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RATINGS: 1341   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).


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 17, 2007
a caramel and roasted malt nose was was surprising for its hot, smokey, biting flavor. the mouthfeel was very active and was nice and heavy, yet no overbearing. quite a nice barley wine. on tap @ rich o’s gravityhead ’07.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
mmm tasty, this really reminds me of sierra nevada bigfoot, but this available all year round!! love the hop balance, not too sweet like most barley wines

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
avantdagare (133) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Deep red pour with a silky lasting head. Aroma of faint floral hops and sugar. Sugary flavor with a ton of hoppy bitterness. The kind of horseradish, sinus-clearing hops that you wouldn’t expect from a barleywine. Sticky sugar alcohol mouthfeel. What I was looking for.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
On tap at the Great Divide Brewery Tour 9/28/06. Aroma is awesome--strong hops, strong malt, some alcohol notes--almost like a triple IPA! Dark copper color, good clarity, good head retention. Flavor is a really good balance of hops and malt, though bitterness dominates the finish. Alcohol evident. Long lasting flavor. Body is medium-full. Warming. Overall, a very good american barleywine. Maybe a little too much bitterness in the finish, but still very good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Brownish amber pour with a tan head. Aroma is caramel sweetness combined with hop tartness. It has a great mouthfeel that is nice and thick. The flavor is similar to the aroma. Well rounded.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
22 oz. bottle (2008) in a snifter. This one needs to warm up a lot! Ar: Floral hops, pine, caramel malts. Ap: Pours ruby-amber, resinous appearance. Creamy ecru head w/ supernova lacing. Fl: Very, very hoppy, to the point of overpowering everything else. Amla, spoilt orange juice, vanilla and toffee as it warms up. Some coriander and spice notes that are overwhelmed by a disgusting loamy aftertaste that coats the tongue in a morning lather. Aftertaste dissipates some as it warms. Pa: Full and sticky. Perhaps this beer needs to be aged a lot, but it seems to lack any sort of subtlety.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Pours a small head with a conrete lacing. Dark golden brown with a cloudy appeareance. Piney super hops is the only thing I can smell at first. It has caramel and banana undertones. Taste is very bitter and very sweet with piney hops and caramel and banana undertones. Mouthfeel is watery, but smooth, and a little carbonated. It also has a slight coffee undertone.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 31, 2005
dark amber/brown pour, with a nice lacing off-white head. aroma is caramel, some alcohol, sweetness. flavor is caramel, mellow fruit, good hoppiness at the end, as well as some alcohol. good full mouthfeel. a great barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Pours a thick cloudy brown with a thin tan head. Just wafting the aroma makes the mouth water. The thickness in the aroma is just amazing. Aroma is rich with caramel and a twinge of hop. Taste is full, but not overbearing - caramel, with a pine hop finish. Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick, but not quite syrupy. Great hoppy barleywine. Wish I could get it locally... purchased at Grapevine in Austin.


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