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RATINGS: 1372   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
Thick dark copper colour with a thin lasting head and thick lacing. Moderat dry hop and cinamon stick aroma. Very reminiscent of Devil Dancer, but with more malt sweetness. Hops are almost overpowering. More super malty IIPA than BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
22 oz. bomber. Pours an almost clear garnet with a two-inch, yellow-white, bubbly head. Very nice aroma of caramel malt, dates, and some whiffs of alcohol. The flavor is all about the hops. There is an initial sweetness of caramel malt, which is very quickly overrun and trampled to death by a massive wave of hops bitterness. Its like taking a grapefruit and biting into it like an apple. There is a long, lingering bitter finish with some heat from the alcohol as well. An interesting interpretation for sure but a bit too rough around the edges for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - APR 7, 2007
750 Bottle. Tulip glass. Ruby color with decent head for a barleywine. Tons of malt, hops, and sweetness in both the taste and aroma. Caramel and grapefruit with a woody tinge and a bitter finnish. A little overdone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bomber in a blind tasting again Green Flash BW and Southern Tier Back Burner. This lost. Harsh, minerally aroma. Big booze. Light caramel. Pleasant, mellow taste, but a bit rough in the back. Lacking complexity, and very rough around the edges. Regardless, this would probably age quite well. It could definitely stand to round itself out a bit and lose the bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Truly a hoppy barley wine. Of the few I’ve had, this tastes more like an IPA or DIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3235) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7175) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emarkd (100) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Very interesting barley wine, but an outlier for the style. Can taste the normal profile on first sip but it is quickly run over by a rush of hops, much along the lines of a dipa. remarkably bitter for a barley wine. has a lighter, fruit nose with building hops. Dry finish with lingering bitterness. a little too much for me.

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