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RATINGS: 2142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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San Franciscoís celebrated Old Foghorn Ale has been virually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer, in one of the worldís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2314) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
7oz bottle: A plump aroma of fruity sweetness and malt that is made up with similarities to figs, licorice, tobacco, and raisins. Dark mahogany color with a small occurance of head and lacing. The flavor is sweet and malty with a few of the same items detected in the nose such as raisins, figs and tobacco. It does remind me a lot of a English styled barelywine which iíve only had once before but it is almost identical. Although iím giving it high points all around, i would much rather be trying a fresh bottle of this than a year or so old bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle @ The Rover, GŲteborg. 25 April 2005.
Bottle said 8.8%. Failed to note the brewdate code. This is a wonderful beer. Absolutely packed with taste. Though a small bottle it will last a long long time. Dark ruby in colour and this bottle had a quite weak head. Fruity and herbal aroma dominates but there are more. Very full bodied and almost like a port. Rasin and dates are the dominant flavours and it ends a bit wineous and lingers a long time in your mouth. Can I have another one, please?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crockett (1066) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Ready to drink without any extended aging, leads me to believe this is modelled on a British style. Although heavily hopped it isnít to a harsh extreme. Pours brown/red with a quickly disipating off white head. Aroma strong on hops, wood, spice and dried ripe fruit. Flavour is very full and the mouthfeel is lovely. Thick and viscous. Butterscotch, vanilla, cotton candy. Cherries and rasins, chococlate and molases. Toasted bread and citric in the long warm finish. I, like everyone else, would take immense joy in seeing this in a bomber.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1527) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2005
7 oz. bottle. Bottled on: 08/17/04. A light ruby pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma is full of plums, alcohol and caramel maltiness along with some hints of citrusy hops. This is velvety smooth and very full-bodied. Quite syrupy. A distinct oakiness. Not overly warming and full of alcohol, which is a surprise at 8.8% ABV. Toasty, sweet malts dominate with a good bitter hop finish. Plenty of plums and caramel are present in the taste along with some licorice and cherries. Iíd like to try much more than just 7 oz. of this stuff. A great sipping beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2005
This is the smoothest tasting barleywine I have had to date. Most other barleywines are rather harsh in their delivery and do not mask the alcohol very well. In this 10% beer, I could not taste the alcohol at all! The citrus flavor was also an added bonus. Very good beer, I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a strong beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Clear sparkling ruby, thin creamy light tan head. Nose held soft notes of citric and piney hops, brown sugar, and caramel, with lighter textured tones of fruity cognac. Flavor up front was sugary citrus hops, lightly toasted pineapple, with more caramel maltiness late. Medium bodied, light carbonation, light alcoholic, sugared hoppy finish. Just doesnít stand up well to all the great BWís out there now. Age would probably do wonders to this, but overall, Iím really disappointed...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
12 oz - 5J7 - Aroma is slight and timid, hops, carmel, and a bit of cherry. Ruby red color with no head or lacing. Flavor is also small for a barleywine. Licorice, carmel, cherry, and hops are there but not as much as I expected. Palate is sticky and tart grasping at the back of my throat for one last taste. Iím not sure, but I think a little age would do this beer justice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Cherry licorice aroma. Ruby red color with small head that was gone quickly. Has a wine flavor to it not really beer. Rich and sweet flavors make it smooth on the palate. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Thanks to heemer77 for this one. As far as barleywines go, this beer was not very intense. Alcohol was noticeable, and no flavors were really that strong.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (395) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 12 oz bottle. I donít have much to say about this beer. Itís kind of boring. Sweet and malty, nothing special here. I donít think it was very complex. Perhaps age would do it good, but I donít know how. Disappointed.


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