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RATINGS: 1366   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Poors copper and suprisingly carbonated. Thin head. Smells like butterscotch and cinnamon. Hops mostly mask alcohol flavor. Long lasting raisin and plum flavor. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2005
Bottle. Copper coloured with poor head retention. Extremely hoppy aroma mixed with caramel and dried fruits. Sweet flavours mingles with an almost vibrant bitterness on the tongue. The aftertaste is long and bitter and dominated by citrus fruits and flowers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Pours a bright ruby with a fine white head. Slightly sweet and alcoholic aroma. Sticky palate with a sweet caramel flavor with a ton of hops hitting you in the backend.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 Hoppy, bitter, some caramel malts do shine through. It’s a little astringent. Nice aroma. This is kind of like a dark Hercules. But not as good. I’m not sure this would benefit from extended aging. It’s hard to say. Looks like it’s filtered so probably not. Decent brew though. Certainly repeatable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10598) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2005
Bottled: Burgundy coloured. Unclear. Huge dense light brown head. Flowers, fruity, hops, malt and caramel in the aroma. nice. Caramel, herbs, chcolate, liqourice in the flavaour. Some light alcohol. Is dry and heavy bitter in the end. Give a good warmth on the palate. Great barley wine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2006 Pours deep red in color with a medium white head. Barley smell with a sweet and floral smell to it as well. Strong bitter taste with a harsh kick to it that grows on you after awhile. Also tastes of hops and barley later on. Coats suprisingly well for a barleywine with a mostly sweet barley taste afterwards.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 19, 2005
This was a truly delicious and well-crafted, powerful beer. Yum yum. Not for everybody though due to its powerful stature and kick. Not for light beer enthusiasts, for example.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2005
The recent additions to what’s available in Texas serves to broaden my smile. Barleywines never escape my radar, and this one serves as a fine example of the Cali born tradition as implanted in Colorado. Big murky brown monster - guess that hairy beast is able to stride through mountain ranges with ease. Chewy malt and piney hops a couch and thee till the last drops do leave and encrustation on my goblet. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
Dark red, with huge reddish head. Some alcohol and caramel present. Bitter and sweet finish. A nice, quite hoppy, Barley Wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Dark amber colored with an orange gleam, foamy beige head. Sweet aroma with bitter hints. Lots of malt and caramel with orange and hop tones and a bit of alcohol. Warming and slightly alcoholic in the flavor. Malty and nutty with a huge amount of hop leaving a nice bitter end. Quite sharp and not extremely balanced but still very good.


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