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RATINGS: 1365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.27%
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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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Couleur brune pale aux reflets rouges. Belle mousse beige et pleinement persistante. Litchee, sirop de cerise, chaire de pamplemousse blanc et ananas mûri juste à point s’avère rapidement comme un agréable soulagement. Beau malt caramel épais et collant, sur une présence très herbale. Épaisseur allant de moyenne à mi-épaisse, présence en bouche résineuse et presque crémeuse, supporté par une effervescence juste et bien intégrée. Longue finale complexe dans le département houblonné, jouant sur des notes de sève de conifères et d’agrumes. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Dark cola brown with reddish hues when looked through the light. Barely a crown of lace. Quite interesting smell...Catty, for one thing. I have an uncle that worked in a Mink farm, and it smelled just like that. Is this from the Chinook hops? Beyond that first whiff that sort of took me aback at first, some mild passionfruit, pineapple and even lychee started to poke at my nose. Taste: The first sip felt like putting a burlap sack full of hop pellets in a super-duper press, squeezing out that single drop of pure alpha acid right on your tongue. 90 IBUs it says on the label, I would have guessed more. It mellowed out somewhat as my sample went down my gullet and the malt actually started to show up on the radar, making the mouthfeel firm, but not intolerable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14001) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. Very malty aroma, some hoppiness. Unclear dark brown colour, small head. Strong peppery flavour with much aromatic and bitter hoppiness. Slightly astringent aftertaste. Good body, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 (Bottle 65 cl) Clear, deep amber with a small beige head. Sweetish, malty nose and sweetness in the first sip. But then you’re immediately hit by the hammer of hops - an absolutely wild and extreme hoppiness making you pretty much suffocate. Plain and simple. 90 IBUs is extreme by any standard, and admittedly too extreme for me. But a great experience nevertheless. 210505

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Clear copper body with a thick, fluffy off-white head. Big, hoppy nose chuck full of pine, grapefruit, sweet toffee, molasses, warm alcohol, raisins, toasted grains and treacle pudding. The body is just big enough to handle all the flavors, and low enough in carbonation to stay true to style. The flavors are more balanced than the nose would lead on. The sweetness of the malt, the bitterness of the hops and the warmth of the alcohol all contribute equally to a well crafted English-Style Barleywine. The sweet malt dominates the front before an onslaught of bitterness trashing the tongue before a warm, soothing alcohol slowly fades away like a summer sunset on the beach. Not the most exciting Barleywine, but still damn good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a baige head. Sweet malty hoppy dry fruit light alcoholic aroma and taste. Medium body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2005
clear deep scarlet-brownish body with a pillowy peach-tan head. aroma is strong hops and malty sweet. nice thick lacing. also aroma of fresh grapefruit. is this a barley wine or an IIPA?? taste is very bitter and hoppy, with strong dry malt too. creamy mouthfeel. salty! very dry and bitter resin finish, alcohol heat increases in the aftertaste. not my choice of barleywine style, but good for hopheads. tried to take the edge off with pretzels but they’re too salty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy dark brown with ruby tinges in color with a thick tan head with lasting retension. Aromas of sweet malts, big hops, pine, citrusy fruits. Flavor is a different story with the hops stepping aside and letting the caramel malts take over. Low on carbonation, and very thick feeling in the mouth. A little much for me as far as the sweetness goes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Pours a murky orangish-brown color with a thick beige head that retains the shape of where the beer was poured through. Thick, clingy lacing. Sweet aroma of malt and fruit. Rich body, and the first sip literally gave me the chills it is so tart. Lots of citrus and hops up front. The caramel and malt catches up pretty quickly though, making for a pretty enjoyable brew. The finish is citrusy with some pine. Overall I liked this one after the initial shock wore off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2005
in overseas armed forces news, soldiers are advised to be aware of a dangerous confluence of known cells of imperial IPAs and agents of insurgent barley wines. sergeant-major hoplicker will brief the men: "you filthy dung-beetles-- listen UP! this operation is code-named "ruffian". the subject pours a bright bison turd brown--with highlights of cheap hooker rouge in a godless blush that would make the virgin mary herself fart oblong rhinestone sequins. the head is locked on this beer like a goddamn swarm of hungry mosquitoes on a hemophiliac. big, swollen, rabid kind of head, frothin’ like a gitmo rottweiler. i mean gummy fuckin’ mekong delta ox-drool the color of a slightly used outhouse corncob. my god-- DO be vigilant, men! aroma is like a chocolate dipped hop sack. for you faggots that like a little sherry and rum with your hop cocktail, this is it. i’m talking from experience: my sorry-ass pubescent palate went in to this den of inequity soft and virginal. coming out, it was buying drinks, brawling with the MPs, and sporting a huge, obscene tattoo of a very well endowed female hop bud right where god and everyone could gawk at it. jeeezuz heratio christ! this is a kamikaze rolo: sweet as a two week R & R in honolulu and strong as a tiger tank fender. this is bamboo, mai tai and bug juice. if you encounter this, get back up and air support--do not tangle with this hellion alone or it will definitely fuck you up!"

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