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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
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Dark amber colored with an orange gleam, foamy beige head. Sweet aroma with bitter hints. Lots of malt and caramel with orange and hop tones and a bit of alcohol. Warming and slightly alcoholic in the flavor. Malty and nutty with a huge amount of hop leaving a nice bitter end. Quite sharp and not extremely balanced but still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Dull dark amber colour with rich head. Piney, slightly minty hop aroma with breadcrusty malts. Rich, resiny hop flavour. The woody bitterness is balanced by ample whole grain malts, as well as toast and caramel notes. Like most of Great Divide’s beers, this is easy-drinking and well-structured while maintaining stylistic integrity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
Robe acajou aux reflets orangés surmontée d’une mousse beige fugace. Arômes de caramel, de miel, de malts rôtis, de raisins, de figues et d’alcool. Saveurs d’alcool, de houblon amérisant et de malts rôtis. Très américain.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
22oz. Very nice ruddy brown. Aroma is sweetly malty with some nice citrus and pine hops. Nice super malty sweet mouth, cut with some good hop flavor and bitterness. Well balanced barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Wow--for that high of an ABV, you can’t taste a strong alcohol presence. Given, you feel it, but you don’t taste or smell it. This is a good beer--my first barley wine. It has a tinge of a bloody taste, but then a nice sweetness to it that balances out. This is nice. You oughta try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Poured a dark ruby red with a medium white head. Aroma is hoppy w/ grapefruit, pine oranges and sweet malt.. Tast follows suit with a heavy hoppy, pine and orange flavor.. It has a good balance of sweetness going with the hoppy flavor and a medium alcohol finish.. Good barley Wine!! .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Pours a deep mahogany with a dense tan head. lots of thick lace. Smells of hops, tangerine, grapefruit and smoky malt. Taste is surprisingly hoppy and citrusy. Bitter hops permeate the rich malt. Big carame-like malt. Big body with a sweet and lightly sticky finish. Very long hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty drinkable. I like a hoppy barleywine but this one might have been too much. Might need some age to take that edge off. Still, a stellar and tasty barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Ruby orange. Cakey dirty-white ring of foam surrounds a broken center. Pungently piney hop aroma laced with figgy malts and sugared bread. Subtle pineapple marmalade scents. Softly carbonated, although sharply fuzzy. Largely soggy, with an ill-defined bready malt structure, initially. Mashed figs clash with the mushiness. Graceless leafy-hop acidity heightens as it warms, as does the meaty alcohol. Heavy notes of oxidation, as well, further obstruct the more refined/jellied malt nuances. Overripe plum skin acidity suppresses the briefly promising flash of passionfruit brightness. Finishes with completely out-of-place overly toasted malt hulls as meaty alcohol perpetuates the leafy and piney massacre, leaving behind a flabby fruitiness amid lasting breaths of cardboard/oxidation. The aroma is respectable, but everything else is terribly brutish. The oxidation, which was present within the first month of bottling, continues to increase. I definitely won’t be aging any of this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottle. Honestly, I wouldn’t call this a ’hop-forward’ ale. This barleywine has the aroma of caramel with a slight whiff of alcohol, but little hop aroma. The taste is almost cloyingly sweet, with only the alcohol being its saving grace. I prefer a barleywine with more of a hop presense both in aroma and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 22 oz bottle, fresh: sticky, dense off-tan head that never quite disappears. Clear, shinning garnet. Sweet strawberry essence in the aroma mixed with fresh vanilla bean, piney hop resin, raisins, and a touch of honeycomb. Soft, delicate palate with a strong bitterness and sweet malty undertones. Surprisingly balanced and drinkable, I really like how the sugary vanilla combines with the fresh hops and leaves a lingering pineapple flavour. It comes down to this one being straight up good, well done!

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