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RATINGS: 1388   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (4464) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2014 Mahogany red with medium head. Fatty aroma, full of caramel malts and pine and spruce hops. Alcohol mixed with caramel malts, strong bitterness... Lots to like and I live it. (Bottle shared with Darren, brought from Austin)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaboon (1808) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Pours mahogany with light beige head. Aroma is caramel, grapefruit and cake. Flavour is heavy bitter, grapefruit, cake, medium to heavy sweet and plenty of other fruitiness. Massive ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ramboraffe (1468) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2014
650 ml bottle. Hazy copper with tanned head. Smell is winous with bitter grapefruit hops. Taste is bitter citrus zest and grapefruit with a heavy sweet malt body and a little warming alcohol. Semi sweet with high bitterness and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Appearance: Pours dark amber with light khaki head that falls to an 1/4 inch.

Aroma: Fresh resinous hop nose. Chocolate covered dried apricots, brown sugar.

Taste: Again, fresh resinous citrusy hop goodness. Then comes layers of burnt caramel, brown sugar, toast. Some dark fruit action. All capped off by big hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. A tad astringent. Moderate bubbles.

Overall: If you like hoppy barleywines like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, you will definitely enjoy this. I’ll go against the grain and say drink this fresh and not bother cellaring it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1501) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2014
Crystal clear, medium copper body with a long-lived eggnog head that sticks to the glass. Strong, sweet aroma of overripe fruits, citrus peel, sweet orange jam and caramel. The taste is pretty heavy sweet that is backed up by a surprisingly heavy bitter finish. The texture is oily to syrupy, the carbonation is soft and this sweet thing does of course have a full body. A lovely and massively hopped beer, but the hop contribution to the flavour and aroma has probably faded quite a bit with storage.
[Sample from 65.5 cl bottle @ Kaaz’ Ølsmaking på takterrassen]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (784) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
UPDATED: APR 14, 2015 On tap at Black Sheep in Mineola..mahogany pour with off white head..aroma of dark fruits,toffee,alcohol..tastes like it smells..extremely smooth..had to slow down or I would have finished this in 5 minutes..glad I did because I wouldn’t have been able to savor this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (903) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle. Nice caramel colour with a beige head. Thick body, caramel, biscuit, bread, nice hoppy edge. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 1, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 Bottle from brewdog online, shared at EBBC14
bottled 20/12/2012
Dark ruby amber, rich pithy hops, full bodied warming. slightly hazy, white lacing, sticky herbal pine, caramel, gentle carbonation, red berries and toffee

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MadRobin (2503) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for 27 months. Not clear, but not really hazy, dark copper brown with a 3-finger khaki head and and very good lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, oak, plums, raisins, mandarin oranges, figs, dates, and heaven. Taste of caramel, butterscotch, oak, raisins, toffee, figs, plums, alcohol, mandarin oranges, pine resin and more deliciousness than I can describe. Medium/full body and high carbonization with a mouthfeel that feels so right on you tongue. I had tried this beer fresh a couple years ago and felt it needed some aging to soften the aggressive hops and alcohol. The 27 months of cellaring seems to have rounded it out perfectly. I don't recall ever drinking a better beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2539) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bomber I totally scored from a guy that works at JJ in Eastgate. Heady man. I give up. Hoppy barley wine. Bitter.

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