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RATINGS: 2163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2005
I paid 5 bucks for 7 ounces of this, as the case price was excessive. Clear ruby/copper pour with medium frothy off-white head. Aroma of big dark fruit, hops, cognac, cabernet. Tastes very malty, very hoppy, with fruit and some spice at the finish. Fruity, slightly dry finish. Also, a big ole’ salty ester hoppiness arose as it warmed. This one could easily be an IIPA, and it reminds me very much of the Avery big beers. Personally, I think Heavyweight Old Salty tops this one, as does Hog Heaven, Insanity, Blithering idiot, and Stone OG. Still, this one is very good, just not an elite barleywine in my mind.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Draft at the DBA in NYC. Nice beer. Nice smooth malt flavor with a hint of hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1627) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Even though it was very good it is the probably the least good barley wine i’ve had. Has an unfortunate sweet syrupy taste. It comes in mini bottles which is a rip off for $12 a six pack. Probably won’t buy again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Slight chill haze. Amber colord with zero head. Strong fruit and caramel aroma, some pear, malt and alcohol too. I get some vitamin flavor with the caramel. Quite light in body for a barley wine. Some apple note in the flavor with a small hop presence. Definately an English style barley wine. I have had this on draught and been far more impressed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (4115) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Light aroma, mild fruity notes. Malt has caramel molasses notes, but subdued. Mild hops. Caramel-red clear, with thin lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Nice malty taste, with caramel and anise. Medium dry hoppy finish and after. Good balance between malt and dryness. Not as deep and complex as others, but quite tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Medium tan head. Amber copper body thick body light friut and alcohol scent minimal lacing tasted blend together. wiskey taste at first nice fruits and smooth finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 2, 2005
Nice golden carmel color with light foamy head. Malty nose of burnt vanilla, nuts, carmel, and a slight note of alcohol. Heavey in the mouth with a richness that starts sweet and slowly drys out on the finish. Rich carmel and cough syrup quality which feels like it could really develop with time. Dense and layered, though a bit wound up showing fruit only as a background noise crying to be heard. The finish does warm with alcohol, but all in all I like!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2004
Strongly maltet nose with some nuts and alcohol. Reddish body with a smal beige head. Malty taste with some caramel, nuts and canesugar. Palate is like syrup.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2004
aroma of carmel, alcohol and faint hops. mellow taste, nutty, full bodied. some fruity character as it warmed up a bit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2004
1996 bottle courtesy of Sven.Pours a dark honey with no head but still very active with carbonation.Had little fizzies the whole time I was drinking it.The aroma of thisbrew was very complex as at first I thought this was caramel then I found it to be sweet and malty,maybe fruity.Taste,lovely to be drinking,sipping actually,a brew this old that was this delicious.Rich in body and sweet and malty.The ABV wasn’t that apparent to me.


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