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RATINGS: 1441   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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4.1
Eructoblaster (4265) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle - 12oz. Dark copper body with a thin, beige foamy/creamy head. Wonderful, robust malty/hoppy aroma with brown sugar, woody, vanilla, and black cherries hints. Alcohol is not agressive. Its strong, rich, complex taste is slightly dominated by hoppy flavors. It carries malty, oaky, fruity, and some cinnamon notes. Ends with a long, warming, bittersweet finish. Awesome winter warmer.

3.6
CObiased (506) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2016
12oz bottle - clear dark mahogany appearance with a med off white head. The aroma is mix of rich caramel and ripe fruit malts along with bitter piney hops. Huge hoppy flavor that kinda overwhelms the malt character. ABV is hidden well. Over hopped in my opinion, but still delicious.

3.8
jbruner (4799) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2016
2015 bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with fluffy tan head that dissipates to leave good lace. Aroma of big toasted malts, caramel and earth. Taste is big caramel malts, booze, and a hint of earthy hop. Solid American barley wine.

3.7
williamstome (1898) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Deep brown with ruddy tones. Aroma of dates, raisins and caramel. Flavor of caramel, dried fruit, leading into a sharply bitter, yet full and sweet finish.

4.4
SvanteL (570) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2016
Flaska från 2011. Vid försiktig upphällning får man en otroligt vackert rödbrun, klar vätska med en tätt skum; längre ner i flaskan grumlar det sedan till sig. Doften är kraftig och vinös med läcker sötma av mörka bär och pomeransmarmelad. Fyllig och vinös smak med diverse söta frukter som rundas av med kraftig pomerans och grapebeska. En mycket smakrik barley wine där sötman balanseras av en kraftig beska.

4.1
rejtable (2752) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle from premier. Pours Amber clear with lots of frothy head and lots of lacing. Nose is syrup and earthy bitterness. Flavours of plums, Cheerios, syrup, leather, earthy bitterness. Taste big sweet med/big bitter. Full silky body with lively carbonation and a lasting alcohol burn in the finish.

3.9
Itzjerm (2954) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2016 Updated 1 year old bottle. Aroma is perfect. carmel honey and delicious. Mouthfeel is solid with lots of carb. Thin fading head. Taste is a bit harsh still very strong grass hop like flavors. Aroma is pine dirty rags and grain. Flavor is Carmel with a grassy hop bite. Basic barley wine. Maybe an old bottle.

3.8
revoltingblob (46) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle from Beer Mongers in Portland, OR. Bought in 2013. Wow. Upon opening this I am impressed with the amount of carbonation left in the bottle. Very nice. Appearance is a nice dark auburn color with small, light head and wispy lacing. Nose is big sweet fruit and estery hop stuff, very nice! Surprised at how much hop character is still around and after sitting in my basement for 2 years. Taste is bright hops, dried raisans, plummy bits, bit of caramel. Again, very surprised about how much hop character remains in this beer. Very nice. Should have left it in the basement a year or two longer, lots of life left in this one. Would age nicely. Definitely would buy again

3.7
axl (905) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2015
650ml bottle forgotten for a while, BBF 01 Feb. 2015. Hazy brown with small tan head. Aroma is cookie malts, caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, citrus, mango and a leftover hint of dried tropical fruits as well as more of a sensation of warming alcohol. Taste is quite heavily roasted with brown sugar, caramel, cookie malts, grapefruit and dried tropical fruits. Thick creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation and a lasting sweet yetroasted and bitter aftertaste with alcohol warmth.

3.4
benpickens (516) - 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.


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