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RATINGS: 1883   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JAN 1, 2002
BIG malt flavor! This is more what I expected from a barley wine. Better than the ridiculasly over-hopped Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. I can’t say enough good things about the appearance. This is one like Guinness Draught that deserves more than a five for appearance. My only gripe is that a little too much alcohol flavor came though, but that could be because I let it warm up too much. Next time I will try drinking it a bit cooler. Too pricey to buy on a regular basis, but a very good special occasion beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuKKet99 (39) - Republic of Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2001
Ouch. They should sell this stuff in singles. At least they realized the potency of this brew and sell it in smaller bottles. This is my ’cold day’ beer. Not as bitter or oversweet as most barleywines.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierbrauer99 (2) - Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2001 does not count
A truly amazing barley wine, perfect for the winter season, thank the Lord for Anchor and this superb recipe. If you have not tried, and can get ahold of this brew, I think you will enjoy. Cheers.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2001
I can’t add much to what has been said already. This is truly delectable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2001
(May 2000) Alcohol is 8.8%. Almost has an orange amber hue to it. Thin head, little carbonation. Nose of malts,caramel and bread. Extremely soft malt, very very mellow, lush in the mouth, bready notes, miniscule traces of fruit, hops and alcohol. Slightly warming. Truely outstanding Barley Wine. Emphasis is definitley on the malt here. Easy drinking for a barley wine. Reminds me of fullers vintage. Anyone else get that?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - DEC 11, 2001
A big barleywine. potent stuff at 10%abv but the alcohol is well masked by the stron hops and lingering malty sweetness, very drinkable on a cold evening

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2001
brings back memories--very cloudy memories. Not as sharp as some other barley wines.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - NOV 28, 2001
Very intense, big beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tapIluv99 (41) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2001
My first barley wine Ale, this was a sight to see, was it whiskey? no, it was too smooth, was it brandy? no, the flavors were pleasing...I loved it. After one sniffer glass full, I was numb!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2001
Mincemeat aroma, nicely textured and layered. The 7 oz. size is about right; anything more would detract from the substantial charms of this unique beer. Probably the most balanced barley wine I have had; the alcohol presence nicely offsets the sweetness.


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