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RATINGS: 1372   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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11958) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2005
(22oz bottle) Red-copper body topped by small beige head that retians well and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, grapefruit, some raisin, bread. Taste is sweet, almost treacly, caramel, grapefruit, pine, pineapple. Finish has a mild alcohol burn, but not unpleasant. Creamy full body that leaves some resin on the tongue. While I think the sweetness prevents it from achieving greatness, I still enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2005
Very nice red-brown beer with warm orange glow. This beer has a creamy yellow-beige froth. The head is very dens and soft aromatic. It has an expressive nose with aroma’s of caramel, Toblerone, mocca-liquor, honey, crème brullée with lavender flowers, nuts, tropical wood, herbs and loads of soft hops. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a sexy fruity-caramel accent. The sweetness is complex and has hints of nougat, honey, burned caramel and Swiss herb-toffée’s. On the middel pallet there are some fruity apricot and peache-stone hints that turns into a masieve hoppyness. You can notice a greenish bitterness of banana-skin some grape branches and pits, sage, cedar wood, some metalic touches, mint and loads of hops. The alcohol is present in this brew, and gives it a mellew body warming caracter. A Big thanks goes to Jeppe (Bierkönig) for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3425) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 Pours a slightly hazy brown with an off-white head. Smells of malts and alcohol. Sweet and malty. Caramel. Some hopsaromas too. Full bodied. Extremely long bitter finish. Very nice full beer. My eternal downfall - My bane.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2005
Dark reddish brown with large creamy light frown head. Floral hop aroma with dense malty background of red berreis, blackberries and caramel. Hoppy piney and hoppy but dense and sticky malty notes of blackberries and dried fruit is en the background. The finish is really hopbitter of grapefruit and pines. Dense and sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1047) - USA - JUN 26, 2005
Deep dark reddish brown color with a somewhat thin head. Taste is dominated by hops at first with a nice nutty malt finish. Aftertaste is sweet and lingering after bitterness of the hops passes. This is quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10607) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Tap. Pours mahagoney with a tall creamy tan head. Fragrant floral hop aroma with caramel malt; an inviting aroma to say the least-mouth watering to be exact. Spicy caramel malt flavor with a spicy hop finish. Full bodied and somewhat spicy palate.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
temporrari (388) - 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.

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