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RATINGS: 1457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.27%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3392) - 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.

4.1
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6611) - 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.

4.7
   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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Pours dark brown with reddish tint, nice off-white head that quickly fades. The aroma is caramel, prunes, and citrus. The flavor is very big with lots of sweet malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruit, and lots of good hops, pine and grapefruit. Body is big and chewy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Pours a dark red color with almost no head. there is some nice lacing. aroma is very malty and sweet. Flavor is very bitter, however there is some sweetness to balance it out. there is a hoppy aftertaste quite nice. Overall a good beer to sip on for a couple of hours.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bugrat (61) - Cph. V, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 I could not have made the commercial description any better. Just love the hops in this beer, but i just do not know what to think of the rest of this beer. It is good: No doubt! but it is somehow to "malt" for my taste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (7012) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2005
Bottled. Thx rlgk. Amber with orange(?) head. Huge aroma from figs, raisins, nuts... Very fullbodied; chocoltae, sweet dried fruits, pomerance. Extremely hoppy and bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18846) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 (Number 1300, bottle in a hotel room at Gothia Towers, Gteborg) Nice amber color, great offwhite/yellowish head. Wonderful aroma from figs, nuts, rasisins, cream and toffee. Nutty flavor, strong and more and more hoppy, grassy, bitter. Great body and with a both bitter and malty finish. Id love to have this beer again...

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2005
from the bottle. poured a deep copper with a bid tan head. aroma hops fruity, caramel, malts, alcohol, caramel. flavor malts, caramel, alcohol, fruits, citrus, grapefruit, pine, and hops. I am really getting into barley wines like the fullness of the mouthfeel and the higher than normal alcohol. this was a good beer


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