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RATINGS: 1449   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (488) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Pours the color of molasses with little head formation; fruitcake and citrus aromas; hop forward palate with warming sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (5025) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
(Great Divide Old Ruffian ) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 10.2%. BB Feb. 15 Dark red colour on the body, a bit murky with a good sized beige head on top, thick and with good retention. Aroma of caramel, raisins, dates, orange peel, toffee. Taste has malts, caramel, dark fruits, dates, then citrus, orange peel. Finishes with a sharp bitterness. Medium body, carbonation on the high side. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (742) - Radford, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown with 3 finger thick head that is yellowish tan in color. Aroma is a mix of resin and malt. Taste follows suit, and while this is clearly an American style barleywine, it is still very well-balanced and not just a giant hop bomb. Really nice on a cold night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2651) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle from Beer Bazaar. Feb 20, 2015 bottle date. Reddish amber pour with very little head. Aroma has sweet and sour fruits, tangy pine, caramel and spices. Taste is of sweet fruits, stone fruits, tangy pine and some spices, led by some tangerine, all on a solid caramel backbone. Medium bodied and sticky with alcohol. Finishes sweetly fruity, tangy and long. Amazed never rated back in the day when certain it was in the Excursion full of smuggled CO brews, and enjoyed since. Tasty brew that hoppier/fresher, would describe as an American Strong. 14.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnstledger8 (915) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours a rich deep red with a dissipating off white bubbly head. Fair amount of lacing around the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel, pine, grassy, some red fruits. Taste is of more caramel, red grapes, woody, hint of strawberry and cherry, fruity. Medium carbonation, smooth oily mouthfeel. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2015
2/25/2009 1:29:11 PM BierKoning. Amber body with slight head. Hoppy, fruit and sweet nose. Taste of hops (as always with Great Divide), some malts and fruits. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1567) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Barleywines can get a little rich for me, so Im definitely partial to the well-hopped variety. With 90 IBUs I think its safe to say Old Ruffian falls into that category.Yet, Great Divides brew tastes mostly rich and malty to me. Maybe its the big grain bill and 10.2% ABV. Maybe it was the 9 months of age my bottle had. Whatever the reason, notes of molasses, dark fruit, and toffee stood out most clearly to me. Some resinous, citrusy hop notes show up in the aroma, but I didnt notice them in the flavor profile as much until I paired Old Ruffian with a Butterfinger. (Butterfinger and Barleywine is one of my ol reliables when it comes to pairing.) Reminding me of Averys Hog Heaven, Old Ruffian shows that big hops and big malts can share the same hallowed space. And the warm booze... I thought Old Ruffian was going to put me to sleep before I was half-finished with the damn thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Weevo (171) - Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Bottle, pours dark mahogany with a medium tan head. Starts out sweet maybe a little molasses then tastes of pine and grapefruit come in. This one's definitely over my IBU tolerance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beachmaster (471) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep, clear mahogany, with a medium light brown head that persists, leaving good lacing. Nose is grassy and citrusy, with a faint whiff of stone fruit. Taste begins with a slight caramel flavor, but the excessive amount of hop bitterness kills any flavor quickly. Extremely bitter and very unbalanced. Would not buy again-a disappointment from an otherwise excellent brewer.

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