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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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (711) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle from Dec 2011. Pours a nice, deep ruby with a thin, off white head. Aroma has big notes of raisin, dark fruits, caramel, and mild hops. Taste is sweet with a subtle bitter. Caramel, bread, dark fruits, and slightly hoppy with a nice, alcohol warmth. Full body with a medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy mouth feel but tasty. Overall very nice. Sweet but not overdone. Would get again. Not sure how it would be fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (834) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2014
Hoppy, hefty barleywine. Deep copper color. Complex nose with bready sweetness giving way to hops. Some booze and raisons as well. The taste adds a hop dryness and sweet caramel malts, well balanced. Pretty nice mouthfeel, low carbonation and smooth. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
At Great Divide with Stephen. Pours maroon ruby red. Aroma is bread caramel, cardboard. Taste is caramel malt, cardboard, bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GriffDaddy (74) - - MAR 23, 2014
Cloudy, dark copper pour. Thin head quickly disappeared. A later, more aggressive pour made for a long lasting tan head. Very heavy, sweet, honey aroma, a hint of floral, perhaps orange blossoms. Lighter on the palate than expected, long, bitter finish. Kind of one dimensional with a sweet beginning and bitter end, not much interesting in the middle. Alcohol nicely hidden. Would I drink again? yes. Would I order again? probably not.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arojewski (50) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Perhaps one of the most intriguing and best aromas I’ve noted so far. Hoppy with maybe a citrus note? Not overly biting for the style, overall very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2001) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2014
Pours a brown orange with light head Aromas of brown sugar and toasted malts Flavors are similar with additional fruity orange and toffee notes. Great especially since this is a tap version

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1guywith_aboat (252) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pours mahogany with a pillowy head and thick lacing. Aroma is very malty and very hoppy. Caramel malt, brown sugar, piney, citrus, pungent. Flavor is thickly sweet with plenty of hops to back it up. Caramel, toast, pine resin, citrus fruit, dark dried fruit, and booze fill the flavor with some other flavors hard to describe adding to the complexity. Full bodied, rather low co2. Excellent beer in every way. Definitely in my top 5 favorite beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GSH1976 (213) - Delaware, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Picked up a growler of this. Pours a hazy copper/orange with about 1’’ of head and decent lacing. Aroma is strong caramel malt, alcohol and some hops but they are overpowered by the malt sweetness. Taste is initially sweet and malty, a little brown sugar, maybe some molasses, and then transitions to a strong bitterness with pine evident. Medium to full bodied. I really like some of Great Divide’s beers but I am not a fan of this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - FEB 25, 2014
Decadent, dead sexy, near perfection, complex red hop goodness. Wow. So creamy, so rich. Its a big hop, big abv, big caramel malt, no apologies american craft beer masterpiece. I simply dont understand how anyone can not be into this kind of thing. Sharp but sweet green apple pine sap, grapefruit, toffee, velvet caramel, slight hint of bleu cheese, passionfruit, raw cane brown sugar, savory pinneapple reduction sauce, and ripe mango. Perfect mouthfeel. Only thing keeping it from a 5 is an ever so slight saltly medicinal finish. This is why I drink beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2687) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle that had been in my beer cellar for 2 years. Reddish copper with a fluffy white head and constant bubbles. Nose is tropical fruit and biscuity malt. Taste is fruity and bitter hops. Sweet malt backbone gives balance. Huge alcohol heat. Top of the bottle had more alcohol in the flavor. The bottom was much thicker with malt and more enjoyable.

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