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RATINGS: 1424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.27%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2005
22 oz bomber. Pour a beautiful clear garnet/mahogany red. A creamy whipped head forms that lasts the entire pint. Notes of caramel/toffee, cooked brown sugar, and ton of hops rush right to the nose. You can taste all 90 IBUs in the beer. Almost to a fault. There is an alcohol burn that I can do without also. There is some big hop flavor with enough malt sweetness to keep this beer from crossing into the Imperial IPA catagory. Quite full bodied and mouthfilling. Everything clings to your tounge for a while. I think it might hang on too long. Old Ruffian is worth the 6 buck I paid for it. I just think it might be a bit too over the top.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Dark amber color with big tan head. Aroma is malty, with lots of caramel, notes of vanilla and alcohol. Flavor is malty, very bitter throughout, with a fair amount of caramel, orange. Alcohol is present throughout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Muddy brown with a light brown head. Chicks eating nachos in my room trying to ruin the aroma. AR: thick and malty, caramel, slight chocolate...basically pure sweet malt...damn dominant! Flavor is thick and chewy... chocolate slight? some caramel, creamy, some citrus, so complex! Quite fine all around. I wish I Had more descriptives for this beast. A fine brew indeed. Raisin. Hoppy.... good amount of hops. Yeah this owns!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. I held this in one hand and Thomas Hardy in another, and it amazes me there’s only a one point difference between the two on this site. Some of the same caramel and honey flavors are there, but the palate is much thinner and the flavor profile much less complex. There’s a solid hop finish that’s a bit more citrus and piney than most barleywines. This is good stuff, just not nearly as good as the ratings would have you believe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2005
Dark brown colour. Woody, smoky nose. Great bitterness. Some residual sugars is present, and fruits like raisin and plum. Dry and hoppy. Warming alcohol. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
Appearance is rusty brown colour, thin tan coloured head. Slightly lighter in colour than what I would expect from a barley wine. However..... Candy sweet aroma, caramel, figs and hints of alcohol. Flavour is bold and strong. Fairly intense sweetness, slight metallic flavour, but with hoppy bitterness that lingers in the background, attempting to balance out the sweet and nasty tidal wave, but ultimately fails and oh well, it should, since this is after all, a barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (15904) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Dark nut brown, small white head. Musty, smokey barley wine nose. Full-bodied. Roasted barley, some licorice. Good beer, could have more character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2005
I’ve got to believe that this was 2003-2004 and I’ve got to give BIG thanks to Brock_Landers. What a nice guy to turn me on to Great Divide! Anyhow, Pours a hazy amber-chestnut color with a minimal head. The aroma is sweet dried fruit ranging from raison to apricot with a light malt base. The hops present themselves as it warms. Fruit, Hops, and malt in the taste are very well blended! Dates, citrus peal and pine hops, and caramel. Hop forward yes, but very well integrated! Body is light-medium, somewhat watery but with a good dry bitterness. Overall this is wonderful. I’d drink this anytime. Great for sipping or for dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2005 Very aromatic. I’m sensing cascade hops, caramel, coffee. Mahogany colour with some carbonation, brownish foam with some staying power, that clings to the inside of the glass. VERY filling, with a lot of sweetness that is (almost) balanced by even more hops bitterness. Unfortunately the many flavours (liquorice, caramel, hops) are overpowering and numbs my taste buds. Hides the alcohol content (10.2%) totally - until you stand up. The sugar content(?) is so high, that the dried beer on my lips almost makes my lips stick together. All in all: Tries to hard, and will never be my favourite barley wine (even if it came in a much smaller bottle).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2005
this was aight but not the best barleywine i’ve had. i am not sure i’d give it as much respect as my counterpart. rust colored and thin yellowish head. smells very much like pinesol-- aka piney, lemony, astringent. lots of carmel flavors that coated the mouth even after it was swallowed. some light fruit flavors but nothing too exciting to pick out.

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