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RATINGS: 2180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
Vinous, fruity and hoppy aromas make strong appearances in the predominant maltiness. Almost opaque, murky orange brown with shy off-white head that recedes to ring. Raisins, plums and prunes with blackened caramel, a light roasty bitterness and marzipan finish with alcohol appearing strongly in the aftertaste. Medium body. Though very good, I found it just a bit too sweet for my taste... Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle: Malty aroma with caramel, banana bread, raison, and some alcohol. Much bigger citrus aroma then I’ve come to expect in a barley wine. Pours a mostly transparent orangish-brown with a minimal white head. Strong caramel and fruit flavors with some citrus. Rather sweet at the beginning. Alcohol is hardly noticeable. Light bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Bottle. Medium amber color. Thin film of an off-white head. Aroma is both hoppy and malty. Rich sweet malt stands out, slight floral notes from the hops. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Slightly syrupy. Lingering hop finish. Nicely done, well blended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Bottling code of 4GQ indicated that this bottle came out on August 17, 2004, and was 2½ months fresh when it completed its maiden voyage to the shelves of Sherlock’s Beer and Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia. Priced pretty dearly at about $12 a six pack of the crazy little 7 oz. bottles, I decided to live a little and picked it up.

Looked great in the goblet with a lovely deep orange color, low carbonation releasing a thin collar of bubbles at the top. I guess the glass was half full in this department, rather than half empty. The aroma was warm with grassy and peppery hops literally jumping out of the glass. There was also a raisin like vinousness wafting around as I inhaled.

The taste however was much less intense than I was hoping for. I could detect caramel, grapes, raisins, black pepper, and a hint of smoke, however I had to work the beer around my tongue to detect these flavors, and they were fleeting at best. In mid palette, the beer just tasted like bubbly malt and hop water, and the aftertaste was a bit rubber like.

Mouthfeel was soft and silky, but a bit too thin for the style. I am more used to the tongue numbing, mind altering approach used by Old Crustacean and Bigfoot. Compared to those this beer is much more approachable, but ultimately a bit more hollow. May be additional age will be kinder to this grand old brew.


A stop by the liquor store on my way home indicated a close out price on a batch of sixpacks at $7.99. Thinking this was a good deal on a batch of 7 oz. nips, I picked up a sixer. As the bottle stangely filled up the 16 oz wine glass, I looked at the label. 12 oz. of Barlewine in each bottle, woo hoo. At that price, I think I am going to get a few more sixers. Bottling date of February 8, 2005, purchased on June 1, 2005.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 2, 2004
new keg on tap:dark amber in color with an off white/brown head.not much aroma but the overall flavor is very good.smooth with a brown sugar taste,and not much alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
Had this one after dinner, with coffee and chocolate. Small and thick light brown-white head. Dark brown colour, and taste is very wine-like. One notices immediately that this is a stronger kind of brew. It cannot really be compared with other beers, rather with a good Port after a meal - actually it should not be chilled, but enjoyed at room temarature. Excellent as a digestive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (845) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2004
sweet liquorice nose, tawny and cloudy hue, cognac like flavour with a syrupy palate, malty finish, super.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15304) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 Bottle. Malty/sweet aroma. Quite dark brown colour, sparse head. Flavour is malty/sweet, slightly roasted, peppery, very tasty. Nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Brown colour with a low beige head. Sweet aroma of malt and alcohol. Nice sweet taste of malt and hops. Good Barley Wine !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
(Draft) Maple syrup color with a nice tanish white head. Malty aroma with some citrus. Sweet Carmel malty flavors with some hop burn. A bit of licorice? Definitely some warming alcohol and hops to finish.

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