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RATINGS: 2121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
San Francisco’s celebrated Old Foghorn Ale has been virually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer, in one of the world’s smallest and most traditional breweries, since 1975. Our barleywine-style ale, the first of its kind in modern times in the United States, has a luscious depth of flavour that makes it ideal for sipping after dinner. It is made with top-fermenting yeast, fresh whole hops, and "first wort", the richest runnings of a thick all-malt mash. Old Foghorn is "dry hopped" in the classic ale tradition and aged in our cellars until it attains the perfect balance of malty sweetness, estery fruitiness, and exquisite hop character, for which it is known throughout the world. A ruby red ale with little carbonation and a warm finish.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 Pours a dark amber color with almost not head and very little lacing. Smells of apples, plums, brown sugar and spices(cinnamon?), and just a little bit of alcohol. Taste is fruity, with the brown sugar sweetness coming through followed by a nice hop bitterness to offset the sweet. Finished with just a little alcohol bite to it. Started off a rough around the edges, but really smoothed out as it warmed up. Overall I really liked this version of a barleywine. I like sipping beers, and this is definitely a sipper.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1565) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Ruby, clear, and winelike in the glass. Aromas are of the barleywine profile, with some caramel and nuttiness standing out. Palate is amazing -- smooth and supple, with a slight sweet finish. Lots of earthiness on the malts, which hide the alcohol very well. Flavors are a little plummy and sweet, with a caramel, woodsy prfile. Nice and delicate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 On draught. Tasted during trip to California. Light brown colour with a nice head. Malty and winery nose. Great taste of malt and some complexity, sweetness that ends up with a warm feeling. Little to light and malty for a traditionel barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1271) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Reddish-Brown clear color. Almost no head. Caramel aroma. Taste is of spices. The finish has a slight bite and alcohol taste. Maybe a bit of brandy flavor as well. A little sweet but otherwise a decent offering.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Bottle. Dark red tint that glowed in the light, quite nice looking if I should say so myself. Huge thick mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Absolutely great malty taste with spices (white pepper?), burnt sugar. A hint of the alcohol level in the finish. I would definately do this one again (and again).

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Louipa (121) - USA - SEP 29, 2005
I liked this quite a bit. Ruby red. Sweet and alcoholic. Slight thickness. Good stuff. Fks you up. ;)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Amber color, little carbonation, cherry aroma. Bitterness bites in the corner of the mouth. Mild alocohol burn. A little spicey but overall boring flavor. Won’t buy this one again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
nice caramel and grass aroma, a bit of wood, a bit of spices, and a bit of honey. a deep amber pour with a nice white fizzy lacing on top that clings to the sides of the glass on the way down. flavor is very smooth and very well blended. wood, caramel, grass, vanilla, and spices all together in an excellent combination with not hint of the abv. the body is smooth and coats the inside of your mouth, with a nice sweet aftertaste, but never becomes cloying or overbearing. really nice bw.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Pours a deep copper color with a pale head that disappates clean. Complex nose with cedar, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. Full bodied and rich without being as sweet as many other barleywines. Spiced apple cider and honey notes with a rich and deep woodsy finish that persists.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2005
Robe brune aux reflets cuivrés très claire surmontée d’une mousse qui s’estompe rapidement. Arômes d’alcool, de malts caramélisés et de raisins. Saveurs de sirop d’érable, d’alcool, de bois et de fruits rouges.


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