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RATINGS: 1348   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 22 oz bottle, fresh: sticky, dense off-tan head that never quite disappears. Clear, shinning garnet. Sweet strawberry essence in the aroma mixed with fresh vanilla bean, piney hop resin, raisins, and a touch of honeycomb. Soft, delicate palate with a strong bitterness and sweet malty undertones. Surprisingly balanced and drinkable, I really like how the sugary vanilla combines with the fresh hops and leaves a lingering pineapple flavour. It comes down to this one being straight up good, well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4611) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
(22oz bottle) Pine notes and lychee. Hoppy flavour. Very cascade. Could be aged a while as this bottle was very young.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
(on bottle) Semihazy orange/red; like a marple leaf, with beige head. A taste that hides the 10.2% very well, but also has so many parts, that the full picture in ripped apart. A beer CAN get too complex, this beers shows it. All in all I got orangepeel and liqourice and that dosen´t swing to me. but the swilleffect must be great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Couleur brune pale aux reflets rouges. Belle mousse beige et pleinement persistante. Litchee, sirop de cerise, chaire de pamplemousse blanc et ananas mûri juste à point s’avère rapidement comme un agréable soulagement. Beau malt caramel épais et collant, sur une présence très herbale. Épaisseur allant de moyenne à mi-épaisse, présence en bouche résineuse et presque crémeuse, supporté par une effervescence juste et bien intégrée. Longue finale complexe dans le département houblonné, jouant sur des notes de sève de conifères et d’agrumes. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Dark cola brown with reddish hues when looked through the light. Barely a crown of lace. Quite interesting smell...Catty, for one thing. I have an uncle that worked in a Mink farm, and it smelled just like that. Is this from the Chinook hops? Beyond that first whiff that sort of took me aback at first, some mild passionfruit, pineapple and even lychee started to poke at my nose. Taste: The first sip felt like putting a burlap sack full of hop pellets in a super-duper press, squeezing out that single drop of pure alpha acid right on your tongue. 90 IBUs it says on the label, I would have guessed more. It mellowed out somewhat as my sample went down my gullet and the malt actually started to show up on the radar, making the mouthfeel firm, but not intolerable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (13788) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. Very malty aroma, some hoppiness. Unclear dark brown colour, small head. Strong peppery flavour with much aromatic and bitter hoppiness. Slightly astringent aftertaste. Good body, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 (Bottle 65 cl) Clear, deep amber with a small beige head. Sweetish, malty nose and sweetness in the first sip. But then you’re immediately hit by the hammer of hops - an absolutely wild and extreme hoppiness making you pretty much suffocate. Plain and simple. 90 IBUs is extreme by any standard, and admittedly too extreme for me. But a great experience nevertheless. 210505

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Clear copper body with a thick, fluffy off-white head. Big, hoppy nose chuck full of pine, grapefruit, sweet toffee, molasses, warm alcohol, raisins, toasted grains and treacle pudding. The body is just big enough to handle all the flavors, and low enough in carbonation to stay true to style. The flavors are more balanced than the nose would lead on. The sweetness of the malt, the bitterness of the hops and the warmth of the alcohol all contribute equally to a well crafted English-Style Barleywine. The sweet malt dominates the front before an onslaught of bitterness trashing the tongue before a warm, soothing alcohol slowly fades away like a summer sunset on the beach. Not the most exciting Barleywine, but still damn good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a baige head. Sweet malty hoppy dry fruit light alcoholic aroma and taste. Medium body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2005
clear deep scarlet-brownish body with a pillowy peach-tan head. aroma is strong hops and malty sweet. nice thick lacing. also aroma of fresh grapefruit. is this a barley wine or an IIPA?? taste is very bitter and hoppy, with strong dry malt too. creamy mouthfeel. salty! very dry and bitter resin finish, alcohol heat increases in the aftertaste. not my choice of barleywine style, but good for hopheads. tried to take the edge off with pretzels but they’re too salty!

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