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RATINGS: 1454   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7511) - 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 Stones products, if the smell of piney hops is enough to send you into orgasmic space, youll be fighting to maintain composure while drinking this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9296) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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. Id like to see how this ages

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
Strong beige head, 1-inch of remarkable sticky foam doesnt care whether its 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, thats not my favorite type, thats 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, youd better be in the mood. To me in the same ballpark than bigfoot though with very different ingredients. Thanks Ernest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13751) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2095) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Ruby red color. Dark. Thin white silky head. Aroma is pretty mild. Flavor matches the aroma; mild and unassertive. After just finishing a year old Bigfoot, I was under-whelmed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7247) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 17, 2005
Amber brown with tan creamy head on top. Plenty of juicy malts showered with 2 punch combination of alcohol and hops. Medium bodied. Initial bitter sweet hop character is taken over by hop domination. Late warming alcohol reminds you of 10 % plus. This Ruffian is no joke. Bold, rough and from Hamilton docks thats for sure.


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