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RATINGS: 1916   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Another classic from Anchor. Brownish orange in color, translucent and pours with a moderate head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is malty sweet and slightly piney. The flavor is malty almost like a syrup and sweet. Very little hop bittering. Buttery mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 Poured red with no head. Dry and hoppy for style, but obviously liked it very much. Probably a good thing the bottles were 7 oz.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2003
Nice red-brown colour. Small head. Alcohol, sweet (caramel, over-ripe fruit, sherry?... complex), nice hop presence, full.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5659) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Has a pleasant wort-like aroma. Dark copper color in appearance. Little to no head. Has a very good thick mouthfeel and the alcohol is hidden well - but you know it is there - even in the tiny bottle. Good balance of fruity maltiness and hop bitterness. Finishes strong - one of the smoothest barley wines I have had.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2003
I really enjoyed this one. It strongly reminded me a of a trippel Belgian not only from its appearance but its taste, too. The alcohol was just right, and I liked how they kept the hops low to let the nice warm malty flavors come through. Recommended!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3272) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2003
vintage-unknown Aroma of sugar coated hops and molassas-very little citrus. Color is mahogony-palate is full bodied, surupy and sweet-flavor is very sweet with mild hops on the finish-strong licorice aftertaste. world class!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 9, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 I'm drinking this with Victory Old Horizontal. Anchor is more caramel and apple. Victory is more apricot with mor of a bitter finish. the Anchor is a little cloudier. Victory is more aromatic. Both are excellent, but the Victory is better IMO.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Had this for the first time in the nifty little 7 ounce bottle. Very sweet. Kind of like drinking grape juice with a hint of stong ale. Just plain gross. It makes perfect sense that they put these in smaller bottles.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Bottled in 1995 tasted 8/2003. Surprisingly this beer has held up quite nicely this long. Deep dark ruby color. Hardly any head. Carmael and roasted malt aromas the minute the bottle is cracked open. Huge malt flavors: nutty, caramel. Very full bodied. Youcan almost chew it! Hop flavors are almost non-existent but it is wonderful none the less. Long lingering oaky/woody aftertaste. Yum.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 5, 2003
well i had this from a tap at toronado, i didnt really care for this, and i never did want to spend $14 for a 6 pack of small bottles, very thick and heavy, almost a complete lack of hops, and was overly sweet, almost a gagging sweet, i think i should retry this some other time...


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