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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).


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2005
This lovely surprise at the liquor store found its way to my taste buds this evening. It pours amber with an tan-orange head, and it looks thick. Citrusy hop aromas with some malt and also some aroma reminding me of soggy wood. Initial tastes bring more hop characteristics than I expected, but they give way to caramel malty sweet flavors. Itís pretty cloying and the alcohol is noticeable as well. The aftertaste is mostly hops with a bit of that caramel. Not as smooth as Iíd expect a barley-wine to be. It would be interesting to taste this after it had been cellared awhile. Despite that, Iíd gladly try it again. Very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4042) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Rich pine, citrus, western hop and amber malt aroma. Poster art label. Deep ruddy, woody brown. Big head. Fiarly heavy hopping, toffee, citrus AIPA flavor. Moderately sweet, abv apparent, but didnít seem too strong. Did we really need another of this style beer?

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2005
Ruby-brown pour with a nice sized tan head. Dark fruits, molasses, and hops in aroma. These carry through to the flavor. More hoppy than many in this style. Did not have the complexity that some Barleywines do. I agree with some others that it may really fit better into a Double IPA. It also seemed to finish a bit dry and thin.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2005
chewy candy malt aroma, ruby colored with a massive tightly packed head, initial pleasant smokiness with some candylike maltiness before my palate was bombarded by rubbery aggressive hop bitters that lack subtlety and balance

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7806) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Hazy brown-red with orange highlights. Good yellowish head. Orange-grapey nose, bit of parsley, very aromatic. Quite bitter taste, typical for Great Divide: nearly quinine-like bitterness. Goes typically too harsh-metallic. Smooth, oily MF, velvety and fatty. Of course FULL-bodied. I do not like Great Divideís hops. There must be a limit to harshness. Thanks to whomever brought it over, anyway.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Pours an intriguing murky mahogany topped of a frothy beige head. The nose is well balanced blending some sweet malts and fruits to a very hoppy background. Coffee and caramel are well balanced with apple, grapefruit, pineapple, coconut, and some pine. The heavy alcohol content is present in the nose reminding of bourbon which really helps emphasize the hops. The flavor only echoes these fragrances. Iím not a big hop-head, so I canít say this is my style but I appreciated the effort and the complexity of this brew.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2006
The nose is very sweet malty, and hoppy. Full-bodied, alcoholic and very extracted is the beer itself. Fruit and earthy hops emerge as the beer warms to room temp. Overall, a very sticky and hoppy barley wine that is admirable. However, there is too much alcohol showing which detracts from the rest of the beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 21, 2006
There is a slight citrusy and pine aroma. The color is a murky brown with a nice creamy tan head. At first there is a caramel sweetness but then the dominance of the hops comes throught. The finish is strong a coating on the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Deep amber or reddish color to this brew with a huge off-white head when poured! Lots of lacing as well, almost like soap bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. The aroma is sweet, candy-like, much as I would expect from a barley wine. The taste is sweet as well, but the bitter piney taste comes through pretty fast as well. I didnít expect the bitterness, to be honest. The mouthfeel is thicker than some, above average, and a bit sticky. Very fruity, flowery, woody taste. I like it, but in a way itís like gnawing on a board with pine resin. Pretty intense, if you ask me, and yes I know itís supposed to be that way. Nice finish, if this damned bitterness would just go away.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of caramel and hops. Flavor is caramel, loads of hops, and alcohol. Drinkable, but not a good barley wine.


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