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RATINGS: 2144   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
Pours thick like and red like old and diluted transmission fluid. Aroma is a mixture of whisky and wine. The rush of alchol is very quick, but goes away far too quickly for it to be appreciated. The malt seems to be responsible for the quick alcohol visit. An average barleywine at best; I’ve had much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - APR 3, 2005
deep red hue, light head alcohol taste was masked well, not my favorite style but this one was very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Old bottle given to me by beerhandy.. Forgot the age he told me but i think it was well over 5 years.. poured a nice ruby red with very little head and some big chewy chunks. Nice sweet toffee, fig aroma with a bit of citrus. Flavor is raisins, figs, a bit of citrus with an alcohol finish. Mellow on the hops but I’m sure that is because of the age. I’ll have to try a fresh one to compare.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andershn (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2005
20 cL bottle. Clear, reddish brown with a smooth, but short lived head. Strong and pleasant aroma, toffee, sweet and sour, that disappears with the head. Flavour is a mixture of toffee and orange turning into an alcoholic bitterness. Carbonation in good balance with flavours makes for a good mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Deep copper with a dusty toffee malt aroma, nice spicyness. Excellent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Tan head that dissipates quickly. Dark ruby red color. Malty and slightly sweet taste balanced by slightly bitter and faint alcohol finish (but I prefer the more hoppy taste of Bigfoot).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
(Bottle 20,1 cl) Copper coloured, slightly hazy from impurities, almost no head. Extremely fullbodied with an avundance of flavours that almost "explodes" in the mouth. Malty sweetish almost fatty beer with a strong warming alcohol. Comes in a neat 7 ounce bottle "perfect for sipping".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Bottle labeled "3DS" which means Dec 19 2003. Two years on this beer already! No wonder it’s so fantastic. An opalescent burnt peach ruby glow, with a very very thin head that fully diminshes. Lacing and carbonation are light. Aroma is enticing with fresh cherries, guava and light cactus. Smells creamy and fresh (we’ll see what my cellar does to this in a year). Flavors are mellow, reserved, and not dominating. They could be a bit more pronunced, but the light balance of hops I think prevents that. Apple cider with orange and mulled spices and a touch of rum. Palate is rich and smooth, leaves refreshing piney hazlenut aftertaste. Alcohol makes its’ appearance on the way down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
very English. Very rounded malt flavors. some brownsugar and bubblegum with hints of fruit and nuts. clean and semisweet with just a touch of hop bitterness. By the way this will be in 12 oz. bottles very soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2972) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Sampled from 2007 bottle. So here’s it goes with a younger version: Esters and a slightly sweet smell. Brown sherry color. Taste is not too strong; it’s actually lightly sweet. Mild hops, but a decent alcohol finish. Ratings: 6-4-7-3-13; total: 3.3.

Sampled from bottle, dated 2004. This tiny sample still had a big malty smell. Less hoppy than, say, a fresh Bigfoot. Some nice fruity esters offer suggestions of strawberry and honey. A nice, cleansing brew. Ratings: 8-3-8-5-16; total: 4.0.

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