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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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2005
A very hoppy and delightful barley wine. The alcohol prescence is obvious as is the hops. Very fruity and it warms well. I have tried several others in this category and this is one of the best.


3.9
Fatehunter (2622) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2017
Bottled end of 2013, opened end of 2017. Aroma is mellow caramel, pine, toffee and candy. Taste is a soft sweetness, a bitter backbone. Super easy to drink.

3.6
ChewyBeer (425) - SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 24, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2017 Aroma: sweet malty, light earth. Appearance: deep brown, light haze, good tan head. Palate: medium full mouthfeel, low carbonation. Taste: sweet malt, strong grassy hops. Strong bitterness that lingers in throat. Warm alcohol fumes in mouth

3.8
Bacchus66 (967) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2017
12oz bottle at home. Pours dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Full bodied with sweet dark fruit, raisins, sweet malt, then caramel, citrus fruit, citrus hops and a dose of pine. Syrupy texture; the long warm finish leans hoppy. Love it.

3.6
RichardGretton (4794) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2017
Bottle. Reddish browny coloured beer with a strong head. The aroma is hopped and roasted, and the flavour is very strongly hopped and bitter with a heavy bitter intertwined with maltiness finish. Some smokyness is also apparent to me. Overall a nice strongly hopped and malty beer.

4.3
Bill Becker (1909) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 16, 2017
From Nov 2005


Poured from the bottle(room temp) a gorgeous ruby red-brown with a sizeable head that dissipated after about 10 minutes into a fine layer with lacing.

The smell that came from this brew is awesome! I note fruit, hops, and sweet caramel malt that has me spending more time with my nose in the glass than a person oughta shoulda. ;^)

And....the promise from the smell does NOT fail to tranfer itself to the taste in big bold fashion. The sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops just works so darn well together that I literally have to pinch myself to make sure that I'm not dreaming. Then, add the fruity tones(hard to say which is dominant. Grapefruit, plum, other?) to the mix and here, imho, is a Barley Wine Style Ale that sets the standard by which all others should be judged. And I'm a BIG fan of SN Bigfoot

Btw, the +10% abv doesn't even come into play as far as the taste goes and that's *another* testament to how great this brew really is.

Life is good. :^)

4
simontomlinson (627) - 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 (725) - - SEP 17, 2017
Bottle from Beers of the World. Aroma has dark fruits, caramel, and citrus.

4
BrewTom (661) - - 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 (527) - Chisinau, 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 (2655) - 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!


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