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Rogue Ales

Rogue Ales
XS Old Crustacean Barleywine

Category: American Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10.6%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Rogue Ales
XS Old Crustacean Barleywine

Category: American Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10.6%
Reddish mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of espresso, dried cherry, gingerbread, and bitter chocolate chips with a round, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, subtle, medium-long finish evoking touches of chocolate chews, crunchy peanut butter, soft bread crusts, and pepper finish. A chocolatey barley wine that will be perfect as a winter-warmer or after dinner treat.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy, Spicy & Complex, Malty & Hoppy
Aroma Aroma: espresso, dried cherry, gingerbread, and bitter chocolate chips
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of chocolate chews, crunchy peanut butter, soft bread crusts, and pepper
Bitterness Bitterness: High
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Box Of Chocolates, Chocolate Fondue With Berries And Cherries, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A chocolatey barley wine that will be perfect as a winter-warmer or after dinner treat.

The Producer

Rogue Ales

The Producer
2320 OSU Drive
Newport, OR 97365
USA
1 541-867-3660

American Style Barley Wine

Traditional barley wines range from golden copper to dark brown in color and are around 8-13% in alcohol. They are characterized by extravagant caramel malt flavors and bitter hops that prevent their malt sweetness from being cloying. Rich and viscous, the most complex manifestations of the style have wine-like flavor profiles, with just a hint of sweetness. These brews are popular among US craft brewers, especially as winter specialties. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale, Rogue XS Old Crustacean, Fish 102 Barley Wine Ale and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale.

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American Style Barley Wine