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RATINGS: 1420   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2005
Dark brown colour. Woody, smoky nose. Great bitterness. Some residual sugars is present, and fruits like raisin and plum. Dry and hoppy. Warming alcohol. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
Appearance is rusty brown colour, thin tan coloured head. Slightly lighter in colour than what I would expect from a barley wine. However..... Candy sweet aroma, caramel, figs and hints of alcohol. Flavour is bold and strong. Fairly intense sweetness, slight metallic flavour, but with hoppy bitterness that lingers in the background, attempting to balance out the sweet and nasty tidal wave, but ultimately fails and oh well, it should, since this is after all, a barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (15708) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Dark nut brown, small white head. Musty, smokey barley wine nose. Full-bodied. Roasted barley, some licorice. Good beer, could have more character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2005
I’ve got to believe that this was 2003-2004 and I’ve got to give BIG thanks to Brock_Landers. What a nice guy to turn me on to Great Divide! Anyhow, Pours a hazy amber-chestnut color with a minimal head. The aroma is sweet dried fruit ranging from raison to apricot with a light malt base. The hops present themselves as it warms. Fruit, Hops, and malt in the taste are very well blended! Dates, citrus peal and pine hops, and caramel. Hop forward yes, but very well integrated! Body is light-medium, somewhat watery but with a good dry bitterness. Overall this is wonderful. I’d drink this anytime. Great for sipping or for dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2005 Very aromatic. I’m sensing cascade hops, caramel, coffee. Mahogany colour with some carbonation, brownish foam with some staying power, that clings to the inside of the glass. VERY filling, with a lot of sweetness that is (almost) balanced by even more hops bitterness. Unfortunately the many flavours (liquorice, caramel, hops) are overpowering and numbs my taste buds. Hides the alcohol content (10.2%) totally - until you stand up. The sugar content(?) is so high, that the dried beer on my lips almost makes my lips stick together. All in all: Tries to hard, and will never be my favourite barley wine (even if it came in a much smaller bottle).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2005
this was aight but not the best barleywine i’ve had. i am not sure i’d give it as much respect as my counterpart. rust colored and thin yellowish head. smells very much like pinesol-- aka piney, lemony, astringent. lots of carmel flavors that coated the mouth even after it was swallowed. some light fruit flavors but nothing too exciting to pick out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
dark maroon color with little white head that leaves in a hurry. Industrial cleaner aroma, lots of pine and power, can clean any floor. I get a ton of caramel in this and i even pick up some citrus, this is really decent, not overbearing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2005
bottle courtesy of a trade with kevin, big nose full of grassy hops, grapefruits, and some chocolate malts. body was scarlet red with a thick creamy offwhite head. flavor was sweet early, lots of the caramel coming in, followed by TONS of bitter citrus hops. the blending was unbalanced until this stuff was downright warm, i am talking about outside in the sun for 40 minutes temperature. this was a lot more heavily hopped than any other BW i can think of, but once it was almost hot and smoothed out, i did enjoy it thoroughly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
Chestnut color witha beige head. The taste is a sweet malty body with a nice alcohol balance. Finishes with a very nice dry and warming palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3367) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2005
mellow at first. caramel taste. deep brown color, hoppy, bitter taste. creamy complexion with a quick finish. looking for a more complex taste in a barley wine.

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