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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).

zamco17's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
mmm tasty, this really reminds me of sierra nevada bigfoot, but this available all year round!! love the hop balance, not too sweet like most barley wines

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (562) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2014
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (81:-). Humlig och ganska fruktig, karamellmalt, ganska hög sötma, toffee, en del alkohol, besk, medelfyllig till fyllig. Avslutningen är lång, besk och något fruktig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (542) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2014
Pours a hazy brown with a moderate tan head. Smells of bread, figs, spruce. Taste is bitter, moderately sweet - hops bite in, spruce, hint of coffee - then sweet malt and hint of fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brystmar (1118) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2014
Cloudy orange color produces tiny lace bubbles. Old piney hops, booze, and more bitterness. This bottle is a year old but really needs a lot more time before it's ready for prime time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rxeight (1051) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
Reddish pour I guess. Can’t tell it’s dark in here. This is in the hoppy side for a barleywine. Floral hops. Caramel. A bit of the barleywine flavors. Everything is pretty subtitle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jflopsu (440) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pours a dark brown with thick light brown head. A modest caramel, malt, dried fruit aroma. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, malts, dark alcohol, and dark fruits. A slight bitterness from malts and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (51) - SWEDEN - APR 14, 2014
@Nedre Mölla 12/4-14. Flaska från Systembolaget. Arom: Humlig, bär, fruktig, karamell. Smak: Humlig, bär, viss fruktighet, karamell, sötma, rejäl beska. Medelfyllig till fyllig, lång avslutning med framförallt rejäl beska samt även alkoholvärmande & lite spritigt stickig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonTja (99) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
Deep mahogany, amber, amazing head for 10%. Aroma is a bit smoke, some soy sauce, very boozy, but some nuttiness and a decent malt background. Aroma meets first with a hop burst, this feels a bit like a very old double ipa with a really big malt background... but it’s boozy, like - really boozy, and it’s kinda offputting... it has a decent hop profile, it’s more towards resiny, and the malt body is quite nice, it could be a bit sweeter though, I would feel it would balance the beer out a bit more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chribban (152) - SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
Dark, mahognyred, clear beer with a two finger high, beige, creamy, flyffy head.

Nose: Caramel malt, toffee, dried fruit, black pepper, red berries, vanilla and orange.

Taste: Orange peel, sweet caramel, herbs, dark fruit, apricot, syrup, raisin and hops.

Mouthfeel: Complex body with small but tingling carbonation and a great bitterness from all the hops. Long after you swallow the beer you feel the bitternes growing in your mouth. Really good!

10.2 % ABV that’s well hidden in the bitterness and hoppy taste. This is absolutely one of my favorite barely wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (384) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle from Dec 2011. Pours a nice, deep ruby with a thin, off white head. Aroma has big notes of raisin, dark fruits, caramel, and mild hops. Taste is sweet with a subtle bitter. Caramel, bread, dark fruits, and slightly hoppy with a nice, alcohol warmth. Full body with a medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy mouth feel but tasty. Overall very nice. Sweet but not overdone. Would get again. Not sure how it would be fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (451) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2014
Hoppy, hefty barleywine. Deep copper color. Complex nose with bready sweetness giving way to hops. Some booze and raisons as well. The taste adds a hop dryness and sweet caramel malts, well balanced. Pretty nice mouthfeel, low carbonation and smooth. Great stuff.

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