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RATINGS: 2163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Man these bottles are tiny. I poured all of it into my 12 oz snifter and still have lots of room to spare. Anyways, it pours to a really hazy reddish brown body with a ring of white head around the glass. The aroma is bready, chocolatey, and has some cinnamon/raisin qualities. The aroma is like a thinned down version of Full Sail Old Boardhead. The flavor is chocolatey and malty. Turbinado sugar, raisin bread, flaked malts. This beer is a steal. Even at $2.49 for a 7 oz bottle. A very well made barley wine. The palate has a light warming and good sweet powdered sugar feel.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2005
I don’t know what all the fuss about this stuff is. Smelled like urine and alcohol to me. Poured a dark readm with a yellow head. Taste, well definite alcohol notes which were good, like a sherry perhaps, but I don’t know about the rest of it - maybe stale gym shoes or something. My first barley wine, not a big fan. Maybe it’ll grow on me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
This beer pours a nice dark brassy red and is quite clear with minimal to no head. Sweet malty aroma not unlike sherry with plenty of floral hops. I really enjoyed just smelling this brew. The flavor does not dissapoint with lots of fruity tangy goodness - rum raisin, black cherry - followed by a malty warming - caramel, sugar cane - all the way to the belly. The hops really shine through and lend a great balance to this great, clean drinking Barley Wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2010 The tiny, 7 oz. bottle yields a clear and lush amber-colored ale with a smallish tan head. There was practically no lacing. The nose is high in both barley and hop aromas, with a touch of alcohol. Dense, rich, and bold in taste, the initial palate rather sweet, likely due to residual sugars, but is balanced quickly by a pleasant hop bitterness. Lightly carbonated, the mid-palate features hints of raisin, fig, black cherry and anise flavors. The long finish is leaves a well-balanced mixture of sweet and bitter and some warming alcohol essence. Reportedly, barley wines benefit from several months or years of aging (best done in a refrigerator). And, while many barley wines carry vintage dates for aging, I was not able to find such marking on this bottle aside from a mysterious “4GQ” indicator under the “Government Warning” language. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this ale quite a bit as a slow sipper for calm moods. (11/3/010: bottle size now 12 oz.)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2005
On tap at Fynske Øldage, Odense, Denmark. Light hazy, copper colored beer with a tan head. Friuty, sweet, malty aroma. Full-bodied with fruity notes. (051028)

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (3902) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2010 Medium white head, medium lasting. Ruby colour. Sweet and lovely fruity taste: notes of blackcurrant, strawberry and cherry. An alcoholic burn. Some sourness in the finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hershiser2 (1909) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Paid $1.70 for a 12-oz bottle. Pours a medium cloudy brown (or maybe that’s dark amber) with a small forth of a head. Nose is full of sweet chocolate malts, fruit, and caramel. Oh, very nice flavor. Lots of caramel up front and especially in the finish. The middle has a tangy fruitiness to it. Wow, that caramel finish is really nice and really prolonged. This may be my favorite barleywine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (7873) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours a ruby red copper colour, some head at the start but then fades away like so many other good things.........?...no head the rest of way, Delicous sweet smell, alot going in aroma...mmmmmmmmmmmm, this is sweet delicous solid and full O’ flavour beer, i was feeling like a barleywine, and baby....i gots me a winner irene, baby we did it and we did it hard, i love u and this fine Anchor Old Foghorn Ale!..................by the way, i have no clue....

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Draft at SDBC. Aromas were very sweet. Dark fruits and caramel. Flavors were similar at first but then drifted into a nice hoppy finish. I like this one.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Good, though unspectacular. Toffee, caramel on the nose. Raisins, prunes, caramel, lightly hopped and a sweet finish.


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