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RATINGS: 1448   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 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).

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4.2
likeatrainwreck (572) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2016
Oh yeah, this is the good stuff. Deep mahogany pour with a sticky off white head that coats the glass as it empties. Big, sweet, sticky caramel maltiness, a hint of smoke... Drinks far too easily for 10% and finishes with a heavy dose of piney, bitter hops. Excellent

3.4
djoeye (5419) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2016
Aroma; mild and yeasty tropic fruits in the caramels. Look; pale beige top, clear amber-copper body. Taste; hops, tropic fruits, yeast, alco, warmth - roasted malts n strong hoppy finish. Feel; solid body with warmth. Overall; eve sipper. [35.5cl/12FLoz.Btl 10.2% [email protected]]

3.8
Sjohnh (1032) - 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
jrodooo5 (1749) - 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
graham_murphy (714) - - 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. That’s 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
jmohno (1679) - 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.

3.8
Leini (2079) - SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2016
355ml bottle. Dark mahogany body with a low head. Caramel, grapefruit zest, fruit. Tasty, but for a BW you’d expect it to be more malty.

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coldbrewky (1731) - 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
mzaar (3747) - Varberg, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2016
Flaska. Kopparfärgad med ett smutsvitt skum. Härliga dofter av toffee, malt, frukt och ekfat. Alkoholen är alldeles för dominerande i smaken. Stör smakerna av toffee, vanilj, frukt och tall så till den milda grad att det bara är gott i stället för fantastiskt gott.

3.7
Lowe1983 (1657) - 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.


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