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RATINGS: 1314   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 Ruffianís 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
On tap. Masterpiece. Aromas of caramel, grass, pine, and butter. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is syrupy, chewy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
benbigchief (1) - - AUG 27, 2013 does not count
Good stuff. Tastes great. I wish barley wine was a more popular style, it is my favorite. Iím so sick of so many ipas.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - FEB 25, 2014
Decadent, dead sexy, near perfection, complex red hop goodness. Wow. So creamy, so rich. Its a big hop, big abv, big caramel malt, no apologies american craft beer masterpiece. I simply dont understand how anyone can not be into this kind of thing. Sharp but sweet green apple pine sap, grapefruit, toffee, velvet caramel, slight hint of bleu cheese, passionfruit, raw cane brown sugar, savory pinneapple reduction sauce, and ripe mango. Perfect mouthfeel. Only thing keeping it from a 5 is an ever so slight saltly medicinal finish. This is why I drink beer...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Wow!! Hoppy and citrus permiate the nose w/ hints of sour and flowers... Big bitter w/ fermented fruit and hints of citrus and honey in the mouth... The mouthfeel was great effervescence w/ a great tanginess. The beer poured a deep red/brown color w/ orange highlights, thin lasting head and thick lacing. I really liked this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Beautiful thick auburn appearance with slow moving bubbles and thin head. I can tell this is a big beer. WOW! A blanket of caramel coats my tongue with powerfully sweet and spicy hop highlights. The alcohol works brilliantly here to carry the flavor into the nose seemingly without end. This is absolutely delicious and so drinkable I urge caution. This is as good as I remember the Behemoth (due to limited availability thatís all I have to go on). For $5.99 a 22 oz bomber this is one of the best out there imo. Iím speechless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Aroma is quite juicy with a largely present display of caramel all the while a leafy woodish hoppyness fully escapes, persists, and evolves, over and beyond the caramelsí capabilities. Mirroring a Stone Old Guardian and Double Bastard-type nose with just a bit less malt but still has all the hops. Quite....nice...Hints of grapefruit and tangerine zip and pop to the surface as it warms along with some peculiar tin-ish notes. Husky hazen, darkened burnt orange edges with a rusty brown centering color and one immensely bubbled and compactly built inch high head of softly foamed dark ivory. It sits and sits and sits before finally subsiding to a thickly set skim of milky ivory froth and big bubbled peaks. Lacing coats the glass much like a fine morning frost. Taste is a hop laden twisted treat of sweet pine, parching grapefruit in the middle, caramel drenched biscuits balance out a fair portion of its body along the way, yet leafy/woody and dry in all parts, finishing strong with scorched bits of pineapple and tangerine. Somehow always dry, leafy, and resin coated; powdery and charred cedar is left on the lips. A majorly charred/roasted sense caps off the end with a bit of hopified pulpy heat mixing with a smoldering hop spice of cinnamon, vanilla bean, wood, and roastafied malts. Great hop profile here with leafy wood, scorched fruits, drying stuff, parching stuff, roasty stuff, and an evenly leveled bitterness that seems to never end! What a "Ruffian" of a hop ride this stuff is, wow! Feel is quite hoppy and thick, above a medium body that builds as it sits with a bit more smoothness then youíd think, yet trys very hard to conquer over the dry, charring woody hops, but never quite makes it there. Oh it trys and trys and trys, but those hops dominate with a mighty heavy-handedness. The hops are nearly overbearing as far as its overall consumption is concerned, yet calls to those who conjure up the Hop Gods to satisfy a quick urge. This is no quick urge though, the 22oz bomber stares at you, daring you to continue to empty its contents ítil you no longer can tell time. Mercy me this is historic hop potion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (951) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Wow, unbelievably good beer. Itís almost a clone of a double bastard for my money. Dark red color, strong hop taste and a strong alcohol burn to finish, great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 2010-04-22, bottle a couple of years old, 8-5-9-5-18=45
It pours a dark red-amber color, with small creamy head. Very nice aroma of chocolate and cereals, light vanilla. Full bodied, with a round mouthfeel; strong malt flavor, sweet, smooth, with pleasant chocolate, vanilla, caramel, eggnogg. The bitterness is still strong, maybe the hop is less aromatic, but it blends well with the robust maltiness and the alcohol touch. Excellent.

2008-08-08, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 8-4-8-5-17=42
Hazy dark amber color, thin creamy head. Very nice aroma of fudge. Strong mouthfeel, syrupy malt caramel and toffee, with strong bitterness, a bit nutty too. Powerful final, full of toffee, sweet and bitter, hop oils. Excellent.

2005-05-21, bottle, 9-5-9-5-19=47
Dark amber color. As it happened only few other times, here you have a soooo powerful brew: chewy malts mixed with huge amounts of resiny hops, leaning to pine needles, with some caramel, chocolate. Extreme masochist pleasure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 14, 2005
In the bomber bottle. Downright red in color. Decent tan-colored head. Good hop content. Nice back of the tongue heat. Everything I want in a barleywine. Starts sweet, has body compression, and finishes bitter. Stellar!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle. Fantastic aroma, where you can really get a sense of that great mixture between the sweetness and the bitterness. Appearance near perfect - dark brown with rich off-white head. The flavor will just knck you right off your feet! Itís bitter, itís sweet, itís strong and itís just super. Mouthfeel very good: it just slides down the throat leaving you thirsty for more. Overall the best Barley Wine Iíve ever had and also one of my top 5 favorite beers altogether!!

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