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RATINGS: 1456   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Hazey amber pour with a white head. No lacing, but the head does stick around for the entire glass. Piney, resiny aroma makes me think they may use the same hops that they use in the IIPA. This is outstanding, has caramel and fruit in front and then a nice hoppy end to it. Palate is crisp. I would recommend this any day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Poured from the bomber a nice mahogany color with a thick beige head. Aroma was a caramel sweetness followed by piney hops and some dark fruits lingering in the background. Flavor was a smooth caramel followed up by a very good hop bite. All this was wrapped up with a nice alcohol warming as it goes down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimsal27 (291) - New York, USA - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2014 Pours a reddish brown with an off whitehead. Leaves nice lacing on glass. Aroma of pine, raisin and malt. Tast is a caramel sweetness followed by a hoppy bitterness to finish. Creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Solid beer just a bit o bitter for me. I wonder how some age would treat this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blomster (289) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2010
Pours cloudy, reddish brown, big light brown head that settles fast, small, dense bubbles. Aroma of caramel, pine and some berries. Full body, sweet, creamy, almost sticky. Alcohol present, caramel, pine, a pleasant bitter hop finish. A good American style barley wine. I think I will cellar a bottle to se what happens with some aging, if the malt back bone shows itself more as the hoppy aroma and flavour fades,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Pours a clear, dark brown color with a medium head and lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is malty and nutty with slightly sweet hints at the end. Flavor is syrupy and malty with a slightly burned note to the mouth. Not sure how much i liked this beer but the rating is so old that id really like to re-rate after having taken the BJCP class!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2005
This lovely surprise at the liquor store found its way to my taste buds this evening. It pours amber with an tan-orange head, and it looks thick. Citrusy hop aromas with some malt and also some aroma reminding me of soggy wood. Initial tastes bring more hop characteristics than I expected, but they give way to caramel malty sweet flavors. Its pretty cloying and the alcohol is noticeable as well. The aftertaste is mostly hops with a bit of that caramel. Not as smooth as Id expect a barley-wine to be. It would be interesting to taste this after it had been cellared awhile. Despite that, Id gladly try it again. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours murky orange-tinted brown with a creamy tan head and remarkable lacing. Aroma is dominated by fresh plums and a bit of floral hops. Somewhat simple and it in no means foreshadows the flavor. Caramels, piney/spicy hops and dark fruit dominate the bitter flavor. Somewhat resinous aftertaste. Full-bodied, moderately carbonated. Leaves you lips pretty sticky. A good b-wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
Pours a beautiful ruby-copper color. Nose of hops and caramel malts. Very bitter, and with lots of hop resin. Dense hops disguise a complex malt backbone that is mainly caramel, but with lots of depth. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Poured from a bottle that was filled in December 2009 with a medium-dark garnet brown color and a big, frothy, light beige head. The aroma has sweet caramel malts contrasted by an earthy bitterness, a noticeable alcohol presence, and maybe even a bit of smokiness. The flavor features the earthy hops, but a contrasting sweetness of toffee, burnt caramel, and sweet rolls is also there, along with the alcohol that intermingles with the hops to deliver quite a wallop to the palate. The mouthfeel is fine but unremarkable, with a solid carbonation giving way to a slight alcohol burn, especially as the beer warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
The pour is a dark amber with a nice frothy white head. Nose is hops, caramel, and sweet malt. Toffee, caramel, hops, sweet malt, and roasted barley in the flavor. A truly great barley wine that reminds me of Stone Old Guardian in the fact that it really is more like a sweeter IIPA. Need to pick up a few more 22 oz to cellar.

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