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RATINGS: 1402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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).


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2005
deep red color with a brown thin head. smells sweet, fruity, and hoppy. taste is smooth and mellow and then very hoppy. grassy tasting, a little pine picked up too. no alcohol presence detected. this is my younger bottle, and i have another one that should be good in a few years. buy a couple of these, lay a few down, and drink some - this one will age with the best of them. damn nice beer

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcwattsrugger (11860) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2005
22oz bomber –pours a tan head, color is brown. Aroma is sweet, malt, hop. Taste follows with the finish having a slight alcohol bite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2005
Bottle. Majestic, hearty malt aroma, and caramel. Deep copper, pours a tiny custard head. Flavour is at first, a fine malt, hops are apparent too. Very well balanced, medium bodied, terrific mouthfeel, alcohol is muted. This should be even better in a couple of years. Lovely!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2005
I didn’t have the best light around me when I poured but from what I could tell it was a reddish brown color with a fairly small head. Aroma was not what I expected. Surprisingly citrusy with just a faint hint of alcohol in the nose. The hops are more noticeable in this than most barleywines, plenty of orange and grapefruit (which actually smells like Ugli or Uniq fruit to me) with hints of spiciness and a little bit of burn. A very good barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
bottle. orange-copper body is cloudy with a fluffy off-white frothy head. beautiful aroma - yeast, sugar, dark fruit, and rich chocolate malt. very rich malty body, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of sweetness on the finish. alcohol warmth is evident but is well masked by the flavour. very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Bomber. Pours a nice dark red with a foamy white head. Nose is very bready and yeasty, some light caramel. Taste is very malty, with some bread and yeast notes to it. Has a decent hop bitterness in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2048) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Ruby red color. Dark. Thin white silky head. Aroma is pretty mild. Flavor matches the aroma; mild and unassertive. After just finishing a year old Bigfoot, I was under-whelmed.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2005
honey brown with a one inch cream colored head. decent retention. good clarity with moderate carbonation. very pretty. fair amount of lacing. God, I love barleywines. Sweet, fruity, and malty with tangerine and spice assaulting my nostrils. the strength of the alcohol is the backbone of the aroma and it works wonderfully. Oh. My. God. start is equally fruity and spicy with the finish wonderfully hopped and not insanely bitter. This is much more balanced than Rogue’s Old Crustacean. like an orange spice pie. Wow. Its so warm and full. The hops bring a grapefruit bitterness to the end that wonderfully counteracts the fruity beginning. This is inviting me to a warm bed that I could forever sleep in. This is just-wow. Alcohol presents itself wonderfully, easing in with a wonderful warming sensation. This is just amazing. Some aging would be good, but I like this. I like it. Palate is FLAWLESS. Absolutely flawless. This is what beer should feel like. This deserves a five more than any other beer I have ever had. Perfect carbonation; it’s very low, which accentuates the texture oh so well. A bomber is the perfect serving size. It’ll put you to sleep with a memory of the best night of your life. This is absolutely wonderful. Mad props to Great Divide. You have made my night. The five hour drive through traffic to get away from Hurricane Rita is nothing more than a forgettable memory. This is worth it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (22623) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2005
Bottled. Ruby, beige head. Rich grapefruity hop aroma. Plenty of sweet malt with notes of toffee. Concentrated thick mouthfeel, yet overpowered by vast hoppiness. Incredibly bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2005
This beer pours a deep reddish amber color with little to no head. there is a floral smell and taste the has a little carbonation to it... it also seems a little smokey? not one of the better barleywines I’ve had, but a decent beer, I guess... Cheers!


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