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RATINGS: 1377   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).


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11434) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (11420) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11330) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11092) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (11044) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11004) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Tap. Pours mahagoney with a tall creamy tan head. Fragrant floral hop aroma with caramel malt; an inviting aroma to say the least-mouth watering to be exact. Spicy caramel malt flavor with a spicy hop finish. Full bodied and somewhat spicy palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10684) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2005
Bottled: Burgundy coloured. Unclear. Huge dense light brown head. Flowers, fruity, hops, malt and caramel in the aroma. nice. Caramel, herbs, chcolate, liqourice in the flavaour. Some light alcohol. Is dry and heavy bitter in the end. Give a good warmth on the palate. Great barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10663) - 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.


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