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RATINGS: 2151   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2005
7 oz bottle 3JW date which means January 23, 2003. Over 2 year old and stll great.. Pours ruby red with a light offwhite head and many many floaties dancing around in it. Aroma is sweet malts and warm fruits. Flavor is sweet yet mellow malts some brown sugar and honey nothing is sharp to this one . Very smooth on the palate sweet yet not cloying. Warming and oh so comforting. The only drawback to this one is that there is only 7 ounces. Tasty indeed...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1211) - USA - MAY 23, 2005
Ruby appearance with a foamy head which doesn’t quite linger throughout. Taste is mild for a barley wine. Some hop presence makes it crisp, but pleasant. Overall, a smooth example of a barley wine and the alcohol is hidden quite well. Not my favorite of the style, but I could see myself buying this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle: Ruby, translucent, large frothy beige head, fairly attractice lacing, soft carbonation.   Caramel and bubblegum aroma.   Dark pitted fruit and plum on the start.   Not as thick as the aroma would suggest.   Somewhat sweet, bready, but not cloying.   Amazed this is 10% for as mild the body and mouthfeel are.   Lingering salty molasses and unripened dark pitted fruit on the exit.   Doesn’t seem big enough to age very well.   Decent, but not as good as I was thinking this would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Super clear, silky ruby red look with a small tan head. Very clean and clear. The aroma is quite hoppy, salty, and even a bit meaty. Smells plesant and smooth but also has an indication that it is harboring a good beer. Molasses and hops at first. Nice strength from the hop profile, a mix of pine and grapefruit. Some fruittyness and locirace. Smooth...sweet...nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle poured adark red amber with a small fizzy dissipating head. Aroma is light hops and malt with spicy roast in the back ground. Flavor is sweet, malty with lightly toasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a clear mahogany with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Smell is rich malt and a cherry fruitiness. Hints of sweet spice. Taste is relatively mild for a barleywine. Rich caramel and fruity malt with some nice bitterness to back it up. Light alcohol tinge. Very well balanced and silky smooth. Not as bold as I would expect. I like my barleywines a bit rougher when young. A just-above-average barleywine and worth a try once or twice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (973) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Hmmm. Somehow I haven’t written about this one yet. Must’ve had a few too many at Gingerman and never got around to it. Creamy to the palate. Great for sipping. Alcohol is hidden well. Sweet with little hop flavor. This one seems sweeter in bottle than it does on draught. An old standard when it comes to BWs that I always look forward to drinking even though it is WAY overpriced even in the new 12oz bottles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2005
Bottle, aged 3+ yrs, iirc. No pressure upon opening, and no head, even w/ an incautious pour. Deep rusty brown, like Florida cypress water. Just a hint browner than some Pinot Noirs. Smells sweet, but not as hoppy as I’d expect; caramel, red wine, and pepper. Caramel is definitely the foremost flavor. An odd flavor in here – maybe grass or something herbal. Not bad, but unexpected for something this big. What really stands out the most is the lack of hops. They’re there, but not at all like a Horizontal or Numbskull. And it sure doesn’t hit you like it’s weighing in at 10%. Maybe this is the mellow grandfather of barleywines, giving us a glimpse of what they used to be like back in the 70s, before they were all amped up. If there could ever be a barleywine session ale, this would be it…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
Bottle. Great aroma and beatiful appearance. Fantastic flavor with lots of hops. Also very good and smooth mouthfeel. Overall very recommendable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1643) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2005
Deep, clear copper color. Sweet malty nose with a hint of caramel. Sweetness up front; dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee. Not cloying, though. Lively carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied. Modest complexity. Dry, somewhat bitter finish.

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