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RATINGS: 1446   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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4.2
Leighton (22307) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2010
Tap at Swift. Loved this one. By my tastes this was more like a double IPA than a barleywine but it was great either way. Poured a lovely, dark red with a staunch, beige head. Nose of powerful, piney hops and just hints of sweet malts. Flavor too was dominated by the hops. Some sweet, fruity notes made cameos, but the hops starred in this production. Lip-smacking and resiny, this was a great sipping beer. Would like to try it again to try and detect some of the other ingredients.

3.5
chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2005
Reddish brown colour. A massive hop presence dominates every aspect of this beer. Pine resin and zesty lemon - I’m more used to finding spicy orange peel notes in a barley wine. Heavy, sweetish, oily mouthfeel. Quite aggressive. Definitely more IPA than barley wine style. It almost won me round but, in the end, it was just a bit too extreme to scale the heights. I’m not sure I could get through a whole 750ml bottle of this on my own, but I’d certainly want to stick a bottle away for year or two before trying. Bottled at the Joet London gathering, January 2005.

3.4
Koelschtrinker (21489) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 9, 2012
Weicher, alkohlisch getreidiger Beginn. Deutliche Holznoten, im Mittelteil hopfige, später deutlich bittere Noten. Süßlich alkoholische Pflaumenaromen. 13/10/11/11/8/11

4.7
fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 2010-04-22, bottle a couple of years old, 8-5-9-5-18=45
It pours a dark red-amber color, with small creamy head. Very nice aroma of chocolate and cereals, light vanilla. Full bodied, with a round mouthfeel; strong malt flavor, sweet, smooth, with pleasant chocolate, vanilla, caramel, eggnogg. The bitterness is still strong, maybe the hop is less aromatic, but it blends well with the robust maltiness and the alcohol touch. Excellent.

2008-08-08, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 8-4-8-5-17=42
Hazy dark amber color, thin creamy head. Very nice aroma of fudge. Strong mouthfeel, syrupy malt caramel and toffee, with strong bitterness, a bit nutty too. Powerful final, full of toffee, sweet and bitter, hop oils. Excellent.

2005-05-21, bottle, 9-5-9-5-19=47
Dark amber color. As it happened only few other times, here you have a soooo powerful brew: chewy malts mixed with huge amounts of resiny hops, leaning to pine needles, with some caramel, chocolate. Extreme masochist pleasure.

3.9
Theydon_Bois (20628) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle at home, 04/12/16. Rich chestnut brown with a reddish glint and topped with a beige head that retains well ... a good looking beer. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, earthy hops, candied fruit rinds, toasted marshmallow, cheesecake base, toffee. Taste comprises caramel malt, toasted brown sugar, light pine needle, toffee, booze tunes, fruit cake, nutty twang. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close balanced with semi aggerssive hop bitterness. Solid hopped up barley wine, well balanced and easy drinking for the ABV.

4
saxo (19522) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2006
Bottle. Nice tan head with good duration. Color is ruby. Powerfull aroma and taste with caramel fruit and malt.

4
harrisoni (19336) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2008
Draught at Plan B, Copenhagen. Clear chestnute, thin beige head. Wow, tha’s a big hit of hop and then really good malty fruity body. Big, big, just a big hit of everything. Not too sweet, not too syrupy, massive cascade, centennial hops. Heat on finish. Lovely.

4.5
mcberko (18977) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2012 22 oz. bottle, pours dark orangey amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, dark / dried fruits, and piney hops. Flavour of complex dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and strong piney hops on the finish. Magnificent.

3.9
Oakes (18851) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Dull dark amber colour with rich head. Piney, slightly minty hop aroma with breadcrusty malts. Rich, resiny hop flavour. The woody bitterness is balanced by ample whole grain malts, as well as toast and caramel notes. Like most of Great Divide’s beers, this is easy-drinking and well-structured while maintaining stylistic integrity.

4.4
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 (Number 1300, bottle in a hotel room at Gothia Towers, Göteborg) Nice amber color, great offwhite/yellowish head. Wonderful aroma from figs, nuts, rasisins, cream and toffee. Nutty flavor, strong and more and more hoppy, grassy, bitter. Great body and with a both bitter and malty finish. Id love to have this beer again...


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