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RATINGS: 1314   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2005
22oz bomber –pours a tan head, color is brown. Aroma is sweet, malt, hop. Taste follows with the finish having a slight alcohol bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: March 18, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy dark amber, small white head
Aroma: rich malty aroma with plenty of earthy hops
Flavor: big sweet carmel malt flavor with lots of hops to balance, lots of bitterness in the finish, hint of fruity character over shadowed by the hops
Overall: may get better in two years, lacking any distinctive character, somewhat mild, but mellows nicely, decidedily undecided

Date: January 06, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: blind tasting
Score: 3.2 to 3.7
Appearance: muddy amber, creamy white head with frothy edges
Aroma: big sweet caramel malt aroma with earthy bitterness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of earthy hop flavor, good caramel character, nice fruity sweetness
Overall: well balanced all around

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
1 or 2 years old, haven’t any notes of the purchase time. Muddy red brown with a small creamy tan head. There are some great aged notes of dried fruits and port in the aroma, but still also some American hops with pine mostly. It’s sweet, yes, but balanced by hops (still very present) and alcohol. Has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, but it’s deceiving: it leaves your mouth a war zone of hops and alcohol - which also results in a long aftertaste...of Great Divide, basically.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (10769) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Øltorvet.dk.
Pours a wonderful brownish red with a big, creamy yellowish head on top. Aroma is hoppy, nice fruitiness - both from hops and malt. Grapefruit, orange peel and raisins. Lightly vinious. Medium carbonation, wonderfully oily mouthfeel. Flavour is greatly sweet at first, lots of caramel, vinious, port, oakiness. Finish is nicely bitter with a clear dose of hops flavours. Pine and grapefruit dominate amongst the wonderful alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (10605) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2009
hazy brown, very smooth and large light brown head. large lacings. sweet hoppy and malty aroma. sweetness reminds me of dried figs, but is drier than that. flavor is sweet malty, licorice, faint dried fruit, then hops kick in for real and makes it piny, grapefruity, ends bitter. nice ride. palate is very smooth, lots of "bite". One of the best barley wines i’ve had. Great winter warmer with the 10% alc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2008
Hazy dark amber with large off white head. Hoppy aroma with caramel and roasted malt notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, caramel and loads of hops. Ends bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10340) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 18, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep brown colour with a nice creamy beige head leaving a good lacing. Sweet aroma of hops, citrus, pine, toasted malt and alcohol. The flavour is sweet with a lot of hops, citrus and fruity with toasted malt, caramel and alcohol. The finish is bit brunign sweet with bitter hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10073) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (10058) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly deminishing head. Redbrown colour. Powerfull healy malty and hoppy aroma. Very nice flavor and long finish. Very oily palate. A fantastic beer.

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