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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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3.6
Ernest (7661) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin/pine), moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (dough, sweat), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. It has the typical American barleywine elements (resinous PNW hop nose, rough and citric bite in the mouth), but carries it well with a strong malt structure and a very rich mouthfeel. As with Yeti, I think this is well-made and will appeal to most American hopheads, definitely above average, but the aroma is neither attractive nor complex enough for my liking, nor is the mouth experience as smooth or elegant as the best in the world (high alpha hops are kind of rough on the palate). But, as with most of Stone’s products, if the smell of piney hops is enough to send you into orgasmic space, you’ll be fighting to maintain composure while drinking this.

3.6
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Red copper in color. Big, fluffy khaki colored head leaves great lacing. Hop and alcohol aroma. Hops all over the flavor mix with strong alcohol presence, seemingly much more than 10%. Aging would be appropriate for this one I think.

3.6
3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 The color is a dark brown with an attractive toasted bread crust head with dashes of cinnamon. Has a nice caustic sweet plum and bubble gum hop flavor over the top of a roasty and nutty sweet molasses. Too hoppy, even for someone that loves Bigfoot... this has those astringent IIPA qualitiues that I just do not like.

3.6
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Ruby, craggy tan head w. good lacing. Big fruity malt nose. Very rich, caramel, malt, floral bitterness, dark frits. Lingering bitter brown sugar finish. I’d like to see how this ages

3.6
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
Strong beige head, 1-inch of remarkable sticky foam doesn’t care whether it’s a 10+% barleywine or not. The color is a rich deep copper. Rich caramel malt aroma (GD seems to be fond of that), an obvious american barleywine from the first sniff. Overwhelming piney and earthy Chinook reminiscent hops contribute a dryness that goes a bit far. Mellower floral and citrus fruits indicate the fact that probably more than one hop variety comes into the blend. Quite harsh hoppiness really, that’s not my favorite type, that’s for sure. The earthy malts are there to offer a match, but fall in front of the abrasive piney sweat drops, simply too agressive for simple bready and considerably powerful toastiness. A bit too much. Full airy body, very strong carbonation. Clean, but rough and hard to tame, you’d better be in the mood. To me in the same ballpark than bigfoot though with very different ingredients. Thanks Ernest.

3.6
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy dark brown with ruby tinges in color with a thick tan head with lasting retension. Aromas of sweet malts, big hops, pine, citrusy fruits. Flavor is a different story with the hops stepping aside and letting the caramel malts take over. Low on carbonation, and very thick feeling in the mouth. A little much for me as far as the sweetness goes.

3.6
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2005
clear deep scarlet-brownish body with a pillowy peach-tan head. aroma is strong hops and malty sweet. nice thick lacing. also aroma of fresh grapefruit. is this a barley wine or an IIPA?? taste is very bitter and hoppy, with strong dry malt too. creamy mouthfeel. salty! very dry and bitter resin finish, alcohol heat increases in the aftertaste. not my choice of barleywine style, but good for hopheads. tried to take the edge off with pretzels but they’re too salty!

3.6
argo0 (14127) - 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.

3.6
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 8, 2005
Cranberry-red colored body, dark but no shades of brown, just red. Head is a light foam of toasted whitebread bubbles. Aroma is sweet and powerful, strawberries, melons, heavy malt. Really big beer, taste and tons of alcohol with sweet caramel and tongue sizzling hops, bitter coffee and bitter veggie taste. Foamy head really leaves beautiful lacing. Just a really solid beer in all facets.

3.6
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours murky orange-tinted brown with a creamy tan head and remarkable lacing. Aroma is dominated by fresh plums and a bit of floral hops. Somewhat simple and it in no means foreshadows the flavor. Caramels, piney/spicy hops and dark fruit dominate the bitter flavor. Somewhat resinous aftertaste. Full-bodied, moderately carbonated. Leaves you lips pretty sticky. A good b-wine.


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