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RATINGS: 1385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thrashers2x (46) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Notes of fruit, alcohol, clove, banana, and caramel. Quite yeasty and hoppy while packing a punch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1228) - Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2014
2012 vintage, so 1 1/2 years on it. Bomber into snifter glass, cloudy rusty-amber color with light tan head. Aroma of heavy caramel malt sweetness, burnt toffee sugar balanced pretty nicely with piney/citrus hops. Taste adds notes of berries (blueberry leaning), figs, orange peel, dark fruit, kind of wine-like, sugar syrup, alcohol and earthy/pine hop bitterness. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, sticky with sugary citrus hop bitter finish. Between a year or two of age seems just the right balance between malt heaviness and hop bitterness. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
[Tap] Brown in color with very little head on top. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Aromas of toffee, sweet caramel, resinous hops and light alcohol notes. Brown sugar, burnt caramel, lots of resinous bitterness, honey and light spices in the taste. Sticky. Heavy and bitter finish. Lingering alcoholic warmth. Overall, the good balance makes this barleywine stand out above many others. Tasting notes from 2/2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (415) - - MAY 28, 2014
Pours brown/red body with a medium head. Sweet aroma and a very rich, hoppy taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abrakarl (391) - SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2014
Great sweet, bitter, sticky and hoppy brew. They know what they’re doing. A bit too much with 65cl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (8442) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Draft - Vertical 2014 - Boozy caramel and pine hops. Dark clear copper with a thin white head. Resin, orange and a dry bitterness. 2012 - Rich caramel and resin. Light caramel brown with a decent white head. Vinous barley wine notes. Bitterness and a dryish finish. 2011 - Light rich caramel. Cloudy copper with a good white head. Dry resinous finish with lots of caramel. Off all the 12 is the best, but still not all that great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7210) - Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle at home. I thought I had rated this, but was wrong. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel and toffee malts, citrus and resiny hops, some wood with a hint of earth to the finish. Fresh this is pretty hoppy, though aged bottles turn more toward an English barley wine. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1576) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Pours a clear golden copper with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, sweet pale malts, pine and orange peel. Taste is caramel, orange, pine, grapefruit, light wood and alcohol with an awesome bitterness and alcohol warming on the finish. Excellent barleywine that’s big on flavor and profile and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2014
650 ml bottle packaged on 12/19/12 poured into snifter. Beautiful ruby orange color with two fingers of creamy, dense off-white head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aromas of caramel, pine and orange peel. Strong malty flavors up front with a huge hoppy finish. This also has significant woody tones. If you’d told me this was aged in white oak, I’d have no problem believing it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Splitenz (338) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 29, 2014
A favorite from a favorite. I love the beers of Great Divide from the great state of Colorado. This is a full on Barley Wine, with new world hop-freshness and old world old style caramelized fruits and berries. A beer you have to treat yourself to.

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