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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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
dark maroon color with little white head that leaves in a hurry. Industrial cleaner aroma, lots of pine and power, can clean any floor. I get a ton of caramel in this and i even pick up some citrus, this is really decent, not overbearing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2005
bottle courtesy of a trade with kevin, big nose full of grassy hops, grapefruits, and some chocolate malts. body was scarlet red with a thick creamy offwhite head. flavor was sweet early, lots of the caramel coming in, followed by TONS of bitter citrus hops. the blending was unbalanced until this stuff was downright warm, i am talking about outside in the sun for 40 minutes temperature. this was a lot more heavily hopped than any other BW i can think of, but once it was almost hot and smoothed out, i did enjoy it thoroughly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
Chestnut color witha beige head. The taste is a sweet malty body with a nice alcohol balance. Finishes with a very nice dry and warming palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2795) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2981) - 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!

   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!

   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

   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.

   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.

   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.

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