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RATINGS: 1441   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 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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djd07 (15106) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with a medium frothy off white head that lasts awhile leaving behind good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a piney hops with citrus and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a rich malt upfront with a pine hop in the bitter finish. Alcohol very present but not too overpowering. A very good barleywine from Great Divide.

3.1
gunnfryd (14983) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet hoppy. Flavour is very hoppy with elements of roasted coffee and fruit. Very bitter finish.

3.7
Ratman197 (14976) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
When I opened the bottle and got a whiff of the citrusy hop aroma I thought this could give Hog Heaven a run for the money as my favorite barleywine. But when I tasted it I was dissapointed. Nice malt flavor with a LOT of bitterness but no hop flavor. I think this one needs to age, and it will improve.

3.9
Tmoney99 (14626) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle. Red brown cloudy hue with large frothy head. Complex aroma of bread malt, citrus and alcohol. Full body with thick texture and small alcohol finish. Complex flavor of sweet and small bitter.

4.1
HenrikSoegaard (14237) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly deminishing head. Redbrown colour. Powerfull healy malty and hoppy aroma. Very nice flavor and long finish. Very oily palate. A fantastic beer.

3.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2005
(22oz bottle) Red-copper body topped by small beige head that retians well and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, grapefruit, some raisin, bread. Taste is sweet, almost treacly, caramel, grapefruit, pine, pineapple. Finish has a mild alcohol burn, but not unpleasant. Creamy full body that leaves some resin on the tongue. While I think the sweetness prevents it from achieving greatness, I still enjoyed it.

3.8
Lubiere (13994) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
Red brown ale with good moka head. Sweet herbal malt with notes of pineapple and lichee, and some catnip. Sweet herbal hops in taste with resinous pines. Rich whiskey scotch alcohol finish. May 2005, Capflu’s BW tasting.

3.8
Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy red color with a very large tan frothy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, slight toastiness, earthy and citrus hops, other fruity notes. Taste is bitter hoppy notes with lots of toffee as well as some caramel and citrus notes. Medium-full bodied. Decent barleywine, very drinkable.

3.4
kermis (13883) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
Draft at the brewpub. Pours hazy amber brown with a thick cream head. Aroma of alcohol, toffee, malt, fruits, grapefruit, caramel. Flavour is heavy sweet and light heavy bitter. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

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Christian (13685) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
1 or 2 years old, haven’t any notes of the purchase time. Muddy red brown with a small creamy tan head. There are some great aged notes of dried fruits and port in the aroma, but still also some American hops with pine mostly. It’s sweet, yes, but balanced by hops (still very present) and alcohol. Has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, but it’s deceiving: it leaves your mouth a war zone of hops and alcohol - which also results in a long aftertaste...of Great Divide, basically.


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