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RATINGS: 1403   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).


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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Bottle from Riley’s. Pours a dark caramel amber. I was suprised by the aroma of this beer, it really smells more like an IPA than a barley wine. First taste was glorious. A nice malty base backed up by a big boquet of hop flavors, everything from citrus to floral. Great mouthfeel as well, malty and slightly higher carbonation than most barley-wines that doesn’t coat your mouth and make it feel too sticky.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Bottle at Buffalo Brew Fest. Pours a very dark amber, red highlights, tan head. Full aroma, dates, figs, plums, caramel, and yes lots of hops, but all working together. Flavor starts out as very malty, melony, with some brown sugar and molasses, fading into some fairly strong booze and abundant bitter hops. Palate is big but the alcohol is a bit much and the bitterness seemed a tad out of place. Still, this was really nice and I can imagine this being a thing of beauty in a few years.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2005
220z - 2004 - Aroma is woody, plum, and carmel malt.. Pours a deep brown with red highlights. Medium heads dissapates to leave great lacing. Flavor is also woody (oak and cedar), carmel sweetness, plum, cherry, and a touch of hops. Palate is sweet and smooth. A great barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2710) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Really, really nice looking. A perfect red color, with a 2 finger firm head. Aroma mainly hoppy, earthy and citric. Flavor is bold! A huge rounded caramel front, tingly spicy resiny hops in the middle, heavy palate and bitter finish. Balance? I don’t know. There’s a whole lot of malt there but it seems there’s even more hops. Resiny hops linger in the mouth forever! Tastes more bitter than its 90 IBUs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Aroma is with alcohol, pine, and sweet citrus. The flavor fought this hoppiness, though, with a rich, sour breadiness. Still a lot of hops, but it still had a great whiskey-like dry maltiness. Very rich, very syrupy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2473) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Pours a dark amber body with a smallish head. Aroma is hoppy -grapefruity and piney. The aroma is more like an IPA than a barley wine. However, there’s a huge malty flavor too. Caramel is most noticeable. Hints of darker fruits. Finishes sweet thanks to the high alcohol content. As this beer warmed it got better until the end, at which point it began to fall apart. It went from syrupy to overly sticky, and the only thing in the aroma was alcohol.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aussie12 (14) - rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Pow, this stuff assaults your senses from the start all the way through. The flavours compete for your attention, burnt, sweet, hoppy, caramel, toasted, alcohol burn. Somehow it all balances out, this has to be due to the huge malt bill balanced by the huge hop bill. I love this brewery. Good stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Wow, unbelievably good beer. It’s almost a clone of a double bastard for my money. Dark red color, strong hop taste and a strong alcohol burn to finish, great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1592) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 Deep amber with no head. Small bead. Some hopcit and apricot deep on the nose, with maple syrup and caramel malt. Pine, citrus, sweet caramel and an alcohol heft on tasting. A slightly floral, but sour, finish to this sipper. I agree that the beer is a bit creamy, and the overall texture to the beer is quite nice.


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