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RATINGS: 2055   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
Had this one after dinner, with coffee and chocolate. Small and thick light brown-white head. Dark brown colour, and taste is very wine-like. One notices immediately that this is a stronger kind of brew. It cannot really be compared with other beers, rather with a good Port after a meal - actually it should not be chilled, but enjoyed at room temarature. Excellent as a digestive!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (658) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2004
sweet liquorice nose, tawny and cloudy hue, cognac like flavour with a syrupy palate, malty finish, super.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14433) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 Bottle. Malty/sweet aroma. Quite dark brown colour, sparse head. Flavour is malty/sweet, slightly roasted, peppery, very tasty. Nice mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (23306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Brown colour with a low beige head. Sweet aroma of malt and alcohol. Nice sweet taste of malt and hops. Good Barley Wine !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
(Draft) Maple syrup color with a nice tanish white head. Malty aroma with some citrus. Sweet Carmel malty flavors with some hop burn. A bit of licorice? Definitely some warming alcohol and hops to finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
Spinnakers,my favorite Brew pub just opened up a real nice specialty store...Lots of new beers for me to experience,here is my second. Nice rich dark red with a creamy tan head,big lacing.The nose is malt, cherry’s and vanilla. For a dry hopped beer it is not that hoppy,still it tastes great.Malt and caramel to start,alcohol,cherry and earth,with plums and sweet brandy in the middle,the finish has just a hint of hops and licorice root. Thick and tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours ruddy brown, slight head that soon goes away to nothing, not so much carbonation. Aroma is typical barley wine, sweet, fruity & alcoholic. The beer itself has apparent but not overpowering alcohol, is sweet, malty, fruity and slightly bitter. A really nice barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2004
It poured a dark amber hue with a thick head and moderate lace. The aroma has raisin, pine, carmel and roasted malts with floral hopps hovering above. The taste starts with grapefruit to balance the heavy malt sweetness to follow. Peat and oak undertones ran throughout. The finish has a lingering, sharp bitterness. Not as balanced as I had hoped. A really good barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2004
2004 Kennett Square BF. Poured a medium, cloudy copper color. Earthy/musty aromas. Brown sugar and caramel. Sweet. Some fruits.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2009) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2004
Dark amber coloured, small, quickley gone off-white head. Aroma is great; malty, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits and a honey sweetness. Taste doesn’t disappoint; sweet and bitter, caramel, malts, slightly burnt. Great mouthfeel. Warming, but generally well hid alcohol. A class ale.


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