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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).


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crit (3440) - Surrey, British Columbia, - FEB 12, 2013
Cloudy amber,small lasting beige head.Nose of light alcohol & molasses.Rich full bodied sweet malt/molasses profile.Big long hop finish with medium alcohol heat


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (1188) - CROATIA - FEB 23, 2015
On tap at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Brooklyn. Pours deep red with tan head. Hops, sweet malts, fruit, raisins. Sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5510) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
19/I/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ home - BB: VI/2014 (2015-59) Thanks to hackobock for the trade!

Clear red brownish beer, small creamy beige head, unstable, falls down to a small layer, bit adhesive. Aroma: tropical fruits, caramel, sweet, some jam, bit lemony. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit fruity, sourish touch, caramel, sweet, bitter and hoppy, soft sugary touch, honey. Aftertaste: some exotic fruits, pineapple, bit resinous, caramel, sugary, sweet mango, some honey, jam, pretty bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (2485) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Poured a crimson/ruby red w/ a thin soap like head. Aroma of hops, fairly astringent. The palate was smooth and slickly The flavor was bitter hops followed by sweet citrus and malts..Incredibly good and tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erasmus_ro (1569) - Alabama, USA - JAN 5, 2015
660ml bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a good, stylish, yellowish-brown head. Aroma is caramel, pith, some chocolate, dried fruit, resin. Taste is semi-sweet with caramel, resin, liquorice, salty and otherwise. Some pine. Full with medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on Dec. 20, 2012. A: Pours a murky copper color. The head is a one finger off-white shade featuring decent retention and a soft, creamy texture. Some nice lacing is left on the glass. The haziness isnít exactly appealing visually, but will likely translate into a surprisingly easy drinking barleywine. S: Upon first whiff, I get a lot of bready, vaguely caramel-forward malts, which is supplanted by some aged leafy hops. Of course, the trick here is to let it warm up - that way, the subtle fruit esters (like cherries and apricots) will come out and add a welcome dimension to the beer. Iím also getting some notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and tobacco. The more I let this sit, the more interesting it becomes. In other words, just like how a barleywine should be. T: A wave of bitterness opens things up, and is quite fleeting off the palate. Iím getting a lot of tobacco flavor from this beer, which quickly develops into chocolaty, fruity, and caramel-y notes. These flavors are more whispered than shouted It has a somewhat dry, mineral water finish. There are really light hints of alcohol, slowly coming out the more it warms up - again, adding to the experience rather than detracting. Every flavor here is integrated and balanced to near perfection; Iíll take that over something mindlessly complicated any day. M: While itís not exactly light, itís shockingly crisp and dry on the finish. A lot of that has to do with how vibrant the carbonation is. I can tell itís a big, strong beer, but thereís absolutely nothing to suggest itís 10.2%. Itís definitely more drinkable than your run-of-the-mill DIPA, yet every bit as rich and decadent as a barleywine should be. O: Oh man. This is a killer barleywine. Not only is it luxurious and complex, itís surprisingly drinkable and not overly sweet (which is a problem, even in good barleywines). Actually, I overstated itís drinkability...if only because I want to savor every last drop of it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2014
65cl, at 10.2%Vol, American brew, thx alot to Dirk for sharing!, very complex bitter brew, heavily malty/alcoholic/bitter and slightly woody/fruity/sweet, yet balanced, hazy, good head, very good Winter brew

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopmaestro (293) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2014
Aroma is complex, with malt, caramels, nuts, pine and grass. The taste is even more complex. At first it is sweet and mild, then thereís a solid hop presence coming up like a UFC-fighter punching you right in the kisser. There is a strong roughness in here, almost like a semi-drunk old sailor showing up at a wedding party uninvited. When the aftertaste sets in you get a hint of wood and also an alcohol presence that is more like a feeling than a flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
I recently scored two of these bottled December 2012. I wanted to save one but didnít. 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1896) - - OCT 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-1-14- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance Ė The beer pours a deep crimson red color with a tiny head of fizzy, just off white foam. The brew looks thick even upon pouring sloshing in the snifter and sticking to the sides of the glass. The tiny head that was present upon pouring fades very fast leaving just some foam islands on the surface of the brew and a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell Ė A big and boozy but quite pleasant and warming aroma is in this one. The rum-boozy bourbon smell is one of the heaviest, but is complemented by lots of big sweet aromas as well. Caramel is the heaviest of the sweet, but there is also a good deal of toffee and plenty of dark fruits with it consisting of cherry, raisin, plum and fig. With these aromas are some decent showings of a cocoa smell as well as a little bit of an earthy and herbal hop aroma. Taste Ė The taste begins with a thick and bready flavor with some hints of a more roasted malt nature and a good dose of caramel sweetness. Along with the caramel are some flavors of dark fruit, consisting of the fruits that were detected in the nose; cherry, raisin, plum and fig. As the flavor advances the caramel transitions to a more buttery toffee flavor with the fruit flavors remaining rather constant. The bready flavors seem to dwindle ever so slightly but still remain a dominant taste in the profile. Around the middle of the flavor profile the booze starts to become noticeable. It is light at first having a more neutral boozy flavor. Along the same time some hop flavors begin coming to the tongue as well. The hop are mainly of a grapefruit flavor at first, but as the taste advances toward the end, other hops of an earthy and herbal nature join the flavor profile as well. Along with the increase in the hop, the boozy taste takes on more rum like qualities and gets quite a bit more potent toward the end. The newly augmented rum alcohol flavor, when mixed with the rest of the flavors, ends up leaving a nice warming and thick bready and somewhat more hoppy flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. The feel is just about perfect for the style as it really soaks the tongue in all the boozy, bready, dark fruit, hopped and roasted flavors of the brew making them really stand out in a sea of big flavors. Well done. Overall Ė This is a fantastic barleywine!!! Many are either too sweet or just a pure pack of burning booze. This one is fantastically balanced and drinkable with great flavor, feel and aroma. I would recommend.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (991) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
660ml bottle served in a snifter glass. A: Pous a deep amber color forming a medium to small thin bubbled and creamy yellow head. Medium to low retention and many small spotty lavings left in the glass S: Sweet. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, brown sugar and flowery hops. Booze T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel and caramel malts. The sweet taste switches to bitter quite quickly. Nice bitter hoppy kick, anyway. Great bittersweet balance M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Lovely smooth bittersweet aftertaste O: Great drinkability. Perfect barleywine. World classic [ BA Review @ 6/9/2013 ]


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