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RATINGS: 1314   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).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UncleKorm (644) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bomber bottle poured a dark amber colour w/ a white small head. Big aromas of sweet caramel, alcohol, pine, and grapefruit. Initial flavor is big sweet w/ a large bitter finish. Tastes are caramel, pine, floral notes, grapefruit, malt, sugar, and alcohol. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long, warming, lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DWestrick (414) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2013
A wonderful barley wine from a great brewery. Shared a chilled 22oz - complex and strong as you’d expect, but very easy to drink - few of these bad boys could whoop ya. Big fan - yet to try a beer from great divide that I didn’t like

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (2140) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours a hazy brownish beer with a medium sized, beige head that settles into a small layer. Aroma is malty, boozy and there’s big influences of unmalted barley in there. Flavour is very sweet and alcoholic with the barley returning in there. Sweetness lasts for a long time. Very decent barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
Tap at Great Divide, Denver. Poured a hazy dark amber with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is rich fruit alcohol and resin. The flavour is strong bitter with a big resin liqourice slightly metallic palate, Nice to taste not something to drink on a regular basis!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (4256) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
Draft at the brewpub. Pours hazy amber brown with a thick cream head. Aroma of alcohol, toffee, malt, fruits, grapefruit, caramel. Flavour is heavy sweet and light heavy bitter. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiggOnion (68) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Hoppy on the start...lots of fruit in the aroma. Oranges and peaches....smooth middle and a long caramel/burnt sugar finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (2124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle at Brewdog Birmingham; excellent night shared with Gurd and Jezzam light amber pout with the thinnest of white heads, big hoppy aroma backed up with a strong sense of alcohol, taste comes through with big grapfruit hops a level of caramel sweetness expected with big USA barley wines, just the right level of bitterness, excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (2646) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2013
13-SEP-2013, bottle @Ulkloebben tasting, @Erik. Amber, almost clear, lasting high creamy tan head. Aroma of malt - dried fruit. Taste is malt and hops, dried fruit, caramel, tobacco. Really tasty. Full body, medium carbonation. Very hoppy barley wine. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3069) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 7, 2013
650ml bottle

Bottled Dec 20, 2012 - Pours dark reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of caramely malts, syrup, toffee, ripe fruits and wood. Taste is sweet, sticky and malty with loads of caramel, syrup, toffee, ripe fruits and bitter hops. Finish is sweet, bitter and malty with hints of fruitiness. Quite nicely balanced, bitter and malty barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (946) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2013
Pours medium amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel. butterscotch, dates, figs, raisins, honey. Quite sweet on the nose, but balanced. Taste is caramel upfront, and then raisins, ripe tropical fruit (mango, peach, Apricot) with honey, dates and hay. Very good! Have two more cellared, will be very interesting to see how this ages.

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