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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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2.8
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber / brown hazy color with a moderate frothy white head. Aromas of cherries, raisin, and citrus. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth with a bitter finish that lasts for quite awhile. Taste is bitter throughout which is tough. For a barley wine, this is a VERY bitter beer.

3.9
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Bottle: Pours deep red with a 1 finger off white head. Heavy aroma of malt., malt, and alcoholy malt. Flavor is quite rich and carmelly, slightly syrupy and creamy with some fruity esters. Slight hop bitterness to balance it out. Plenty of alcohol warmth. I think of this beer as the textbook definition of a barleywine.

4.4
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.

4
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.

3.5
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.

4
blomster (289) - Göteborg, 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,

3.2
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 i’d really like to re-rate after having taken the BJCP class!

3.4
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. It’s pretty cloying and the alcohol is noticeable as well. The aftertaste is mostly hops with a bit of that caramel. Not as smooth as I’d expect a barley-wine to be. It would be interesting to taste this after it had been cellared awhile. Despite that, I’d gladly try it again. Very enjoyable.

3.6
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.

3.9
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.


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