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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 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).


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3154) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
Bottle; eye: burgundy, no effervescence, compact white head; nose: hops, alcohol; mouth: hops, alcohol, bitterness, finale all in bitterness, full body, velvety FRANÇAIS Bouteille; oeil : bourgogne, pas d’effervescence, mousse blanche compacte; nez : houblon, alcool; bouche : houblon, alcool, amertume, finale toute amère, corsée, velouté

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7068) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 20, 2007
bottled, Ölbaren, copenhagen. steady brown colour, aroma of vanilla and toffee, warming, biscuity, caramel, plenty of bitterness, mellow texture, decent drinking

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emarkd (98) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2008
Pours a deep red color with just a hint of a light tan head. It fades fast. Aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of something grassy and citrusy in there as well. The taste starts out kinda like it smells, but the piney-hop flavor quickly destroys any trace of maltiness. The finish is dry and bitter and it LASTS. All in all ,probably a good example of this style from Great Divide, but it’s a bit too hoppy for me to drink often.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4452) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2008
Believed to be a bottle from 2006. Appearance: Pours a clear, rich-looking, ruby-hued body with a brief, foamy, off-white head. Smell: Earthy malt profile hits the nose first, followed by a scent of concentrated plum juice. Next up are notes of oven-cooked grains, pine, and brown sugar. Taste: Caramel maltiness with a taste of brown sugar and a full hit of sweetness. Then fruits, again plums, but that soon transitions to a taste of pine resin that brings with it a wave of hop bitterness. Pinch of cooked spices. Warming, bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: It’s still a hop-forward barleywine, even after some time away in the cellar. If that’s your bag, then by all means give this one a go.

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. It’s pretty cloying and the alcohol is noticeable as well. The aftertaste is mostly hops with a bit of that caramel. Not as smooth as I’d expect a barley-wine to be. It would be interesting to taste this after it had been cellared awhile. Despite that, I’d gladly try it again. Very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4506) - 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 didn’t 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 (8126) - Ursel, 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 Divide’s 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 (247) - 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. I’m not a big hop-head, so I can’t say this is my style but I appreciated the effort and the complexity of this brew.


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