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RATINGS: 1441   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle. Clear medium amber red color with a large frothy good lacing mostly lasting beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, nutty, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, alcoholic. Initial flavor is moderate sweet and bitter, finish flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily / syrupy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40836) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 RB US #900: From tap at Plan B. Pours clear and hazzlenut golden brown with a creamy light tan head. Solid hoppy and mild caramel malty aroma. Dense and towards liqourice spiced and hoppy finish. Sweet and dense caramel malty with a solid hops flavour and distinct bitterness into the finish. Dry and dense malty and fruity lingering into the far finish. Slight wooden too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34666) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2006
A slightly hazy deep red beer with a huge orange-red head. The aroma is primarily hoppy, but also with notes of malt, grass, caramel, and alcohol - a very fresh nose for such a potent beer. The flavor is a lovely complex combination of malt, toffee, alcohol, hops, wood, nutmeg, pineneedles, and more, but slowly the hops gain the advantage to give it a stronger accent on the pineneedles combined with grapefruit. The end is strong and slightly sticky, where the alcohol is more felt than tasted, and the hoppy notes lingers for a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2005
Bottled at DBF 2005. Cloudy brown coloured with a lasting off white head. Sweet aroma with lots of malts, hops and dried fruits. Flavour of hops with lots of sweetness and dried fruits. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2006
Bottled. Nut brown/amber colour. Aroma is alcohol, plum, spices and a lot of fruit. Flavour is spices, plum, raisins and candy sugar. Almost like a mediumsweet Madeira wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 (Bottle 65 cl) Clear, deep amber with a small beige head. Sweetish, malty nose and sweetness in the first sip. But then you’re immediately hit by the hammer of hops - an absolutely wild and extreme hoppiness making you pretty much suffocate. Plain and simple. 90 IBUs is extreme by any standard, and admittedly too extreme for me. But a great experience nevertheless. 210505

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23724) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2005
Bottled. Ruby, beige head. Rich grapefruity hop aroma. Plenty of sweet malt with notes of toffee. Concentrated thick mouthfeel, yet overpowered by vast hoppiness. Incredibly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Hoppy aroma with hints of pine needles. Very hoppy flavor with hints of pine needles. Long warming aftertaste with lots of hop bitterness. A great barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (21887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle at EBF copenhagen 2008 ... Red brown ... big sweet barley wine nose ... juicy pine ... quite a lot of bitterness ... loads of pine hop and just a bit rough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21661) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2013
2010 draft murky brown color. Aroma of grass and caramel. Taste is bittetsweet citrus and grass. Highly hopped for a bw.

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