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RATINGS: 1872   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1513) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10155) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2003
Imported by Bier & Co Amsterdam. 9,4% on the label. Cloudy with a creamy head. Aroma has plums and licorice. Very fruity flavor (plums and sweet apples, blackcurrant). Licorice and alcohol. Just a hint of apple sourness. Maybe a bit thin for such a strong beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
2003 edition I assume: This beer poured a lovely reddish amber color and formed a small off white foamy head that diminished leaving some trace lace. A good deal of carbonation was present. The aroma was of malt and caramel. A flavor of malt, caramel and a finish of some sweetness that strikes me of alcohol. Not a bad barley wine, but far from the best I have tried so far and a bit of a disappointment from Anchor.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hansen (6569) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2003
Well, I didn't think americans were able to brew a proper beer. Sorry! I was wrong. This is really a fine beer. Little brownish head. Lots, lots and lots of sweet pleasent aroma and flavor. Some citrus in aroma (Lemon/orange?). A bit of laqurice in the finish. A bit to much alcohol. But overall a lot of malt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2003
This beer pours a deep amber color with a nice malt and estery aroma. Body is very thick and sticky on the palate. Flavors of sherry, caramel, and molasses are backed by a solid hop bitterness. A very good barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Very sweet, very thick, very smooth. What is unique to me about this brew is that it can have such a clean finsih and still be so sweet. A great brew to enjoy slowly. I would have neve had guessed this to be 10% abv. I noticed not a trace of alcohol aroma or flavor (I was in a bar, however)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Draft: redish brown, cloudy, with a medium sized, fluffy white head. A fruity, citrusy aroma (orange, maybe grapefruit). Flavor is sweet and fruity, slightly malty, with a dry alcoholic finish, and a bit of sourness throughout. Overall lighter than I expect from a barley wine.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
artvandalay (16) - USA - FEB 18, 2003
Probably the mellowest of barleywines. Not big and hoppy. Very cloying, and sweet. The finish shows lots of gin botanicals, and warmth. Some decent waves of flavors, not as bad as people have made it out to be.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (2827) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2003
No head. Deep brownish garnet color. Fruity aroma. As in other Anchor brews, tart apple is present but Old Foghorn is a bit more sour than usual. Caramel malt flavors dominate. Mild piney hop bitterness rises to prominence in the finish. Somewhat sticky and mildly astringent. Has an slightly alcoholic character but none of the warming feeling I get from other barley wines.


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