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RATINGS: 1379   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 Ruffianís 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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4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (322) - Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2014
I scored a bottle that is exactly 6 months old at Friar Tuckís. Bottled on 12/13/13; Iím drinking it on 6/13/14. Old Ruffian has a great rich scent of caramel, toffee, sweetness, plum, some booze, a hard to place leather/woodsy smell and faint hops at the end. Very complex and pleasant aroma - similar to a scotch ale but more high end. Outstanding. Pours a striking dark amber/ruby color which is darker at the top that it is at the bottom. Thin white ring of foam and heavy lacing. Very nice looking. Taste is some hops up front but not sharp or bitter. That gives way to the caramel and toffee that was previewed in the aroma and goes back to hops in the aftertaste but again, not overdone. Perhaps it is the age of the bottle. The palate is full and smooth for a barleywine, it coats your mouth and adds to the aftertaste. This is up there with many of the great barleywines I have had and it is cheaper than many of them to boot. I was surprised at how good this is.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (240) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours clear dark copper with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, dark dried fruits, citrus and toffee. Full bodied, thick texture, soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YigSvartka (219) - Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 9, 2015
Opaque black with a slight purplish hue and meager sized beige head. Malt, chocolate, red wine, dried cherry, raisin, cinnamon, and nutmeg fragrance. Smooth and creamy body. Remarkably complex combination of flavours consisting of the above mentioned as well as vanilla and syrup. Aged for 2 years which is likely why the hops arenít very prominent, but Iím not dissatisfied in the slightest.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (3831) - 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 (227) - 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 (474) - 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 (501) - - 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 (566) - 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 (647) - 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 doesnít play itís cards up front. I picked up on a little sweet malt and yeast and not much else on the nose. The flavor is delicious. Itís 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 (2713) - 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 (1672) - 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.


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