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RATINGS: 1917   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2004
This beer presented a pleasant change at a recent barleywine tasting. Aroma of spicy alcohol and malt, with hint of cough syrup, sherry, and dried fruits. Dark red amber in color, minimal head. Flavor is sweet, with complex layers of malt and alcohol revealing themselves in each sip. The nice thing about this barlwywine is that the malt and alcohol complexities stand out on their own, not needing mounds of hops to cover the aroma and flavor. Smooth, warming, and thoroughly enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Aroma: strong alcohol smell, followed by a bit of carmel and chocolate malts and bitterness.
Appearance: murky orange
Flavor: quite hoppy but smooth, with chocolate, earthy/wood and delicate fruit flavors. light hop aftertaste (not too overpowering).
Palate: compared to the smell, it was very smooth (i was expecting a sharp alcohol taste which disappeared in the tasting). slight aftertaste, see above.
Overall: generally, i found it to be quite refreshing. not too overwhelming like some barley wines and not too light or watery. very good combination and a very drinkable beer. be warned the alcohol sneaks up on you.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 3, 2004
7 oz. pony or nip bottle. We call them ponies in these parts. A cryptic 3DJ date code on back of the bottle. Poured out an exceptionally clear, dark amber color, just like a shot of George Dickel #12. Exact same color. A little fizzy at first, then it settled down to a fine lacing around the sides of my glass. Aromas are of bananas, fruity esters, rum soaked dark fruits, like dates, raisins, and prunes. Earthy, sweet smelling, and enticing. Tastes are of a rummy nature. Sugary, earthy, alcoholic, slightly musty, like Grandma's basement, and very malty. The hops are subdued in both aromas and flavors. Warming right away. I can feel this beer fogging my brain after only a few small sips. Alcohol comes through towards the end, only to be smoothed over by the rich maltiness. Wonderful, absolutely wonderful beer. Great stuff. I wish I lived in San Francisco. This beer is enough to make you pack your bags and head out west. I can almost smell the salty air of the Pacific ocean now. This is truly what barleywine was meant to be. Rich mouthfeel, smooth, creamy, and alcoholic. Excellent drinkability. Makes me wish I'd bought a 6 pack instead of a single. Good things do come in small packages. This is proof incarnate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2004
Candi sugar, floral hops and dark fruits in the nose. Small head, copper body. Rich malt & hops w. warming alcohol and port. Amazing mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2004 pours deep amber with yellow edges, reddish from a few angles. not at all cloudy. no head (bottle pour to a goblet) and some oily drops instead of lacing. pleasant gentle fruit notes, like fresh zested citrus. low carbonation as it should be, with great balance and strength. hop dryness, sweet malt. alcohol is well hidden. great stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Bottle 29 December 2003, Sampled February 2004
Pours a reddish copper color that is lightly hazy, and is topped by a tan head. Aromas of alcohol, restrained hop floral, and sweet malt. The hop nose is made up of grapefruit, orange which is perhaps the strongest, and a bit of raisin. This beer is thick, though not overly so: sweet, though not sticky. There are definitely some hops here, they are one of the more dominant flavors, but it is in a very good balance with the sweet caramel malt flavors. Finishes with a bit of a hop bite bitterness. The taste is made up of alcohol, orange, sweet malt, caramel, pine, hop nectar, and biscuit/ bready notes.

The grandfather U.S. Barley Wine that spawned the American variety. Very restrained compared to many of the brash youngsters, though ground breaking and even explosively flavorful in its day. Funny that now a days this beer shows a sophisticated and balanced restraint in its marriage between malt and hop. The nip bottles are the perfect size for this beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Excellent beer, had it on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. Huge head that slowly dissapates the wonderful malty/hoppy aroma. This brew is a little less of a hop showcase than say Bigfoot, so the malts come through more prominently. My comment to a friend at the time, when he asked for a description of it, was "what Port is to wine, this is to beer."

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - FEB 27, 2004
Deep orange, or what was the name of that funky color crayon, Burnt Sienna? Yes, like that, just a slight rim of a tan head. Pine tar and grapefruit peel with nuts, (hazelnut/walnut) tones. Like a fruit cake soaked in whiskey, liquefied, strained the aged in a barrel. This is the result. Sweet and warming up front with a floral middle and a nice hoppy bite that follows. This is sheer delight. I had to drive through a snowstorm for two hours to get this, Only picked up 3 bottles but snow or not, I'm going back for more!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Ruby brown. Citrus, floral, estery alcohol nose. Brandy, cognac like. Sweet chewy caramel and dark fruit malts. Cherry, vanilla, wood, rounded sweetness, medium bodied, with a perfectly balanced, hopped to the top finish. A very nice brew, as far as I am concerned.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
piscator34 (1980) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
I didn't really like this at all. I suspect that it's just me not really liking barley wine. Sort of a cloudy red-brown colour, with practically zero carbonation. A powerful smell of alcohol and fermenting apples. Very boozy and heavy in the mouth. Maybe I just don't understand this style?


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