ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Pours gorgeous ruby. Aroma of bitter pine sap. Substantial yet crisp body carries heavy grapefruit notes through the hops. Finishes with taste of the opening aroma, offering pleasant closure to the experience. Overall was very fresh and biting, so I’ll age some to see what happens. I’ll try this again for sure. brokephibroke (316) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Pretty ruby/copper clear pour with a medium lasting tan head. Pine citrus aroma with a bit of molassas and alcohol. Thick and coating the hops are delivered to the entire palate and the slight carbonation takes it to the next level. Taste is full, long lasting and balanced. Grapefruit, caramel and woody pine all present. Yes!! evanlarkin (315) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pouts dark amber with a small fluffy head. Aroma is citrus and stone fruits with some semi-sweet malt. Flavor is hop-forward, fruity, and earthy. Surprisingly little malt. Sticky finish, and very bitter.
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Deep amber in color with a reddish hue......thick white head. Balanced aroma that’s not overwhelming. Very complex hop flavors up front, with an extremely smooth mouthfeel for a barley wine. Finishes with a sweet malt back and a lengthy bitter aftertaste. Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2008
Pours reddish amber with a thick off white head. Aroma of hops and caramel. Flavor is malty with piney hops and caramel. Strikes me as a little more DIPA than barley wine. A ton of stuff going on though.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Good thickness without getting syrupy, and great hop finish. I am not feeling the citrus, its there but pretty subdued for the style. As good as it tastes, its a pretty unimpressive pour, but it smells good. For what its worth - great name. Any beer that starts with the word old is good in my book, as I drank this just kept saying "Old Ruffian" over and over again. FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2011
The hoppiest barley wine out there. Bitter front end with the malts providing a decent balance. Good, but doesn’t blow me away. Very red ale-ish, which is not a style I’m a fan of. thefederalist (311) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a smallish head. Aroma of hops and alcohol. Very highly bitter, but somewhat balanced by a huge malt bill. Very cleanly fermented. No off flavors. Slight sweetness detectable through the bitterness. May be a tad too "american" for my taste, especially for such a finely made barlywine. jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2008
not as hop-forward as i expected from the lable on the bottle. tasty, a little fruity in the nose. not overly alcoholic.