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RATINGS: 1415   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Deep amber or reddish color to this brew with a huge off-white head when poured! Lots of lacing as well, almost like soap bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. The aroma is sweet, candy-like, much as I would expect from a barley wine. The taste is sweet as well, but the bitter piney taste comes through pretty fast as well. I didn’t expect the bitterness, to be honest. The mouthfeel is thicker than some, above average, and a bit sticky. Very fruity, flowery, woody taste. I like it, but in a way it’s like gnawing on a board with pine resin. Pretty intense, if you ask me, and yes I know it’s supposed to be that way. Nice finish, if this damned bitterness would just go away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Curiously, though a stout lover, I avoided barley wines for years, probably thinking they would be too sweet for my taste. Old Ruffian is one of several that changed my thinking. One of the things I like most about it is its hop bitterness. That’s obviously not a trait of most barley wines.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2010
2008 22oz bottle opened in 2010. Pours a light transparent reddish brown with a thin head. Not very much in the way of aroma, just alcohol and a little sweetness. Tastes quite bitter and malty, with alcohol and some sweetness. OK, but it was sort of one dimensional- the bitterness overwhelms everything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2006
What a tasty beer. This is my frist barley wine, so I can’t compare it to much. The initial falvor is that of fruits, especially grapefruit and apple. The alcohol content is superb, 10% is perfect for a barley wine. The head leaves sheets of laces on the glass as the dark brownish red ale gazes at you, beckoning for you to drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
22 oz bottle. Big white headish on an amber body. Nice blend of hops and sweet, fruity malts. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
A pretty hoppy barleywine, taste is a nice hoppy fruitiness with some malty caramel taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Aged 1 year. Aroma of caramel, white raisins, and over-ripened peaches. Appears a hazy deep amber-red color with a thick creamy orange head. Flavor is sweet malt at the start hammered down by intense pine and resin hop notes, from which the malt never recovers. Palate is very thick and very chewy. Overall, a bit too bitter for my taste but an excellent example of a big American barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Very nice looking ruby tinted caramel color liquid. Almost two fingers of light tan foam. Great retention. Really good lacing. Nice, big, sweet malty profile. A touch of earthy hop notes. Big caramel and brown sugar presence. Big nougat notes. Hints of creamy sweet milk chocolate. Hints of dark fruits and pine. Complex and beautiful nose. Man is this good. Big caramel malts in front, with a nice piney hops bite, just below the surface. A nice, solid spice profile. A nice warming effect, but doesn’t taste particularly ’hot’. Promises of fruit baskets, but no single fruit flavors are really distinguishable. Just a nice big ’fruitiness’ blend. Notes of yeasty biscuits, broiled with butter and brown sugar on top of them. Good medium, not quite full, but almost, body on this one. Pretty much what you’d expect in a barleywine stle brew. Nice and creamy smooth. No complaints, here. Very drinkable, overall. The high alcohol content is quite concealed, though. Be careful, ’cause this one will slam you quick.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2008
My first barley wind stye ale. Wonderful flavor and hop presence. Malty start that moved to the slightly bitter hop finish. Alcohol flavor increased over time.

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