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RATINGS: 1955   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4275) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Bottle. Poured no head. Uncarbonated, cloudy and a amber hue. The aroma was hoppy, malty, caramel and sweet. The flavor tasted acidic and sour. The mouthfeel was smooth with a light body. There was no lacing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Poured a murky orangish brown with a small baiege head. Nicew caramel malt aroma with citrus hop notes. fulll bodied and a tad oily with a nice caramel malt flavor balance with citrus hop bitterness in the finish. quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 18, 2004
This very small 7 oz bottle poured a very small head of medium sized light brown colored very quickly diminishing to ’no head’ head that left behind no lacing in my snifter. The body is a semi-transpartent uncarbonated brown color. The aroma is mildly vinous with a strong caramel note it it. The mouth feel is tingly at first then develops into a strong caramel malt flavored biting finish that soon mellows. The vinous alcohol content soon becomes apparent, but it is not one that stands up and slaps you in the face. It goes down easily and is very interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 Re-rate. Deep red to brown body, tiny white head, opaque. The nose is sweet with hints of toffee, fruits and plum. Bitter sweet flavor, with some underlying hop notes, abit alcoholic.

Bottle at DBF 2004. This is good stuff. Deep amber, no head. Sweet malts in the nose. The flavor is sweet malt, backed up by some bitter hops. Good alcohol presence. 8 4 7 4 15

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2004
This beer laced the glass well as it poured a deep amber beer with a fleeting, off white, head. I expected more assertiveness and was disappointed in this one. A little thin.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Deepest amber, thin head,fair retention. Sweet malt nose. Flavorful malt with superb marriage of hops, malt and alcohol. Only slightly bitter for style, but wonderfully warming. Warmth lingers with sooth bitterness, very drinkable for a barleywine. Not terribly assertive. Seems much like a "Anchor Steam -squared".

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2004
This beer always gives me a big......smile. When my good friend Rune at the Draught House in Austin pours me one, I lose all ability to keep the saliva in my head. The beer looks like orange, roast chestnut colored gold. Head is nonexistant...only a treacly layer of lacing left. when you press it to your face (to make love to it with your nose) you are overwhelmed by the most devastatingly flowery, thick and chunky, oily like the banana boat girls aroma this side of a chinese opium den. In the mouth the beer has an immense thickness and textual complexity. It feels like you have the tastiest motor oil in your mouth. Sweet and refreshingly bitter this beer tastes more like something made by the hand of God himself. Not too bitter not too sweet, simply superbly balanced. Aftertase leaves my mouth blue balled and needing more. Sorry I know its dirty but its soooo true. Probably my favorite beer. G-rat

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
Quite complex aroma structure with hopsy hints... sweet nice complex taste with a gentle, light bitter finish that leaves a little to the imagination

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2004
A wee 7 ounce bottle and a snifter two sizes too large. Caramel, toasted dark bread, and a hint of molasses in the malt aroma (M); earthy, floral hops (M); most of the aroma is present in peach and brown sugar notes. A deep red-brown body comes with an average sized, off white, creamy head that dissapears a tad to quick. Heavily sweet flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly bitter finish. Oh the rich caramel and toffee notes in the aftertaste are simply divine! Heavy body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: the aroma and appearnce are great, but the taste and mouthfeel are to die for!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2004
I have a tough time with Barley wines. I found this sweet and the alcohol well hidden for 10%


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