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RATINGS: 1333   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).

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Part of a beer and cheese tasting at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA. The cheese was Manchego Reserve (18 month). The Old Ruffian came with a large frothy tan head that was very slow to diminish. The aroma was very mild with floral and piney hops on the nose. The taste was of the same but the malt came in to balance out the hops. Very nice and it hides the 10% ABV very well. It felt creamy on the palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 From a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle poured a sublime copper colour with a light tan 1 inch head. This Barley Wine was surprisingly flavourful with a crisp and clean mouthfeel and mellow follow through that belies a plus 10 percent alcohol by volume. Strong hop finish...are we sure this shouldn’t labeled an Imperial IPA? I’ll be putting this one in the rotation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
avantdagare (124) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
One of my first barley wines. Thick and creamy, very bitter, strong taste of alcohol, but also caramel sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Glass from 22 ounce bomber at home. Beautiful head, and wonderful color (though not quite as deep and beautiful as some others, but near perfect in my book). Aroma is great typical barleywine, very clean. Flavour is similar, not quite as deep and complex as some others I’ve had (less of the dark fruit esters and stuff like that), and mine had a tinge of metallic in the flavour, but the malt and hop, sweet and bitter, that was all very enjoyable. A little bit of a tingly feeling from the bitterness and alcohol at the finish are nice as well. I’d buy it again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2009
copper / mahogany color with an off-white head. Malty nose - caramel, (seemingly mellow, indeed...) Bitterness without a hop resin on the tongue - or really even a particularly big hop nose. Great divide seems to do a nice job hiding high alcohol with solid flavor, and this is no different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle pours amber brown with a thin white head. Aroma is dominated by malts as hop presence was likely lost due to aging. Taste is dominated the initial sweetness with a caramel presence. Medium carbonation with heavy body. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Rather good. Very hoppy, and the flavor was sweet, citrusy and floral, but it didn’t overpower me. I would be interested to see how it fares if i drank it from a bottle. Be warned though, this stuff will get you drunk fast. It was one of the first beers I tried at Holiday Ale Fest and it almost made me want to take a break from the rest of the offerings at the festival.

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