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RATINGS: 1334   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).


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2192) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 12/20/07: Bottle. Malty sweet syrupy aroma. Relatively clear dark red body with a smallish light tan head and good lace. Flavor is incredible. Perfumy hop beautifully offsets the malt and considerable alcohol strength. A little surprised that a 3.92 brew is only an 88.9 percentile b-wine. Not sure that that 1 out of every 10 b-wines is better than this one. My last rating is pretty much right on so I’m not changing it. 2/8/05: Bottle. Malty, aroma with hints of hops and molasses. Beautiful red body with a light tan head. Yellow hues on sides of bottle. Beautiful head and lace. Very peppery, strong and rich. Very nice! Lovely. I liked it better than the Stone Old Guardian 2005.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aussie12 (14) - rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Pow, this stuff assaults your senses from the start all the way through. The flavours compete for your attention, burnt, sweet, hoppy, caramel, toasted, alcohol burn. Somehow it all balances out, this has to be due to the huge malt bill balanced by the huge hop bill. I love this brewery. Good stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle. Reddish-brown color, hazy. Medium off-white head. Malty aroma, very caramel, with a nice citrus hop smell. Flavor is very full. VInuous, caramel (almost doppelbock quality) with a rich finish of well-blended hops--grapefruit and grass. The hops take effect at different moments creating a multi-layered bitterness that starts with the citrus and ends with a piney, nose tingle. Alcohol very prevalent in first few sips, and then when the hops get into full effect, subsides some. Excellent beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5584) - Hampton, Virginia, 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2463) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9296) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 11, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 courtesy of fiulijn - cloudy dark reddish-brown colour undewr acreamy beige head, nice lacing; very complex nose where hops and malts play a nice game together; aroma of almonds, biscuits, raisins, grapefruit and pine; sweet malts show up first; thick but at the same time incredibly smooth in the mouth; robust malt body and with an impressive but never aggressive bitterness; very long (never ending !) hoppy aftertaste where more notes of grapefruit, resin and pine needle are noticable; warming but not burning alcohol touch - a wonderful, well-structured, powerfull beer: God is this good !

4.6
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (4762) - 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.

4.6
   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.

4.6
   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.


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