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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 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
avantdagare (134) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (134) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle (22oz): Bottles 9 months ago. Clear dark amber. Nice tan head faded with a lot of lacing. Lots of hops as advertised, bitters was not too much.. Medium plus body. Some sweetness. Quite good, but a little more hops than I normally like in a barley wine.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enwiebe (128) - - FEB 6, 2014
2/6/14. Dec 2012 bomber. Pours a reddish copper with a short head that stays around. Mild hop nose. Big and bold even after a year or so of aging. Boozy with a big hop kick. Flavors are round with more dark fruit notes rather than citrus or pine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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.

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