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RATINGS: 1385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.27%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 2010-04-22, bottle a couple of years old, 8-5-9-5-18=45
It pours a dark red-amber color, with small creamy head. Very nice aroma of chocolate and cereals, light vanilla. Full bodied, with a round mouthfeel; strong malt flavor, sweet, smooth, with pleasant chocolate, vanilla, caramel, eggnogg. The bitterness is still strong, maybe the hop is less aromatic, but it blends well with the robust maltiness and the alcohol touch. Excellent.

2008-08-08, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 8-4-8-5-17=42
Hazy dark amber color, thin creamy head. Very nice aroma of fudge. Strong mouthfeel, syrupy malt caramel and toffee, with strong bitterness, a bit nutty too. Powerful final, full of toffee, sweet and bitter, hop oils. Excellent.

2005-05-21, bottle, 9-5-9-5-19=47
Dark amber color. As it happened only few other times, here you have a soooo powerful brew: chewy malts mixed with huge amounts of resiny hops, leaning to pine needles, with some caramel, chocolate. Extreme masochist pleasure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15649) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2008
Draught at Plan B, Copenhagen. Clear chestnute, thin beige head. Wow, tha’s a big hit of hop and then really good malty fruity body. Big, big, just a big hit of everything. Not too sweet, not too syrupy, massive cascade, centennial hops. Heat on finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2006
Bottled. Copper-red, almost clear, and with a dense, beige head. Lots of sweetness in the aroma, with hop-aromas like pine and resin, fruityness and some beef-stock. It tastes very bitter, fruity and hoppy, with stock and alcohol. Full bodied and sweet, a bit sticky. A big American barley wine. (060801)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (15094) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2006
Bottle. Nice tan head with good duration. Color is ruby. Powerfull aroma and taste with caramel fruit and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14836) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
Dark amber with fine white head. Aroma and taste of alcohol, malts & hops. Those things mentioned dominates throughout. Fine balance between the high hops and sweet malts. Great bitter lasting finish. Great divide fucks it up again, numbness from hops. Straight Power!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (14746) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2010
Tap at Swift. Loved this one. By my tastes this was more like a double IPA than a barleywine but it was great either way. Poured a lovely, dark red with a staunch, beige head. Nose of powerful, piney hops and just hints of sweet malts. Flavor too was dominated by the hops. Some sweet, fruity notes made cameos, but the hops starred in this production. Lip-smacking and resiny, this was a great sipping beer. Would like to try it again to try and detect some of the other ingredients.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (14695) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 (Number 1300, bottle in a hotel room at Gothia Towers, Göteborg) Nice amber color, great offwhite/yellowish head. Wonderful aroma from figs, nuts, rasisins, cream and toffee. Nutty flavor, strong and more and more hoppy, grassy, bitter. Great body and with a both bitter and malty finish. Id love to have this beer again...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14612) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle at Byens Kro - shared with Lasse, after a christmas lunch with Eurofins. We got it for 80 kr. (usual price 120 kr), because - as they said - it was too old !!! Dark red/brown - offwhite head. Berries, sweetness, bread, high hoppy, resin, grass, citrus, nice malty, bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14610) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Dark nut brown, small white head. Musty, smokey barley wine nose. Full-bodied. Roasted barley, some licorice. Good beer, could have more character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. Very malty aroma, some hoppiness. Unclear dark brown colour, small head. Strong peppery flavour with much aromatic and bitter hoppiness. Slightly astringent aftertaste. Good body, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

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