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RATINGS: 1420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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).


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15143) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14974) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (14884) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Dull dark amber colour with rich head. Piney, slightly minty hop aroma with breadcrusty malts. Rich, resiny hop flavour. The woody bitterness is balanced by ample whole grain malts, as well as toast and caramel notes. Like most of Great Divide’s beers, this is easy-drinking and well-structured while maintaining stylistic integrity.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (13900) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet hoppy. Flavour is very hoppy with elements of roasted coffee and fruit. Very bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13726) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Aroma of caramel and floral hop. Reddish tinged amber color with a white head. Medium to full body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is primarily grapefruit, with backing caramel malts. Some pine resin kicks in. The finish is almost gummy with hop. The malt sweetness tends to drain away, and the hop is fantastic in a fairly non-bitter way. This is really an exceptional drink.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (13483) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours reddish amber. Off white head. Nose/taste of candi sugar, bitter grapefruit rind, caramel, malted barley, toffee and dark fruit. Bitter dry finish. Medium body. Light warming alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle. Red brown cloudy hue with large frothy head. Complex aroma of bread malt, citrus and alcohol. Full body with thick texture and small alcohol finish. Complex flavor of sweet and small bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13032) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 1, 2009
Keg (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, American Weeks 2009)
Deep red, rocky head. Cascade biscuity aroma. I’m worried this might be just another cookie-cutter US hop bomb already. First taste was some flowery floor-cleaner, but that’s soon replaced by a really full roasty body, and sweet christmassy spicy hops. Big and bold, but falling thankfully short of over-the-top. Even the alcohol is reasonably subdued. Enjoyed to the bottom of the glass - they made that one work.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12921) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2005
(22oz bottle) Red-copper body topped by small beige head that retians well and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, grapefruit, some raisin, bread. Taste is sweet, almost treacly, caramel, grapefruit, pine, pineapple. Finish has a mild alcohol burn, but not unpleasant. Creamy full body that leaves some resin on the tongue. While I think the sweetness prevents it from achieving greatness, I still enjoyed it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (12863) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2012 22 oz. bottle, pours dark orangey amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, dark / dried fruits, and piney hops. Flavour of complex dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and strong piney hops on the finish. Magnificent.


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