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XS Old Crustacean Barleywine brewed by Rogue Ales - Newport, OR
XS Old Crustacean Barleywine brewed by Rogue Ales - Newport, Oregon
In Britain, seasonal brews for winter are robust, malty, and dark. The two
main styles of these brews are Old Ales and Barleywines. As the name
suggests, barleywines are similar to wines in alcohol and need aging but are
derived from grain, not the grape. Rogue’s barleywine is described by beer
expert Stuart Ramsey as: “A masterful, intense creation from brewer John
Maier....it has achieved a depth and complexity usually associated with
well-ages strong ales. I hope the brewery bottles some before it
disappears.” IBUs: 110. ABV: 11.5%.
Malts: Hugh Baird Carastan and Great Western 2-Row. Hops: Chinook, Cenntenial,
and Perle Hops. Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate:
Pours a gorgeous oily light caramel color liquid with some nice orange hues and
amber notes. Very nice off-white almost yellowish head that is dense and has
some sticky lacing to it. Very nice and thick looking.
Aroma is also very nice. Caramel notes a plenty with some hop backed citrus
notes and some herbal grassy and flowery notes. Slight molasses aroma can be
perceived with some bready notes as well. There are some nice fruity notes as
well with some slight prune notes. Mild heat as the beer warms.
Wow. Pretty impressive brew. Feel and body is a bit lighter than expected but
the flavor really makes up for this. Strong malt undertones. Tons of caramel and
molasses notes that are quickly overtaken by a nice prickly and citrusy notes.
Very strong hop backed flavor profile. Definitely a hop bomb American Barleywine.
Delicious combination of hops and caramel malt notes. Very rich flavors and a
nice boozy notes. As it warms some more fruit notes pop up with some nice toffee
notes as well. Mouthfeel is still pretty thick and oily with some nice
carbonation and a nice dry bitter finish.
I was pleasantly surprised. I had stayed away from Rogue for a while but this is
a great beer. Very flavorful and well crafted. Great job Rogue.
The Rogue Ale Story
Jack Joyce, Bob Woodell, and another friend, Rob Strasser, were approached by
Jeff Schultz, Bob's accountant, and an avid home brewer about starting a
brewery. After many beers discussing the idea, construction of a small brewery
began in June of 1988 in Ashland along a very scenic little stream called Lithia
Creek. The 10 bbl brew system was set up in a basement with a 60 seat Pub above.
The first brews were Amber and Gold. The Brewery and Pub opened in October 1988.
While the Brew Pub was located in a very pretty and scenic location, had a
beautiful deck and enjoyed moderate success and the beer was great, Ashland was
not to be Rogue's only adventure. Ashland was basically land locked, and frankly
we were losing our butts in Ashland, trying to sell our hand-crafted ales. Rogue
needed room to grow and grow we did. So Jack set off in search of greener
In early February of 1989, Jack wandered to Newport in search of the perfect
place for another Rogue Pub. Legend has it that a terrible and unusual snow
storm struck and Jack found himself stranded on the Historic Bay Front, with no
way up the hill. He was forced to walk the streets until he met up with Mohave
Neimi, founder of the famous Mo's Clam Chowder. She took him to the original
Mo's restaurant, gave him a bowl of hot clam chowder and told him about her
dream of living above a Bar and how she might just have the perfect spot for the
next Rogue Brew Pub. The large building sported 3 full time apartments upstairs,
a sweater shop, an Art Gallery and 1,100 sq. ft. of empty store front and an 800
sq. ft. garage that was currently being used to store antique cars. Mo offered
the vacant space and the garage to Jack at a very generous price, under two
stipulations: that a picture of Mo herself, naked in a bath tub, be forever
displayed at the Pub (it's still there today just to the left of the Bar) and
that Rogue "feed the fisherman", meaning that we give back to the local
community. This building was known as the Front & Case Bldg.