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RATINGS: 1457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.27%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 cant compensate the overpowering sweetness.

   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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, 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.

   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!!

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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