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RATINGS: 1388   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 17/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Poured a slightly murky reddish brown, with a nice tan head. Nice aroma of caramel malts, pine needles, and some mild alcohol. Wonderfull full mouthfeel, thick and slightly syrupy with a a big caramel malt taste with hints of toffee, pine, with a nice slightly warming alcohol presence leading to a nicely bitter finish. Outstanding

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Bottle, at the brewery? Great Divide is a small production brewery. they gave an excellent tour, but are only equipeed with a few of their beers on draft. they were happy to open up bottles of anything that we wanted to try. Smooth and big, malty beginning with a nice dry finish, a solid barleywine style ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wolfecruz (3) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2005 does not count
bold and a bit unbalanced with heavy hop flavor and bitterness but overall likeable. Similar to Bigfoot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Perfect clearish ruby red. Very bitter with a high alcohol nose and taste. Caramel in there as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2005
This was really good. Slightly hazy ruby brown, bordering into mahogany, with a thick creamy head that slowly faded, leaving lacing and a fine ring even after quite some time had passe, unusual in such a thick beer. Massive caramel, spruce, and grapefruit aromas. Tasty, almost chewy caramel and toffee malts greet the tongue, which is then sandblasted by bitter hops, with loads of resiny pine and citrus. There are also some dark fruit underpinnings throughout. Great fresh, I suspect this would age nicely as well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1560) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Pours cloudy reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma of piney hops, dark fruit and caramel. Flavor has spiciness, pepper, pine, resin, grapefruit, oak, dark fruits, toasted malt, caramel, toffee and a hint of cherry. Pleasantly sweet with a ton of hop bitterness, which lingers on the tongue forever. The body on this is just beautiful; thick, lush and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation. Great head retention. A really nice barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Pour is deep ruby with a big dense thick off white head...smell is pine, soap, plums, and cherries...maybe vanilla too...taste is intensely sweet then bitter...seems a little over the top, but good indeed...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 15, 2005
22 oz bottle: Damn, this is a barleywine. Big, huge malt aroma, brown sugar, soap, hops. Caramel brown with a thick rich tan head. Big rich hoppy flavor with a nice malt backbone. Appropriately bitter finish. Damn good beer. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1494) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thick, fluffy and creamy dark sandy-tan head that leaves TONS of lace. Aroma has alot of pine, citrusy hops and plums to go along with the candy-like malts. This is THICK and RICH! Possibly the thickest beer I’ve ever had that wasn’t an imperial stout. Very sweet, caramel, piney malty start. Floral, citrusy hops are present in the very bitter, dry finish. Quite sticky. Leaves the impression that I’ve just licked some delicious tree sap. Some warming alcohol throughout. Very powerful and intense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
Deep reddish beer with a nice solid tan head. Light roasted malty aroma with hints of some fruity hoppyness. Malty flavor with some caramel sweetness and a hoppy finish with notes of pine.

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