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RATINGS: 1440   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).


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Ruby red color. Dark. Thin white silky head. Aroma is pretty mild. Flavor matches the aroma; mild and unassertive. After just finishing a year old Bigfoot, I was under-whelmed.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Cloudy,hazy,murky brew with a layer of fine bubbles on top.Heavy on the sweet,syrupy toffee.Some hops,but man is this sweet.More hopsin the flavor which really balances out the sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2005
[bottle at LCRBM] fruity, grapefruit, plums, caramel. big, almost chewy body, sweet upfront, lots of bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1458) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 I’m not much for talking about things I don’t have a working knowledge of, even if that is considered a profession these days (and a well paid one at that). That is why I want to stay laconic on the Old Ruffian. I haven’t had enough hoppy beers to really know what “hoppy” means, in flavor and in its accepted use. However, I can tell you a bit about Old Ruffian’s appearance and its taste, relative to an untrained enthusiast’s capabilities. I’d call the color an artificial brown, sort of like Coca-Cola but a little bit darker and not so transparent. The taste has a nice fruit medley, but being in the midst of a cold I couldn’t really excise out any specific species. The beer gets a little rough (Ruffian? Ruffianed?) as it edges to room temperature, and I found myself wincing once or twice as I sipped , but nothing too punitive. It is a beer best saved for a more inveterate tongue. The review warrants a tasting in the future. Update 9/11/07 – it’s been a long time since I wrote this unfortunate drop of doggerel. To remedy the low quality of the writing and the uneducated experience I’m moving Old Ruffian to the top of my tasting list.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2012
acerbic sticks in my head but that just means bitter. nice malt but some sharpness and harsh tendencies to it that may mellow over time. this is ’12. this was the first beer I ever cloned.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (6024) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Draft: Cloudy, dirty brown with a whipped, patmeal head. Scent is darl fruit, boozy... Taste is fairly creamy, slightly sticky, coffeee, chocolate and dark fruit. Very smooth hop bittering...very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2827) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Poured from a 22ounce bomber that is about 6 years old. Showing signs of oxidation. Notes of raisin, leather, fruity alcohol, malty, sherry. Not bad for its age.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (1301) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
'07 bottle. The aroma is pure malt, and get some toffee. The color is a nice amber. The taste is solid with some. A nice drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer_est_deus (1147) - örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2013
Klar, djupt bärnstens färgad med snabbt fallande lätt färgat skum. Doft: Torkade exotiska frukter, barr, humle. Smak: Citrus skal, honung, gräs, humle, mild lakrits.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7669) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 10, 2013
Tap at Great Divide, Denver. Poured a hazy dark amber with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is rich fruit alcohol and resin. The flavour is strong bitter with a big resin liqourice slightly metallic palate, Nice to taste not something to drink on a regular basis!


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