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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Perfect pour and appearance. Deep red/brown with a huge tan head. Exactly what a barleywine should look like. Indistinct and sour aroma a little citrusy but not what I expected. This beer walks a fine line with temperature. To cold itís sweet and slick and too warm itís massively bitter like the meanest grapefruit you could eat. Needs to age, I think, to combine itís two personalties into a beer with direction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Thanks to Kevin for the bottle. Pours an opaque brown orange. Large tan head, somewhat rocky. Piney aromatics. Bitter nose, followed by a sweeter citrus hop flavor. A semblance of malt flavor complements this, more suggestive in texture than taste. Finish is somewhat astringent, with a serious alcohol warmth that builds up quickly. Mouthfeel is defnitely big, but the hop characteristics pushed most of the chewiness out of it. I like it now, but it should be more "to style" after some aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Massive tan head! Excellent staying power backed with plenty of sticky lace. What head! Gorgeous, clear amber/red hued body. Succulent piney hop nose and sweet malts, dense and rich. Full/medium body, resiny, sticky and coating. A hop OD on the palate! Piney, citrusy and juicy. Hearty malts serve as a firm foundation. Finish is moderately sweet, largely hoppy and fruity. A brutal creature yet elegant and enjoyable. My goodness what a trip! Thanks to ??? DUHH, i forget.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Excellent, looking beer! Deep red/amber with a perfect,mound of foam. Sticky,lace and slow rising bubbles. Abundant aroma of wet,floral,piney,hops. In the aroma lays a big malty background. Lots of dark bread,caramel,and fruity malt. Soft,but thick and chewy mouth. Yes,this is very young,for the hoppiness. Still,lots of bready,sweet malts although the dominance is the piney,citric hops. The more this breathes,the more it just reaks of wet,hop leaves. Wow,finish is quite,hoppy. Still,although,this is young and hoppy,the big caramel sweetness and some breadiness linger in the finish. Hmmm,this tastes like Old Stock hopped all to hell. I guess I donít really have many complaints. Donít really care enough for the malt base to age,but damn tasty now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Quite sweet, quite hopped up and overall just awesome. Pour was hazy brown with a decsent off white head. Not a bad outing from GD at all. Fruit seemed to layer this bottle with mighty thickness. tasted great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2005
I think I needed to let this age a bit more -- although Iím a hophead, the hops overpowered the other flavors here, and I would have liked a stronger malt presence. Dominant flavors were pine, citrus, and alcohol, with caramel attempting to squeeze through. Still, a good brew, though young. Thanks, Wunderbier!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2005
Being against the grain and a fan of the younger hoppy barleywines, I will say I really enjoyed this beer. Pours a deep amber color. A nice hoppy citrus and caramel aroma. The flavor was sweet as well as bitter with some molasses, citrus, and caramel. Thanks egajdzis for getting this from your cellar as Cheri attempted to taunt us for having one of her own.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1224) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy red/mahogany with a tight white head. Aroma is big on malts and alcohol. All the hops not present in the aroma kick in on the first sip, which is loaded with piney hop bitterness, but not much else. Pretty one-dimensional. Finish is dry and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 26, 2005
This particular bomber has spent a few months mellowing in my cellar. Pours a crystal clear ruby auburn, with a nice frothy and fine, even sandy colored head, thatís diminishing fairly quickly. Appears to be light on the carbonation. Lacing is think and viscous, coating the snifter with a smooth mottled trail. The aroma is dominated by floral and citrus hops, in tandem with some fresh sweet plum and candy notes. A hot, spicy barleywine, full of citrus hops on the front end of the flavor profile. Somewhere in the middle is a good mix of buttery diacetyl. The malt seems to take a back seat in the brew, without much chewy and sugary depth. Instead, this beer is fresh and bright, with a volatile warming finish. Alcohol is obvious in the back end of the profile. Tends to magically dissolve on my palate, leaving a whispering ghost of bitterness behind, yet subtle. Thereís complexity on the front end, based on heavy hopping, but this level of complexity doesnít continue through to the finish or the aftertaste, unfortunately. Seemingly a quality American Style Barleywine, but tends to lack that wonderful rounded quality with a malt harmony.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2005
Reddish brown colour. A massive hop presence dominates every aspect of this beer. Pine resin and zesty lemon - Iím more used to finding spicy orange peel notes in a barley wine. Heavy, sweetish, oily mouthfeel. Quite aggressive. Definitely more IPA than barley wine style. It almost won me round but, in the end, it was just a bit too extreme to scale the heights. Iím not sure I could get through a whole 750ml bottle of this on my own, but Iíd certainly want to stick a bottle away for year or two before trying. Bottled at the Joet London gathering, January 2005.

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