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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 Ruffianís 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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3035) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2005
The Old Ruffian has a beautiful, deep red body with a thick and dense, cream-colored head that holds the shape of the larger bubbles after they pop. The aroma is intensely malty with a good malt backbone and a fruitiness that makes me think of scuppernongs or lichees. The flavor is heavily sweet and full of caramel malt. The body is very creamy and satisfying. The IBUs are probably quite high, but the sweetness of this beer make them seem just barely high enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2005
Attractive amber with a huge head, lingering. Floral, citrus, lightly catty hop aroma. Flavor is all hops. Hop flavor is citrus and grapefruit, a touch of the cat from the aroma, with some late bitterness. Hop flavor is decent to good, but Iím left wanting malt. The beer is medium bodied, but the body is really the only place the malt makes its presence known. Maybe a bit of age will fade the hop presence and bring the malt out a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (866) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2005
Aroma is big, rich & delicious. Sweet chocolatey coffee flavors. Full bodied hop flavor. This isnít a barley to be toyed with. Only down side is a tad too sweet. I suspect this one would go down smoother with a little age. It has some relaxing to do, imo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2005
22oz Bomber. Clear deep amber with a thick clinging head. Super huge hop aroma, fruity, floral, citrus, pine. Some bread like aromas and a touch of alcohol. Similar to Hog Heaven but even hoppier bordering an Imperial IPA. Body is full and smooth. Slightly dry in the finish. Flavor is dominated by bittering hops but you can tell thereís a ton of malt here. Hopheads will really like this one and this may be even better if layed down for awhile as with Bigfoot which can be really hoppy when young but more BW like as it ages. I Recommend this one. Great Divide Rocks!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2005
Bottle thanks to Goldtwins. Clear ruby/brown color with a fairly thick off white head. Aroma was very hoppy with lots of citrus and malt. Flavor is dominated by the hops, but with enough sweet malts and caramel flavor to make it very enjoyable. Carbonation was very aggressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2005
22 oz. bomber pours hazy glowing amber-orange with a thick creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lace in my glass. Sharp hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous sticky pine and grapefruit flavors , has a full thick, sticky and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that finishes with a lingering bitterness, has a good malt balance. Alcohol very well hidden, I canít believe how drinkable this is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2005
Big creamy head on top of a dark ruby color.Hoppy aroma with a bit of caramel. Spicy hop flavor with a decent blend of malts. Some alcohol noticed but overall very impressive. Nice hoppy fiinish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 The Lure:
Enormous head and proficient lacing to serve up gleaming cherries in caramel. Litchis and berries cover the scenery.

The Festivities:
Brash hop bitterness promotes woody, resinous and underlying citrusy incarnations. Pine candy and caramel support the high-alpha vivacity, but fail to create a specific identity. Just another all-around, excellent Great Divide product. These guys are bound to blow my mind soon, if they can create something a little different with the same quality level.

Bright sunshine over towering mountains will get me all the time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2005
Pours dark ruby with a huge beige head. Initial aroma is caramel and then the hops hit like a ton of bricks. Really spicy hops all over the place, flavor is dominated by them. Actually fell asleep, awoke and the hops seemed even stronger. Sitting on a few now. Once the malt starts to kick in I think this will rate even higher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 Original Rating (4-Apr-2005 - 8-4-7-4-15=3.8): Perfume-like, orange-herbal-pine hop aroma with a nutty, sweet caramel maltiness. Opaque dark mahogany brown with a decent cover of off-white head that coats the glass. Very aggressively hopped but strong sweet malts support it nicely. Grapefruit, orange and pine hop flavours, caramel and dark fruit malt character and some bready yeast as well. Bitterness borders on harsh and perhaps could be considered so if not for the strength of the malt character. Thereís very little that is subtle about this offering, yet it seems well-balanced in itís all around strength, though obviously leans more towards the hops. Very soft carbonation is effervescent on the tongue with a medium-full body and creamy texture. Itís funny, this doesnít sound to me like the kind of beer Iíd enjoy, but in this case, it really works well. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rerate (28-May-05 - 8-4-8-3-16=3.9): Pineapple, lychee, tropical fruits and sugar syrup in the catty, lime, musty aroma. Clear amber-copper coloured body is topped by a decent and lasting cover of fine-bubbled tan head. Lemon-orange-citrus hops dance above a strong, sugary, malt sweetness until the fairly strong bitterness emerges. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with CapFlu, Goldorak, Joey_Capps, Olivier_MTL, Lubiere and MartinT.

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