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RATINGS: 2079   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Now this is a great brew. I throughly enjoyed this brew. A bit thick with a sweet flavor. Lots a alcohol but not to noticeable. again a wonderful brew

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Sampled at the brewery. Has a strong mouthfeel to it like a whiskey and a maltyfinish that I find a little too sweet for me.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2004
On tap at the brewery. Wow, what can I say about this beer that hasn’t already been said... excellent hoppy flavor with a caramel sweet finish. Looked and smelled great, and went down way smoother than I expected it would. Thank you sir, may I have another...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2004
2001 - Poured with a bubble or two of carbonation. Nice brown pour with an odd malt aroma, cant quite identify it. Maybe a bit of molasses? Nice heavy body and sweet malty finish with a twinge of alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4411) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Bottle. Poured no head. Uncarbonated, cloudy and a amber hue. The aroma was hoppy, malty, caramel and sweet. The flavor tasted acidic and sour. The mouthfeel was smooth with a light body. There was no lacing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Poured a murky orangish brown with a small baiege head. Nicew caramel malt aroma with citrus hop notes. fulll bodied and a tad oily with a nice caramel malt flavor balance with citrus hop bitterness in the finish. quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5161) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 18, 2004
This very small 7 oz bottle poured a very small head of medium sized light brown colored very quickly diminishing to ’no head’ head that left behind no lacing in my snifter. The body is a semi-transpartent uncarbonated brown color. The aroma is mildly vinous with a strong caramel note it it. The mouth feel is tingly at first then develops into a strong caramel malt flavored biting finish that soon mellows. The vinous alcohol content soon becomes apparent, but it is not one that stands up and slaps you in the face. It goes down easily and is very interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 Re-rate. Deep red to brown body, tiny white head, opaque. The nose is sweet with hints of toffee, fruits and plum. Bitter sweet flavor, with some underlying hop notes, abit alcoholic.

Bottle at DBF 2004. This is good stuff. Deep amber, no head. Sweet malts in the nose. The flavor is sweet malt, backed up by some bitter hops. Good alcohol presence. 8 4 7 4 15

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2004
This beer laced the glass well as it poured a deep amber beer with a fleeting, off white, head. I expected more assertiveness and was disappointed in this one. A little thin.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Deepest amber, thin head,fair retention. Sweet malt nose. Flavorful malt with superb marriage of hops, malt and alcohol. Only slightly bitter for style, but wonderfully warming. Warmth lingers with sooth bitterness, very drinkable for a barleywine. Not terribly assertive. Seems much like a "Anchor Steam -squared".


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