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RATINGS: 2056   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
Rich ruby red tones of color looking more like a good brandy than a fermented beer. You will not miss the alcohol in the nose, but it is not overpowering. There seems to be a fruitiness that reminds of red wine. Taste is dry. No head due to alcohol. Super!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2004
Sweet aroma, little head, and a red-orange color. Slight fruit and alcohol tastes. Mellow, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 On tap served in snifter. (cask conditioned in Appleton WI) Ruby brown with only a few swirling wisps of head. Strong, somewhat fruity alcohol nose. Very malty flavor. Not a dry finish, but again the alcohol is present. hey wow this is a barley wine!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 6, 2004
Great brew from Anchor, the best I've had from them. Pours dark redish brown with little head. Almost perfect barleywine ale palate. Compares to the best Belgian strong ales in flavor and finish. Expensive for the little bottle, but worth every sip!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
Glowing mahogany color with a small beige head. Sweet candy apple, caramel, malt and faint alcohol aroma and flavors. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2625) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2004
A practically flat pour except for a thin light brown layer of foam on top that turns into a small ring around the perimeter of my tasting glass. Hazy brown color. Sweet malt nose, hint of oxydation and fruit. Med/full body. dark fruits, tobacco, caramel and mint. Finish is dry, fruity and lingering. Has aged well. Not sure how long i,ve been sitting on this one, at least 5 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Hard to remember what it tastes like, I was too drunk. I remember red liquid, no head, berry nose, very malty body. I'll try again, when I'm not as inebriated. I do remember it being very good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2004
7 oz bottle. first off, why 7 oz? think we are too little for 12 oz bottles? that aside- wow. this is good, syrupy with a slight smell of pine and alcohol. pours out red in color with a small head that goes away roughly instantly. this is good, but its not better than old stock ale. have a few more bottles, so ill see what its like in a few months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craven5000 (104) - Westville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Off white head that died very quickly. Dark amber body. Pine and caramel feel lightly syrupy and smooth. Light warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2004
7oz bottle thanks to piscator34. Cloudy dark amber body, no head at all. Toffee and pine in the aroma. Very caramelic palate, big and malty creamy body, very sweet like a caramel pudding with a mild bite of piney hops, perhaps a touch of melon or grapes as in a restrained fruitiness. Warming finish with a light touch of alcohol, quite short ending actually. Rather simple barley wine imo and far less intense than I wished it to be.

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