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RATINGS: 1441   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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3.9
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
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
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 I’ve come to expect from a good barleywine.

4.2
notalush (5883) - Lakewood, 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.

3.7
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Bottled. Via trade w/ Crosling (I think). Murky mahogany color with a frothy light tan head that leaves heavy lacing. Sweet aromas with some caramel notes. I can still smell hops although they seem to be breaking down. I don’t know the age of this bottle but I’m guessing it’s not real young. Caramel flavors with some chocolate notes. A little hot with some big hop bitterness in the end.

3.9
mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Full, creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness all over the back and sides of the tongue. Sweet and malty/caramel up front. Reminiscent of all kinds of dried fruit. Overall, a very nice and enjoyable barley wine. Nothing that really blew me away, just a very solid enjoyable beer with no real flaws.

3.8
Crockett (1119) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
Pours red amber with a short scummy white soap head. Hop juice, soil, detergent. Some caramel and booze. Lots of grapefruit and piney florals. Insane amount of hop resin. Nice mouthfeel and flavours are very robust. Could have been this particular bottle, but it would have been nice to have had better balancing of malt. Very playful and fun to drink. Perhaps an aged bottle in the future is what I need.

4.2
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Pours a thick cloudy brown with a thin tan head. Just wafting the aroma makes the mouth water. The thickness in the aroma is just amazing. Aroma is rich with caramel and a twinge of hop. Taste is full, but not overbearing - caramel, with a pine hop finish. Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick, but not quite syrupy. Great hoppy barleywine. Wish I could get it locally... purchased at Grapevine in Austin.

4
blankboy (7702) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear dark ruby with a small lasting rocky off-white head. Big aroma of hops and caramel malt that smells fantastic. The flavour follows the aroma and is f**king delicious! WOW! Very well balanced and medium bodied. The alcohol is noticeable but is more restrained than you’d expect. One of the best Barley Wines I’ve ever had, kudos to Great Divide.

4
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Not really so rough, but a damned fine drink nonetheless. This is a deep reddish brown ale with a creamy beige head that coats the glass with lacing. The aroma is a strong caramel malt seriously infused with floral, grapefruit, and resinous hop scents, all delivered by the rising warmth of the alcohol. Creamy in the mouth, it has a rich caramel malt taste, slightly fruity, flavored with strong hop bitterness. The finish is a one-two punch from the hops and the alcohol, making this one satisfying ending for both the hophead and the barleywine lover in me. I need to get more of this to cellar... if I can keep away from it that long.

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