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RATINGS: 2177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2005
All I remember when I was trying this beer is that half way through the glass I couldn’t remember my own name. Excellent example of a well done barley wine, on tap at the Freakin Frog Las Vegas. Good drinking, enough said.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 17, 2005
Has a copperish color and a small spritzy white head that quickly goes away. Nice malt flavor with a pleasant balance of hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Right-o! Got to sample this one on tap in San Francisco at the hotel bar. Pretty damn outstanding for a barley wine, but I should say that for a pork chop sandwich it leaves quite a bit to be desired.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2005
pretty great for a barleywine. aroma is very sweet, almost syrupy sweet. Smooth for 10% and worked well at the end of a long night of tasting

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
whkingery (8) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2005 does not count
Foghorn has a reddish brown appearance with virtually no head. It is so sweet and smooth that you don’t notice until it is to late that you getting a buzz. The finish is so pleasant that it makes you want to take one more sip and before you know it the bottle is empty. I should have had something to eat before rating this beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
Nice aroma of hops, also piney fruit aromas. Pours a reddish-brown, carbonated, with a thin head. Flavour is very sweet, heavy on fruit. Strong alcohol presence. Not something you’d like to drink a six pack of. Solid for the style though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 4, 2005
Dark brown, with ruby shines and a thin head. Good balalance between sweet maltiness and bitterness. Nice fresh hoppy flavours. Very pleasant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
12 oz bottle. Dark ruby-brown beer with a thick yellowish head. Gorgeous hop aroma, citrus, pine, and a touch of earthiness. Some cookie dough and biscuity malts appear as well, but don’t dominate like in many barley wines. Flavour is very well balanced, sweet caramel and biscuit malt, some cherry flavour as well. Finishes differently with each mouthfull, sometimes sweet and sticky, sometimes resiny and hoppy. Light fruitiness and honey in the finish as well. Amazingly easy to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 24, 2005
malty with light hops in aroma. red in color with thin bubbly head. fruity alchol flavor but less noticeable than bigfoot. very sweet and sticky.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Murky red brown, with a film of off-white head. Alcohol, malt, and some fruit esters in the aroma. Syrupy malt flavors with a currant like fruit profile, particularly noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky, but not particularly chewy.


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