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RATINGS: 2005   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2004
The aroma and flavor are similar on this one...starting light and fruity and ending heavy and sweet. The body is very full, but the pour is flat and the palate left without much action. Overall reminds me of a fruitcake.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Aroma of moderate malt sweetness, dark fruits, and alcohol. Small white quickly diminishing head. Clear reddish amber body. Moderate sweetness, light bitterness, and light alcohol flavor that leaves a mild warming in the throat. Medium body with a dry texture.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 RERATE (3.2): 2006 bottle at blind barleywine tasting: The taste was much more piney and acidic in the younger bottle and the mouth feel not as exciting as before. FL -1, PA -1, Overall impression -2

Original review (3.8) Bottle (2001): Poured a hazed amber hue with a very small fizzy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of raisin, prune, fig, piney and aromatic hops, caramel and toasted malts, earthy yeast esters, and leather. The taste starts fruity and citric to counteract the large sweetness that followed. Earthy and woody undertones ran through. The finish has a lingering bitterness with some spice character. The feel is sharp and biting, minor warming and tingles the palate. Much more balanced and tasted fresher even though it is a year older than the Rogue Old Crusty I just had. Quite nice and recommended.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - AUG 15, 2004
Bottled. My very first barley wine and I want more. mmm mm good. Pours out a reddish amber colour with a very small tan head. The aroma is strong malt with caramel and fruits. The taste is incredible. The sweet caramel and fruits mix with a nice hit of hops to counteract the sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Poured dark red no head...smells of mixed fruit and alcohol...tastes very sweet (barleywine...duh) which masks the alcohol very well...finishes crisp and clean...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2004
First time I tried this I did not know what it was. It was not listed on the board as a barley wine and they (a decent beer bar about a mile away from the French Quarter) were serving it in 20 oz "pints" just like everything else. Needless to say, I got my ass kicked big time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2004
Bottled. Luminescent copper coloured body, with a fine beige/orange head. Hoppy aroma at the start that fades noticeably towards the end of the beer, leaving more Christmas cake aromas, brandy and straight alcohol. Hoppy, sweet flavour. Aniseed there as well if you take a big enough swig. Pleasant enough but not for new comers, there are other barley wines that would serve as a better introduction to the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4342) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2004
Dense barley wine with a light head, stongly roasted malt aroma, and a very intense bitter malty roasted flavour. Overall a good, good strong beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 (Bottled, 8.2% ABV) Clear and dark, reddish amber color with a small, mostly fading head. Strong, toffeeish, grainy-malty aroma with berries, plums, and lots of aromatic hops. Fruity, very grainy-malty, slightly roasty, moderately caramely-sweet flavor with some oakiness, and balancing hop bitterness. Alcohol is well-hidden behind the sweetish malt. Medium to full-bodied, warming palate with low to medium carbonation. An enjoyable and balanced, yet easily drinkable barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2004
Pretty extreme stuff. Rather alarming pinkish bronze colour. Cloudy, with no carbonation. Very hopy, sweet and spicy aroma, with very noticeable alcohol. Fruity (Christmas cake and damsons) flavour, with lots of hops again, a rather sticky texture and a tart finish. Reminds me of one of those bitter spirits - Campari or Fernet Branca - or even Angostura bitters mixed with treacle. The word bittersweet could have been invented to describe this beer. The alcohol is a bit intrusive throughout. Could hardly be described as smooth, or subtle, but this was intriguing and I rather liked it. 207ml bottle (BBE 31 May 2004) from onlyfinebeer.


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