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RATINGS: 1841   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1007) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2003
A very nice looking Barley Wine, with a good red/brown color and a nice light tan head. Aroma is VERY nice, and not overpowering. A nice balance of hops and malt, and it smells quite rich. Surprisingly little alcohol presence in the flavor, and not a very hoppy BW like an Avery Hog Heaven, for example. This comes across as one of the most well balanced barley wines I've ever tasted. Certainly no hop monster, but definitely a rich and, amazingly enough for this bold style, a SUBTLE flavor! Very well done!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Oh, my freaking crap - I knew this was a barleywine, I figured it was high ABV, but this one played it sooo well. Very nice cask, burgundy aroma and flavour. Very strong palate. The more it warms, the more apparent the floral and spiciness become. I've got to find a place that carries these, and get a couple 6-packs.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3189) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Draft. Sort of a murky brown, little head. Aroma of sweet malts and a flowery kick. Flavor centered around malts, with a nice orangey citrus flavor, and good, finely balanced hop bitterness. A very nice barley wine. I think I'm coming around to this style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Small bottle. Where's the 12oz's man? None the less this one pours a thick syrupy, cloudy deep amber with no head. Surprisingly light nose for a barley wine. Malty with a subtle but rich watermelon scent. Quite interesting. Flavor is very rich balanced and extremely mellow. Once again extremely thick with a lingering syrypiness that won't quit. Not a bad barley wine. I like the fact that its not overly hopped and that its mellowed before shelving.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pilsnerrogge (2414) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2003
Reddish brown colour, small head. Smooth, hoppy toffee-aroma. Thick sweet mouth-feel. Hoppy, oily, oaky complex flavour with notes of liquorice and oranges. Excellent beer, the bottles are too small!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Another classic from Anchor. Brownish orange in color, translucent and pours with a moderate head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is malty sweet and slightly piney. The flavor is malty almost like a syrup and sweet. Very little hop bittering. Buttery mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 Poured red with no head. Dry and hoppy for style, but obviously liked it very much. Probably a good thing the bottles were 7 oz.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2003
Nice red-brown colour. Small head. Alcohol, sweet (caramel, over-ripe fruit, sherry?... complex), nice hop presence, full.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5200) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Has a pleasant wort-like aroma. Dark copper color in appearance. Little to no head. Has a very good thick mouthfeel and the alcohol is hidden well - but you know it is there - even in the tiny bottle. Good balance of fruity maltiness and hop bitterness. Finishes strong - one of the smoothest barley wines I have had.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2003
I really enjoyed this one. It strongly reminded me a of a trippel Belgian not only from its appearance but its taste, too. The alcohol was just right, and I liked how they kept the hops low to let the nice warm malty flavors come through. Recommended!


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