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RATINGS: 2177   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Bottle labeled "3DS" which means Dec 19 2003. Two years on this beer already! No wonder it’s so fantastic. An opalescent burnt peach ruby glow, with a very very thin head that fully diminshes. Lacing and carbonation are light. Aroma is enticing with fresh cherries, guava and light cactus. Smells creamy and fresh (we’ll see what my cellar does to this in a year). Flavors are mellow, reserved, and not dominating. They could be a bit more pronunced, but the light balance of hops I think prevents that. Apple cider with orange and mulled spices and a touch of rum. Palate is rich and smooth, leaves refreshing piney hazlenut aftertaste. Alcohol makes its’ appearance on the way down.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
very English. Very rounded malt flavors. some brownsugar and bubblegum with hints of fruit and nuts. clean and semisweet with just a touch of hop bitterness. By the way this will be in 12 oz. bottles very soon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Sampled from 2007 bottle. So here’s it goes with a younger version: Esters and a slightly sweet smell. Brown sherry color. Taste is not too strong; it’s actually lightly sweet. Mild hops, but a decent alcohol finish. Ratings: 6-4-7-3-13; total: 3.3.

Sampled from bottle, dated 2004. This tiny sample still had a big malty smell. Less hoppy than, say, a fresh Bigfoot. Some nice fruity esters offer suggestions of strawberry and honey. A nice, cleansing brew. Ratings: 8-3-8-5-16; total: 4.0.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
The aroma was malty w/ dark fruit sweetness, a hint of honey, flowers, and citrus. The beer poured a brownish red color w/ golden orange highlights; no head and very slight lacing. The flavor consisted of malt and dark fruit w/ caramel sweetness and hints of honey and citrus. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, well-rounded w/ a medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
Pours a brown color with a ring of lace around the glass. Aroma and flavor of caramel, malt, alcohol and candy. Light body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Very standard and classic barley wine, very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Very alcoholic aroma. Nice caramel color. Mild caramel taste. Good barelywine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2005
8.2% ABV bottle, marked "4FD". Sweet, fruity, grapefruit and heavy caramel nose, some floral and perfume notes; viscous and malty, not particularly hopped in flavor but it has an earthy dryness, though; somewhat complex, with a tingling alcoholic warmth... maybe some sour orange and peach notes in the flavor. yum.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Well, the brothers-in-law scored, How they managed to grab this, hell knows. Poured rubdy red with little head. Sweet candy like aroma with a hint of alcohol. Flvaor tart and the body and mouth feel wqs thick. Alcohol is there but hidden well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Pour is a ruby red with no head. Very attractive aroma that is sweet and complex. Slow sipping but clean and balanced. Alcohol finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2005
(Transcribing some long-lost notes from ca. late ’02.)



Pretty exotic stuff, but next to Westy 12, the most expensive per ounce I’ve had. I probably didn’t get the experience I would with a full 12 oz. bottle. What stood out most in this are a thickness and fruitiness. Tart. Maybe the most viscous liquid I’ve encountered in a beer. Really complex and well-balanced. Maybe some day I’ll shell out the exorbitant [sp?] 6-pack price.


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