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RATINGS: 2121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Cream colored head, tight lace (doesn’t last long), strong estery banana aromas with basically no hop in the aroma. Slight earth smell. Ruby-brown in color. Flavor is malt, maply banana flavors, and a hint of crystal malts and maple lingering in the aftertaste, with balanced hop bitterness. Perhaps a bit more maple/molasses than I generally care for, but very well done. Aside: A screwtop cap?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2005
bottle. Dark brown color with small brown head thats comes to a ring quickly. Malt, brandy and fruits aroma. Taste of malt (liquor), alcohol and molases in the after taste. Nice palate, very nice barley wine. Bière de couleur brune foncée avec un mince collet brun qui se résume à un mince anneau autour du verre. Odeur de malt, brandy (liqueur), et légèrement fruité. Au goût, elle est malté (liqueur), alcool et mélasse en arrière goût. Très bonne rondeur en bouche, très bon vin d’orge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2005
This was a pretty tasty barleywine. Very thick with little carbonation, had overly sweet flavors reminding me of raisins and other dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2825) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
[bottle] Clear red-brown with a filmy/wispy top, surrounded by a bubbly ring. Candy and raisins peer out behind a thick fog of american hops. Some spicy melanoidins come out in the aroma after the beer warms a bit. Sweet pumpernickel and dried fruit accentuated by subtle hops and followed up by hop bitterness. Chewy and thick, but not cloyingly sweet, fortunately. Moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Cute little 7oz nip bottle. Translucent ruby/amber pour with just a light dusting of off-white head. Robust aroma with some nice malts, alcohol, and some lighter fruits (pears and grapes). Low carbonation with a sweet and almost syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet fruity malts hit the lips first, followed by a solid amount of fresh hops and alcohol. Finish was reminiscent of brandy, and was nicely warming. I enjoyed this one very much!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (3009) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2005
Aroma:sugar,brandy,fruity... Appearance:dark amber,small head... Flavor:alcohol,bitterness and sugar....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - SEP 5, 2005
A nice amber pour with very little head. Doesn’t have the aroma of some barleywines but it more than makes up for it with its flavor. The beer has a nice mouthfeel with a refreshing effervescense and a nice syrupy finish. The flavor is a malty sweetness with some hints of fruit and any alcohol is superbly hidden by its flavor. The beer has a nice hoppy finish. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a brown copper color. Small tan head that the alcohol gets rid of very quickly. Sweet malty fruity aroma. A little hint of malt at the first taste then some hoppy bitterness thoughout with a nice smooth finish with a little bitter after taste. Slightly thick syrupy mouth feel. Good but would rather have sierra nevadas big foot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1986) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2005
I bought a 7 oz. single and thought I’d be left wanting, but it impressively lasted a very long time. Gorgeous color... caramel/copper with deep red/orange highlights, a touch of sediment and no head. Aromas were overwhelmingly nutty (walnuts, I perceived) with raisin, cherries and brandy. Complex flavors. They were all over the place from moderately sweet to bittersweet to bitter. Bitterness dominated at the finish with a hint of acidity. Very strong and warming, syrupy on the tongue.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2005
If I could afford to drink this all the time, I would, but at $14-15 a six-pack, it’s a perfect birthday present (thanks, Dad!). Pours a beautiful, glossy brown with an instantly dissipating head. The aroma warns or seduces you with a complex mix of sweetness, sourness, spices and a red wine-like punch. Tastes awesome, like how it smells, plus an exceptional smoothness that can trick you into drinking it too fast. A touch of bitterness on the finish evens out the sweetness. Drink it slow, it gets even better as it warms up. A great beer done in my favorite style.

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