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RATINGS: 2099   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1981) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2004
7 oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy amber color. The head was about non-existent, with just some lingering bubles around the edges. Caramel, dark fruits and maybe a hint of smokiness to the nose. A silky taste to it, sweet, matly, with hints of the fruits. Maybe a hint of alcohol. The sweetness lingers. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2004
Dark cola like hue with a thin light brown head. Toffee and liquorice nose with a strong fruity kick. Cognac like taste with toasted malt and dark fruits. Sweet and sappy on the palate with a long fruity after taste. A fantastic barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2004
A very good barley wine. Too bad it’s in such a small bottle. Rich, complex, warming and smooth. This beer is a great example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
This was from this year’s teaser size 7oz bottle. This poured out a dark mahogany color with a quickly fleeting light tan head. After the head was down to a few random bubbles coating the top no significant lace was present during its consumption. The aroma is of a slightly sweet fruity malt nature with a bit of alcohol emerging after warming. Sweet fruity malt is the main component of the taste with dark fruits showing and a slight earthy tone as well. There is enough hop inhere to give it a good balance and keep this from being an overly sweet barley wine. A full and creamy mouthfeel is what you’ll get with this as the warm coating fruity covers with every sip. Fairly drinkable with a not so strong alcohol presence and a pleasant taste. Overall a good barely wine but it could defiantly be more complex and flavorful bringing it to a great barely wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Pours a caramel/amber color and surprisingly a decent head for a higher alcohol brew. Big malts here, along with some lemony hops. Alcohol flavor is present as well but not overpowering. Good barleywine, maybe a bit one-dimensional though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Pours deep red with a smallish white head. The malt, alcohol, and hops are all present in the aroma in a very well-balanced way. Taste is sweet at first, then comes the alcohol, which transitions to a slight hop bitterness very nicely. Good stuff.

Rerate, 7/21/5: Strange flavor that I sometimes get from my extract homebrews. Not as good as I remember.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2004
A warm and sweet smell with just a tinge of hopiness in the aroma. Also a slight hint of caramel, apple and alcohol. Appearance is nothing terribly interesting. Dark copper in color with a slight persistent head. Sweet and quite appley up front, with a hoppy and dry finish that does not linger compared to other barleywines. Very easy on the palate with low carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. A pretty interesting beer all in all, but I’m not sure it’s worth the money. I paid about $15 for a 6 pack and thought it wasn’t so bad until I got home and noticed that the bottle is 7oz. Bleh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Pours a beautiful copper with a small white head that left a film on the beer. Aroma is sweet and creamy with a fruit character. Taste is spicy and sweet with some caramel notes, smoothing out to a pleasant dry finish. Alcohol is warming but does little to affect the taste. Delicious, though I don’t think I’d pay 3.99 for such a tiny bottle again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Dark copper with a pale orange head that fades fast and leaves some vertical lacing. Nose: Vanilla, peaches, cream, cherries, butterscotch and toffee. Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisons, vanilla and black cherries. Very full bodied and sweet. The alcohol is well hidden. A nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (10017) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
Thanks for supplying my wish, Lubiere. She looks like a barleywine, and smells like one (with extra alcohol punch). But it tastes like toothpaste. It is dry and on the thinner side,

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