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RATINGS: 1434   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pedro_Pinho (154) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (398) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
allanmb (168) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3740) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (6427) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - APR 1, 2016
Klassischer Barley Wine mit einigen Früchten, etwas an Hopfen, Malz und einer leichten Nussigkeit. Süffig, einfach zu trinken, echt in Ordnung ohne groß aufzutrumpfen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McTapps (6448) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - APR 1, 2016
Bottle from trade with HenrikO, many thanks! The beer has got a deep dark brown colour with a small head and smooth body. Aroma of barley, malt and dark bread. Taste of barley, woods, hops, fruits, barrel and strong alcohol. Bitter-medicinic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3802) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle - 12oz. Dark copper body with a thin, beige foamy/creamy head. Wonderful, robust malty/hoppy aroma with brown sugar, woody, vanilla, and black cherries hints. Alcohol is not agressive. Its strong, rich, complex taste is slightly dominated by hoppy flavors. It carries malty, oaky, fruity, and some cinnamon notes. Ends with a long, warming, bittersweet finish. Awesome winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CObiased (300) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2016
12oz bottle - clear dark mahogany appearance with a med off white head. The aroma is mix of rich caramel and ripe fruit malts along with bitter piney hops. Huge hoppy flavor that kinda overwhelms the malt character. ABV is hidden well. Over hopped in my opinion, but still delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3924) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2016
2015 bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with fluffy tan head that dissipates to leave good lace. Aroma of big toasted malts, caramel and earth. Taste is big caramel malts, booze, and a hint of earthy hop. Solid American barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Deep brown with ruddy tones. Aroma of dates, raisins and caramel. Flavor of caramel, dried fruit, leading into a sharply bitter, yet full and sweet finish.

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