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RATINGS: 1886   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 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 (4538) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2003
2002 bottle - Color is a hazy orangish rustic brown with a thin dark ivory head that wisks away quickly, absolutely no lacing. Smell is faint of caramel and alcohol, slight pine sap and honey notes. Taste is very mellowing, warm, soothing, malty with a good caramel base, a touch toffee and earthy pined hops and bitterness. Nothing substantially lasting but a has a good lift. Feel is close to full with a nice creamy feel going down and a bit of chewyness. A nice calm and mellowing brew, goes down nicely and with a whole lotta ease. A nice example for the style and would make a for a good intro brew for the style as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
I like the small bottle this comes in. The beer has alot of flavor but finishes smoother than most barleys. I was very impressed for not bieng a barley wine person.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2003
Dark amber, no head. Very sweet and malty aroma with hints of citrus and raisin. Sweet flavour of raisin and dried apricot. Some bread and lemon notes. Quite good but I expected more hops.

   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.

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