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RATINGS: 1420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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).


3.5
   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??

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2005
22 oz bomber: Average yellowish/beige thin, lasting head on a deep amber coppery body. Piney and herbal hops at first, but followed by toasty and caramel malts as it warms. Hints of grapefruit citrus. Some light alcohol hits the nose as it warms as well as a light green banana peel aroma and chocolate chip cookie dough minus the chips. Well balanced but a little caramel sweetnes up front gives way to a pleasant bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. The finish is bitter, but toasty malt flavored with an herbal hop coming into the aftertaste. Some alcohol makes it’s presence known in the flavor as does a juicy fruit gum kind of flavor. Grapefruit citrusy hops seem to be the most common source of the fruitiness. Full body, low medium carbonation, well hidden alcohol, but a little on the resiny/astringent side for my liking. A very good barleywine, but it could either use a little aging to mellow the mouthfeel, or they could cut back on theh hops a little. Too resiny, but the bitterness is just fine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Nice brown color,small off white head that had a decent hangtime then faded quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was Malty and caramel with a bit of fruit coming through.The flavor was very good.Nice caramel and hop taste with a good bitternes,Harsh at times but good,and decent medium side malt coming through.Very nice brew that i think with a little more hair on ti will be a real winner.More then worth while trying again in a few.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hezron (614) - 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 can’t give it any higher overall impression.

3.5
   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 - I’m 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. I’m not sure I could get through a whole 750ml bottle of this on my own, but I’d certainly want to stick a bottle away for year or two before trying. Bottled at the Joet London gathering, January 2005.

3.5
   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 I’m 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!

3.5
   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 I’ll have to rerate this. I didn’t have it at a time when I was "mature" enough beerwise to appreciate it.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
Robe acajou aux reflets orangés surmontée d’une mousse beige fugace. Arômes de caramel, de miel, de malts rôtis, de raisins, de figues et d’alcool. Saveurs d’alcool, de houblon amérisant et de malts rôtis. Très américain.


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