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RATINGS: 1420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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).


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dahlstrom (197) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2016 APPEARANCE: mahogny coloured with a large offwhite head. AROMA: caramel malt, dried fruits, hops (citrus and grassy) and alcohol. TASTE: reflects the aroma. PALATE: full bodied; low to medium carbonation; and high bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lawger (258) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2016
Pours dark chestnut with big, vigourous khaki head. Big nose with candied apricots, caramel, muscovado sugar, honey, roasted cereals and pine cones. A nice balance of malt and hops here. Full bodied palate, on the sweet side but nicely balanced with some heat coming through on the mid palate, leading to a long finish with balanced bitterness. Not as bitter as I had expected from deScriptions, but that might be due to the massive malt body masking it slightly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9040) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 10, 2016
Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours clear red brown with a thin off-white head, nice lacing. Very inviting. Aromas of red fruits, resin and pine. Taste is earthy, spicy, fruity. Long lingering finish. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (4993) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2016
Bottle from Brewdog Edinburgh,. Appearance - beautiful. Autumnal red / brown with a nice amount of lacing. Nose - red fruits, general resin, pine. Taste - strawberry, earthiness and spice. Parsnip? So like roasted parsnips glazed in strawberry jam. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long dry tangy finish. Overall - lovely beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (940) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2016
12oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with small beige head. Hoppy aroma along with that of caramel malt. Very flavorful, loads of piney hop notes with a bit of caramel malt sweetness. Long bitter finish. Pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyF (737) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2016
Flaska från SB. Mörkt brunröd med ljusbeige skum. Doft av karamell och torkad frukt. Rejäl beska med kola i smaken.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pedro_Pinho (119) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2016
Dark red liquid with a ver lacy off white head. Aroma is citrus and hops with a hint of malt. Taste starts rather smooth, but explodes in hop biterness. Not really what I was expecting from a barley wine. This tastes more like an imperial double IPA. Very good though.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (374) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2016
Dense light tan head on a beautiful mahogany body. Nose has an array of fruity hops malt, booze and candied fruit. Lots of good things going on in the taste profile - slightly piney hop bitterness with some berries and grapefruit, roasted caramel malt, and some spice and pepper. Sweet but not cloying. A medium dense body. Classic American Barley Wine balances but not big enough to be an all-star.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
allanmb (133) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2016
Pours deep red with good tan head. Very clear. Aroma of pine hops and malt with a hint of orange zest. Good carbonation and oily mouth feel. Taste is initially malt but then very quickly hop bitterness takes over with mild alcohol burn. A hint of wood in the profile too

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3604) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2016
Bottle shared by Mike at the Barleywine tasting. Deep copper color off white head. Rich caramel and toffee with light pitted fruits and hints of floral earthy hop. Pretty tasty and I’m surprised I haven’t rated this before.


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