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RATINGS: 1453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.27%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
   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!

3.4
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   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.

4.1
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlbertC (277) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2010
Aroma is nuts, caramel, sweet, fruity, ale yeast and biscuit. Taste is very big, caramel, nuts and fruit, definately not too sweet though! Bitterness kicking in after some lag putting up a massive grape and terpentine rich bitterness with an almost infinite aftertaste. Will probably improve with some aging.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Bottle from bigmmartin. Burgundy with a nice tan head. Aroma caramel malt and floral hops. Flavor is barely sweet then very bitter with a long aftertaste. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. I’m not too impressed but this is a nice brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
A near perfect appearance, in my opinion. Beautiful mahogany color with a perfect amount of head and lacing down the glass. Caramelly, sweet taste that I would expect from a barleywine. I didnt find it overly hoppy despite the commercial description--I could actually use a bit more hoppiness in this one. Very creamy mouthfeel, very smooth and delicious.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lawger (275) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2016
Pours dark chestnut with big, vigourous khaki head. Big nose with candied apricots, caramel, muscovado sugar, honey, roasted cereals and pine cones. A nice balance of malt and hops here. Full bodied palate, on the sweet side but nicely balanced with some heat coming through on the mid palate, leading to a long finish with balanced bitterness. Not as bitter as I had expected from deScriptions, but that might be due to the massive malt body masking it slightly.


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