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RATINGS: 1401   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 15, 2005
22 oz bottle: Damn, this is a barleywine. Big, huge malt aroma, brown sugar, soap, hops. Caramel brown with a thick rich tan head. Big rich hoppy flavor with a nice malt backbone. Appropriately bitter finish. Damn good beer. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1527) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thick, fluffy and creamy dark sandy-tan head that leaves TONS of lace. Aroma has alot of pine, citrusy hops and plums to go along with the candy-like malts. This is THICK and RICH! Possibly the thickest beer I’ve ever had that wasn’t an imperial stout. Very sweet, caramel, piney malty start. Floral, citrusy hops are present in the very bitter, dry finish. Quite sticky. Leaves the impression that I’ve just licked some delicious tree sap. Some warming alcohol throughout. Very powerful and intense.

   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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1799) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12772) - 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.

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