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RATINGS: 1942   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4615) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
(7 oz bottle) Pours a thin, quick dissipating, almond head and a deep, slightly clouded, reddish body. Powerful nose of raisins, port and mild whiskey. Taste of vanilla, raisins, thin Porto. Amazing texture and tingly tongue. Many thanks to Crit for making this available to me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 cute, child sized bottle. 7oz. brownish amber. caramely sweet and malty, countered by a moderate tinge of hops. puckery dry finish. well balanced beer, but not all complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2003
2002 bottle - Color is a hazy orangish rustic brown with a thin dark ivory head that wisks away quickly, absolutely no lacing. Smell is faint of caramel and alcohol, slight pine sap and honey notes. Taste is very mellowing, warm, soothing, malty with a good caramel base, a touch toffee and earthy pined hops and bitterness. Nothing substantially lasting but a has a good lift. Feel is close to full with a nice creamy feel going down and a bit of chewyness. A nice calm and mellowing brew, goes down nicely and with a whole lotta ease. A nice example for the style and would make a for a good intro brew for the style as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
I like the small bottle this comes in. The beer has alot of flavor but finishes smoother than most barleys. I was very impressed for not bieng a barley wine person.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2003
Dark amber, no head. Very sweet and malty aroma with hints of citrus and raisin. Sweet flavour of raisin and dried apricot. Some bread and lemon notes. Quite good but I expected more hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2003
A nice reddish-brown color. Head finishes fast. Sweet malty, citrus aroma. Fairly fullbodied, not as complex as other barleywines. Decent balance of sweet and sour, a little fruity zest. A good beer but I agree with some it's not as bold as others. classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 Deep amber color with a nice white head. The taste is sweet with hints of malts and citrus. Finishes with a slight taste of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
smells strongly of vinegar and green grapes with some sour apple hints. very small head and deep clear brown color. Tastes of sour grapes and tasty malty aftertaste, which balances very well with the hops. My bottle says it's 8.8% abv, however, not 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2003
2000 bottle. Reddish brown color, very little head. Sweet and malty with a touch of citrus and a hint of alcohol. Pretty thick and chewy with a bitter finish. Some slight warming from the alcohol, but overall some nice masking of the 10%. A well-balanced, superb barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Deep amber in color. Nice malty flavor well balanced by hops. Great barleywine. It would be a nice after dinner drink. Very smooth.

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