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RATINGS: 2158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Off white head that died very quickly. Dark amber body. Pine and caramel feel lightly syrupy and smooth. Light warmth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2004
7oz bottle thanks to piscator34. Cloudy dark amber body, no head at all. Toffee and pine in the aroma. Very caramelic palate, big and malty creamy body, very sweet like a caramel pudding with a mild bite of piney hops, perhaps a touch of melon or grapes as in a restrained fruitiness. Warming finish with a light touch of alcohol, quite short ending actually. Rather simple barley wine imo and far less intense than I wished it to be.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Hazy body amber to brown in color with tan head. Lots of lacing. Sweet doughy nose. Fruity bubblegum flavor that gets a bit too sweet. Hops have no chance to break through the maltly onslaught. Finish leaves a sticky mouthfeel as the warm trail of alcohol makes its way down your throat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Red with a thick and sudsy head, smells of citrus and heavy alcohol. Extremely balanced, ultra sticky. Not a letdown.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Deep reddish brown, aroma is citrus and caramel. Flavour is malty and well hopped. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2004
This was a nice rendition of the style. Nice copper/orange colorwith a tight and qyuickly dissipating head. Aroma was very malty and sweet. Excellent flavor that I believe was achieved by the superb balance of the beer; nothing is to overstated. Good caramel flavors. Alcohol is very hidden but definitely present.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Red-amber in color; fruity-alcohol aroma that is quite pleasing; fine lacing in the glass, but very smooth in the mouth. Sweet, complex flavor predominated by malt but balanced with alcohol and mild hops. Excellent barleywine...wish I had more than one 7oz bottle!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1459) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Either the first or second barleywine for me. Have long appreciated it for being excellently crafted even though it's not my favorite. Find the malt to be not exceedingly sweet, but close. I go back to this one over and over hoping to like it more. Perhaps sacrilege to those that love it, but as an adornment in such as "foggy night in the Sierras" I find great comfort.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2004
A fairly malty american barley wine. Pours an amber cloudy color with a prominant caramel aroma. Less hops than its American breatheren. Very round and chewy. Burnt caramel and plums abound with a faint alsohol burn. I prefer my BW's a bit more hoppy in the Bigfoot and Old Crusty bein but a good effort

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
one of the better american barley wines, like the old horizontal. definite american hop presence, but balanced. a nice syrupy and alcohol taste too. too bad it comes in such little bottles and is generally overpriced.


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