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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).


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx77 (1477) - Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On draught at Bailey’s Taproom CellarFest 2013. 2009 vintage. Caramel and smooth hop bitterness. Nice oxidation from the aging.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (3797) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle in Baltimore. Clear amber pour, foamy off-white head. Aroma is very thick floral hops, caramel, fruity, piney and reminds me of the great Hercules IPA, which I love. Flavor is a thick bitter body with a huge malt base. Smooth and very solid. Slightly on the bitter side, but still very drinkable. Great Barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malin_aiisa (164) - SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle. Red brown, hazy, minimal head. Caramel, plum aroma. sweet taste of caramel, slight bitter. fizzy and nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vjohans (421) - SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2015
chocolate, caramel, herbs, alcohol, vanilla, hazy, brown, white foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, decent but i want more from the the abv

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bebum (476) - - JUN 5, 2015
Dark copper, clear, covering lace. Full body, moderate flavor, burning hot, low carbonation, avg length, unsurprizing finish. Sweet, low bitterness and acidity. Malty, alcoholic flavor. Like drinking spirits (whiskey), as I remember this experience from decades ago. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGB (562) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Pours a dark amber or brown. Aroma of spicy hops and caramel. Similar taste. Just too one dimensional.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (634) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2015
This is a substantial beer. It pours a deep red/brown, almost a burgundy color, with not much foam. The aroma is subdued, this beer doesn’t play it’s cards up front. I picked up on a little sweet malt and yeast and not much else on the nose. The flavor is delicious. It’s mellow and sweet up front, with caramel and oak on the front of the tongue, then the back end is all about pop and tingle. The hops come through on the finish and burn, with some citrus and grassy notes. The caramel comes back for an encore on the exhale, along with the unavoidable. Barley wine has replaced stout as the power player style for most of my favorite breweries, and Great Divide has a real headliner in this one

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (2679) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Bottled on Feb 24, 2015. Actually, I had this in a tulip. Here are my observations. The appearance was an dark amber to light brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. A light film of lacing spider webs into the beer. The smell holds a nice bittersweet combination of sweet citrus hops running into a sticky yet somewhat toasty caramel malts. Light tropical fruits also display themselves delicately. The taste was bittersweet, taking the sweet citrus hops and running them into the toasted caramel malts. A sweet sticky citrus to malty aftertaste leads into a sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. The bitterness is about a medium. Overall, what a wonderful American barleywine. Everything fits right, I would definitely have this again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1646) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2015
bottle shared and it poured a dark amber/copper color with smallish white head. the aroma was straight up sweet malts and dark fruit. minor hints of caramel. the flavor was more of the same yet very smooth in flavor and pretty much a flat carbonation. sweet malts and dried fruits in the flavor with hints of caramel. for me this was just an average barley wine though nothing really jumps out in an outstanding way.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1810) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2015
Aroma: Sweet dried fruits, raisins, figs, dates, hops, pine, hay.
Appearance: A hazy chestnut colored beer. A off-white head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting toffee, brown bread, fruit marmalade and grass.
Palate: Medium low carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A big body with a long dry finish.
Overall: Still surprisingly bitter after three years, no oxidation.
Note: Bottle 650 ml at home. (Vintage 2012) Reviewed 2015-05-22.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sask89 (498) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015
On tap at Great Divide. Pours a darker copper colour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is really heavy in caramel and toffee with some alcohol notes. Taste is rich and sweet, the caramel is really present in the taste with a slight bitter bite in the finish. Medium to full body, lively carbonation, and a creamy mouth feel. Overall I really enjoyed this barley wine.


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