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RATINGS: 2056   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
A good barleywine that aging can only improve. I detect some oxidation mixed in with the hop nose. The malt/hop bitterness land on your tongue leaving a long lasting impression. You end up with a warm feeling in your stomach. Worth getting six nips and putting them away for a several rainy days a few years from now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2004 this is a true barleywine, with dried fruit aroma's, long taste whch develops in a mouthful aftertaste. In my view one of the best i had so far of it's kind. Well presented too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Bubbly amber body. Weak white head. Fruity aroma. Satisfying flavor and feel. Well respected but I've had better barley wines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Caramel, caramel, caramel, caramel , caramel, caramel, caramel, caremel, caramel, caramel, caramel, caramel, caramel, alcohol, caramel, caramel, caramel. Reminded me of an old horizontal but with much more of that rich caramel flavor and less hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Wow what a great drink. Golden reddish with a nice coulour. Smooth and sweet in the mouth. Doesnt have that hoppyness that you would expect of a barly wine, but just fantastic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2003
It was the RB rater Indra that supplied me with this little 7oz nip of barley wine! It’s so fun to say, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, if you are lucky enough too have more than one you have nipples!! Thanks –E!
Pours a stunning mahogany body and a small tan head, compact with nice lacing. The aroma is mouthwatering, pine sap, truckloads of caramel, grapefruit zest, sumwhat musty. The flavor is totally in line with the aroma, a bit more caramel malt than I had anticipated, notes of oak cask, and a presence of chewing tobacco. I detect some likeness of molasses and plum. The palate is medium and silky, really a very nice beer.
It’s to bad that I only have this one little bottle, it’s simply not enough beer, I WANT MORE!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 The smell of this beast is quite an eye opener. Color is a beauty of a redish copper color and practically no head. Flavor is smooth, very relaxed. Honestly, this is not a hardcore barley wine. It haa a mouthfeel similar to a barleywine, but its very subdued.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Sweet, amber pour, tiny head, big plums, apples, berries, spice, grapes. Big and vinous aroma. Tastes like white wine sopped in artisanal bread. Chewy yet fruity. Superb balance. Clean yet not bitter finish. Explodes with grapey flavor, but not in a Trix-like way. This was good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12155) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2003
(Bottle) Now this is a small bottle of beer. Pours an amber color with very thin head that quickly diminishes. Good smooth taste with light malt and carmel flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Finally a bottle of old Foggy,i missed picking one up in Minneapolis but managed to get one sent my way.Nice amber color,small to no head.Fruity malty aroma with the taste being malty and fruity with a light caramel and mild hops and lightly spicy.The brew wasn't as syrupy as i thought it might be in fact it was quite drinkable and finished off nicely with a mild fruit and spice.Very nice brew,but i still would prefer a bottle of Leviathan over this one.

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