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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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
unibaren (154) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2005 Very aromatic. I’m sensing cascade hops, caramel, coffee. Mahogany colour with some carbonation, brownish foam with some staying power, that clings to the inside of the glass. VERY filling, with a lot of sweetness that is (almost) balanced by even more hops bitterness. Unfortunately the many flavours (liquorice, caramel, hops) are overpowering and numbs my taste buds. Hides the alcohol content (10.2%) totally - until you stand up. The sugar content(?) is so high, that the dried beer on my lips almost makes my lips stick together. All in all: Tries to hard, and will never be my favourite barley wine (even if it came in a much smaller bottle).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Pours a dark mahogany with a frothy tan head. Aroma of citrus and caramel..subtle hint of chocolate as well. Nice full body with sweet malts and plenty of hops both upfront and in the finish. Although the hops are front and center, it is still surprisingly balanced considering the high IBU’s. Overall a nice Barley Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Sampled a ’04 bottle. Has a nice dark brown color with a thin tan head. Has a bit of a roasty aroma, kind of pleasant. Has a bit of a sweet, bitter flavor. Good body, with just the right amount of carbonation. This is quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Look: Dark brown boarderline red body, off-white lacing. Smell: Assorted berries, cherries, citrus, toasted bread, caramel, chocolate notes, slight booze. Taste: Pitted fruits, berries, cocoa, caramel sweetness, slight pine and citrus rind, earthy pungency, a very nice leafy tobacco bitterness that compliments the malt sweetness. Feel: Medium, smooth body. soft carbonation. Overall: Not as hop forward as the label details, yet it doesn’t lack hops either. This is more balanced than Big Foot. Enough of that gibberish, everything in this is delicious. The booze is more present in the aroma than in the taste. This is recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle from Kenny Road Market, poured into snifter. Translucent coppery brown color with a fluffy tan head. Aromas are hoppy and malty, a little fruit and caramel. Taste is similar; a nice piney and citrus hop bite mellowed by molasses and caramel notes from the malts. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark red color with a nice tan head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, fruit. The hops are the dominant flavor with some caramel sweetness coming in too. Thick feeling on the palate. A really well balanced barley wine. Very very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Pours a nice mahogany with some amber tints. Decent white head. Aroma is dried red fruits (some darker, I suppose) that have been drying and decaying on the ground in the fall . . . so some musky leaves get in there (yeasty), too. Grapefruit hops are there, a bit aggressive, but an interesting balance. I didn’t find this beer subtle in any way, contrary to the description. Right off the bat it’s pretty bold with dried red fruit flavors and some serious malts that run the gamut from caramel to roasted almonds to some sweet bread. The hops kick in soon, too, and the balance changes to incorporate the slightly over-the-top grapefruit element. If this beer had a little more balance, i.e. turned down the hops a bit, it would definitely win some more points from me. There’s a lot of potential on the palate, but it needs more integration. Maybe some aging? Alcohol is well masked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2005
Tap @ Flying Suacer...$2.50 pint night. Anyway, it does have a nice aroma. Big hop flavor, but it didn’t have me wanting more. Overall, a nice barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
avantdagare (143) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2012
4 finger beige head that sinks to 3mm, red-amber head. Nose: Plum, raisins, malt and madeira. Aroma: Raisins, plum, resin, grapefruit-peel, madeira, grapes, spruce and alcohol-sting. A bit "raw" or rustic in a good way. Long, dry and bitter ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Pours a hazy mahogany color with a thin, light brown head. Wonderful aroma of malt and hops. There is a huge caramel aroma along with plenty of citrus and floral hops. Along with the citrus notes from the hops there are a lot of dark fruits in the aroma as well - mainly raisin, plum, and apple. Wow, the flavor is HUGE and delicous. It’s sweet and yet very bitter as well - perfectly balanced. This beer has both intense malt and hop flavors. The malt brings out the molasses, licorice, caramel, and toffee flavors. And the hops bring out the pine, grassy, grapefruit, and tropical fruits flavor. Considering the extremely high IBUs in this beer, it is surprisingly smooth and creamy with an incredible mouthfeel. This is by far the best barley wine I’ve ever had.

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