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RATINGS: 1416   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aussie12 (14) - rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Pow, this stuff assaults your senses from the start all the way through. The flavours compete for your attention, burnt, sweet, hoppy, caramel, toasted, alcohol burn. Somehow it all balances out, this has to be due to the huge malt bill balanced by the huge hop bill. I love this brewery. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Wow, unbelievably good beer. It’s almost a clone of a double bastard for my money. Dark red color, strong hop taste and a strong alcohol burn to finish, great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1595) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 Deep amber with no head. Small bead. Some hopcit and apricot deep on the nose, with maple syrup and caramel malt. Pine, citrus, sweet caramel and an alcohol heft on tasting. A slightly floral, but sour, finish to this sipper. I agree that the beer is a bit creamy, and the overall texture to the beer is quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 11, 2005
This is a darn good barleywine with a good kick and a great mouthful. While its not a pantheon member of the barleywin group it packs plenty of punch. If my local beer shop were not charging such an outrageous price for it I would buy it again, but at $9 for a bomber, I can get Stone for $5 less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours murky orange-tinted brown with a creamy tan head and remarkable lacing. Aroma is dominated by fresh plums and a bit of floral hops. Somewhat simple and it in no means foreshadows the flavor. Caramels, piney/spicy hops and dark fruit dominate the bitter flavor. Somewhat resinous aftertaste. Full-bodied, moderately carbonated. Leaves you lips pretty sticky. A good b-wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Definately a favorite of the new knoxville players crowd at the middle of no where party: Sweet spicey Jesus...nicely done, strong finish; great with steak and good company..eh drew?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2497) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Large light beige head. Very dense and creamy on top. Rich and hoppy aroma with loads of malts, brown sugar, toffee, caramel and some sweetness along with the big floral and piney hops. Color is a thick, murky copper brown. Thick and syrupy on the palate with a big alcohol presence and kick. More sweet malts and caramel. Little hot with the alcohol. Masks some of the flavor. Little bit of hops but not as much as the aroma. A little medicinal but some damn fine medicine. Large alcohol presence at the finish which warms nicely. Some bitterness from the hops. A pretty good barleywine but a little to much alcohol. Thanks to Eyedrinkale for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Glass from 22 ounce bomber at home. Beautiful head, and wonderful color (though not quite as deep and beautiful as some others, but near perfect in my book). Aroma is great typical barleywine, very clean. Flavour is similar, not quite as deep and complex as some others I’ve had (less of the dark fruit esters and stuff like that), and mine had a tinge of metallic in the flavour, but the malt and hop, sweet and bitter, that was all very enjoyable. A little bit of a tingly feeling from the bitterness and alcohol at the finish are nice as well. I’d buy it again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - AUG 29, 2005
22-oz bomber from The Corkscrew in Urbana IL. The best American barleywine I’ve had since Lakefront’s Beer Line from years back. Rich malt aroma slightly punctuated by floral hop character. Pours a sexy rich ruby-reddish brown and forms a nice tan tightly-packed head that sticks around forever, or until you vigorously wash out your glass, whichever comes first. Hop character starts out a trifle too aggressive for my taste -- Northwest hops don’t seem to suit this style well -- but this mitigated as the beer warmed up. Thick almost cloying on the tongue. Great Divide continues to impress.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2005
Bottled, sampled at ølbaren during the RBESG pub crawl. Dark brown colour. Loads of US hops in aroma along with a fruity, caramelly character. Seemed very soft at first sniff. Mouthfeel was very smooth, loaded with hops and fruit notes, very perfectly malty with that American pine tone. Bitterness was big but also perfect. A wonderful Barley Wine.

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