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RATINGS: 1440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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).


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Poured from a 22oz bottle to dark brown with a nice head.Aromas were pure barley wine-fruit,malt,caramel.Taste was all of the above listed with some slght hops as well.Powerful and deeeeelicious.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Wow. Very fresh. Crisp clarity, deep amber glow, beautiful ring of head with a big stubborn island that swims around the middle. Is this a barley wine?? Huge on hops, I hardly sense anything from the malt, massive hops and a touch of booze if you really snort for it. Taste is so incredibly well balanced, the hops are definitely the star of the show but with a little malt support they don’t burn your bad self... I have a feeling that some might night like the touch of booze but, in that case, you maybe shouldn’t be drinking this style to begin with... Feel is perfect, ’nough said. This is a must for BW fans and hop heads alike, this beer is damn close to perfect. I usually am a huge fan of crusty old barleywines, but this one is gonna stay right at the top of my fresh list. They could call it a DIPA and I would be none the wiser. Tasty shit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber/ruby body with thin head of off-white cream. Aroma is sweet but very hoppy. Hop flavors mix with grapefruit, malts, and caramel. Hops make this brew impressive, but it gets a bit sweet as it warms up.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (261) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Pours an intriguing murky mahogany topped of a frothy beige head. The nose is well balanced blending some sweet malts and fruits to a very hoppy background. Coffee and caramel are well balanced with apple, grapefruit, pineapple, coconut, and some pine. The heavy alcohol content is present in the nose reminding of bourbon which really helps emphasize the hops. The flavor only echoes these fragrances. I’m not a big hop-head, so I can’t say this is my style but I appreciated the effort and the complexity of this brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Pour is a clear red tinted deep copper. Huge, light tan, foamy head. Nose is divine – sweet malt accentuated with hints of vanilla, cherries, and caramel. Medium-bodied, smooth, and silky mouthfeel. Taste is sweet caramel and roasted toffee. Hop bitterness in the end, but little hop flavor up-front. Overall a very good barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - DEC 28, 2008
One pint, 6 oz. bottle pours a dark amber into a thick foamy tan head which mostly dissipates into heavy lacings that melt down the glass. Aroma of roasted caramel malts and sweet citrusy hops. Initial flavor of spice, creamy malts and sweet citrus quickly fading into full bodied bitter piney and flowery hoppy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Pours a potent, deep sunset color that seems to glow with a luminescence of its own. This is an impressive barley wine. I agree, this and their Yeti Stout make them an un-ignorable brewery.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2011
22oz into tumbler and stein. 2 finger thick light brownish yellow head. very long lasting head but not a large amount of carbonation, just enough to keep a good thick aromatic head around for a while. Beautiful look to it with an apricot hazy amber color. smells of some citrus and lots of barley with a bit of roasty toastiness which could be partly from the noticeable but not heavy alc smell. Pretty thick on the mouth with bready barley and hops also a little sour at the back of the palate. delicious beer that i highly recommend. drinkability is not too great which goes along with most expressions of this style. overall 8.5 out of 10.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Gotta love Great Divide...First time for me tasted with Matt from Silver City. Huge grapefruit/citrus note on opening, dissipating during the half hour following. Caramel, copper colored, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, tasted @ 62°F from the bottle.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pours mahogany with a pillowy head and thick lacing. Aroma is very malty and very hoppy. Caramel malt, brown sugar, piney, citrus, pungent. Flavor is thickly sweet with plenty of hops to back it up. Caramel, toast, pine resin, citrus fruit, dark dried fruit, and booze fill the flavor with some other flavors hard to describe adding to the complexity. Full bodied, rather low co2. Excellent beer in every way. Definitely in my top 5 favorite beers.


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