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RATINGS: 1379   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Dark brown with small tan head. Flavor is strong with sharp hop finish. Not as sweet as some barleywines. ood barleywine not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Bottle sampled with beerded_one. Pours brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of caramel and hops. Flavor is smooth, caramel, bitter hops, i don’t taste any fruit, and the hops are unbalanced making this beer not resemble the typical barleywine style. Great body, and still a good brew, the alcohol is masked well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2006
The aroma has caramel, hops, and dark fruit. The appearance is read/brown with a huge foamy head. The flavor is sweet with caramel, spice and lots of bitter hops. The palate is smooth. The alcohol is strong and warming in the finish, a lot like a brandy or scotch. Overall it’s a neat take on barley wine but it’s not my favorite style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2006
8/6/06: Bottle.
Deep orange-brown body with a medium tan head. Hop aroma. Hop flavors include fir tree, citrus and fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22632) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2006
Bottled. Nut brown/amber colour. Aroma is alcohol, plum, spices and a lot of fruit. Flavour is spices, plum, raisins and candy sugar. Almost like a mediumsweet Madeira wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Opaque amber pour with a creamy 2-finger off-white head. Hoppy, toasty malt and coffee aroma. Smooth mouth feel. Sharp bitter aferetatse. High abv quite noticeable (both in taste and aftereffects!)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3567) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   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.


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