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RATINGS: 1457   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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3.8
neongolden (1607) - Linköping, 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
DocJitsu (1971) - 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.

3.5
konungen (573) - - JUL 30, 2016
En flaska som lagrats en tid testades. Ganska kraftig öl med bland annat torkad frukt, russin, sötma och karamell. Alkoholen märks svagt av i bakgrunden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
chinchill (4916) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2016
12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 24 Feb. 2015. Look: Cloudy brown-copper colored body. Some sediment in the bottle even after a full pour. Aroma: Ripe and dried fruits, yeasty baked bread. Flavor: Toffee, alcohol esters, ripe and dried fruits, baked bread. Slightly boozy (low for style). Overall: a good example of the style with relatively well hidden alcohol.

3.8
andrepintado (3320) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 21, 2016
355ml bottle from brewdog online store. Appearance is light clear copper to brown. Medium beige head. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter. Aroma is nutty, fruity, malty, spices.

3.5
DerGantzel (410) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2016
Aroma of malt, caramel with notes of hops and fruits. Semi-clear brown liquid with a fine brown-white head. Light-medium sweetness in the beginning followed by an increasing high bitterness. To much bitterness in my opinion. Average carbonation, full body. I find it very fine barley wine though much bitterness.

3.8
OminouSC2 (647) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2016
Red/burgundy color. Caramel malt aroma with a lot of hops. Sweet, caramel taste with a nice bitter herbal hop taste/finish. Cool barley wine that has a secretly wish to be an Imperial IPA.

3.4
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 3, 2016
Quite a good taste in it. Thick features and nice aroma within all the shape of this nice brew.

4.1
Samuel214 (1084) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2016
Flaska från SB. Mörk rubinröd/mahognybrun med beiget krämigt skum som lämnar rester på sidorna. Riktigt knäckig doft med apelsinskal, muskot, vörtbröd, russin, riktigt bränt socker och lönnsirap. Lite juligt sådär. Märks redan i doften att det är en välhumlad barley wine. Stor, oljig kropp. Apelsinskal, något nötig, fina brända toner och stor beska smakmässigt. Sötman är ganska tillbakahållen, vilket välkomnas. Riktigt snygg barley wine med mycket brända toner. Stor och potent och samtidigt inget slisk.

3.8
Nische (2192) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle from Greatbrands. Brownish red color with dirt white head. Sticky, resinous, piney aroma and taste with orange peel, citrus, floral notes. Long resinous finish.


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