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RATINGS: 2098   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8795) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2004
Red to dark foxy ale; just a slim amber rim. Chocolate, toffee dressing or treacle aroma, truckload of piney hops, vinous. First taste impression is of hop oil, then the treacle seeps trough, but refined, as laced with some top rum or brandy. Some fruit, and sweet as dried cherries or plums. Again piney, cedary flavours. Full syrupy, oily and viscous mouthfeel, some burning alcohol. Very good balance despite the American hops blast, quite balanced with loads of malt underneath. Yet - no rocketlike ABV’s and that contributes to the balance too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2004
Warm glowing red-amber color with small light-beige colored head. Fine aroma’s of black tea with hints of brown rhum, lighty burned malts and cane sugar. In the 2nd fase some vegetal aroma’s, soft spices, and touche of fine hops. It has a very smooth mouthfeel with some alcohol roundness. In the taste there are outspoken hints of hops, fresh corriander, touch of PICON = Frensh Bitter Aperitief, and cold black tea. The aftertaste is thick and is dominated by a vegetal bitterness. This is a real bodywarmer with a complex bitter finish. Thanks Mike alias The Beer God for sending me this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1559) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Pours a beautiful clear ruby red with and off-white head. Awesome dark fruit and hoppy aroma. Taste has notes of various dark fruits, molasses/brown sugar, caramel, aged malts and a great dose of hops. Sweet and malty. Medium body with soft but present carbonation -would have preferred it to be a little more thick. Overall, a great barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 14, 2004
tap at the saucer in FW. Sweet, Sweet, Sweet and that is just the aroma. redhued body with a dark white sustaining head. wonderfully thicksyrupy flavor of dark fruits without being cloying. there are tastes of polums and brown sugar in here. hop on the finish that keeps this balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Amber copper color, minimal white head. Roasted caramel aroma, whisky, faint hops. Very syrupy mouthfeel, loads of caramel maltiness, almond, maple. Long finish, very sticky, some alcohol notes, odd bitterness, and an overall assault on the palate. Even though the bottle is small, I didn’t find myself wishing for more. Certainly a good beer in a great stye, but the overly sticky finish and relatively standard complexity keep this from being amongst my favorite barleywines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Slightly hazy amber in color. A ring of film circles the edge of the snifter. Nice blend of caramel and hops in the aroma. Some vanilla there as well. Body is very smooth and sticks to the mouth a bit. Great flavors of caramel, vanilla, hops and toffy. Alcohol is noticable in aroma and flavor. Overall an enjoyable BW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Bottle. Amber color, heavy hoppy fruity aroma, sweet taste, medium body, light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2723) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2004
An orangish brown appearance with a moderate tan head. The aroma is floral and full of oranges and raisins. This suckers hides that 10% amazingly well. I taste caramel, vanilla, toffee, and grapes. Its a little sweet but seems to find almost perfect balance. Glad Ive had the chance to sample so many good barleywines lately. And as "Foghorn" Leghorn used to say - Now now see here - This is good beer. Pardon me Im weird.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
Vinous, fruity and hoppy aromas make strong appearances in the predominant maltiness. Almost opaque, murky orange brown with shy off-white head that recedes to ring. Raisins, plums and prunes with blackened caramel, a light roasty bitterness and marzipan finish with alcohol appearing strongly in the aftertaste. Medium body. Though very good, I found it just a bit too sweet for my taste... Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6017) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle: Malty aroma with caramel, banana bread, raison, and some alcohol. Much bigger citrus aroma then I’ve come to expect in a barley wine. Pours a mostly transparent orangish-brown with a minimal white head. Strong caramel and fruit flavors with some citrus. Rather sweet at the beginning. Alcohol is hardly noticeable. Light bitterness in the finish.

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