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RATINGS: 1435   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 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 (7117) - 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 that’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
LCRBM. Sweet fruity cookie medicinal aroma. Sweet fruity taste, turning bitter very quickly and staying bitter until the end, including a long finish. Wellbodied and alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
Bottled at LC-RBM. Aroma of apple, herbs and bisquit. Hazy, red/brown color, yellow creamy head, very nice lace. Very sweet, very bitter, herbal, pepper, cookies. So many hops and really exploding in your mouth. Very smooth, oily, dry in the finish, superb balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9392) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Hazy brown-red with orange highlights. Good yellowish head. Orange-grapey nose, bit of parsley, very aromatic. Quite bitter taste, typical for Great Divide: nearly quinine-like bitterness. Goes typically too harsh-metallic. Smooth, oily MF, velvety and fatty. Of course FULL-bodied. I do not like Great Divide’s hops. There must be a limit to harshness. Thanks to whomever brought it over, anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (2086) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2005
22oz. bomber: This one pours a cloudy brown color, with a fairly good amount of an almost tan head. The aroma is quite nice. A fairly potent wiff of caramel malts, with maybe a hint of pineapple, along with some other mixed fruits. You taste some sweetness, but it is up against some strong hops here. Caramel malts with hints of fruits, spiciness, and a somewhat thicker, silky mouthfeel. This would probably age very well, but it is quite good now!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownaler (532) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Cola brown appearance with a large off-white head in a snifter. Sweet caramel aroma. Flavor is hop dominated an could use some aging, but for a hophead like me, this is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (3743) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Bottle Pours a deep mahogany with a very large thick creamy light tan head. I actually looks like that spray foam insulation. Aroma is a sweet rich carmel, vanilla with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is quite sharp, thick and swet with a rather strong ABV slant. After taste is a pungent but expected hope bite. Very smooth and rather soft carbonation.

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