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RATINGS: 1454   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 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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3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13910) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13910) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13613) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (13583) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13563) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13193) - 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, Capflus BW tasting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13152) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (13080) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
1 or 2 years old, havent 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. Its sweet, yes, but balanced by hops (still very present) and alcohol. Has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, but its deceiving: it leaves your mouth a war zone of hops and alcohol - which also results in a long aftertaste...of Great Divide, basically.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12894) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2005
(Bottle) Pours dark amber body with a large, creamy, butterscotch-colored head. Juicy grapefruit aroma with some caramel malt. Nice balance of hops and malt. Creamy mouthfeel; bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (12814) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2007
Bottle. brown color. Red berries, malt and cascade hops in the aroma. Hint of cinnamon. Malty sweet flavor with flowery and earthy hops, citrus and raspberry. Warming alcohol, reasonably well hidden. A taste bomb that is still pretty well balanced.


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