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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).


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 Hoppy, bitter, some caramel malts do shine through. It’s a little astringent. Nice aroma. This is kind of like a dark Hercules. But not as good. I’m not sure this would benefit from extended aging. It’s hard to say. Looks like it’s filtered so probably not. Decent brew though. Certainly repeatable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10108) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2005
Bottled: Burgundy coloured. Unclear. Huge dense light brown head. Flowers, fruity, hops, malt and caramel in the aroma. nice. Caramel, herbs, chcolate, liqourice in the flavaour. Some light alcohol. Is dry and heavy bitter in the end. Give a good warmth on the palate. Great barley wine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2006 Pours deep red in color with a medium white head. Barley smell with a sweet and floral smell to it as well. Strong bitter taste with a harsh kick to it that grows on you after awhile. Also tastes of hops and barley later on. Coats suprisingly well for a barleywine with a mostly sweet barley taste afterwards.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 19, 2005
This was a truly delicious and well-crafted, powerful beer. Yum yum. Not for everybody though due to its powerful stature and kick. Not for light beer enthusiasts, for example.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2005
The recent additions to what’s available in Texas serves to broaden my smile. Barleywines never escape my radar, and this one serves as a fine example of the Cali born tradition as implanted in Colorado. Big murky brown monster - guess that hairy beast is able to stride through mountain ranges with ease. Chewy malt and piney hops a couch and thee till the last drops do leave and encrustation on my goblet. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
Dark red, with huge reddish head. Some alcohol and caramel present. Bitter and sweet finish. A nice, quite hoppy, Barley Wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
Dark amber colored with an orange gleam, foamy beige head. Sweet aroma with bitter hints. Lots of malt and caramel with orange and hop tones and a bit of alcohol. Warming and slightly alcoholic in the flavor. Malty and nutty with a huge amount of hop leaving a nice bitter end. Quite sharp and not extremely balanced but still very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Dull dark amber colour with rich head. Piney, slightly minty hop aroma with breadcrusty malts. Rich, resiny hop flavour. The woody bitterness is balanced by ample whole grain malts, as well as toast and caramel notes. Like most of Great Divide’s beers, this is easy-drinking and well-structured while maintaining stylistic integrity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
Robe acajou aux reflets orangés surmontée d’une mousse beige fugace. Arômes de caramel, de miel, de malts rôtis, de raisins, de figues et d’alcool. Saveurs d’alcool, de houblon amérisant et de malts rôtis. Très américain.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
22oz. Very nice ruddy brown. Aroma is sweetly malty with some nice citrus and pine hops. Nice super malty sweet mouth, cut with some good hop flavor and bitterness. Well balanced barleywine.


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