artvandalay (16) - USA - FEB 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Probably the mellowest of barleywines. Not big and hoppy. Very cloying, and sweet. The finish shows lots of gin botanicals, and warmth. Some decent waves of flavors, not as bad as people have made it out to be.
Frank (2832) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head. Deep brownish garnet color. Fruity aroma. As in other Anchor brews, tart apple is present but Old Foghorn is a bit more sour than usual. Caramel malt flavors dominate. Mild piney hop bitterness rises to prominence in the finish. Somewhat sticky and mildly astringent. Has an slightly alcoholic character but none of the warming feeling I get from other barley wines.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Elegant barleywine, urbane, really. Each element is amazing: tempered rich caramel malt, mature piney hops and a pleasant fruitiness, and they all come together so well. One of the finest barleywines. Top drawer.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/12/03: bottle. strong alcohol nose which is almost overpowering. gorgeous ruby red body. complex flavor which includes malt, cane sugar, spice, alcohol and a hint of orange. nice finish.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep red-brown with a thin beige head. No lacing.
Lots of malt and alcohol in the aroma. Hops doesn't seem to play a major role in the aroma.
Malt and alcohol play a prominent part in the flavor too. Syrupy malt at first with a warming in the end. Hop bitterness lingers along with the alcohol in the aftertaste.
Very satisfying barleywine. A sticky brew. Warming and complex.
ARMed (598) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a caramel port burgandy wine. Tastes like a caramel port burgandy wine. Looks like a taddy port wine. This is an excellent brew. Very little alcohol sense penetrates the tastebud. I believe this could be my favorite barley wine. Thank you mwsf for providing me this excellent brew!
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful aroma reminiscent of wine. Little to no head. Smooth finish. Damn good beer.
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.