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RATINGS: 1416   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 Ruffianís 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (4306) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2015
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/19/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, leather, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus hops and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, leather, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, leather, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding American barleywine at this age. All around awesome complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. Nearly perfectly balanced between hop and malt flavors right now. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheSilentSaint (98) - Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Dark brown almost black with white head. Smells good hops and caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy. Tastes a well balanced hops with caramel malts. aroma adds to the balanced taste of this beer. A very distinct and good character. ++ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonmac (964) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Tap at Butcher and the Boar. Tulip glass. Aroma feels a little muted. Lacing that exceeds expectations. Mahogany color. Almost feels more like a double or imperial red IPA. Reminiscent of a Lagunitas Imperial Red. Sweetness takes over with caramel and malt being the co-stars. Surprisingly easy to drink at this alcohol level. Nice bite at the end. This is definitely one of the best barleywines Iíve sampled. Wow this is really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
geologyguy (1233) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Smells of bitter hops off the bat, some sweeter malty undertones there too, sweeter taste on the front end that is good and then finishes with hops which are strong and bitter, very astringent ...too much

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (1980) - CROATIA - FEB 23, 2015
On tap at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Brooklyn. Pours deep red with tan head. Hops, sweet malts, fruit, raisins. Sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (7663) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
19/I/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ home - BB: VI/2014 (2015-59) Thanks to hackobock for the trade!

Clear red brownish beer, small creamy beige head, unstable, falls down to a small layer, bit adhesive. Aroma: tropical fruits, caramel, sweet, some jam, bit lemony. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit fruity, sourish touch, caramel, sweet, bitter and hoppy, soft sugary touch, honey. Aftertaste: some exotic fruits, pineapple, bit resinous, caramel, sugary, sweet mango, some honey, jam, pretty bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3593) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Poured a crimson/ruby red w/ a thin soap like head. Aroma of hops, fairly astringent. The palate was smooth and slickly The flavor was bitter hops followed by sweet citrus and malts..Incredibly good and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erasmus_ro (2313) - Alabama, USA - JAN 5, 2015
660ml bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a good, stylish, yellowish-brown head. Aroma is caramel, pith, some chocolate, dried fruit, resin. Taste is semi-sweet with caramel, resin, liquorice, salty and otherwise. Some pine. Full with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on Dec. 20, 2012. A: Pours a murky copper color. The head is a one finger off-white shade featuring decent retention and a soft, creamy texture. Some nice lacing is left on the glass. The haziness isnít exactly appealing visually, but will likely translate into a surprisingly easy drinking barleywine. S: Upon first whiff, I get a lot of bready, vaguely caramel-forward malts, which is supplanted by some aged leafy hops. Of course, the trick here is to let it warm up - that way, the subtle fruit esters (like cherries and apricots) will come out and add a welcome dimension to the beer. Iím also getting some notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and tobacco. The more I let this sit, the more interesting it becomes. In other words, just like how a barleywine should be. T: A wave of bitterness opens things up, and is quite fleeting off the palate. Iím getting a lot of tobacco flavor from this beer, which quickly develops into chocolaty, fruity, and caramel-y notes. These flavors are more whispered than shouted It has a somewhat dry, mineral water finish. There are really light hints of alcohol, slowly coming out the more it warms up - again, adding to the experience rather than detracting. Every flavor here is integrated and balanced to near perfection; Iíll take that over something mindlessly complicated any day. M: While itís not exactly light, itís shockingly crisp and dry on the finish. A lot of that has to do with how vibrant the carbonation is. I can tell itís a big, strong beer, but thereís absolutely nothing to suggest itís 10.2%. Itís definitely more drinkable than your run-of-the-mill DIPA, yet every bit as rich and decadent as a barleywine should be. O: Oh man. This is a killer barleywine. Not only is it luxurious and complex, itís surprisingly drinkable and not overly sweet (which is a problem, even in good barleywines). Actually, I overstated itís drinkability...if only because I want to savor every last drop of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2014
65cl, at 10.2%Vol, American brew, thx alot to Dirk for sharing!, very complex bitter brew, heavily malty/alcoholic/bitter and slightly woody/fruity/sweet, yet balanced, hazy, good head, very good Winter brew

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