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RATINGS: 1441   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 Ruffianís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (261) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Pours an intriguing murky mahogany topped of a frothy beige head. The nose is well balanced blending some sweet malts and fruits to a very hoppy background. Coffee and caramel are well balanced with apple, grapefruit, pineapple, coconut, and some pine. The heavy alcohol content is present in the nose reminding of bourbon which really helps emphasize the hops. The flavor only echoes these fragrances. Iím not a big hop-head, so I canít say this is my style but I appreciated the effort and the complexity of this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2005
Its a barley wine and its an IPA and its rounded off and balanced. The aroma is grapefruit from C hops. Its a nice drink, I have had worse barleywines, gives a pineapple, some sugary sweetness not cloying. Must put a bottle down for a couple of years. Big, big white head, lace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2005
[bottle at LCRBM] fruity, grapefruit, plums, caramel. big, almost chewy body, sweet upfront, lots of bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (19387) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 2010-04-22, bottle a couple of years old, 8-5-9-5-18=45
It pours a dark red-amber color, with small creamy head. Very nice aroma of chocolate and cereals, light vanilla. Full bodied, with a round mouthfeel; strong malt flavor, sweet, smooth, with pleasant chocolate, vanilla, caramel, eggnogg. The bitterness is still strong, maybe the hop is less aromatic, but it blends well with the robust maltiness and the alcohol touch. Excellent.

2008-08-08, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 8-4-8-5-17=42
Hazy dark amber color, thin creamy head. Very nice aroma of fudge. Strong mouthfeel, syrupy malt caramel and toffee, with strong bitterness, a bit nutty too. Powerful final, full of toffee, sweet and bitter, hop oils. Excellent.

2005-05-21, bottle, 9-5-9-5-19=47
Dark amber color. As it happened only few other times, here you have a soooo powerful brew: chewy malts mixed with huge amounts of resiny hops, leaning to pine needles, with some caramel, chocolate. Extreme masochist pleasure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2005
At the LCRBM: Thanks to the bringer!!! I think I know who it was, but I donít wanna be wrong ;-) Nice mahagony red color, small layer of a head leaving legs on the glass. Wonderful intense bread, plum and acohol nose. Full bodied - long lasting taste with a mouth roof kicking hoppy finish. YUMMIE!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
No#35. Another barley wine, how many does this table need. Aroma is bitter, with lemon and grapefruit kicking through. Taste however is balanced with a good amount of malt making the strong bitter hops taste great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Cloudy,hazy,murky brew with a layer of fine bubbles on top.Heavy on the sweet,syrupy toffee.Some hops,but man is this sweet.More hopsin the flavor which really balances out the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2005
bottle at LCRBM. yeeha what a beer!! aroma: sweet honeyish, grassy and grapefruit. taste: sourrish, bittersweet, coffee, malt, raisins and a LOT of 3C hops(which results in a very bitter grassy, resinous taste). finishes long bitterish and alc. warming. FULL bodied fat and smooth beer. this is just great!! thanks whomever brought this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 17, 2005
Amber brown with tan creamy head on top. Plenty of juicy malts showered with 2 punch combination of alcohol and hops. Medium bodied. Initial bitter sweet hop character is taken over by hop domination. Late warming alcohol reminds you of 10 % plus. This Ruffian is no joke. Bold, rough and from Hamilton docks thatís for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2005
22oz. bottle, cellar-aged for about 6 mos. Sweet, flowery, fruity aroma, rich, doughy, caramel malts abound with undertones of juicy, piney, citric hoppiness yielding hints of orange, pineapple and mint here and there. Deep red-brown color, clear (filtered), with a lasting, mountainous head that subsided to leave the glass draped in lace. Flavor profile is saturated with hops, flowery and piney with bundles of citrus fruit and upfront bitterness, slowly mellowing throughout to reveal the sweet, sugary malts and warming alcoholic presence, but with a hugely flavorful hoppy finish, long and resinous. Pleasantly smooth on the palate with a satisfyingly massive body. Really a nice interplay of factors here despite the amounts in which they are presented. The cellar has been very kind to this one and would likely be for another 2-3 winters at least.

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