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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k0mpsa (1151) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle from chans wine world, destin florida. Dark red color, tanned head. Aroma is sweet, cherry, fruits, malts. Full malty body, sweet, cherries, fruits, some hops at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bomber->snifter. Amber with small frothy offwhite head. A: caramel malt, citrus hops, booze. T: surprising hop presence over caramel malt, with a lingering pine and resin bitterness. Boozy. Interesting and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneakychi (64) - - JAN 1, 2014
From blind tasting 29/12-13, Nyhamn, Gotland. Malty, caramel, meringue, citrus. Sweet caramel with nice strong bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2226) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Fabulous beer! Opened with a blast of caramel to my nose. Poured at a good temperature with modest, thick, slightly slow to settle, cream/light tan colored head and some lace. Color is a brown, orange amber that’s a tad hazy. With the pouring came some heady wafts of fresh hop. Flavor is outstanding, tang and bitter up front, tang drops off, very slightly sweet, lots of resin, a little citrus. Body is excellent and while carbonation is a touch soft, it doesn’t seem to hurt. Finish is like flavor, lots of booze, and long. Great beer for sipping and/or sharing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dwmiller16 (97) - Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2013
22 oz bottle, aged 2 years. Pours dark amber / mahogany with a bit of cream colored foam. Nose is very hoppy for a barleywine but has the sweetness and booze you would expect. Lemons and pine come through on the palate and linger throughout the alcohol burn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
$8 for 22oz @ Huck’s in Spokane, WA Poured to NB tulip. A: Ale pours a dark mahogany with red edges. Mildly transparent around edges. Light caramel, thin cap over the ale. Can agitate bubbles to thicker head, but less so as temperature increases. S: Caramel, toffee, mint, pine, earthy hops. Still a small hint of alcohol. Standard lineup of a BW. T: Bitter. Pine, astringent. Sweetness from alcohol present, too much bite on back of palate. Finishes with a hair of nougat, but not enough to help balance out the mass of early wort hops on this one. M: Medium to heavy ale with medium to low carbonation. A bit sharp with high ABV. D: This is absolutely a big beer, in GDBC’s nature. Although this beer is decent, and I imagine fantastic with two years under it’s belt, I cannot call it great. Worth a try, worth a purchase to age a couple. Beyond that, mediocre as far as BW’s go. Serving type: bottle 01-03-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroSpud (1693) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Large bottle dated December 2012 (aged for 1 year). Pours a reddish brown with a thick white head. Hoppy aroma. Sweet taste. Caramel, brown sugar and hops.Surprisingly little alcohol burn despite high abv. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2013
On draft at brewery last April. Pours a copper brown with big amber head and some lace. Aroma of rich malts. Moderate carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of strong alcohol, rich malts, bitter hops, nuts, earth, peat. Intensely rich and bold ... similar to an Avery Hog Heaven but less sweet. It’s good to let it open up to fully enjoy this bold but smooth beauty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1050) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Dark red orange pour with a nice off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel, candied citrus, and some booze. Taste is sweet and boozy. Tons of caramel and syrup with some citrus, and hop bitterness. Pine in the aftertaste. Body is a bit thinner than I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2013
aroma of dark fruits and caramel prevalent,some floral qualities in the background nice typical barleywine scent..head is pure white but doesn’t last long becoming a cloudy film,opague brown red liquid..taste..whew malt bomb with plenty of alcohol burn the hops promised are there but really overwhelmed and unbalanced..sticky and fizzy on the palate I made a face while drinking this very much like a sweet fizzy sherry or marsala wine not for me but if maltbombs are your thing this might be just for you

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