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RATINGS: 2142   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6441) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
Bottled.<i/> Amber with a beige head. Extremely malty with notes of vanilla in aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (687)
- Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Hops, brown sugar, wheat to the nose. Odd but good dried pear flavor, fairly sweet, good malt and hops flavor, also some apple juice. Lively carbonation. The aftertaste is long, bitter, but brings an odd almost meaty flavor. I like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 I have been drinking this beer for a few years now. As I opened the fridge to grab another bottle I realized that I have indeed been a doofus and have failed to rate this one yet. Understand that this is an established favorite I buy by the case to keep on hand. As such I cradled the little 7 oz brown bottle lovingly in my hands. The opener satisfied me with a gentle popping of the cap and lovely wafts of mist rose enticingly from the bottle. I poured this cloudy mahogany beauty into a nice glass with only the smallest of tan heads arising. The complex aroma of hops, caramel. molasses, and pear drifted lovingly to me as I brought the glass closer in my embrace. The taste - so thick - like a heavy syrup coated my tongue. At once I was washed over with a strong hop bitterness that lightly drifted in to sweet caramel and molasses. Again a hint of pear like acidity slipped into my subconscious senses. After lovingly swallowing this treasure the palate was warmed by a lingering caramel flavor that brought harmony and peace to the mouth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrison (807) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2004
From a bottle, this barleywine poured a dark, reddish hue with a fine, rapidly fading head. Its aroma was sweet and floral, and its taste was well-balanced for a barleywine (but at the cost of diminishing the inherent sharpness the breed).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2004
Bottled. Reddish amber with a beige/yellowish head. Intense malt aroma, with notes of vanilla. Big malt sweetness and somewhat fruity. Woody finish. I found it very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (16536) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2004
Amber, beige/yellowish head. Malty aroma with vanilla and also some citrus. Flavor is malty but also somewaht vinous. Fruity and brandylike. Quite mild finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2491) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2012 Decent sized head of very small bubbles with minimal carbonation. Peppermint candy sweet aroma, with tons of malts and caramel. Some sprucy hops presence also. Color is a muddy dark reddish/brown. Palate is a bit thinner than I expected for such a thick looking liquid. Rich flavor with tons of malts, caramel, some toffee, lots more spruce and a nice hit of alcohol. Burns the gums a bit. Finish is creamy and warming with a nice touch of bitterness. A very good barleywine. Shame it is such a small bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Pours thick with a thin dense head. Amber in color. Flavor is very sweet with a hoppy balance. Not the grapefruit citrus hop flavor, but the milder earthy hops. Very thick and sweet which hides the high alcohol level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
1999 Vintage: Dark Orange. Little Head. Very sweet balanced. 1996 Vintage: No Head. Very balanced and smooth. Malty, hides the high alcohol level. Definite improvement to the ’99

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
I have to admit, i tasted this beer minutes after Thomas Hardy’s barley wine, and even though this is a very good beer, it cant messure with Thomas Hardy! It has a clear almost red body, without much head. The aroma is powerful and smells like hops, caramel, fruits and plums. The taste is a bit bitter and sour, and the alcohol bites your palate - but still a good and versatile taste. A good barley wine i would mind drinking again!

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