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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 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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
A pretty hoppy barleywine, taste is a nice hoppy fruitiness with some malty caramel taste.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GhostS (295) - 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 fruits jam, flowers, malt. Very good!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2553) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnicolaescu (2481) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1704) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2017
Tap (Blackbird Caf, 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (4584) - Garching b. Mnchen, 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (3817) - Srumsand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2017
Rdbrun klar med fingerhyt beige skum. Lukter brent karamell, noe ntter og kaffe. Fyldig. Mye bitterhet, sitrusskall, brent karamell og trket frukt. Middels lang.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Michael27 (1785) - 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 (!?). Ungewhnliche Hopfigkeit fr ein Barley Wine. Im Nachtrunk kommt die Alkohollast.90 IBUs (!!!!).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (4373) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18953) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle at home, 04/12/16. Rich chestnut brown with a reddish glint and topped with a beige head that retains well ... a good looking beer. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, earthy hops, candied fruit rinds, toasted marshmallow, cheesecake base, toffee. Taste comprises caramel malt, toasted brown sugar, light pine needle, toffee, booze tunes, fruit cake, nutty twang. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close balanced with semi aggerssive hop bitterness. Solid hopped up barley wine, well balanced and easy drinking for the ABV.


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