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RATINGS: 1456   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1570) - 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 (3924) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2016
pours a beautiful mahogany with a dense head that last. Lots of soapy lacing around my tulip glass. Aroma is a bit sweet up front with notes of caramel and dark cherries that give way to notes of resinous hops. Flavor is also sweet upfront. Notes of caramel and dark fruits Medium bodied. Average carbonation and a lasting piney/dry finish. This is solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (2741) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle gbbf. Mahogany slight head. Aroma caramel malts fruits taste same nice sweetness good hoppy bitter finish alcohol warmth. Decent

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turtles (2456) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
355ml bottle from Systembolaget, bottled 1 February 2016. Deep mahogany, a lot of small bubbles in the glass. Dense, long lasting, khaki head leaving rich lacing all around the glass. Pine and citrus aroma, grapefruit, orange marmalade, caramel, earthy and floral. Very smooth and crisp mouthfeel, mild carbonated. Piney taste, woody and earthy, citrus zest, grapefruit bitterness, floral, sweet caramel and resin, dark bread and brown sugar. Bitter and warming finish. Nice bitterness holding the sweetness back in a pleasant way.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggiebob (1047) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle. Amber in color poured with a thin off-white head. Notes of caramel and dark stone fruits.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3585) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle, bottled January 29, 2015, poured into a glass. Hazy redish Burnt orange, medium carbonation, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is big caramel malt.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NosirIwont (2464) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle. 10.2%. Bottled on 01.02.16. Pours a clear, deep/dark amber with a creamy, fluffy, tan head. Great lacing. Sweetish, fat, malty, (dark) fruit aroma. Hint of liquorice deep down. Hint of wood as it warms. Heavy flavour; fat, malty and (dark) fruity, with a hint of citrus hops. Bitter liquorice finish with a mild alcohol burn, followed by more malt and fruit. Soft palate, but a wee bit too much carbonation. Overall very nice, well-balanced; the malt and fruit notes complement each other nigh perfectly, making neither stand out too much. Their combined effort does make it a wee bit cloying in the long run though, but I guess thats to be expected from such a heavy beer. 10.08.16.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1448) - Linkping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2016
(355ml Jan 2016 bottle from Systembolaget) Pours clear ruby-mahogany with a moderate tight pale cream head that fades leaving a wall of lace. Aroma is sweet dark bread, toffee, burnt sugar, candied orange peel, pine and hop resin. Flavour is quite sweet, toffee, dark sugar syrup, sweet orange, dried fruits, maybe berry pie filling, earthy pine, spicy hop tones, slight toast. Finish dries out with extremely high bitterness, citrus peel, flowers, resin, almost woody astringency, some alcohol heat. Full viscous body with fairly low carbonation. Massively hopped barley wine, the finish is even a bit scalding between bitterness and booze. Well made but a little too brash for me to find as enjoyable as one with more edges rounded off.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1928) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Pours a ruby-amber with a healthy, rich Christmas pull candy-colored head. Sweet caramel and a bit of hop harshness on the nose. Viscous mouthfeel. Rich malt presence, but no shortage of aggressiv hop. Lingering bitterness.


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