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RATINGS: 2021   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 6, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 '01 A bit thin for a barleywine, and I don't think that it held it's quality like some other barleywines I've had--Thomas Hardy, Rogue and my own homebrews hold up better. Cidery aftertaste and not as much head as I like to see on a beer that should have a fine, lacy head of foam.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Was not as good as I had hoped. Taste was hoppy cherryish and bitter but not as bold as a barkey wine should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5458) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2004 Had this on draft at the Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA on 11-1-03. Reddish brown body with a medium tan head. Very sweet nose. Full of malt, brown sugar, and light spice. The taste expands on the sweetness with more malt and sugary notes, with some alcohol, and cinnamon. Not a whole lot of hop presence, surprisingly enough. Finishes smooth but with a sticky sweet aftertaste. Good beer! ***Recently had this again from a bottle. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Well what was there poured a cloudy dark ruby color with no head at all. Sweet aroma of dark fruits. Smooth, malty, sweet, caramel taste. Alcohol warms you up on it's way down. This was very sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Pours ruby red and clear with virtually no carbonation or lacing. Aroma is like caramel candy...very sweet and malty. Flavor is sweet and very rich. Body is very chewy and syrupy. Nice alcohol burn on the swallow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Pours a reddish-orange with a thin ivory head. Aroma and flavor of alcohol first, but then some underlying malt and fruit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2003
Wow! If you are a sucker for malty beers (like me), you will absolutely love this one. Beautiful reddish brown colour. Magnificent aroma: sweet, malty, strong but also with hints of citrus and maybe even strawberry!?! Very malty and delicous flavour with a sweet and warm finish. Truly a wonderful barley wine!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2003
A very nice brew with a caramel nose and a beutiful dark amber color. Very thick on the palate, and you can't really taste the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
A very nice, dark, full-bodied, well balanced, brown sugar sweet with a just a hint of spice and little carbonation type of brew. I was just really getting into it when I ran out! Guess it's just so special and expensive to make that Anchor only rations it out in peashooters and charges lots, I mean - they wouldn't want just anybody to be able to drink this stuff, right?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Oh, barleywine. How I love thee, barleywine. No, I'm not writing this while under the influence of barleywine. I love the thickness of barleywines, and this is a classic. Lighter in alcohol than some at 8.8%. What a great caramel nose and warm and soothing finish. Great all around beer with balance towards malt. (Duh!)

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