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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).


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (14599) - 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.

4.7
   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!

4.7
   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!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ghawener (1458) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 26, 2007
Thanks Ramenen. Bottle: Baley or Imperial IPA? Grassy and herbal, lots of hops to get those 90 IBUs.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine Style Ale ABV: 10.2% RateBeer rating: 98 Calories: estimated at 400C Volume: 22 fl oz Glass: snifter Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ Price: 4.99 on special who knows why. Consumed at: home First Impression: Impressive in presence and aroma. Aroma is raisins, prunes, and cherries. Sour is the leading scent. Visuals are mostly deep red and ruby body with a thin tan head. Taste is amazing. Active all over the mouth. Sweet, sour, bitter, hoppy, fruity, toasted. Grapefruit, nuts, cherries, and alcohol dominate. Palate is crisp with a dry long, very enjoyable finish. Second Impression - really takes a hold of you and does not let go. A deep and hoppy experience. Delicious, and very good. This is only my second Great divide brew, but they are very clearly my favorite brewer. Aroma: 9 out of 10 Visuals: 5 out of 5 Taste: 10 out of 10 Palate: 4 out of 5 Overall: 19 out of 20

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 Bomber. Big orange tan head with dark orange to red body. Aroma is very sweet molasses. A sweet hoppy flavor comes back big bitter. Great brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rougeau13 (2003) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Excellent, thick mahogany colored with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, raisins, alcohol, and resin/piney hops. Taste of caramel, alcohol, and hops that gets much hoppier as it warms. Full bodied and very warming with a slightly dry, tongue numbing finish. Very nice. This is one of the richest, but not cloying, beers Iíve ever tried.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PumpkinBurger (46) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2012
dark reddish brown mahogany pour with a medium sized beige head... intense caramel and fruit aromas... at first touch of the tongue the malty caramel sweetness is huge! as it trickles down the sweetness slowly subsides and the citrus and some earthiness from the hops begin to kick in... at this point, got a nice coating throughout the mouth and at the last moment tons of bitterness jumps through, not necessarily overtaking the sweetness but def standing out at this point... until the next sip!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mverity (265) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Nice creamy head, and gorgeous deep amber brown hue. Aroma is malty goodness and brown sugar. Taste also wonderful, sweet, fruity, toasty, hoppy, and a touch earthy. Smooth, it coats the tongue in a rich caramel feeling. This had about 6 months on it, which took down a bit of the holiness, in a very good way.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MadRobin (1947) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for 27 months. Not clear, but not really hazy, dark copper brown with a 3-finger khaki head and and very good lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, oak, plums, raisins, mandarin oranges, figs, dates, and heaven. Taste of caramel, butterscotch, oak, raisins, toffee, figs, plums, alcohol, mandarin oranges, pine resin and more deliciousness than I can describe. Medium/full body and high carbonization with a mouthfeel that feels so right on you tongue. I had tried this beer fresh a couple years ago and felt it needed some aging to soften the aggressive hops and alcohol. The 27 months of cellaring seems to have rounded it out perfectly. I don't recall ever drinking a better beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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