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RATINGS: 1334   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).

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (850) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Good high IBU Barleywine. However, it reminded me more of an Imperial IPA. The Barleywine sweetness wasn’t very noticeable. Nice mix of malt and hop aroma. Cloudy amber color with no head. Average palate with a little more carbonation than expected. Alcohol was hidden under the bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mstrcrwly (236) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
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 the best barleywine I’ve had so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (312) - 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 (2742) - 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 (1834) - 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 (1972) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (861) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUN 21, 2014
The always generous Chudwick scored a bottle that is slightly older than 6 months old from the seventh layer of hell, a.k.a. Jungle Jim’s (which is really a nice place, I just love sarcasm). I can’t believe I have not rated this as I have had it quite a few times. So suck it ratebeer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (85) - Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2014
I scored a bottle that is exactly 6 months old at Friar Tuck’s. Bottled on 12/13/13; I’m drinking it on 6/13/14. Old Ruffian has a great rich scent of caramel, toffee, sweetness, plum, some booze, a hard to place leather/woodsy smell and faint hops at the end. Very complex and pleasant aroma - similar to a scotch ale but more high end. Outstanding. Pours a striking dark amber/ruby color which is darker at the top that it is at the bottom. Thin white ring of foam and heavy lacing. Very nice looking. Taste is some hops up front but not sharp or bitter. That gives way to the caramel and toffee that was previewed in the aroma and goes back to hops in the aftertaste but again, not overdone. Perhaps it is the age of the bottle. The palate is full and smooth for a barleywine, it coats your mouth and adds to the aftertaste. This is up there with many of the great barleywines I have had and it is cheaper than many of them to boot. I was surprised at how good this is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cool_Bond (1218) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2014
Weak with fruity aroma. The flavor also has a decent fruity taste with a heavy bitterness. Like I preached earlier, one of bitter beer not really to my taste. Bitterness in the aftertaste fills the upper part of the mouth for a long time but feels maybe a little better than I thought at first. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   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 (745) - 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.

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