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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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4.1
yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2006
Bottled. Copper-red, almost clear, and with a dense, beige head. Lots of sweetness in the aroma, with hop-aromas like pine and resin, fruityness and some beef-stock. It tastes very bitter, fruity and hoppy, with stock and alcohol. Full bodied and sweet, a bit sticky. A big American barley wine. (060801)

3.7
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours reddish amber. Off white head. Nose/taste of candi sugar, bitter grapefruit rind, caramel, malted barley, toffee and dark fruit. Bitter dry finish. Medium body. Light warming alcohol.

3.8
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
A: The beer pours a very hazy amber color with about a finger’s worth of off-white/khaki colored head. S: Quite heavy on the caramel, as you might anticipate, with a surprisingly strong citrus aroma. I get a lot of oranges out of the beer along with some brown sugar, toffee, and molasses. A decent amount of bread, and no real booze to speak of. T: Really sweet and pleasant overall. Toffee, caramel, and brown sugar provide a really nice sweetness. Some candied orange peel flavor adds a bit of citrus and bitterness. A touch of bread on the back end and a little bit of bitterness lingers on the finish. M: The body is medium to full with a low-medium level of carbonation. D: Damn, that was good. I’m glad I can now go down to any decent beer store and buy this.

4
Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
Dark amber with fine white head. Aroma and taste of alcohol, malts & hops. Those things mentioned dominates throughout. Fine balance between the high hops and sweet malts. Great bitter lasting finish. Great divide fucks it up again, numbness from hops. Straight Power!

3.7
FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 1, 2009
Keg (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, American Weeks 2009)
Deep red, rocky head. Cascade biscuity aroma. I’m worried this might be just another cookie-cutter US hop bomb already. First taste was some flowery floor-cleaner, but that’s soon replaced by a really full roasty body, and sweet christmassy spicy hops. Big and bold, but falling thankfully short of over-the-top. Even the alcohol is reasonably subdued. Enjoyed to the bottom of the glass - they made that one work.

3.8
MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. Very malty aroma, some hoppiness. Unclear dark brown colour, small head. Strong peppery flavour with much aromatic and bitter hoppiness. Slightly astringent aftertaste. Good body, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

4.2
Benzai (15608) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle @ home thanks to Mista. Been looking forward to this for a while, so I’m hoping it will live up to my expectations although that shouldn’t be a factor I know. Anyway. Nice, a bit hazy dark orange to ruby red color, medium sized dense creamy off-white to beige head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, hops, slightly alcohol, slightly sweet, a hint of sweetish resin. Taste malts, a touch of caramel, hops, some alcohol, resin, resinous bitter. Sticky texture, full body, medium carbonation. I like it when beers actually taste like the brewers say it will taste, and this is indeed a hefty hop forward barley wine. Delicious!

3.4
Ferris (15274) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Draft - Vertical 2014 - Boozy caramel and pine hops. Dark clear copper with a thin white head. Resin, orange and a dry bitterness. 2012 - Rich caramel and resin. Light caramel brown with a decent white head. Vinous barley wine notes. Bitterness and a dryish finish. 2011 - Light rich caramel. Cloudy copper with a good white head. Dry resinous finish with lots of caramel. Off all the 12 is the best, but still not all that great.

4.1
bhensonb (15193) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Aroma of caramel and floral hop. Reddish tinged amber color with a white head. Medium to full body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is primarily grapefruit, with backing caramel malts. Some pine resin kicks in. The finish is almost gummy with hop. The malt sweetness tends to drain away, and the hop is fantastic in a fairly non-bitter way. This is really an exceptional drink.

4
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle at Byens Kro - shared with Lasse, after a christmas lunch with Eurofins. We got it for 80 kr. (usual price 120 kr), because - as they said - it was too old !!! Dark red/brown - offwhite head. Berries, sweetness, bread, high hoppy, resin, grass, citrus, nice malty, bitter.


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