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RATINGS: 1955   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Draft: redish brown, cloudy, with a medium sized, fluffy white head. A fruity, citrusy aroma (orange, maybe grapefruit). Flavor is sweet and fruity, slightly malty, with a dry alcoholic finish, and a bit of sourness throughout. Overall lighter than I expect from a barley wine.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
artvandalay (16) - USA - FEB 18, 2003
Probably the mellowest of barleywines. Not big and hoppy. Very cloying, and sweet. The finish shows lots of gin botanicals, and warmth. Some decent waves of flavors, not as bad as people have made it out to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3026) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2003
No head. Deep brownish garnet color. Fruity aroma. As in other Anchor brews, tart apple is present but Old Foghorn is a bit more sour than usual. Caramel malt flavors dominate. Mild piney hop bitterness rises to prominence in the finish. Somewhat sticky and mildly astringent. Has an slightly alcoholic character but none of the warming feeling I get from other barley wines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Elegant barleywine, urbane, really. Each element is amazing: tempered rich caramel malt, mature piney hops and a pleasant fruitiness, and they all come together so well. One of the finest barleywines. Top drawer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2003
2/12/03: bottle. strong alcohol nose which is almost overpowering. gorgeous ruby red body. complex flavor which includes malt, cane sugar, spice, alcohol and a hint of orange. nice finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Poured a deep red-brown with a thin beige head. No lacing.
Lots of malt and alcohol in the aroma. Hops doesn't seem to play a major role in the aroma.
Malt and alcohol play a prominent part in the flavor too. Syrupy malt at first with a warming in the end. Hop bitterness lingers along with the alcohol in the aftertaste.
Very satisfying barleywine. A sticky brew. Warming and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Smells like a caramel port burgandy wine. Tastes like a caramel port burgandy wine. Looks like a taddy port wine. This is an excellent brew. Very little alcohol sense penetrates the tastebud. I believe this could be my favorite barley wine. Thank you mwsf for providing me this excellent brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Wonderful aroma reminiscent of wine. Little to no head. Smooth finish. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 RE-RATE: Has a nice deep brown hue, with an aroma of apricots, hay and syrup. Taste is sweet, not too bitter, very malty with hints of hops and maple syrup. While the nose is a bit offensive with its grass and hay tones, the flavor is pretty damn good... smooth as hell, which was unexpected for 10% ABV, with a rich caramel and plum flavor coating the mouth long after the Foghorn is gone. Very pleasent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Foggy brown color. Surprisingly to me, this one leans way over to the malty side - I expected a good deal more hops. Besides the malt there were some various fruity notes bouncing around my mouth. On draft at the Winking Lizard 1/25/03

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