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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SvanteL (243) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2016
Flaska från 2011. Vid försiktig upphällning får man en otroligt vackert rödbrun, klar vätska med en tätt skum; längre ner i flaskan grumlar det sedan till sig. Doften är kraftig och vinös med läcker sötma av mörka bär och pomeransmarmelad. Fyllig och vinös smak med diverse söta frukter som rundas av med kraftig pomerans och grapebeska. En mycket smakrik barley wine där sötman balanseras av en kraftig beska.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (2258) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle from premier. Pours Amber clear with lots of frothy head and lots of lacing. Nose is syrup and earthy bitterness. Flavours of plums, Cheerios, syrup, leather, earthy bitterness. Taste big sweet med/big bitter. Full silky body with lively carbonation and a lasting alcohol burn in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (2186) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Aroma is pine dirty rags and grain. Flavor is Carmel with a grassy hop bite. Basic barley wine. Maybe an old bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
revoltingblob (45) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle from Beer Mongers in Portland, OR. Bought in 2013. Wow. Upon opening this I am impressed with the amount of carbonation left in the bottle. Very nice. Appearance is a nice dark auburn color with small, light head and wispy lacing. Nose is big sweet fruit and estery hop stuff, very nice! Surprised at how much hop character is still around and after sitting in my basement for 2 years. Taste is bright hops, dried raisans, plummy bits, bit of caramel. Again, very surprised about how much hop character remains in this beer. Very nice. Should have left it in the basement a year or two longer, lots of life left in this one. Would age nicely. Definitely would buy again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axl (511) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2015
650ml bottle forgotten for a while, BBF 01 Feb. 2015. Hazy brown with small tan head. Aroma is cookie malts, caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, citrus, mango and a leftover hint of dried tropical fruits as well as more of a sensation of warming alcohol. Taste is quite heavily roasted with brown sugar, caramel, cookie malts, grapefruit and dried tropical fruits. Thick creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation and a lasting sweet yetroasted and bitter aftertaste with alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (478) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Pours the color of molasses with little head formation; fruitcake and citrus aromas; hop forward palate with warming sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4630) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
(Great Divide Old Ruffian ) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 10.2%. BB Feb. ’15 Dark red colour on the body, a bit murky with a good sized beige head on top, thick and with good retention. Aroma of caramel, raisins, dates, orange peel, toffee. Taste has malts, caramel, dark fruits, dates, then citrus, orange peel. Finishes with a sharp bitterness. Medium body, carbonation on the high side. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (735) - Radford, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown with 3 finger thick head that is yellowish tan in color. Aroma is a mix of resin and malt. Taste follows suit, and while this is clearly an American style barleywine, it is still very well-balanced and not just a giant hop bomb. Really nice on a cold night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2381) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle from Beer Bazaar. Feb 20, 2015 bottle date. Reddish amber pour with very little head. Aroma has sweet and sour fruits, tangy pine, caramel and spices. Taste is of sweet fruits, stone fruits, tangy pine and some spices, led by some tangerine, all on a solid caramel backbone. Medium bodied and sticky with alcohol. Finishes sweetly fruity, tangy and long. Amazed never rated back in the day when certain it was in the Excursion full of smuggled CO brews, and enjoyed since. Tasty brew that hoppier/fresher, would describe as an American Strong. 14.3

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