John for getting me to the next level with this beer! coopersmoon (11) - North Ipswich, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2012
When in need of deliverance from the trivial pursuits of existence, look no further to the best Barleywine brewed.....no one does it better than Rogue, nope, not even Dogfish Head... Dauber810 (20) - USA - MAR 12, 2004
Freakin awesome, my favorite barley wine style beverage. Pours dark and has extremely robust bitter sweet flavor. An excellent sipping beer. Gotta love it. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 14, 2006
West coast barleywine at its finest. SN Bigfoot might be the prototype, but Rogue Old Crusty can stand shoulder to shoulder with that beer. This beer has big hops, big malt, and big alcohol. A classic example of American barleywine, and one that should not be missed. Old Crusty pours to a beautiful, deep caramel color, with a slight tan head that fades, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with lots of big piney and citrus hops, paried with big sweet and caramel malt aroma, and peppery alcohol. The palate is soft and fat on the toungue, with a lots of sweet and caramel malt flavor, and hints of estery fruit. Old Crusty finishes with more big sweet and caramel malt flavor, then ends with big pine and grape fruit bitterenss, and a soothing burn that lingers. The perfect after dinner drink or night cap, Old Crusty is a legendary brew, and an American classic.