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RATINGS: 2177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a dark fruit taste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Pours a murky brownish color hints of orange w/ a nice tan small bubbled head with great lacing. Smells like an english style barley wine most of the aroma is in the malt hints of carmel and alcohol, with plums and raisens and a touch of toffee. Palate is lightly creamy a bit of carbonation well coated. Flavor is carmel covered plums sweet lots of toffee. Not much hop flavor in it and a very light alcohol note in the finish. Not much of a barleywine. 02 vintage on 11/28/06... not worth a re-rate... not to hot, starting to get oxidized.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Clear amber in color. Bubbles cling to the glass. Small tan head upon pour, which leaves a quickly as it arrives. Aroma is sweet like cider or wine. One notes the alcohol in the aroma. Palate is medium bodied, with a slick quality. lavor is very smooth and well balanced. The friut comes through and it does remind me of a wine. The finish is long lived ending in a lightly sour aftertaste. The ABV will begin its work halfway throught the bottle, causeing one to grade this beer a little more liberally than at first sight. Good Beer. I would imagine if you like this sort of brew, you would enjoy this.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Following the disappointment of a really bad kolsch I hoped this would be my saviour on the night. Give me a case of this stuff! It presents beautifully in the glass with a rich ruby copper body and fuine fluffy head. There are real hints of dried fruits and Christmas pudding in the nose. The high ABV is noticeable immediately upon savouring but it is clean and excellently balanced. The flavours of caramel malt and plums come through and as it slides down the gullet there is a pleasant aftertaste and creaminess on the back palate. This has more than compensated for the previous beer and if possible I will savour this again soon. Given that the season downunder is not the best time to drink this I think it will be in order to put one aside for the colder months of July and August.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Obviously, I’m 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 I’m afraid I can’t appreciate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NosirIwont (2352) - 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 – maybe vitamin pills or something. It doesn’t 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 it’s 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.


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