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RATINGS: 1453   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkgrenwel (606) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1110) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (7400) - 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 youd expect. One of the best Barley Wines Ive ever had, kudos to Great Divide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2005
So, I decided to drink this 10+% monster by myself. It pours to a murky reddish brown body with a thin tan head that leaves excellent "heavy" lacing in the glass. The aroma is very citrusy with brown sugar, caramel and roasted malts. The flavor is very malty with good sugary hops, toffee, powdered sugar, grass and light citrus. The palate is medium bodied, chewy and lingering. Bitter tingle with a carbonated water and powdered sugar after-feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3293) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & tupalev - courtesy HogTownHarry. Deep ruby-amber colour with a small head. Big, warming aroma with sweet malt & resiny hop notes. Nice body, great mouthfeel. Flavour has an outstanding balance, even with the big hop character that is unexpected for the style. Alcohol is noticeable, but not in a hot, unpleasant way. This is a damn good barely wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Hogtown Harry - Harrys bottle. The hit of the evening! Dark brown, small white head. Strong sweet malt aroma, but not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel. One of the most balanced and hoppy Barleywines I have ever tried - strong alcohol, but restrained, sweet caramel, and lots o hops. Really really really nice. Slightly complex yet smooth, this is fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - my bottle and my 600th rating. The hit of the evenings tasting. Poured clear ruby with a decent off-white lasting head. Aroma of pungent hops, roast malt, pine and citrus, slightly mossy with a hint of table cream. Taste follows the aroma, but alcohol bitterness enters the mix, nice and woody - this is a solid, solid BW. Mouthfeel is creamy, at least medium bodied, quite astringent, and finishes alcohol bitter - this is a strong, woody, smooth barleywine, which might actually get smoother with aging, but no complaints from me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 14, 2005
In the bomber bottle. Downright red in color. Decent tan-colored head. Good hop content. Nice back of the tongue heat. Everything I want in a barleywine. Starts sweet, has body compression, and finishes bitter. Stellar!

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