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RATINGS: 1387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (11818) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11784) - , 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11754) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
When I opened the bottle and got a whiff of the citrusy hop aroma I thought this could give Hog Heaven a run for the money as my favorite barleywine. But when I tasted it I was dissapointed. Nice malt flavor with a LOT of bitterness but no hop flavor. I think this one needs to age, and it will improve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11704) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11643) - 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 14/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
Red brown ale with good moka head. Sweet herbal malt with notes of pineapple and lichee, and some catnip. Sweet herbal hops in taste with resinous pines. Rich whiskey scotch alcohol finish. May 2005, Capflu’s BW tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (11526) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2007
Bottle. brown color. Red berries, malt and cascade hops in the aroma. Hint of cinnamon. Malty sweet flavor with flowery and earthy hops, citrus and raspberry. Warming alcohol, reasonably well hidden. A taste bomb that is still pretty well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (11312) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle @ home thanks to Mista. Been looking forward to this for a while, so I’m hoping it will live up to my expectations although that shouldn’t be a factor I know. Anyway. Nice, a bit hazy dark orange to ruby red color, medium sized dense creamy off-white to beige head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, hops, slightly alcohol, slightly sweet, a hint of sweetish resin. Taste malts, a touch of caramel, hops, some alcohol, resin, resinous bitter. Sticky texture, full body, medium carbonation. I like it when beers actually taste like the brewers say it will taste, and this is indeed a hefty hop forward barley wine. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy red color with a very large tan frothy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, slight toastiness, earthy and citrus hops, other fruity notes. Taste is bitter hoppy notes with lots of toffee as well as some caramel and citrus notes. Medium-full bodied. Decent barleywine, very drinkable.

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