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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).


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12810) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (12810) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12593) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2005
(Bottle) Pours dark amber body with a large, creamy, butterscotch-colored head. Juicy grapefruit aroma with some caramel malt. Nice balance of hops and malt. Creamy mouthfeel; bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (12577) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12569) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12553) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (12035) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcwattsrugger (12011) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11931) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11829) - Escondido, 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.


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