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RATINGS: 1361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.27%
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Old Ruffian is a hefty, hop-forward Barley Wine. Seemingly mellow at first sniff, with its subtle fruit aromas and complex caramel sweetness, this deep mahogany-hued ale quickly shows its true character marked by bold hop flavors and massive hop bitterness. Old Ruffian’s rich, slightly creamy, caramel malt mouthfeel balances its grapefruit, pine, and floral hop flavors, working wonders on your palate.
A mind-numbing 90 International Bittering Units (IBUs).


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2772) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2005
mellow at first. caramel taste. deep brown color, hoppy, bitter taste. creamy complexion with a quick finish. looking for a more complex taste in a barley wine.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2969) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Aroma of grassy hops, and caramel. Thick, soapy head that clings to the side of the glass. Scarlet color when poured. This beer is heavy on the hops. Can taste malts up front and bitter hops at the end. Not a traditional tasting barley wine-very strong on the hops. As the beer warms, taste loses some of the hops. Great beer! Thanks to richlikebeer for sharing!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Split this with crosling while listening to hip-hop I take a few slow sips and get the foam on my lips The nose is unobtrusive, yet the hops are rather abusive (but only in a wonderful, masochistic sort of way) I could drink this every day. And even though this Ruffian tastes mighty fine, the fact remains, you can’t screw up a barleywine!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Poured a slightly murky reddish brown, with a nice tan head. Nice aroma of caramel malts, pine needles, and some mild alcohol. Wonderfull full mouthfeel, thick and slightly syrupy with a a big caramel malt taste with hints of toffee, pine, with a nice slightly warming alcohol presence leading to a nicely bitter finish. Outstanding

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Bottle, at the brewery? Great Divide is a small production brewery. they gave an excellent tour, but are only equipeed with a few of their beers on draft. they were happy to open up bottles of anything that we wanted to try. Smooth and big, malty beginning with a nice dry finish, a solid barleywine style ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wolfecruz (3) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2005 does not count
bold and a bit unbalanced with heavy hop flavor and bitterness but overall likeable. Similar to Bigfoot.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Perfect clearish ruby red. Very bitter with a high alcohol nose and taste. Caramel in there as well.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3405) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2005
This was really good. Slightly hazy ruby brown, bordering into mahogany, with a thick creamy head that slowly faded, leaving lacing and a fine ring even after quite some time had passe, unusual in such a thick beer. Massive caramel, spruce, and grapefruit aromas. Tasty, almost chewy caramel and toffee malts greet the tongue, which is then sandblasted by bitter hops, with loads of resiny pine and citrus. There are also some dark fruit underpinnings throughout. Great fresh, I suspect this would age nicely as well. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Pours cloudy reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma of piney hops, dark fruit and caramel. Flavor has spiciness, pepper, pine, resin, grapefruit, oak, dark fruits, toasted malt, caramel, toffee and a hint of cherry. Pleasantly sweet with a ton of hop bitterness, which lingers on the tongue forever. The body on this is just beautiful; thick, lush and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation. Great head retention. A really nice barleywine.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Pour is deep ruby with a big dense thick off white head...smell is pine, soap, plums, and cherries...maybe vanilla too...taste is intensely sweet then bitter...seems a little over the top, but good indeed...


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