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RATINGS: 1880   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 The smell of this beast is quite an eye opener. Color is a beauty of a redish copper color and practically no head. Flavor is smooth, very relaxed. Honestly, this is not a hardcore barley wine. It haa a mouthfeel similar to a barleywine, but its very subdued.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Sweet, amber pour, tiny head, big plums, apples, berries, spice, grapes. Big and vinous aroma. Tastes like white wine sopped in artisanal bread. Chewy yet fruity. Superb balance. Clean yet not bitter finish. Explodes with grapey flavor, but not in a Trix-like way. This was good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2003
(Bottle) Now this is a small bottle of beer. Pours an amber color with very thin head that quickly diminishes. Good smooth taste with light malt and carmel flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Finally a bottle of old Foggy,i missed picking one up in Minneapolis but managed to get one sent my way.Nice amber color,small to no head.Fruity malty aroma with the taste being malty and fruity with a light caramel and mild hops and lightly spicy.The brew wasn't as syrupy as i thought it might be in fact it was quite drinkable and finished off nicely with a mild fruit and spice.Very nice brew,but i still would prefer a bottle of Leviathan over this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Clear amber with a thin tan head that quickly diminishes into a ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and a hint of spice. Medium watery palate that lightly coats the mouth with a pleasant alcohol warmth. Sweet flavor of caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, spice and a hint of pine. A little light bodied for my taste, but still a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Caramel malt and hops. Smooth and not too noticeable alcohol. But what's the deal with the 7oz. bottle? That just means I'm going to have to buy eight six-packs instead of four... I know what your thinking, and "yes," I realize that I'll have more bottles to throw at people out of my car window. But what if I was drinking at home? Most certainly a topic of debate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Bottle:(littleguy) Probobly my first barleywine ever so I didn't know what to expect. Strong, complex, warming and enjoyable but I won't say drinkable. I guess thats what a barleywine is supposed to be, so its a good thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Sampled both a 2000, and a 2002. Dark amber color with no head. Aroma is of caramel, malts and fruits with a touch of alcohol. Sweet malts to start, some caramel notes, nicely rounded edges. Hops have become subdued.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4516) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
(7 oz bottle) Pours a thin, quick dissipating, almond head and a deep, slightly clouded, reddish body. Powerful nose of raisins, port and mild whiskey. Taste of vanilla, raisins, thin Porto. Amazing texture and tingly tongue. Many thanks to Crit for making this available to me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 cute, child sized bottle. 7oz. brownish amber. caramely sweet and malty, countered by a moderate tinge of hops. puckery dry finish. well balanced beer, but not all complex.

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