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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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Bottle from Riley’s. Pours a dark caramel amber. I was suprised by the aroma of this beer, it really smells more like an IPA than a barley wine. First taste was glorious. A nice malty base backed up by a big boquet of hop flavors, everything from citrus to floral. Great mouthfeel as well, malty and slightly higher carbonation than most barley-wines that doesn’t coat your mouth and make it feel too sticky.


4
BrewTom (660) - - JUN 10, 2017
Deep brown red with lasting head. Caramel nose. Up front burnt toffee sweetness followed by aggressive earthy bitterness. A beer to finish the night (or finish you off). Rated by BrewTom

3.9
GhostS (365) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 5, 2017
Aroma - pleasant, with lot of fruits, flowers, fruit and rose jam, malt. Taste - pleasant, dry, medium bitter, with lot of hops, green bitter herbs, unripe yellow fruits, some fruits and fruit’s jam, flowers, malt. Very good!

3.5
EdKing (2584) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2017
Bottle from GBBF 2016. On the pour this is clearly a big hoppy barley wine. Lovely ruby red colour with beiege off white head. Nose is sweet, bitter, earthy, barley sugar, yeast extract, caramel, sugar toffee, grapefruit rind, marmalde, orange peel, pine, resiny. Taste is solid. Spicy, orange and grapefruit peel, caramel, acidic, pine, bitter citrus. The hop is massively bitter, possibly too much. The finish is all bitter citrus rind. Too much for me!

4.1
dnicolaescu (2561) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - APR 22, 2017
BOTTLE 12 OZ. Clear dark copper, sediment, beige head. Super sticky sweet aroma, caramel and rosewater. Big sweet sticky taste, with an aggressive balancing bitterness just as big.

4
gopherfan99 (1820) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2017
Tap (Blackbird Café, Minneapolis); pours dark brown with a tan head; sweet aroma of caramel, dark fruits, and a some floral notes; taste is sweet with caramel, dark fruits, licorice, and some toffee notes; dry finish with a little bitterness and some floral and pine hints

3.9
SinH4 (4759) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2017
Tap. Amber color with beige head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, resinous. Taste is resinous, piney hops, orange juice, and a full brown sugar-like malt body. Bittersweet finish. Silky mouthfeel, fine-bubbled carbonation. Very nice hop-forward Barley Wine

3.6
Vighals (3977) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2017
Rødbrun klar med fingerhøyt beige skum. Lukter brent karamell, noe nøtter og kaffe. Fyldig. Mye bitterhet, sitrusskall, brent karamell og tørket frukt. Middels lang.

4
BierMeHoos (587) - Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro. How: 12 ounce bottle. Appearance: huge nice creamy slightly khaki in color head. Body is a rich caramel with very little clarity. Aroma: resins floral piney malty. Some burnt sugars. Taste: lots of resin, burnt sugars, malts, a little floral hints. Palate: Slightly thin not super cloying but it does coat the tongue. Overall: A fairly solid barleywine but not anything to write home about. Laces the glass beautifully though.

3.6
Michael27 (1968) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2016 Aus der Flasche getrunken (Weihnachtskalender von Saveur Biere). Dunkles Mahagoni mit wenig Schaum. In der Nase Fassaromen (!?). Ungewöhnliche Hopfigkeit für ein Barley Wine. Im Nachtrunk kommt die Alkohollast.90 IBUs (!!!!).

3.4
rondphoto (4431) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 21, 2016
bottle @ Keg Liquors / Clarksville IN --- Aroma of malt and caramel. Hazy brown color, frothy beige head, several lace stripes. Taste is caramel malt, medium fizz, and notes o0f caramelized brown sugar leading to a finish that shows more alcohol than hops. Big brew, balanced, and strong.


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