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RATINGS: 2064   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrmojorisin (4) - New Caney, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2004 does not count
A wonderful barleywine. The head does not last long, but that is made up in taste and texture. I will be ageing 2 bottles for at least a year and see how it does. One of the finer barleywines on the market today.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Definitely one of the finer barleywines I've ever tasted. Not too overpowering; well balanced.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Small fizzy head... dissipates completely after a short while. Hazy dark copper body. Aroma is of some malt, light hops, some bread and burnt grapefruit. A little creamy in texture. Tastes like bitter maple syrup. Not overly heavy which is a plus, but still lacks some depth. Overall a very good solid flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Color like a polished old penny or red tide. Little head diminishes quickly. Aroma of Whoppers, bananas, pineapple, concord grape, bitter molasses. Sticky, juicy-fruit barley wine that'll put you on yer ass every time. Delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Nice though fast disappearing beige head. Deep hazy amber colored body. Nose of apricot, nut, roasted malt and some alcohol. Beautiful and strong taste: Malt, nut, fruit, banana and apricot. Sweet at first but developes to a very nice hoppy bitterness with a mild bite of alcohol. A very smooth beer and another shooting star from Anchor!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
This was ruby brown with a good head. There's a good balance here. There's a lot of caramel, just enough hop bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. this is a great barleywine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 Nice dark red with zero head. Floral malty aroma. Starts sweet with medium hop bite in the finish. One of my favorite barleywines.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (335) - Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Attractive red/amber brew with very little head. Sweet malty and fruity aroma(includes light caramel and honey scent). Feels smooth and a little slick and warms as it goes down. Flavor starts lightly malty, fruity and lightly honeyed, which is followed by a mild alcoholic bite. Not as acidic as many other barleywines. Rich and enjoyable fruit malt aftertaste lingers on.

4.2
   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.

4.4
   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.


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