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RATINGS: 1867   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2003
A nice reddish-brown color. Head finishes fast. Sweet malty, citrus aroma. Fairly fullbodied, not as complex as other barleywines. Decent balance of sweet and sour, a little fruity zest. A good beer but I agree with some it's not as bold as others. classic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 Deep amber color with a nice white head. The taste is sweet with hints of malts and citrus. Finishes with a slight taste of alcohol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
smells strongly of vinegar and green grapes with some sour apple hints. very small head and deep clear brown color. Tastes of sour grapes and tasty malty aftertaste, which balances very well with the hops. My bottle says it's 8.8% abv, however, not 10.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2003
2000 bottle. Reddish brown color, very little head. Sweet and malty with a touch of citrus and a hint of alcohol. Pretty thick and chewy with a bitter finish. Some slight warming from the alcohol, but overall some nice masking of the 10%. A well-balanced, superb barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Deep amber in color. Nice malty flavor well balanced by hops. Great barleywine. It would be a nice after dinner drink. Very smooth.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Just arreved at Ramsey Liquors. Deep orange color. Tan head. Hoppy/sweet malt aroma. Sweet big malt with sharp hop bitterness. Smooth and well balanced. Nice after dinner drink. Will need to get a few to lay down.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 6, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 '01 A bit thin for a barleywine, and I don't think that it held it's quality like some other barleywines I've had--Thomas Hardy, Rogue and my own homebrews hold up better. Cidery aftertaste and not as much head as I like to see on a beer that should have a fine, lacy head of foam.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Was not as good as I had hoped. Taste was hoppy cherryish and bitter but not as bold as a barkey wine should be.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2004 Had this on draft at the Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA on 11-1-03. Reddish brown body with a medium tan head. Very sweet nose. Full of malt, brown sugar, and light spice. The taste expands on the sweetness with more malt and sugary notes, with some alcohol, and cinnamon. Not a whole lot of hop presence, surprisingly enough. Finishes smooth but with a sticky sweet aftertaste. Good beer! ***Recently had this again from a bottle. Great stuff!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Well what was there poured a cloudy dark ruby color with no head at all. Sweet aroma of dark fruits. Smooth, malty, sweet, caramel taste. Alcohol warms you up on it's way down. This was very sweet.


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