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RATINGS: 1366   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).


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3214) - 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 (7173) - 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 (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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2906) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
8-20-08 bottle
Amber red glowing brown with a good bubbled watery head and good rings of lacing. Smell is honey and creamy hops. Flavor is bright hops and has a sweet caramel finish. Alcohol is present - a touch of that butterscotch flavor is there. Heavy alcohol finish as well. Smooth and hefty mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Thanks for the share kiefdog. Pours a deep copper color with an aroma of malt, vanilla, hops, and caramel. Flavor is same with definite hop presence. These hops stay for a while and make it seem slightly unbalanced. Not bad, but maybe it was just young.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
bottled. pours deep red with a thin light tan head. Aroma of grapefruit, chocolate and caramel. Flavors follow suit with the bitterness of hops, carmel, burnt toast and citrus rind. Has a strong finish with alcohol forward. Decent will buy this again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours an amber colour with a small golden head. Aroma is sweet malt, hops and rock candy. Flavour is malt, lots of caramel and hops., with a long and to bitter aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7622) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle. Poured a caramel brown with red hue and an off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, nougat and malt. Flavor is sweet full of malty notes with an undertone of nougat. Nice and thick on the tongue and goes down smooth.


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