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RATINGS: 1448   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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3.7
hapjydeuce (1004) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Bottled. Thanks xnoxhatex for this bonus. Deep amber-red color with a milky tan head. Ends up in a nice swirl coating the surface after a while. Robust aroma of pear, toffee and hops. Caramel dominates the flavor with a generous nose of brown sugar, rum and pine resin notes. Good hop profile with plenty of bitterness. Finishes chewy and smooth, I think the high alcohol needs to be more hidden though. Good brew.

3.7
redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2007
draft @ the brewery. Hoppy spicy caramel on the nose. Pours rich dark amber. Rich malts, molasses flavors, with a heft hop flavor. Good barley wine!

3.7
thegreenrooster (4585) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Pour is a brown with a very large tan head. Aroma is very up front with the hops but also has a smooth caramel malt that hides in the backround. Flavor is syurpy sweet at first then comes the caramel malts and finally POW the heavy dose of alcohol. Finish is smooth and has a lingering flavor. A very good spot on barley wine.

3.7
tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of sweet malt, lots of dry, bitter hops. Some crushed berry fruitiness. A nice woody component. as well: pine, oak and cedar. Pours rich amber with a frothy off-white head. Definitely on the bitter end of the barleywine spectrum. Lots of oily pine and heavy, grassy bitterness. All is balanced well by the requisite amount of sweet, sticky caramel malt. A hint of creamy, sticky peanut butter as well. Full bodied, fairly creamy with good carbonation. Finishes quite dry.

3.7
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Rather good. Very hoppy, and the flavor was sweet, citrusy and floral, but it didn’t overpower me. I would be interested to see how it fares if i drank it from a bottle. Be warned though, this stuff will get you drunk fast. It was one of the first beers I tried at Holiday Ale Fest and it almost made me want to take a break from the rest of the offerings at the festival.

3.7
LinusStick (3520) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Uh oh...Once a hater of barley wines I am slowly coming around. I used to buy these if there was nothing else I rated in the store. I went out to buy a barley wine for the first time. Great one. Aroma was huge...no Vicks...strong caramel and chocolate malt mixed with dark fruit. Pour was a murky dark brown with no head. Taste was very strong. Caramel malt, grapefruit and butter(?) with a hot hoppy aftertaste. Not too sweet which is what I usually hate about the style. Nice and increasing my fondness of my arch enemy.

3.7
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Thanks to Acknud for the bottle. Hazy orange/copper with a (barely) medium head. Aroma of brown sugar and caramel, a little alcohol, citrus/floral hops and sweet fruits (dates). Fairly sweet taste, and a bit of a chalky texture. Warm through and through, but the alcohol got a bit overbearing as it warmed.

3.7
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - FEB 11, 2008
Bottled (10,2% ABV). A clear red amber beer with a medium sized and fast disappearing beige head. Strong aroma of American hops with notes of grapefruit and pine. Also caramel, fruits and alcohol. The flavour starts sweet and thick, but then the hops prevail with a very high bitterness. Quite simple flavours, but enough pleasant. Creamy mouthfeel, full body, soft/average carbonation, long finish with unbelievable bitterness. The alcohol is not so hidden. A good stuff, not overly syrupy, but not the best offering from Great Divide.

3.7
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Dark reddish amber pour with a decent off-white head that fades quickly. Nice hoppy nose filled with citrusy tang and some woodsy, piney notes. Flavor is grapefruity hops over rich caramel malt. Very well balanced with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Excellent.

3.7
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2008
not as hop-forward as i expected from the lable on the bottle. tasty, a little fruity in the nose. not overly alcoholic.


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