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RATINGS: 1443   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Someguy1_8t (7) - Woodland Hills, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2012/2013 release bottled Dec. 20 2012. Served in a snifter. Appearance - Light brown amber color, like whiskey. Small rapidly diminishing head. Smell- It has a great aroma of tropical fruit scented hops followed by caramel malt. Hint of sweetness is present. Pretty straight forward, just like what’s written on the side of the bottle. Taste - Great taste of hoppiness and malt. This reminds me more of a malty imperial IPA, like Green Flash Imperial IPA or Dog Fish Head 90 min. Like those beers there is a strong malty presence. Mouthfeel - light - medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Some amount of lingering hop bitterness. Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. Not exactly what I had in mind when I read barley wine, but then again it also does say hoppy on the bottle. So I guess the bottles description is rite on. I would definitely recommend this one.


4
simontomlinson (531) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2017
Bubbly beige head stayed on a ruby still body. Malt, over stewed fruit, marmalade, spice & dark berries aroma. Full bodied, thick, syrupy, cloying, minimal carbonation & quite sticky on the palate. Dry on the aft. Taste is much as the aroma, dry dark berries, bitter underripe fruit, overripe fruit, apple & a very bitter finish. Tremendous

3.4
ehaak26 (641) - - SEP 17, 2017
Bottle from Beers of the World. Aroma has dark fruits, caramel, and citrus.

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 (433) - 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 (2629) - 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 (2644) - 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 (1996) - 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 (5902) - Garching b. M?nchen, 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 (4254) - 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 (644) - 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.


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