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RATINGS: 1840   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2002
Excellent barleywine, one of the best, if not the best, english style BW. Low carbination, very little head, deep amber hue, sweet malty flavor balanced, which is wierd, with the hop bitterness, not as aggressive as I would like, but perfectly balanced, alcohol warms without adding much flavor. I would if rated this higher, but I’m ahop head this falls short in extreme bitterness and ABV, compared to Old crustty and bigfoot, one of the best beers outthere, everyone should enjoy this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 22, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 WHAT A BEER. This is what I'm talkin about! Would've given it even highter but that would be rating it ahead of both Old Crustacean and Old Horizontal and even though this is awesome it falls short on abv (essential to great Barley Wines) and lacks the hop bitterness (Which I like to the point of insanity). To all that don't want the bitterness and abv of many Barley Wines but do want to try a few, this should be at the top of your list. It is a Huge beer in a small package. It costs alot and it's worth it! re-rate 5/22/02: Anybody else taste dried cherries in the finish,... Absolutely delicious. re-rate: Rather thin body for such a big beer. Could use some more hops to balance it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 16, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 Excellent barleywine! Not as hoppy as most of it"s American counterparts -- more of an English barleywine in that respect. Great balance between malt and hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Very full bodied. Warming alcohol effect but not a strong alcohol flavor. Subtle fruitiness. Well balanced in all regards. Great on tap as well as in the bottle. Must be served at cellar temperatures. One of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2002
My first barley wine, and definately not my last. Wonderful malty aroma with a head that wouldn’t quit. The alcohol was a bit too obvious for my liking. Wonderful fruity flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2002
Delicious. Not very familiar with this style. It’s malty, rich, flavors of caramel, wonderful body. I may have found a new friend in the barleywine style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Nice red-brown appearance, hoppy, fruity. Could hardly taste the alcohol at all. Ranks about in the middle of barley wines I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4/2/02,stopped into Redbones before NERAX, i know I know I shouldn’t be drinking barley wine before a beer festival but, this keg was vintage’95,what would you have done??? That’s what I thought ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2002
Not much to complain about except that the alcohol came through too strongly, especially considering that the bottle claimed 8.8%. Not as good as Old Horizontal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2002
Great Barley Wine... not as hoppy as Bigfoot. A good first Barley Wine for someone who has never had a Barley Wine. Hides the high alc. content well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kodos (200) - USA - APR 18, 2002
Ruby red color. Fruit and caramel in the nose and taste. Alcohol doesn’t hit that hard, very well disguised for a 10%. Clean finish. Good!

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