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RATINGS: 1454   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 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!

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (6852) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18834) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1094) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zeswaft (1702) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours dark copper with fluffy tan head. Aroma is pretty tame, some fruitiness and some caramel. Flavor is very well balanced. Lots of hops and a solid malt backbone. A very good barleywine. perhaps one of the best. I wish there was more aroma but other than that it is very good. Alcohol is unnoticeable. excellent and quite delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1523) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Im not much for talking about things I dont have a working knowledge of, even if that is considered a profession these days (and a well paid one at that). That is why I want to stay laconic on the Old Ruffian. I havent had enough hoppy beers to really know what hoppy means, in flavor and in its accepted use. However, I can tell you a bit about Old Ruffians appearance and its taste, relative to an untrained enthusiasts capabilities. Id call the color an artificial brown, sort of like Coca-Cola but a little bit darker and not so transparent. The taste has a nice fruit medley, but being in the midst of a cold I couldnt really excise out any specific species. The beer gets a little rough (Ruffian? Ruffianed?) as it edges to room temperature, and I found myself wincing once or twice as I sipped , but nothing too punitive. It is a beer best saved for a more inveterate tongue. The review warrants a tasting in the future. Update 9/11/07 its been a long time since I wrote this unfortunate drop of doggerel. To remedy the low quality of the writing and the uneducated experience Im moving Old Ruffian to the top of my tasting list.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
One of my first barley wines. Thick and creamy, very bitter, strong taste of alcohol, but also caramel sweet.

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