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RATINGS: 1446   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 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).

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3.8
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Sampled a ’04 bottle. Has a nice dark brown color with a thin tan head. Has a bit of a roasty aroma, kind of pleasant. Has a bit of a sweet, bitter flavor. Good body, with just the right amount of carbonation. This is quite good.

3
Cobra (1100) - - JAN 9, 2006
2005 batch. 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep copper / light brown color, with a huge sticky tan colored head. Aromas are mostly one-dimensional, with the hops overwhelming everything else. Some alcohols struggle to break thru the hop barrier, but not very well balanced in the aroma dept. Flavors are of hops mostly. Some alcohol sneaks thru at the end. Slightly malty, but again, not well balanced. Needs to be aged a good 5 years or so. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Wish I’d have bought 2 of these.

4.4
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Update: 1/6/08 Had a ’04 bottle tonight. Of course all of the hoppiness is gone. Beer is quite cloudy. The biggest surprise was that if I didn’t know better I would have tought I was drinking a GD Hibernation. Taste was oakie; more like a strong ale. Very interesting. This beer was bottled in ’04 and has been cellared since correctly. The aroma was excellent, but a little surprising for a barleywine. It had a bit of a roasted/burnt smell to go with the heavy hop and orange aroma. There was a rocky, off-white head. The body was hazy and dark amber. The inital flavor was moderately sweet with a long finish. The hops aroma and taste did not diminish. Nothing surprisingi in the palate. This beer really lives up to it’s billing. However, to me this is an American barleywine. Once again, another great Great Divide. Will be interested to see what happens after another year or so on the others I have.

3.9
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
pours a couldy dark amber with nice head. has a initial hint of citrus notes that first hit the palat then the hoppier notes kick in and give way to a chewy carmel flavor that lingers nicely. A nice balance for a barleywine, citrus notes balanced by the heavier body.

4.4
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
A near perfect appearance, in my opinion. Beautiful mahogany color with a perfect amount of head and lacing down the glass. Caramelly, sweet taste that I would expect from a barleywine. I didn’t find it overly hoppy despite the commercial description--I could actually use a bit more hoppiness in this one. Very creamy mouthfeel, very smooth and delicious.

3.8
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
22oz. Decent tan head over hazy peachy brown ale. The nose is hoppy and alcoholic. Taste is sweet and bitter. Seems to have a very good structure. A good strong beer.

4.3
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Pours a nice deep dark amber red brown color with a nice amount of froathy manilla head. Looks absolutely delicious in my sniffer glass. Aroma is very complex and pervasive: floral hops, pina colada, earthy tones, and caramel malts. Flavor is light and fruity at first then quickly gets dryer and more bitter with each passing sip. Overall, quite a good barleywine.

4.8
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 This beer punches the nose with a huge aroma of sweet hops, caramel, and citrus fruit. The glass is filled with a dark copper colored solution that resides under a thick maize colored head. The beer is introduced by a plethora of tastes as this moderately heavy fluid flows through the mouth. The taste of grapefruit opens up the taste buds soon followed by an infusion of dates and caramel. All these tastes are just a precursor to the hops explosion that takes place over the taste buds. The hearty hoppiness lingers well and lingers leaving the mouth in a blissful tingle.

4.3
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Mellow aroma, sweet and malty, with toffee and biscuit. Fruity hops, pear and apples and pineapple. A bit of pine resin. Oaken amber clear, brilliant with thin off-white head. Medium heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts really sweet. Roasted nutty malts, brown sugar syrup, raw honey. Very sweet throughout, cloying. Finish is nice and bitter but can’t compensate the overpowering sweetness.

4.1
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 BW’s have.Huge rocky head,great lace,deep red amber color,reminds me of a cleaner malt based ,more assertivly hopped, Hog Heaven,(well it’s not as smooth as Hog H because the hops are rediculous in pretty much all there beers).Purchased at Ronnie’s Bev Warhouse Forest Hill,Md for 5.99(22 oz.).Great Barleywine with plenty of ageability(five years plus).


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