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RATINGS: 1900   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6258) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hartmut (12) - Roskilde, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2002
One of the best, and most complex, beers I ever tasted. Unfortunately not sold in Denmark any more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rstarobi99 (4) - New York, USA - OCT 16, 2002 does not count
Incredibly complex flavor. I couldn’t even begin to describe it with my limited vocabulary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - OCT 16, 2002
Wow! Worth every penny! This has a fantastic finish with a nice, complex palate. Reminds me of a good red wine because of how hoppy it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Brick red with a nice tan head. Raisins and caramel in the nose. Thick and syrupy with notes of raisin, brown sugar and alcohol at the start. Just enough hops at the end to help hide the alcohol. Not as easy to drink as bigfoot and behemoth, but a special barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Dark Amber color, no head, malt and citrus aroma. Big malty barleywine. Taste is nearly oily, fruit and citrus. Slightly sweet at the start and finishes with some hoppyness and an alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round, nearly chewy. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter with some alcohol warmth. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2002
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 8/17/04 bottle sampled on 4/23/07: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a small, frothy, well-lacing off-white head. Aroma boasts plenty of citrusy hops and a sweet, sugary caramel maltiness. Body has a lot of sugary caramel malt and grapefruity hops with a touch of light fruits. A fairly well-balanced and complex barleywine.

1984 vintage bottle, sampled on 10/21/06: Pours a clear dark amber mahogany with a thin covering of light tan head. Aroma of semi-sweet milk chocolatey malt and some caramel and brown sugar complexity with a touch of soy. Body is slightly thinner, but still fairly viscous and sweet, drying out toward a bittersweet raisiny finish. I can’t believe this is 22 years old and still very drinkable!

Re-rate 5/26/05: First time I’ve seen this in 12oz bottles. Has a good hoppy presence and enough malt, but the balance isn’t quite there and there’s a little too much dark caramel and butterscotch flavor without much gritty, sugary sweetness. A good barleywine given its widespread availability, but just not quite as good as some of the smaller brewery’s barleywines.

Re-rate 4/3/2004: Aged at least a year...Aroma is still very green and fresh with a nice malty presence. Goes down very smooth and flavorful. Nicely balanced with good complexity. An enjoyable barleywine that ages well.

10/13/2002: Rich and complex. Very hoppy and malty, just sweet enough to mask most of the alcohol. The nose is reminiscent of wheat and caramel. I think it would age very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
Not bad at all... got it on sale, thank god. So... what do I think; as if anyone really cares... my only real experience with barley wines before this have been the unimpressive sam adams triple bock/maple syrup and the incredible, delicious bells third coast old ale... I must say that I consider this to be a hop monster for barley wines, because i haven’t ever tried one that was so hoppy... the thing is, it works exceptionally well... the finish is incredibly dry while the flavor is predominantly malty with the hints of hops fighting to be recognized, and eventually do... so why am I going on like this? well... this is a great barley-wine, great body, fruit, slight molasses and a slightly floral, musty aroma... but, I think I enjoy the third coast a little better. I guess it will take some time to get used to the hoppiness... then I’ll have a bigfoot or something

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