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RATINGS: 1395   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 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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris_O. A dark brown coloured beer with a red tint and a whitish head. The aroma is big and hoppy with some berry fruit sweetness. The taste is very agressive with massive alcohol, toffee, fruit and of course hops. No doubt a well brewed beer but realhard work. Does anyone get through a whole bottle of this??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Muchos Gracias to footbalm for this one! Murky dark copper with a dense, lasting, tan head. Looks very nice in the glass. The aroma is massive citrus, pine, sweet malt, caramel, all that and then some. The flavor is quite alcoholic throughout, very bitter with contained sweetness. Full creamy body. Certainly a monster among American barley wines, but I think that it is too disjoint, things are not really coming together for me. What this one needs is some time to mellow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hezron (612) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2005
Brillian red with a huge, rocky tan head. Fresh pine aroma, sorta smells like an IPA. So I take a drink and wow, major pine hops with resin and then more hops. Very bitter, the finish just sticks around. After half a glass of this I started munching on some Wisconsin white cranberry cheddar cheese. The cheese really helped balance the bitterness and I noticed a hint of sweet malt under all those hops. Fully body with a chewy feel to it. It did grow on me as I worked on my second glass, but I canít give it any higher overall impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2005
Reddish brown colour. A massive hop presence dominates every aspect of this beer. Pine resin and zesty lemon - Iím more used to finding spicy orange peel notes in a barley wine. Heavy, sweetish, oily mouthfeel. Quite aggressive. Definitely more IPA than barley wine style. It almost won me round but, in the end, it was just a bit too extreme to scale the heights. Iím not sure I could get through a whole 750ml bottle of this on my own, but Iíd certainly want to stick a bottle away for year or two before trying. Bottled at the Joet London gathering, January 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2005
I think I needed to let this age a bit more -- although Iím a hophead, the hops overpowered the other flavors here, and I would have liked a stronger malt presence. Dominant flavors were pine, citrus, and alcohol, with caramel attempting to squeeze through. Still, a good brew, though young. Thanks, Wunderbier!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Iíll have to rerate this. I didnít have it at a time when I was "mature" enough beerwise to appreciate it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a baige head. Sweet malty hoppy dry fruit light alcoholic aroma and taste. Medium body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
"Oh hum average at best. Poured a dark amber color good head wish average lacing. Aroma was of caramel and hops. Flavor was ho hum typical barleywine. Mouthfeel was a little to thick for my liking."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Pours deep red with a one-finger white head that leaves good lacing. Strong aroma of sweet malt, fruity esters, and American hops. Strong but somehow mellow, that is. Maybe itís the lupulin. There are some woody notes in there, as well. Flavor begins good, fairly sweetish, but the overly-present hops mix with the similarly strong alcohol at the end. The results arenít impressive, nor are they especially bad. Overall, your average American Barley Wine, with a slightly thicker than usual mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 Poured from a 22 oz into a oversized wine glass. What a great sipping beer. Took my time with this one and watched it morph as it came to room temperature. The color is burnt orange and there is a small amount of head that remains in the glass for the duration of the beer. Aromas of caramel, bourbon, and dried apricots leaped from the glass. The flavor is intense and full with a very strong degree of bitter hops on the finish. There is a hint of sweetness and nice thick mouth feel. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. I enjoyed this one but it took me a couple of hours to consume the whole 22.

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