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RATINGS: 1441   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).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2006
Oh $%&!, this stuff pours like molten caramel. The viscosity is even fuller than Old Numbskull. Medium froth with just enough effers to keep it from flat. The nose is slightly sweet malt and not even close to being indicitive of the flavor. At first sip you get the 90 IBU’s, big fat caramel with a dash of grapefruit. By mid bottle you realize you’re actually drinking creamed belt leather. You laugh at how this could be so and look down to make sure your belt is still around your waist, like you passed out and someone gagged you with your own belt and then tried to be funny and poured lathered caramel into your vocal orifice. But no, you’re actually drinking the freakin finest barely wine known to mankind. It’s so well ballanced with not even a hint of alcohol. Very rich and chewy. Old Ruffian has moved into my # 1 slot for this genre bumping Numbskull to 2nd. It’s half the price also. I highly recommend this brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Splitenz (368) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 29, 2014
A favorite from a favorite. I love the beers of Great Divide from the great state of Colorado. This is a full on Barley Wine, with new world hop-freshness and old world old style caramelized fruits and berries. A beer you have to treat yourself to.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Serving type: cask Reviewed on: 02-13-2007 17:41:54 2006 GABF Gold Medal batch on cask at the Falling Rock for barleywine month. The color was dark red with a fluffy head. The smell was floral, hoppy, and so alluring. This beer’s smell really builds up the anticipation as far as the taste. The taste did not disappoint. Mmmm, hops, caramel, toffee, goodness. This was one of the best beers I have had in a long time. Now I have to grab some bottles for the cellar.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2009
bitter malt with raisins on the nose. beautiful amber pour with a very frothy off white head. wonderful dark fruit (dates, raisins) with a semi sweet bitterness. sweet flavors linger on the palate. absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fredriks (1) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2013 does not count
2013 rundan på systembolaget. Djupt röd med beige krona. Tung doft av kola och knäck med en citrusaktig bakgrunston. Smaken är en maffig barley wine med ordentlig humling, men fortfarande balanserad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 Pours a nice dark brown with very little head. The head has that same whiteness at the top as the Old Numbskull. However this beer is darker in appearance. The aroma is very hoppy with a lot of graitfruit, citrus, caramel and brandy. The aroma is nice but too hoppy in my opinion. The flavor starts too bitter but as it goes down the hops, caramel, citrus and graitfruit become present. The only drawback is that there are too much hops and graitfruit in this beer. The bitterness takes away from the enjoyment a little bit on this one. I’m still really impressed and look forward to trying more beers from this brewing company. The amount of hops in this simply show me that they are pretty good at Barley Wines and great at IPAS. I still recommend this though. In Philadelphia they have this at the Foodery which is on 10th and Pine. Re-rate- I had this again and it was fantastic. It is important to let the flavors mellow out in my opinion. Wonderful caramel and pinapple combination in the taste along with bourbon. This is about as great a Barley Wine as you can find I think. It is important to let the flavors mellow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tennisjoel (1377) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Thicker head than most barley wines I’ve had before. Normally there is just a sprinkling. Cloudy brown in appearance; typical for the style. Very fruity and chocolatety scents greet the nose. I can’t wait to try. Awesome flavor! Very smooth, even though you can tell there are a lot of hops here! Alcohol is extremely well hidden, and well balanced too. Interesting how the taste seems to last forever. I love that! This is one beer I would be happy to recommend to any serious beer coinessour. Great Divide has some of the most excellent beers out there!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 1, 2006
This massivie monster of a beer is just amazing. Light molasses aroma, with a great appearance, this is an excellently thick example of the style. Good thick molasses flavor and just packed full of hops. It’s great from the head on down to the last drop.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 Another monster brew from Great Divide. Murky brown in color, looks like a Louisiana swamp. Nose is smash mouth hops, caramel, grapefruit and peppery spice. This beer is an American classic and has traditional Ameican balls. I felt Iike I just got punched in the face by Mike Tyson. Full bodied, crisp and refreshing. Pretty close to a perfect ten. I now have an official favorite brewery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
thorongil2 (2442) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2016 (bottle) hazy reddish brown with tall tan head; strong aroma of lychees, citrus, pine; balanced favour - sweet at first turrning into long medium bitter finish; excellent

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