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RATINGS: 1336   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 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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2005
Ruby color with a thick beige head and plenty of lacing. Aroma of candy and fruit. Flavors of caramel, candy, hops and fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
Medium amber color. Very large sized white foamy head. Aroma is roasty malts, fruit, brown sugar and piney resiny hops. A medium to full bodied barleywine. Malts are fruity and sweet, lots of caramel and toffee flavors. Hops are grapefruity and piney. A big bold barleywine. Lots of malts, lots of hops all competing for taste dominance. A little distracting. A touch of the 10.7% alcohol is evident, Could stand some bottle aging. Another in the long line of over the top, balls to the wall barleywines. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is bitter with a touch of alcohol bite

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2005
Pours dark and reddish with nice lacing. Aroma is pine resin and very fortelling of the acridity ahead. Not much else. Flavor is rough, raw and quite raunchy followed by sickening sweet. I mean teeth rotting, sugar coma sweet. This is not a Barley Wine! It is a super sweet double IPA. I have an extra bottle aging that Iíll re-rate onced it has aged say.......50years. I am not impressed and I am saddened that something so putridly wrong is so highly rated. I guess I just donít get it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3050) - 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 (868) - 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!

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