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RATINGS: 2085   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Cherry licorice aroma. Ruby red color with small head that was gone quickly. Has a wine flavor to it not really beer. Rich and sweet flavors make it smooth on the palate. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Thanks to heemer77 for this one. As far as barleywines go, this beer was not very intense. Alcohol was noticeable, and no flavors were really that strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 12 oz bottle. I don’t have much to say about this beer. It’s kind of boring. Sweet and malty, nothing special here. I don’t think it was very complex. Perhaps age would do it good, but I don’t know how. Disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2005
The small 7 ounce bottle poured a clear, ruby red amber beverage with an off-white creamy head that lasted nicely leaving thick lacing on the glass. The nose was dominated by dried fruit and caramel with notes of floral hops in the background. Mouthfeel was smooth and syrupy. The flavor was quite sweet tasting of dried plums and caramel. There were some hop notes present but little to no bitterness. The flavor was intense and very long lasting leaving with a nice alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2005
7 oz bottle 3JW date which means January 23, 2003. Over 2 year old and stll great.. Pours ruby red with a light offwhite head and many many floaties dancing around in it. Aroma is sweet malts and warm fruits. Flavor is sweet yet mellow malts some brown sugar and honey nothing is sharp to this one . Very smooth on the palate sweet yet not cloying. Warming and oh so comforting. The only drawback to this one is that there is only 7 ounces. Tasty indeed...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1107) - USA - MAY 23, 2005
Ruby appearance with a foamy head which doesn’t quite linger throughout. Taste is mild for a barley wine. Some hop presence makes it crisp, but pleasant. Overall, a smooth example of a barley wine and the alcohol is hidden quite well. Not my favorite of the style, but I could see myself buying this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle: Ruby, translucent, large frothy beige head, fairly attractice lacing, soft carbonation.   Caramel and bubblegum aroma.   Dark pitted fruit and plum on the start.   Not as thick as the aroma would suggest.   Somewhat sweet, bready, but not cloying.   Amazed this is 10% for as mild the body and mouthfeel are.   Lingering salty molasses and unripened dark pitted fruit on the exit.   Doesn’t seem big enough to age very well.   Decent, but not as good as I was thinking this would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Super clear, silky ruby red look with a small tan head. Very clean and clear. The aroma is quite hoppy, salty, and even a bit meaty. Smells plesant and smooth but also has an indication that it is harboring a good beer. Molasses and hops at first. Nice strength from the hop profile, a mix of pine and grapefruit. Some fruittyness and locirace. Smooth...sweet...nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle poured adark red amber with a small fizzy dissipating head. Aroma is light hops and malt with spicy roast in the back ground. Flavor is sweet, malty with lightly toasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a clear mahogany with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Smell is rich malt and a cherry fruitiness. Hints of sweet spice. Taste is relatively mild for a barleywine. Rich caramel and fruity malt with some nice bitterness to back it up. Light alcohol tinge. Very well balanced and silky smooth. Not as bold as I would expect. I like my barleywines a bit rougher when young. A just-above-average barleywine and worth a try once or twice.

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