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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).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phikus (59) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
I recently scored two of these bottled December 2012. I wanted to save one but didn’t. The hops still had their teeth but had softened into the malt a bit. Nice resinous pine hops with a well bslanced toffee malt fruitiness. I do not like when the malt of barleywine gives way to fruitiness instead of caramal toffee, but here they all come together.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5841) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2006
22 oz bottle of 10.2% goodness ...Poured a dark leather brown with a 2-inch solid head. Solid and bountiful aroma of wood chip and hops. All-the-way good flavors of creamy caramel, hoppiness (different for a barley wine) and the syrupy alcohol tone you’d expect. I’m not usually a barley wine fan, but this is a delicious (albeit strong) brew of quality goodness. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2514) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2006
[Bottle] Dark redish amber with a firm head. Dried fruits, orange peels and hops on the nose. Thick and sweet mouth feel. Flavour is lots of malt, toffee and more dried fruits followed by a long intense bitterness. The taste of alcohol is nowhere to be found. Not for the faint hearted.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Best barley wine Ive had. Great Divide knows what theyre doing judging by this and their Yeti Stout. The aroma is pungent and very nice. The head is about a finger tall and there is minimal but nice lacing. The aroma is sweet and citrusy, but the finish is quite bitter and full of hops. The flavor profile is initially a bit bitter and then citrusy and finshes with hops. A great driniking experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (4867) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2007
Bottle. Deep red copper with a great yellowish creamy head. Deep raisins aroma with good toffee. Flavours are raisins and toffee, countered by good bitterness, leaving a dry mouth-feel. Full body. Old Ruffian divides few- it is simply great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 Complex fruit, pine, carmel flavor. Similar to Sierra Nevada Big Foot BW in that it has much much hops and bitterness and less sweetness than most BW. More vinous quality, dry bite, and edge, than say Avery Hog Heavan BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
Deep amber in color with a reddish hue......thick white head. Balanced aroma that’s not overwhelming. Very complex hop flavors up front, with an extremely smooth mouthfeel for a barley wine. Finishes with a sweet malt back and a lengthy bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sanfiltj (6) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2008 does not count
Couldn’t imagine a better introduction into barley wine. The flavor lives up to what you’d expect from an ale called "old ruffian." Don’t let its’ fruit filled bouquet fool you, this beer will challenge even roughest of veteran beer barons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obguthr (3933) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Caramel and honeycomb nose with yeasty orange notes. Hazy ochre, ridiculously thick orange head, good lacing. Very rich and full bodied flavor of triple sec, caramel, and maple syrup. Pinier notes appear upon warming. Fig, marigold, and thistle finish. Powerfully flavorful, but not just from the hops. Wonderful balance and texture. Fantastically well done, and proved to be a nice compliment to pate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Wow. Very fresh. Crisp clarity, deep amber glow, beautiful ring of head with a big stubborn island that swims around the middle. Is this a barley wine?? Huge on hops, I hardly sense anything from the malt, massive hops and a touch of booze if you really snort for it. Taste is so incredibly well balanced, the hops are definitely the star of the show but with a little malt support they don’t burn your bad self... I have a feeling that some might night like the touch of booze but, in that case, you maybe shouldn’t be drinking this style to begin with... Feel is perfect, ’nough said. This is a must for BW fans and hop heads alike, this beer is damn close to perfect. I usually am a huge fan of crusty old barleywines, but this one is gonna stay right at the top of my fresh list. They could call it a DIPA and I would be none the wiser. Tasty shit.

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