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RATINGS: 2152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1272) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Pours a deep ruby/mahogany with very little head. Aroma is mostly a caramel maltiness with orangey hops in the background. Flavor is bitter and sweet with little carbonation. Notes of pine and citrus. The alcohol is quite noticeable in the dry, warm finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3118) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, orange,pine,little cough syrupy, almond liquor. Nice orangy red color. Small to no head. Sweet bitter flavors, same as nose. Thin body, little of a oily/viscous mouthfeel. Lite bitterness, warming finish. Good, yet not satisfying. I get an Ameretto thing happening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Dark red with very thin, short lived tan head. Hops, citrus, malt, sweetness, and fruit in the nose. Taste is fruity, a light touch of hops... pretty sweet and smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (9544) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2004
Dark red and amber with a small head. Aromas are powerful sweet malts, fruit, alcohol and lots of pine hops. Flavours are rich fruity malts and nice bitter hops. Quite rich with nice warming alcohol. Could be Old Crustaceans less aggressive brother.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [7 oz. bottle] Clear copper color with not much head at all. Very sweet and malty aroma with some bitterness and citrus mixed in as well. Very sweet taste initially that quickly goes to a nice hoppy bitterness and a warming feeling as it goes down. Very well balanced and smooth to the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2005 Had this from a 7 ounce bottle, a sensible size for a barley ale style. Tasty, and, oddly, not too heavy of an alcohol taste. This would be my over-all choice for a brew of this style.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (15615) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2004
Bottled (BB 04/2006)
Clear copper color with small head. Bitter, malty, sweet, very complex aroma. Sweet, bitter, hoppied mouthfeel. Well-balanced, potwine-like. Full-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2004
The aroma and flavor are similar on this one...starting light and fruity and ending heavy and sweet. The body is very full, but the pour is flat and the palate left without much action. Overall reminds me of a fruitcake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Aroma of moderate malt sweetness, dark fruits, and alcohol. Small white quickly diminishing head. Clear reddish amber body. Moderate sweetness, light bitterness, and light alcohol flavor that leaves a mild warming in the throat. Medium body with a dry texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 RERATE (3.2): 2006 bottle at blind barleywine tasting: The taste was much more piney and acidic in the younger bottle and the mouth feel not as exciting as before. FL -1, PA -1, Overall impression -2

Original review (3.8) Bottle (2001): Poured a hazed amber hue with a very small fizzy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of raisin, prune, fig, piney and aromatic hops, caramel and toasted malts, earthy yeast esters, and leather. The taste starts fruity and citric to counteract the large sweetness that followed. Earthy and woody undertones ran through. The finish has a lingering bitterness with some spice character. The feel is sharp and biting, minor warming and tingles the palate. Much more balanced and tasted fresher even though it is a year older than the Rogue Old Crusty I just had. Quite nice and recommended.

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