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RATINGS: 2079   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Ruby brown. Citrus, floral, estery alcohol nose. Brandy, cognac like. Sweet chewy caramel and dark fruit malts. Cherry, vanilla, wood, rounded sweetness, medium bodied, with a perfectly balanced, hopped to the top finish. A very nice brew, as far as I am concerned.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
I didn't really like this at all. I suspect that it's just me not really liking barley wine. Sort of a cloudy red-brown colour, with practically zero carbonation. A powerful smell of alcohol and fermenting apples. Very boozy and heavy in the mouth. Maybe I just don't understand this style?

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Perhaps it's just me hating on the Barley Wine, but I just did not like this. Alcohol seemed to be exentuated not hidden. Little carbination, Whiskey taste to it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2520) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
Reddish brown in colour. Aroma is citrusy, nicely hopped, fair amount of malt and some alcohol. Flavour was sweet, some caramel, malty and a fair amount of alcohol. Finish is smooth, slight alcohol burn. Thanks Steve.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2004
On Tap: Beer pours attractive dark brown with ruby red highlights and a amall creamy beige heat that mostly diminishes. Aroma is deep and rich being predminantly malty with alcohol. Flavor is very refined with vinous qualities, wonderful malt sweetness, and very subtle alcohol. A wonderfully crafted barley wine full of subtlety and nuance. Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2989) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
Pours a clear dark copper colour with a small, quickly disappearing head. Smooth and rich aroma of caramel, raisins and citric hops. Low carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Great balance of whiskyish sweetness and medicinal hop bitterness, with just a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. The bottle I had was aged at least a year, although I don't know if that had any effect on the beer. Either way, it's great stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 My first taste of this came out of a bathtub at the Anchor Steam midnite party at GABF in 1992. Very drinkable barleywine. Should be everyone’s first. Hops just right, not overdone. Delicious malt character. Have not had any that has been aged. It is never sold in the bottle in my area, only on tap. UPDATE: In the bottle at my 2006 Barleywine tasting. 2004 vintage. Dark gold with a great head. Lots of apple flavor! Really interesting and fun.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
A good barleywine that doesn't do an all out assault on the palate like most do. Nice hop bite at first sip, which smooths out nicely. I would guess the ABV was lower, not much alcohol sting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Amber color with small white head.Strong malty aroma and flavor.Not as hoppy as some barley wines but does have enough.Alcohol is strong and almost brandy like.Finishes a little bitter with a kick!A good barley wine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2004
Small white head which collapses quickly. Copper brown in colour. Nice aroma of malts, some citrus , hops and vinous. Wonderful taste of barley, almost whiskey like, with raisins, some grapefruit, and alccool warmth. Just what the doctor prescribed on a cold winter night.


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