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RATINGS: 1333   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).


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Wow--for that high of an ABV, you can’t taste a strong alcohol presence. Given, you feel it, but you don’t taste or smell it. This is a good beer--my first barley wine. It has a tinge of a bloody taste, but then a nice sweetness to it that balances out. This is nice. You oughta try it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Poured a dark ruby red with a medium white head. Aroma is hoppy w/ grapefruit, pine oranges and sweet malt.. Tast follows suit with a heavy hoppy, pine and orange flavor.. It has a good balance of sweetness going with the hoppy flavor and a medium alcohol finish.. Good barley Wine!! .

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Pours a deep mahogany with a dense tan head. lots of thick lace. Smells of hops, tangerine, grapefruit and smoky malt. Taste is surprisingly hoppy and citrusy. Bitter hops permeate the rich malt. Big carame-like malt. Big body with a sweet and lightly sticky finish. Very long hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty drinkable. I like a hoppy barleywine but this one might have been too much. Might need some age to take that edge off. Still, a stellar and tasty barleywine.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Ruby orange. Cakey dirty-white ring of foam surrounds a broken center. Pungently piney hop aroma laced with figgy malts and sugared bread. Subtle pineapple marmalade scents. Softly carbonated, although sharply fuzzy. Largely soggy, with an ill-defined bready malt structure, initially. Mashed figs clash with the mushiness. Graceless leafy-hop acidity heightens as it warms, as does the meaty alcohol. Heavy notes of oxidation, as well, further obstruct the more refined/jellied malt nuances. Overripe plum skin acidity suppresses the briefly promising flash of passionfruit brightness. Finishes with completely out-of-place overly toasted malt hulls as meaty alcohol perpetuates the leafy and piney massacre, leaving behind a flabby fruitiness amid lasting breaths of cardboard/oxidation. The aroma is respectable, but everything else is terribly brutish. The oxidation, which was present within the first month of bottling, continues to increase. I definitely won’t be aging any of this.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottle. Honestly, I wouldn’t call this a ’hop-forward’ ale. This barleywine has the aroma of caramel with a slight whiff of alcohol, but little hop aroma. The taste is almost cloyingly sweet, with only the alcohol being its saving grace. I prefer a barleywine with more of a hop presense both in aroma and taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 22 oz bottle, fresh: sticky, dense off-tan head that never quite disappears. Clear, shinning garnet. Sweet strawberry essence in the aroma mixed with fresh vanilla bean, piney hop resin, raisins, and a touch of honeycomb. Soft, delicate palate with a strong bitterness and sweet malty undertones. Surprisingly balanced and drinkable, I really like how the sugary vanilla combines with the fresh hops and leaves a lingering pineapple flavour. It comes down to this one being straight up good, well done!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4459) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
(22oz bottle) Pine notes and lychee. Hoppy flavour. Very cascade. Could be aged a while as this bottle was very young.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
(on bottle) Semihazy orange/red; like a marple leaf, with beige head. A taste that hides the 10.2% very well, but also has so many parts, that the full picture in ripped apart. A beer CAN get too complex, this beers shows it. All in all I got orangepeel and liqourice and that dosen´t swing to me. but the swilleffect must be great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Couleur brune pale aux reflets rouges. Belle mousse beige et pleinement persistante. Litchee, sirop de cerise, chaire de pamplemousse blanc et ananas mûri juste à point s’avère rapidement comme un agréable soulagement. Beau malt caramel épais et collant, sur une présence très herbale. Épaisseur allant de moyenne à mi-épaisse, présence en bouche résineuse et presque crémeuse, supporté par une effervescence juste et bien intégrée. Longue finale complexe dans le département houblonné, jouant sur des notes de sève de conifères et d’agrumes. Excellent!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Dark cola brown with reddish hues when looked through the light. Barely a crown of lace. Quite interesting smell...Catty, for one thing. I have an uncle that worked in a Mink farm, and it smelled just like that. Is this from the Chinook hops? Beyond that first whiff that sort of took me aback at first, some mild passionfruit, pineapple and even lychee started to poke at my nose. Taste: The first sip felt like putting a burlap sack full of hop pellets in a super-duper press, squeezing out that single drop of pure alpha acid right on your tongue. 90 IBUs it says on the label, I would have guessed more. It mellowed out somewhat as my sample went down my gullet and the malt actually started to show up on the radar, making the mouthfeel firm, but not intolerable.


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