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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zeswaft (1759) - 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 (1573) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Pours a syrupy looking dark red color with a big foamy beige head. Strong grapefruity nose with brown sugar. Lots of grapefruit up front with carmel, brown sugar, oak, and a piney finish. This is is definately a great ale. The perfect B/W for hopheads!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2005
Wow. I think I just got an erection. This is one of the strongest beers Ive ever had, both alcohol-wise and hop-wise. It is a killer combination. This is not a beer for slurping, it is a beer for sipping gently (lest you embarass yourself by crapping your pants in front of your friends). Also, please for the love of god share this beer with a friend, and drink this beer with food. 90 IBUs! Thats more than most I2PAs! Dang!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (7471) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - OCT 28, 2005
Wooden oaky, citrus and caramel aroma, topped off with a decent shot pine and citrus hops. Hazy glowing red brown, low creamy tanned head. Intense sweet wooden baseflavor, caramel, burned sugar, perfumed citrus and pine hop notes - all in a somewhat agressive rough mix. It has however a nicely elegant exit with citric hops and candyish wooden notes which carry on a long time afterwards. Chewy body, light sparkly mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Pours an intriguing murky mahogany topped of a frothy beige head. The nose is well balanced blending some sweet malts and fruits to a very hoppy background. Coffee and caramel are well balanced with apple, grapefruit, pineapple, coconut, and some pine. The heavy alcohol content is present in the nose reminding of bourbon which really helps emphasize the hops. The flavor only echoes these fragrances. Im not a big hop-head, so I cant say this is my style but I appreciated the effort and the complexity of this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11949) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2005
Its a barley wine and its an IPA and its rounded off and balanced. The aroma is grapefruit from C hops. Its a nice drink, I have had worse barleywines, gives a pineapple, some sugary sweetness not cloying. Must put a bottle down for a couple of years. Big, big white head, lace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2005
[bottle at LCRBM] fruity, grapefruit, plums, caramel. big, almost chewy body, sweet upfront, lots of bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (20256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 2010-04-22, bottle a couple of years old, 8-5-9-5-18=45
It pours a dark red-amber color, with small creamy head. Very nice aroma of chocolate and cereals, light vanilla. Full bodied, with a round mouthfeel; strong malt flavor, sweet, smooth, with pleasant chocolate, vanilla, caramel, eggnogg. The bitterness is still strong, maybe the hop is less aromatic, but it blends well with the robust maltiness and the alcohol touch. Excellent.

2008-08-08, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 8-4-8-5-17=42
Hazy dark amber color, thin creamy head. Very nice aroma of fudge. Strong mouthfeel, syrupy malt caramel and toffee, with strong bitterness, a bit nutty too. Powerful final, full of toffee, sweet and bitter, hop oils. Excellent.

2005-05-21, bottle, 9-5-9-5-19=47
Dark amber color. As it happened only few other times, here you have a soooo powerful brew: chewy malts mixed with huge amounts of resiny hops, leaning to pine needles, with some caramel, chocolate. Extreme masochist pleasure.

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