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RATINGS: 1454   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 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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sjohnh (873) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2016
Attractive looking - clear red / brown with plenty of white head leaving lots of lacing. Smells like a malt heavy barley wine. Mouthfeel is indeed creamy. Taste leads with burnt toffee, then the grapefruit and pine from the hops. Finish, as advertised, is long and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1597) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Incredibly smooth barley wine. Has a very nice malt backbone to balance the hops. Delicious - well done!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
graham_murphy (662) - - OCT 30, 2016
I always approach a barley wine cautiously - sometimes too sweet, too spicey or too boozy. But sometimes dominated by a hoppy punch. Thats what I look for and what I got here. Sweet (but not overly so) raisin and caramel in the malt. Hops, hops and more hops in a bitter fruity aftertaste. Punchy ABV but not in the taste. Great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1576) - Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Murky light brown. aroma is piney.malty day or months old bready. taste. Toasty bready, caramel, burnt, chocolate notes. Pine in finish. Heavy, somewhat syrupy, sipper. Probably floral and grapefruit in there.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bassbug66 (49) - - SEP 19, 2016
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). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (1931) - SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2016
355ml bottle. Dark mahogany body with a low head. Caramel, grapefruit zest, fruit. Tasty, but for a BW youd expect it to be more malty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle via the Hannigan from work, who found this not to his liking.....You Smithwicks swilling fleabag Irishman! I thank you for your discards. A solidly built and not too sweet barleywine. Strong yet subdued...kinda like a Willy Nelson song. two in a row equal success in level shower curtain rod installation. Hops are significant and crucial in this balance. Yeah. Burly Oak eat your heart out.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mzaar (3205) - Varberg, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2016
Flaska. Kopparfrgad med ett smutsvitt skum. Hrliga dofter av toffee, malt, frukt och ekfat. Alkoholen r alldeles fr dominerande i smaken. Str smakerna av toffee, vanilj, frukt och tall s till den milda grad att det bara r gott i stllet fr fantastiskt gott.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1566) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Pours a brown color with a tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, floral hops, and alcohol. Flavor is strong of the floral hops and dark fruits. Decent warming on the finish that lingers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (3860) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle from The Beerhive. Clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Low carbonation. Good lacing. Aroma of maple syrup, wood, dumpling and stewed fig. Flavour of burnt caramel, strawberry syrup, red apple and peppery spice. Full body with a sticky mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Sweet and rich.


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