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RATINGS: 1441   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 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 (9505) - 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 (2103) - 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 (553) - 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 (3845) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2005
I did not particular like the palate on this beer. Way too bitter for a Barley Wine. Barley Wine’s are not supposed to have a harsh bitter component. However, this one does.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pours a deep mahogany brown/red which blocks all light from going through it. Extremely thick, creamy, lasting, tan head. It has that Guniess effect in its pour. When you pour this beer you can acually see the surupiness. Aroma of carmel sweetness, bitter hops, and a plum pear citrus fruitiness. Wow this beer has flavor. First comes bitter hops, followed by a dark roasted malt, followed by a raisin, citrus sweetness. As I sususpect from the pour, this beer has a mighty think surupy mouthfeel. The last flavor that lingers in your mouth and chest is the alcohol. A nice warmness fills your body. The flavor definitly hide the high alcohol content. A big freekin beer but if thats what you are looking for.........you not only found it, but your about to get your butt kicked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber-bown with a dense short lasting head. Heavily malty, sweet-syrupy, caramel flavor, notes of boiled vegetables, plenty of hop character too and the usual heavily bitter "great divide" finish. Alcohol certainly there, but it is well integrated. Pleasent soft mouthfeel and full body. A very good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2005
deep red color with a brown thin head. smells sweet, fruity, and hoppy. taste is smooth and mellow and then very hoppy. grassy tasting, a little pine picked up too. no alcohol presence detected. this is my younger bottle, and i have another one that should be good in a few years. buy a couple of these, lay a few down, and drink some - this one will age with the best of them. damn nice beer

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