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RATINGS: 1453   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a clear dark mahogany red with a large (2-3 finger) light tan pillowy head that was mostly lasting, receding down to a large puddle and collar with excellent sheeting of lace. The aroma was of a sweet toasted biscuit malt, pine hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, citrus (grapefruit), caramel and some dark fruit (plums and raisons). The taste was sweet and rather malty with hints of toffee and dark fruit at first and then became slightly hoppy with a really nice bitter citrus note and a decent alcohol warming sensation at the end. The flavor hung around for a long while with a bitter sweet citrus flavor left to lie on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a dry oily texture and a prickly carbonation. Overall a sensationally tasting Barleywine with just the right blending of sweet malts and bitter hops...


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (3459) - 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 (1288) - 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 (4227) - 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 (17944) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (1104) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Deep amber colour. Malty caramel with bourbon vanilla and sweet bitterness. Long lingering finish. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (3157) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours deep amber, beige head. Nose is big sweet caramel and toffee, fruits, quite a lot of hops for bw. Tastes very smooth, resinous hops, grass, red fruits, toffee, bitter dry caramel finish. Good stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
likeatrainwreck (521) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2016
Oh yeah, this is the good stuff. Deep mahogany pour with a sticky off white head that coats the glass as it empties. Big, sweet, sticky caramel maltiness, a hint of smoke... Drinks far too easily for 10% and finishes with a heavy dose of piney, bitter hops. Excellent

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (4130) - Troms, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2016
Aroma; mild and yeasty tropic fruits in the caramels. Look; pale beige top, clear amber-copper body. Taste; hops, tropic fruits, yeast, alco, warmth - roasted malts n strong hoppy finish. Feel; solid body with warmth. Overall; eve sipper. [35.5cl/12FLoz.Btl 10.2% [email protected]]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sjohnh (832) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2016
Attractive looking - clear red / brown with plenty of white head leaving lots of lacing. Smells like a malt heavy barley wine. Mouthfeel is indeed creamy. Taste leads with burnt toffee, then the grapefruit and pine from the hops. Finish, as advertised, is long and bitter.


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