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RATINGS: 1341   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).


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (4166) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Draft - Vertical 2014 - Boozy caramel and pine hops. Dark clear copper with a thin white head. Resin, orange and a dry bitterness. 2012 - Rich caramel and resin. Light caramel brown with a decent white head. Vinous barley wine notes. Bitterness and a dryish finish. 2011 - Light rich caramel. Cloudy copper with a good white head. Dry resinous finish with lots of caramel. Off all the 12 is the best, but still not all that great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5410) - Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle at home. I thought I had rated this, but was wrong. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel and toffee malts, citrus and resiny hops, some wood with a hint of earth to the finish. Fresh this is pretty hoppy, though aged bottles turn more toward an English barley wine. Pretty solid.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1219) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Pours a clear golden copper with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, sweet pale malts, pine and orange peel. Taste is caramel, orange, pine, grapefruit, light wood and alcohol with an awesome bitterness and alcohol warming on the finish. Excellent barleywine that’s big on flavor and profile and well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2014
650 ml bottle packaged on 12/19/12 poured into snifter. Beautiful ruby orange color with two fingers of creamy, dense off-white head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aromas of caramel, pine and orange peel. Strong malty flavors up front with a huge hoppy finish. This also has significant woody tones. If you’d told me this was aged in white oak, I’d have no problem believing it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 29, 2014
A favorite from a favorite. I love the beers of Great Divide from the great state of Colorado. This is a full on Barley Wine, with new world hop-freshness and old world old style caramelized fruits and berries. A beer you have to treat yourself to.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (936) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2014
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (81:-). Humlig och ganska fruktig, karamellmalt, ganska hög sötma, toffee, en del alkohol, besk, medelfyllig till fyllig. Avslutningen är lång, besk och något fruktig.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2014
Pours a hazy brown with a moderate tan head. Smells of bread, figs, spruce. Taste is bitter, moderately sweet - hops bite in, spruce, hint of coffee - then sweet malt and hint of fruit.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brystmar (1257) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2014
Cloudy orange color produces tiny lace bubbles. Old piney hops, booze, and more bitterness. This bottle is a year old but really needs a lot more time before it's ready for prime time.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rxeight (1313) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
Reddish pour I guess. Can’t tell it’s dark in here. This is in the hoppy side for a barleywine. Floral hops. Caramel. A bit of the barleywine flavors. Everything is pretty subtitle.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jflopsu (542) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pours a dark brown with thick light brown head. A modest caramel, malt, dried fruit aroma. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, malts, dark alcohol, and dark fruits. A slight bitterness from malts and hops.


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