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RATINGS: 2084   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Deep reddish brown, aroma is citrus and caramel. Flavour is malty and well hopped. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2004
This was a nice rendition of the style. Nice copper/orange colorwith a tight and qyuickly dissipating head. Aroma was very malty and sweet. Excellent flavor that I believe was achieved by the superb balance of the beer; nothing is to overstated. Good caramel flavors. Alcohol is very hidden but definitely present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Red-amber in color; fruity-alcohol aroma that is quite pleasing; fine lacing in the glass, but very smooth in the mouth. Sweet, complex flavor predominated by malt but balanced with alcohol and mild hops. Excellent barleywine...wish I had more than one 7oz bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Either the first or second barleywine for me. Have long appreciated it for being excellently crafted even though it's not my favorite. Find the malt to be not exceedingly sweet, but close. I go back to this one over and over hoping to like it more. Perhaps sacrilege to those that love it, but as an adornment in such as "foggy night in the Sierras" I find great comfort.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2004
A fairly malty american barley wine. Pours an amber cloudy color with a prominant caramel aroma. Less hops than its American breatheren. Very round and chewy. Burnt caramel and plums abound with a faint alsohol burn. I prefer my BW's a bit more hoppy in the Bigfoot and Old Crusty bein but a good effort

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
one of the better american barley wines, like the old horizontal. definite american hop presence, but balanced. a nice syrupy and alcohol taste too. too bad it comes in such little bottles and is generally overpriced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Aroma is malt, fruit, citrus and candy. Very rich and flavorful with mild hints of hops and toffee. Very tasty and quite smooth for a barley wine. Outstanding across the palate, and the alcohol is very well hidden. The only complaint I have for this one is the price. At .42 per ounce it's quite expensive considering you can get Big Foot for .13 per ounce, or Old Victory at .19, it may not be worth the price. Also what's up with the 7 oz bottles? Seems like a marketing scheme to make more money, anyway it really is a great barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2004
This beer presented a pleasant change at a recent barleywine tasting. Aroma of spicy alcohol and malt, with hint of cough syrup, sherry, and dried fruits. Dark red amber in color, minimal head. Flavor is sweet, with complex layers of malt and alcohol revealing themselves in each sip. The nice thing about this barlwywine is that the malt and alcohol complexities stand out on their own, not needing mounds of hops to cover the aroma and flavor. Smooth, warming, and thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Aroma: strong alcohol smell, followed by a bit of carmel and chocolate malts and bitterness.
Appearance: murky orange
Flavor: quite hoppy but smooth, with chocolate, earthy/wood and delicate fruit flavors. light hop aftertaste (not too overpowering).
Palate: compared to the smell, it was very smooth (i was expecting a sharp alcohol taste which disappeared in the tasting). slight aftertaste, see above.
Overall: generally, i found it to be quite refreshing. not too overwhelming like some barley wines and not too light or watery. very good combination and a very drinkable beer. be warned the alcohol sneaks up on you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 3, 2004
7 oz. pony or nip bottle. We call them ponies in these parts. A cryptic 3DJ date code on back of the bottle. Poured out an exceptionally clear, dark amber color, just like a shot of George Dickel #12. Exact same color. A little fizzy at first, then it settled down to a fine lacing around the sides of my glass. Aromas are of bananas, fruity esters, rum soaked dark fruits, like dates, raisins, and prunes. Earthy, sweet smelling, and enticing. Tastes are of a rummy nature. Sugary, earthy, alcoholic, slightly musty, like Grandma's basement, and very malty. The hops are subdued in both aromas and flavors. Warming right away. I can feel this beer fogging my brain after only a few small sips. Alcohol comes through towards the end, only to be smoothed over by the rich maltiness. Wonderful, absolutely wonderful beer. Great stuff. I wish I lived in San Francisco. This beer is enough to make you pack your bags and head out west. I can almost smell the salty air of the Pacific ocean now. This is truly what barleywine was meant to be. Rich mouthfeel, smooth, creamy, and alcoholic. Excellent drinkability. Makes me wish I'd bought a 6 pack instead of a single. Good things do come in small packages. This is proof incarnate.

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