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RATINGS: 2098   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
San Franciscoís celebrated Old Foghorn Ale has been virually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer, in one of the worldís 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Murky red brown, with a film of off-white head. Alcohol, malt, and some fruit esters in the aroma. Syrupy malt flavors with a currant like fruit profile, particularly noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky, but not particularly chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
Ruby with disappearing, beige head. Roasty, caramelly and piny nose. Starts off very sweet and alcholic, but is balanced nicely by the hop bitterness. A classic American barley wine.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smoke3Smokes (72) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Damn Boy! This beer will get you drunker than hell. I could turn it up and drink it all in one sip. It is uber good. Yummy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Poured a tiny head into my snifter even with a belligerent pour. Aroma is strong fruity - cherrylike. Tastes raisoney. Whereís all the alcohol? Itís smooth for 10%. Itís pretty good, but I donít think the pricetag is justified. The indivual bottle was $3 and was only 7 oz. A 6 pack of mini bottles was $15. Címon! If Iím gonna pay something retarded give me a Rochefortís 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2005
pretty damn impressive for a barleywine. aroma is very sweet, almost syrupy sweet. skoal, cherry, and cream cheese on the arooma (thanks to stewardofgoondor for helpin me place that aroma). the flavor was lots of raisins and prunes. dark fruits and some sour black cherries. black licorice on the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Bottle, June 2005 and tap, January 2006.

The bottled version was much more ripe and boisterous Ė a definite calculated sipper. On tap, it was absolutely heavenly and I arrived at the end of the snifter much too quickly. But, by comparing notes, all the flavor traits and other deScriptors fit both dispensers well. Hence, a minor tweaked review for a really damn good barleywine...Hazy, dirty scarlet amber in color with a rather creamy and frothy white head. Aroma is strawberry cream cheese on a warm croissant, nectar, saffron and juniper berries. Some touches of sweet aromatic hops. Sweet and tart flavor. Some cedar comes through. Resinous, mild tobacco, sherry and freshly squeezed sour red grapes. Percussive and full bodied while being both dry and bitter. Caramel backing to a stinging, lifting hops presence that are at constant merriment with each other. Finishes like an old, dried out cherry flavored cigar and a mild bitter resonance. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
7oz bottle: A plump aroma of fruity sweetness and malt that is made up with similarities to figs, licorice, tobacco, and raisins. Dark mahogany color with a small occurance of head and lacing. The flavor is sweet and malty with a few of the same items detected in the nose such as raisins, figs and tobacco. It does remind me a lot of a English styled barelywine which iíve only had once before but it is almost identical. Although iím giving it high points all around, i would much rather be trying a fresh bottle of this than a year or so old bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle @ The Rover, GŲteborg. 25 April 2005.
Bottle said 8.8%. Failed to note the brewdate code. This is a wonderful beer. Absolutely packed with taste. Though a small bottle it will last a long long time. Dark ruby in colour and this bottle had a quite weak head. Fruity and herbal aroma dominates but there are more. Very full bodied and almost like a port. Rasin and dates are the dominant flavours and it ends a bit wineous and lingers a long time in your mouth. Can I have another one, please?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crockett (1039) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Ready to drink without any extended aging, leads me to believe this is modelled on a British style. Although heavily hopped it isnít to a harsh extreme. Pours brown/red with a quickly disipating off white head. Aroma strong on hops, wood, spice and dried ripe fruit. Flavour is very full and the mouthfeel is lovely. Thick and viscous. Butterscotch, vanilla, cotton candy. Cherries and rasins, chococlate and molases. Toasted bread and citric in the long warm finish. I, like everyone else, would take immense joy in seeing this in a bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1493) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2005
7 oz. bottle. Bottled on: 08/17/04. A light ruby pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma is full of plums, alcohol and caramel maltiness along with some hints of citrusy hops. This is velvety smooth and very full-bodied. Quite syrupy. A distinct oakiness. Not overly warming and full of alcohol, which is a surprise at 8.8% ABV. Toasty, sweet malts dominate with a good bitter hop finish. Plenty of plums and caramel are present in the taste along with some licorice and cherries. Iíd like to try much more than just 7 oz. of this stuff. A great sipping beer.

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