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RATINGS: 2121   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2005
8.2% ABV bottle, marked "4FD". Sweet, fruity, grapefruit and heavy caramel nose, some floral and perfume notes; viscous and malty, not particularly hopped in flavor but it has an earthy dryness, though; somewhat complex, with a tingling alcoholic warmth... maybe some sour orange and peach notes in the flavor. yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Well, the brothers-in-law scored, How they managed to grab this, hell knows. Poured rubdy red with little head. Sweet candy like aroma with a hint of alcohol. Flvaor tart and the body and mouth feel wqs thick. Alcohol is there but hidden well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2033) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Pour is a ruby red with no head. Very attractive aroma that is sweet and complex. Slow sipping but clean and balanced. Alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (645) - Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2005
(Transcribing some long-lost notes from ca. late ’02.)

Pretty exotic stuff, but next to Westy 12, the most expensive per ounce I’ve had. I probably didn’t get the experience I would with a full 12 oz. bottle. What stood out most in this are a thickness and fruitiness. Tart. Maybe the most viscous liquid I’ve encountered in a beer. Really complex and well-balanced. Maybe some day I’ll shell out the exorbitant [sp?] 6-pack price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Bottled 2003. Very dark amber body with a few very small patches of bubbles collecting at the top. Sweet, fruity aroma. Very malty flavor, with raisins, subtle hops, and alcohol. Pretty good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Dark orange leather in color with a head that was doomed from the beginning. Harshly alcoholic nose, yet it does have some appealing qualities, especially its caramel malty sweetness along with hints of red licorice, pancake batter, pit fruit, grapes and citrus fruits. The flavor is malt accented, light bodied and again, harshly alcoholic. I understand the rich history and tradition of this beer, but I have had it several times on draught and in the stubbie little bottles and it just plain sucks. They should consider changing the recipe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Pours a truly ruby red with tannish head that fades quickly. Not murky like some in this style. Aroma heavy with fruit, malt, and alcohol. Flavors of dark fruit, maybe figs or raisins. Somewhat hoppy, but could be more so. Not quite as thick and chewy as some Barleywines, but still an enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ingevara (874) - SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2005
An inviting brown color with creamy but low head. The flavor is sweet and rich, almost syrupy with very little bitterness. It’s clearly a beer for sipping, you don’t want to drink too much of it and the ridiculosly small bottle of 207 ml seems quite appropriate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8968) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2005
I paid 5 bucks for 7 ounces of this, as the case price was excessive. Clear ruby/copper pour with medium frothy off-white head. Aroma of big dark fruit, hops, cognac, cabernet. Tastes very malty, very hoppy, with fruit and some spice at the finish. Fruity, slightly dry finish. Also, a big ole’ salty ester hoppiness arose as it warmed. This one could easily be an IIPA, and it reminds me very much of the Avery big beers. Personally, I think Heavyweight Old Salty tops this one, as does Hog Heaven, Insanity, Blithering idiot, and Stone OG. Still, this one is very good, just not an elite barleywine in my mind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Draft at the DBA in NYC. Nice beer. Nice smooth malt flavor with a hint of hops.

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