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RATINGS: 1379   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).


3.8
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2005
chewy candy malt aroma, ruby colored with a massive tightly packed head, initial pleasant smokiness with some candylike maltiness before my palate was bombarded by rubbery aggressive hop bitters that lack subtlety and balance

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 8, 2005
Cranberry-red colored body, dark but no shades of brown, just red. Head is a light foam of toasted whitebread bubbles. Aroma is sweet and powerful, strawberries, melons, heavy malt. Really big beer, taste and tons of alcohol with sweet caramel and tongue sizzling hops, bitter coffee and bitter veggie taste. Foamy head really leaves beautiful lacing. Just a really solid beer in all facets.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
the old ruffian poured a beautiful deep red with a nice creamy half in head.as i drank the head left thick webbing on the glass.my nose could gather sents of hops,grapefruit,roses,and a tad bit of malts.the flavor was very well balanced with a mix of chocolate,whiskey,grapefruit,caramel,and a nice bite to finish it off.this is a very complex and smooth barleywine.much thanks goes to snowtiger for sending it to me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Bottle - great big malty sweet aroma. Just the way I love a BW to smell. The hops are definitely there, too, but the malt is the star. It reminds me of Louisville’s BBC Bearded Pat’s, but not quite the malt. Deep, dark cloudy body with a beige head atop. Mmmm ... tastes good! Again, the malt is way out front and as the flavor fades the hops come to the fore. Creamy mouthfeel with the slight alcohol sting. This is a really nice barley wine. It would be very good with some age on it, but I just don’t have the patience!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
Hazy dark amber w/ vibrant ruby hue. Light brown foam. Hoppy, fruity aroma of pine, grapefruit, pineapple & lychee w/ caramel, toffee & biscuity malts to support. Buttery feel. Very hoppy, very sweet, very bitter flavour but well balanced & relatively easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2005
22 oz bottle shared with my brother and the passed out spirit of ClarkVV in a hotel room in Boston MA. Pours a solid, lasting creamy head atop a very dark, near-opaque coppery body...big nose of fresh-cut young wood, cherries, burnt caramel and citric hops...full malty body, plenty of wood, bit tarry and orangy-acidic....light sourness, a dark and pungent barley wine that’s quite enjoyable without being great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12114) - 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.

4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3479) - 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.


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