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RATINGS: 1315   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).

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (3908) - 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?

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7721) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (245) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Bottle brought by joet to Chrisí place for the London Gathering. Fresh hoppy, fruity and aromatic. Sweet and alcoholic with some very agressive hop character (piney/citric).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2005
Bottle, thanks joet! Big nose, packed full of piney aromatic hops and some slight caramelly malt (the hops are the main feature in this beer). In a wierd way, the power and body and robust hoppyness of this beer won me round, and another part of it was a bit too much and over the top. Really sweet hoppy flavour, spicy, piney hops, lychee pine sap. Sweet and then quite bitter all at the same time. I quite like it, but perhaps in the end it was a bit too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 22 oz bottle, snifter. Very thick pour...seemed like it stuck to the side of the glass forever before plopping down in the bottom of the glass. Deep red-plum body, slightly murky and opaque through the middle. Tall, dense, frothy tan head disappears somewhat quickly but is easily revived through a gentle swirl. Caramel and peaches are the primary sweet treats for the nose. Pine and citrus hops are slightly more powerful than the malt. Really though, Iím quite underwhelmed by this beerís aroma. I would expect a much more potent nose from a beer this big. Itís about 60F right now, btw. Now...the taste...this is somewhat better. Heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic up front...heavily sweet, heavily bitter, lightly acidic finish. Okay, well, more flavor...but itís still not all that complex. Tastes like they went with a few different crystal malts and lots of base malt. No flaws...but, not terribly interesting. Heavy body, oily/thick texture, average carbonation. Very low alcohol taste, even as it warms. The bottom line is: great looks, great feel...the hops are nice...but without tons of malt flavor and malt variety, whatís the point of a barleywine?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2005
Tap @ Flying Suacer...$2.50 pint night. Anyway, it does have a nice aroma. Big hop flavor, but it didnít have me wanting more. Overall, a nice barleywine.

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