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RATINGS: 1417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.27%
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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2055) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (22759) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - 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.

   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.

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