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RATINGS: 2163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2005
I bought a 7 oz. single and thought I’d be left wanting, but it impressively lasted a very long time. Gorgeous color... caramel/copper with deep red/orange highlights, a touch of sediment and no head. Aromas were overwhelmingly nutty (walnuts, I perceived) with raisin, cherries and brandy. Complex flavors. They were all over the place from moderately sweet to bittersweet to bitter. Bitterness dominated at the finish with a hint of acidity. Very strong and warming, syrupy on the tongue.

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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2005
If I could afford to drink this all the time, I would, but at $14-15 a six-pack, it’s a perfect birthday present (thanks, Dad!). Pours a beautiful, glossy brown with an instantly dissipating head. The aroma warns or seduces you with a complex mix of sweetness, sourness, spices and a red wine-like punch. Tastes awesome, like how it smells, plus an exceptional smoothness that can trick you into drinking it too fast. A touch of bitterness on the finish evens out the sweetness. Drink it slow, it gets even better as it warms up. A great beer done in my favorite style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - AUG 30, 2005
dark amber w/ beige head. monstrous bready, hoppy nose w/ note of grapefruit. rich, straightforward malty flavor, well balanced and very tasty. best twist-open bottle.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Brownish red with a thin white head that quickly diminished. A somewhat mild aroma of pine and molasses that is slightly vinous. Taste is very chewy, spicy, and complex. Dark breadiness with restrained fruity esters. Finish is sweet and sticky with only a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is low, This is a geat beer. I’ve had a number of barleywines that are much too bitter, or do a poor job of hiding their alcohol. This beer has neither of those flaws. It is quite easy to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (13253) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. Reddish/brown color with average frothy off-white head that diminished slowly. Complex aroma of malt, toffee and fruit with a small alcohol tone. Medium to full body with smooth texture. Well balanced full flavor with a small alcohol bite at the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2005
(I think this was a 2002 bottle) Big rich sweet malty nose with lots of carmel and some piney hops still present. Awesome mouthfeel; rich and lush. Dripping with sweet carmel malt flavors. Super long finish. Straight up awesome.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2005
All I remember when I was trying this beer is that half way through the glass I couldn’t remember my own name. Excellent example of a well done barley wine, on tap at the Freakin Frog Las Vegas. Good drinking, enough said.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 17, 2005
Has a copperish color and a small spritzy white head that quickly goes away. Nice malt flavor with a pleasant balance of hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Right-o! Got to sample this one on tap in San Francisco at the hotel bar. Pretty damn outstanding for a barley wine, but I should say that for a pork chop sandwich it leaves quite a bit to be desired.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2005
pretty great for a barleywine. aroma is very sweet, almost syrupy sweet. Smooth for 10% and worked well at the end of a long night of tasting


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