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RATINGS: 2168   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2005
This is the smoothest tasting barleywine I have had to date. Most other barleywines are rather harsh in their delivery and do not mask the alcohol very well. In this 10% beer, I could not taste the alcohol at all! The citrus flavor was also an added bonus. Very good beer, I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a strong beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Clear sparkling ruby, thin creamy light tan head. Nose held soft notes of citric and piney hops, brown sugar, and caramel, with lighter textured tones of fruity cognac. Flavor up front was sugary citrus hops, lightly toasted pineapple, with more caramel maltiness late. Medium bodied, light carbonation, light alcoholic, sugared hoppy finish. Just doesn’t stand up well to all the great BW’s out there now. Age would probably do wonders to this, but overall, I’m really disappointed...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
12 oz - 5J7 - Aroma is slight and timid, hops, carmel, and a bit of cherry. Ruby red color with no head or lacing. Flavor is also small for a barleywine. Licorice, carmel, cherry, and hops are there but not as much as I expected. Palate is sticky and tart grasping at the back of my throat for one last taste. I’m not sure, but I think a little age would do this beer justice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Cherry licorice aroma. Ruby red color with small head that was gone quickly. Has a wine flavor to it not really beer. Rich and sweet flavors make it smooth on the palate. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Thanks to heemer77 for this one. As far as barleywines go, this beer was not very intense. Alcohol was noticeable, and no flavors were really that strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 12 oz bottle. I don’t have much to say about this beer. It’s kind of boring. Sweet and malty, nothing special here. I don’t think it was very complex. Perhaps age would do it good, but I don’t know how. Disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2005
The small 7 ounce bottle poured a clear, ruby red amber beverage with an off-white creamy head that lasted nicely leaving thick lacing on the glass. The nose was dominated by dried fruit and caramel with notes of floral hops in the background. Mouthfeel was smooth and syrupy. The flavor was quite sweet tasting of dried plums and caramel. There were some hop notes present but little to no bitterness. The flavor was intense and very long lasting leaving with a nice alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2005
7 oz bottle 3JW date which means January 23, 2003. Over 2 year old and stll great.. Pours ruby red with a light offwhite head and many many floaties dancing around in it. Aroma is sweet malts and warm fruits. Flavor is sweet yet mellow malts some brown sugar and honey nothing is sharp to this one . Very smooth on the palate sweet yet not cloying. Warming and oh so comforting. The only drawback to this one is that there is only 7 ounces. Tasty indeed...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1247) - USA - MAY 23, 2005
Ruby appearance with a foamy head which doesn’t quite linger throughout. Taste is mild for a barley wine. Some hop presence makes it crisp, but pleasant. Overall, a smooth example of a barley wine and the alcohol is hidden quite well. Not my favorite of the style, but I could see myself buying this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle: Ruby, translucent, large frothy beige head, fairly attractice lacing, soft carbonation.   Caramel and bubblegum aroma.   Dark pitted fruit and plum on the start.   Not as thick as the aroma would suggest.   Somewhat sweet, bready, but not cloying.   Amazed this is 10% for as mild the body and mouthfeel are.   Lingering salty molasses and unripened dark pitted fruit on the exit.   Doesn’t seem big enough to age very well.   Decent, but not as good as I was thinking this would be.

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