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RATINGS: 1840   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Alcohol evident and very sweet. Hop character assertive also with lots of esters, caramel, and a vinous profile that I don't care for in this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2003
A true dessert beer. I was wondering why I paid $2.49 for a 7-ounce bottle, but I was pleasantly rewarded. Old Foghorn is dominated by caramely, sugary malts, with only slight hopping. This one reminds me much of Dogfish Head Immort Ale. Overall sweeter than Anchor Liberty Ale, and not as much a session beer. Great stuff!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Light mahogony-red colour with a beige head. Butterscotch, fruity yeast aroma, almost like a cognac. Overall dry flavour although sweeter to start (a bit of toffee), with a vintage hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1257) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Nice mellow dry barley wine with a good hoppy flavor. Not terribly bitter or punishingly sweet like other barley wines. Good color, texture and mouthfeel Feels very nice and smooth. Too bad the bottle is so small.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2003
After a couple years of searching, I finally found this in New Jersey. Needless to say, i was very excited. Beer pours a dark bronze color, with only a thin ring of head around the edge. Aroma is huge. Lots of malt and hops, and a bit or estery fruitiness. Flavor is huge, with a big malty character, a giant hoppy bite, and bit of alcoholic astringency in the finish. Esters come out as the beer warms, providing hints of apple, pear, oak, and even a little plum or grape. Very smooth mouthfeel and easy to sip. Wonderful. Easily one of the best barleywines I've had.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Hmmm...this claims to be a starting point of sorts - I may agree. This is almost the fill-in-in-the-blank barley wine. It's almost like the brewer ppicked up a paint-by-number brew set and created this textbook beer. Very alchoholic, high amount of malt, but not a lot of character. If this were truly the first of its kind brewed in the area I see it as a milestone deserving respect and reverance, but as much as I appreciate ragtime I'd rather listen to bop. (Sorry...a bit off the topic)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2003
On tap: Copper, amber hue. Thin head. Mild carbonation. Some sweetness. Alcohol apparent on the back of the throat. Soft mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2003
Strong aroma with raisin and very herbal. Red brown color, hazy, beige head, very good lace. Sweet, raisin, some vegetable, malty, bitterness (alcohol or hop?). The hop and alcohol is too overwhelming for me. Long lasting bitter and dry finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2003 Dark red with very little head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Flavor of sweet malt, fruit, nuts, hops. Dry finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2003 Pours like liquid rubies with a hint of amber and copper that is followed by a luscious, soft aroma with carmel and cherry overtones. The flavor is first of hops and fruit then fading sweet and seductive. It quickly spread to warm the nostrils and frontal lobes of this enchanted rater. Once it has breathed a bit the flavor becomes more complex, or have I had too much of this elixor. Well balanced, full of flavors and a real treat. I'm moving to San Fran.


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