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RATINGS: 2163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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San Franciscoís celebrated Old Foghorn Ale has been virually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer, in one of the worldís 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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Obviously, Iím not sophisticated enough for this brew. The appearance is a beautiful rusty red and the taste is overpowering beyond my palate. I want more and yat Iím afraid I canít appreciate.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NosirIwont (2309) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle. Pours deep red/brown with a brownish head. Sweetish, malty aroma with notes of plum. Some weird remote note of something that strikes me as pharmacist related Ė maybe vitamin pills or something. It doesnít interfere too much, though. Flavour is sweet and malty with caramel and plum notes. Feels quite port-like. Hoppy notes in the finish. Nice! 17-12-05.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Amber with a ruby red glow in the light, off white/tan head. Aroma is highly malted, some yeast, very breadlike, caramel, just oh so breadlike. Chewy texture. Flavor is sweet, raisins, and red licorice. The texture and aroma remind me of the red licorice ropes you get as a kid or adult? at ball parks.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Bottle. Unsure of year, came in the 7oz. bottle. Pours an orangish hazy brown color. Sweet bready aroma. Flavor of sweet raisins. Smooth and silky on the palate with a medium to heavy mouthfeel. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle version. Pours a deep red that starts with about a finger of off-white foam that quickly dissipates after an aggressive pour. Pleasant aroma with plenty of plum and grapes. Very sweet flavor reminds me mostly of plum but there is also some raisin and light citrus. Some alcohol near the finish but itís not overwhelming. Solid beer but not worth the $15 six pack price.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2007 My second Barley Wine of the night and whilst they both were similar there are differences. The body was slightly murky, ruby red with a brown tinge going through it. Dried fruit predominantly on the nose. Not as smooth as the previous drop, alcohol a little more noticeable, still easily drinkable with the usual suspects of meaty broth, dark fruit and burnt caramel. I am starting to really like Barley Wines.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Draught at Tylerís in Durham, NC. Clear copper color with a thin off white head. Metallic hop nose wth prominent alcohol and cotton candy flavors that warms the tongue and ascends into the nose. Slightly sweet. Not very carbonated, which makes for a smooth feel on the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Clear copper, with a small short lived head. Sweet, vinous aroma. Medium body, caramel, brown sugar, port wine, and citrus flavors. Finish is a little on the sweet side, but dries up a bit after a few seconds.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
The beer had an amber color. It seemed to have a fairly bitter finish to it, but all in all it was a good beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (12938) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2005
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear mahogany with a creamy long lasting amber head. Aromas of plums, raisins, toffee,and some vinous notes. Palate was heavy bodied and a bit syrupy. Flavors of toffee, raisin and vanilla with a lingering sweet finish.


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