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RATINGS: 1454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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 Ruffians 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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Really nice PNW hop forward with the perfect roasty huge caramel malt backaround all top notch WC BWs have.Huge rocky head,great lace,deep red amber color,reminds me of a cleaner malt based ,more assertivly hopped, Hog Heaven,(well its not as smooth as Hog H because the hops are rediculous in pretty much all there beers).Purchased at Ronnies Bev Warhouse Forest Hill,Md for 5.99(22 oz.).Great Barleywine with plenty of ageability(five years plus).

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2005
22 oz bomber. Pours a reddish brown color with a thick creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet with plenty of hops present along with pine needles and fresh caramel. Taste is very hoppy for a barley wine, with hints of pine,toffee and sweet syrup present. Excellent. One of the best barley wines out there.

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! Its bitter, its sweet, its strong and its just super. Mouthfeel very good: it just slides down the throat leaving you thirsty for more. Overall the best Barley Wine Ive ever had and also one of my top 5 favorite beers altogether!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Mahogany color with a thin whte head. Rich malty aroma, some nuts and toffee. Sweet caramel malts with a light toasty backgorund, followed by piney hops that have a touch of citrus flavor as well. The hops really linger on the palate and become more intense as the beer warms.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2005
Lots and lots of aroma hops. Beautiful red amber color and a creamy head. Some floating segments. Hoppy flavor which explodes in the mouth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 5, 2005
hop aroma. orange red color with yellow head. extremely hoppy and sticky. im not a big fan of barley wines but so far this is my favorite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2005
Impressive stuff. Complex and interesting aroma full of bread and dark fruits (raisins, plums, prunes etc.). Flavour is dark too and beautifully balanced by the intense bitter finish. The dark fruitiness reminds me of a Belgian strong ale. A great clash between Belgium and the US.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Boy, this one sure looks tasty, with its lush whit head and a perfect dark red body. The aroma is rich and full, fills the nose...Plums and dates and cherries and figs and bananas and caramel and molasses all abound in the flavor. Sweet, but not overpowering at all, and it is blended very well with a healthy dose of hops. Thick and heavy and delightfully warming, as Ive come to expect from a good barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5802) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Beautiful dark red pour with subtantial off-white lacing - Highly resinous hop aroma, with lots of fruity esters (strawberry, black cherry), carmel, rolled oats, pine - alcohol is evident, but not overpowering - bracing hop bitterness to start, but sticky malt flavors gradual work their way in - caramel is most dominant, but the fruity esters from the aroma come in quite fully - soft carbonation - a touch of toffee - reminds me of older vintages of Old Horizontal.


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