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RATINGS: 1867   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 RE-RATE: Has a nice deep brown hue, with an aroma of apricots, hay and syrup. Taste is sweet, not too bitter, very malty with hints of hops and maple syrup. While the nose is a bit offensive with its grass and hay tones, the flavor is pretty damn good... smooth as hell, which was unexpected for 10% ABV, with a rich caramel and plum flavor coating the mouth long after the Foghorn is gone. Very pleasent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Foggy brown color. Surprisingly to me, this one leans way over to the malty side - I expected a good deal more hops. Besides the malt there were some various fruity notes bouncing around my mouth. On draft at the Winking Lizard 1/25/03

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2003
Extremly expensive in my country. 6 $ for a bottle in a shop. almost worth all the money. Fantastic barley wine. Perfect as an "avec" after dinner. Nice roasted aroma, a little bitter/sweet flavor, and very, very complex. You are lest with a comfortable and warming feeling in your mouth after a coulpe of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2003
This is not a little beer, despite the bottle and despite how small it might feel next to the raw power of Bigfoot. No, the foghorn blows deep fruity, musical notes with a softer power. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Plenty of complaining about the baby bottles already, I imagine, but damn it, that feature colors this stuff too "precious" before I drink it. And it's good beer, too, big and malty and robust with both berry and citrus fruit flavors running heartily through the thick bodied barleyness. To hell with the packaging and pricing silliness and up the brew! I like the stuff fine but I'm plenty disgruntled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2003 Deep bronze color. Very little head. Somewhat sweet aroma and flavor. Fruity/alcohol aftertaste reminds me of cognac.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Sweet hoppy fruity aroma.Thick flavors of tropical,Asian fruit flavors with a moderate hop finish that balances the sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2003
This beer is golden amber with a thin, white head and fine bubbles. The aroma is heavy with hints of honey, bread dough, barley and light hops. The palate is full with a rich, honeyed texture and nuances of dusty grain, golden raisin and yeast. The finish reinforces the palate, but shifts to a lighter honey/hops flavor reminiscent of honeysuckle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4633) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 2000 Batch (01-May-2000) (8.8% abv):
Crimson/amber coloured body with no head at all. Strong aroma of pit fruit, toffee, malt and powerful must. Full-bodied; Chocolate, caramel, must and pit fruits dominate the taste. Aftertaste is VERY mild-time did its job to cut the alcohol taste. Very mellow after 4 years time...this beer is great right now. I sampled this 7 ounce bottle purchased a few years ago at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York on 24-December-2004, more than 4 and a half years after it was brewed. Score for this rating: 8,3,8,3,15

2003 Batch (11-March-2003) (8.8% abv):
Ruby/copper colour with a thin off-white head. Very strong aroma of pit fruit, caramel and alcohol. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong alcoholic flavour with subtle pit fruity taste. Aftertaste shows some malt and pit fruit sweetness. Overall actually quite good fresh! I had this beer in Knoxville, Tennessee on 28-September-2003 courtesy of Haddon90, Thanks Phil!
Rating for this tasting: 9,4,8,4,15

2001 Batch (7-January-2001) (10% abv):
Dark copper colour with a very nice ruby colour roaming throughout. Thin tan head which dissipates very quickly. Strong aroma of pit fruit, caramel, alcohol and malt...very nice. Medium to Full-bodied; Flavour of alcohol, prunes, raisins, malt, caramel and even a slight sour cherry taste. Aftertaste is very warming (because of the alcohol) and leaves a bit of the sweeter flavours inside the mouth. A tiny bit watery after waiting a few seconds after the beer is a bit warmer, but it is still a very respectable barley wine. I remember this beer to be a bit better than this...so perhaps it died down a bit with the age. I tried this at cellar temperature. This particular beer was brewed on 7-January-2001 and I purchased it at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.

2002 Batch (8.8% abv):
Small 7 ounce size. Dark brown in colour, smells like a strong ale. Tastes like a strong belgian ale. Sweet tones, nice aftertaste!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Pours dark, though translucent, red. Aroma is mostly barley with slight hopiness. Not surprisingly, tastes like barley/toasted barley. The alcohol didn’t show through, but then again the bottle says 8.8% ABV. Overall a good beer, but not as big as I was expecting.

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