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RATINGS: 1883   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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San Franciscoís celebrated Old Foghorn Ale has been virually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer, in one of the worldís 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29334) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 An unclear orange beer with very little head. It has a fresh aroma of cowberries, black curran, orange, and spices. It tastes sweet of orange, cowberries, black currant, and spices and finishes of with a slightly bitter taste. A fantastic beer - definatly one of the best beers I've ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2004 beautiful stuff. rich rummy smells. tastewise a furious foodfight between people armed with heaps of rotten stonefruit and chocolate on one side of the messhall and those with... er... heaps of hops on the other. ok so the metaphor was stupid but the beer is great. aggressive, rich and sehr tasty indeed. maybe the finish is a bit too suddenly dry, although i guess that's preferable to being cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2002
This beer rocks. The aroma is moderately malty with hints of plum, port, vanilla and a big whiff of alcohol. Itís a beautiful beer. The beer is a lovely dark amber with a small, quickly diminishing light brown head. The flavor is very complex. Initially, itís lightly sweet, moderately bitter and acetic. On the backside it just as bitter and a bit more sweet. The mouthfeel is full and syrupy. The carbonation is quite lively. Finally, this excellent barley wine offers a long, bitter, alcoholic finish. Excellent for sipping.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2002
Very nice. Masks the alcohol beautifully, nicely quaffable considering its abv%. Sweet and explosively malty, has a nice caramel quality to it. Finishes sharp and hoppy, like I like íem.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 6, 2002
christmas cake and brandy. funnily seems less strong than the porter. dusty aroma, wood-aged port also. shame it came in such a small bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Wonderful after dinner, reddish color, fruity aroma and the most wonderful feel on the palate. This a truly fine beer, meant to be shared with some one you love. This is one of the reasons life is worth living.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2002
A fruity nose smelling of cherries. Red/orange glow. Strong hops, but with a molasses, caramel, sugary sweetness to it. Definite presence of alcohol. This is a good example of a barley wine. If you come across one pick it up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2002
On Tap. One of those beers that can manage to be intensely hoppy yet caramelly sweet at the same time. Hop taste is at the forefront, with a good hoppy bouquet, yet it is balanced with a very enjoyable sweetness. Canít tell itís 10%. An absolutely huge, overwhelming beer. Smooth as silk.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2002
1JJ (January 2001) bottling date; aww shucks gotta try it -- $56 dollars and a few of these glorious 7 oz. bombs later, pure heaven. In a small snifter, warm (~68oF), there was a huge and very pleasant bouquet. Although we were a full 18 months past bottling, the malt was huge and the hop profile sublime. Just a tiny amount of sweetness gave the drinking experience of a fine port. Itís my understanding that this brew has been reformulated, upping my samples 8.8% abv to about 11%. Now I gotta try the strong stuff! BTW, I almost tried to take the case back, due to age and many damaged labels. However, we very rarely see this out east. The best decisions are ones you donít make. I savored every teensy bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2002
Poured a little darker than I have come to expect from a barleywine, but the off-white head was pretty while it lasted. Nice malty aroma, which carried through to the flavor, although the hops were still evident there. This was quite smooth from start to finish, and my only complaint was the finish came too soon, the 7oz. bottle being too small to satisfy me. Still, worth a try, but if you like strong ale/ barleywines, i recommend the Old Benchmark Ale made by MacTarnahanís, which I think compares favorably with Full Sailís Old Boardhead at #19 on the overall list.

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