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RATINGS: 1348   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).


3.9
   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 (1140) - 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 (563) - 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 (1289) - 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 (1509) - 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 (644) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (476) - SWEDEN - APR 14, 2014
@Nedre Mölla 12/4-14. Flaska från Systembolaget. Arom: Humlig, bär, fruktig, karamell. Smak: Humlig, bär, viss fruktighet, karamell, sötma, rejäl beska. Medelfyllig till fyllig, lång avslutning med framförallt rejäl beska samt även alkoholvärmande & lite spritigt stickig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
simont1 (285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
Deep mahogany, amber, amazing head for 10%. Aroma is a bit smoke, some soy sauce, very boozy, but some nuttiness and a decent malt background. Aroma meets first with a hop burst, this feels a bit like a very old double ipa with a really big malt background... but it’s boozy, like - really boozy, and it’s kinda offputting... it has a decent hop profile, it’s more towards resiny, and the malt body is quite nice, it could be a bit sweeter though, I would feel it would balance the beer out a bit more.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chribban (204) - SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
Dark, mahognyred, clear beer with a two finger high, beige, creamy, flyffy head.

Nose: Caramel malt, toffee, dried fruit, black pepper, red berries, vanilla and orange.

Taste: Orange peel, sweet caramel, herbs, dark fruit, apricot, syrup, raisin and hops.

Mouthfeel: Complex body with small but tingling carbonation and a great bitterness from all the hops. Long after you swallow the beer you feel the bitternes growing in your mouth. Really good!

10.2 % ABV that’s well hidden in the bitterness and hoppy taste. This is absolutely one of my favorite barely wine.


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