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RATINGS: 1415   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).

Someguy1_8t's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Someguy1_8t (7) - Woodland Hills, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2012/2013 release bottled Dec. 20 2012. Served in a snifter. Appearance - Light brown amber color, like whiskey. Small rapidly diminishing head. Smell- It has a great aroma of tropical fruit scented hops followed by caramel malt. Hint of sweetness is present. Pretty straight forward, just like what’s written on the side of the bottle. Taste - Great taste of hoppiness and malt. This reminds me more of a malty imperial IPA, like Green Flash Imperial IPA or Dog Fish Head 90 min. Like those beers there is a strong malty presence. Mouthfeel - light - medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Some amount of lingering hop bitterness. Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. Not exactly what I had in mind when I read barley wine, but then again it also does say hoppy on the bottle. So I guess the bottles description is rite on. I would definitely recommend this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewhemia (149) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2016
Wow what a beer! One of the most taste intensive I have tasted. Full bodied sweetness up front with monster bitterness following. Not much aroma. Beautiful dark amber color with lots of light brown head. Man what a taste explosion! I like it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9543) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle, Brewdog Leicester. Deep red brown with a a cream bubbly head. Pine with herbal liquorice and spiced oranges. Mango and peach with woody, earthy notes. Sudsy and earthy with brown sugar. Raisins with a peppery finish. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (2066) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle: Clear dark red colour, big white creamy head. Aroma is dominated of caramelly, woody lots of sweet maltynes, mixed with citrus, fruity. Flavor had a nice ctric, bitter fruity, sweet malty, woody mouth feeling, medium to full body, long fruity citric flowery hoped bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjohnny (469) - - MAY 15, 2016
Thick dark sweet fruit aroma. A hint of booze and a hint of pine. Pours a ruby tinted dark brown with a thick long lasting light tan head leaving a coating on the glass. Thick mouthfeel. Dark fruit, pine, bitter citrus. Boozy warmth on the finish. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NordicV (1769) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2016
Mahognyfärgad klar öl med ett beige skum. Doft av karamell och torkad frukt. I smaken tillkommer humlebeska.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dahlstrom (174) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2016 APPEARANCE: mahogny coloured with a large off white head. AROMA: caramel malt, dried fruits, hops (citrus and grassy) and alcohol. TASTE: reflects the aroma. PALATE: full bodied; low to medium carbonation; and high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lawger (254) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2016
Pours dark chestnut with big, vigourous khaki head. Big nose with candied apricots, caramel, muscovado sugar, honey, roasted cereals and pine cones. A nice balance of malt and hops here. Full bodied palate, on the sweet side but nicely balanced with some heat coming through on the mid palate, leading to a long finish with balanced bitterness. Not as bitter as I had expected from deScriptions, but that might be due to the massive malt body masking it slightly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (8807) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 10, 2016
Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours clear red brown with a thin off-white head, nice lacing. Very inviting. Aromas of red fruits, resin and pine. Taste is earthy, spicy, fruity. Long lingering finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (4899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2016
Bottle from Brewdog Edinburgh,. Appearance - beautiful. Autumnal red / brown with a nice amount of lacing. Nose - red fruits, general resin, pine. Taste - strawberry, earthiness and spice. Parsnip? So like roasted parsnips glazed in strawberry jam. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long dry tangy finish. Overall - lovely beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (931) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2016
12oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with small beige head. Hoppy aroma along with that of caramel malt. Very flavorful, loads of piney hop notes with a bit of caramel malt sweetness. Long bitter finish. Pretty good.

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