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RATINGS: 1867   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5162) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2002
Huge alcohol hit (now 9.4%) overrides all else. How come wines stronger than this taste smooth, but so many beers taste like spirits. This is kinda like Southern Comfort. It’s quite fruity, but other than that it’s just a strong beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2002
the bomb!!! you hear me! tastes like candy, sweet!! liquid cocaine, once you try it ouuta the tap, you can;t go back!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrDick (346) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
One of my favorite barley wines to find on tap at Toronado. Pours dark with quickly receding head. Sweet aroma matched at first by the malty/fruity flavors. But as the barley wine warms, more flavors greet your tongue. Caramel, fruity, smooth, a little acidic, and still malty. Great stuff. Did I mention that it’s on tap at Toronado?!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Aromatic bouquet greets the nose, with clear fragrant British hop presence but predominantly malty. Great fruitness on the palate, mixes of blckcurrant and cherry, with creamy vanilla texture that had me wondering why this beer should be reserved to the afficionado. Sweetness is offset by a dry slightly puckering sourness in the finish. Awesome.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Huge barley wine. Soft, oily and sweet. Hints of citrus and apricot.Malty and rich with a prefume finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Pour this one and you immediately smell sweetness, candy, like banana runts,and Rum.Malty and sweet 8.8% here, I bought this one as a lucky find on my last beer run, Hoppy, warm and smooth going down, perfect beer for a cold Friday after work treat, Baby Nip bottle has got to go. otherwise Recommended !

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
A very enjoyable barley wine. Very complex and unique. Nice but not for everyday use.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2002
A nice bright ruby red color with a soft brown head that quickly disappeared. Notes of soft fruit, vanilla, caramel, and citrus. A bit of malty sweetness is balanced by a nice hop finish. Pretty good.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Fairly new (2005 or 2006) 12oz bottles, batch 6M8 (?). Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, orange/grapefruit), with notes of metal shavings, bubble gum, sherry, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A weak example of a barleywine, to be brief. Unenjoyable, metallic aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2002
such a wonderful beer in such a tiny bottle. The first taste hits is fizzy but quickly melts into a wonderfly complex tastle with a great finish.


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