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RATINGS: 2064   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2005
Bottle, aged 3+ yrs, iirc. No pressure upon opening, and no head, even w/ an incautious pour. Deep rusty brown, like Florida cypress water. Just a hint browner than some Pinot Noirs. Smells sweet, but not as hoppy as I’d expect; caramel, red wine, and pepper. Caramel is definitely the foremost flavor. An odd flavor in here – maybe grass or something herbal. Not bad, but unexpected for something this big. What really stands out the most is the lack of hops. They’re there, but not at all like a Horizontal or Numbskull. And it sure doesn’t hit you like it’s weighing in at 10%. Maybe this is the mellow grandfather of barleywines, giving us a glimpse of what they used to be like back in the 70s, before they were all amped up. If there could ever be a barleywine session ale, this would be it…

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
Bottle. Great aroma and beatiful appearance. Fantastic flavor with lots of hops. Also very good and smooth mouthfeel. Overall very recommendable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2005
Deep, clear copper color. Sweet malty nose with a hint of caramel. Sweetness up front; dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee. Not cloying, though. Lively carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied. Modest complexity. Dry, somewhat bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
The first time I tried this was on tap--excellent. Surprisingly sweet, however, but not detractably so. Good hops flavors and aromas--compare to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale but less bitter and more sweet. Hides the alcohol amazingly well--perhaps a little too well. Great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mybrainhurts (375) - North Dakota, USA - APR 18, 2005
Bright amber pour with a soft tan head. Malty, earthy, somewhat candy sweet alcoholic nose. Bready, caramel sweet, lightly toasted flavors. Not as full in the mouth as I would have liked. Overall, not bad but there are better BW’s to sample.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2005
Draft - beautiful appearance. Looks like a barleywine should! As the Commercial Description says, ruby red with little carbonation. A smallish beige head. Malty aroma. This was this year’s vinatage - and it is surprisingly sweet. Very few hops. Good, but for my taste, not as good as rated here.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 deep red with no head. taste is caramel and slight hops kind of sweet. very smooth almoast creamy at first then slight dryness. very very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2005
On tap. Dark amber color with a small off white head. Sweet malt aroma with lots of caramel and dark fruits. Flavor was pretty much the same as the aroma. Probably shouldn’t have bought a pint of this, it was just too sweet by the end. First 8 or 9 ounces were terriffic but then it started to get a bit cloying. That was my fault though, I should have sticked with a smaller sized sample.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 Bottle: Appears to be an older 7 ounce bottle. Pours golden amber with a nice off white head. The head lacks creaminess in my opinion. Nice fruity aroma mixed with whisky and wine and malts. Taste adds bubble gum and toffee with a hint of butterscotch. Very good Barley Wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2005
Pours golden amber with a thick offwhite head. Smells like a sweet candy such an non-bber smell, very nice though. Tastes so sweet no alcohol taste just sweet barley and malt taste aftertaste is very short and simplistic, but alright. A simple beer, that is very nice for the simplicity.


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