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RATINGS: 2177   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2004
A wee 7 ounce bottle and a snifter two sizes too large. Caramel, toasted dark bread, and a hint of molasses in the malt aroma (M); earthy, floral hops (M); most of the aroma is present in peach and brown sugar notes. A deep red-brown body comes with an average sized, off white, creamy head that dissapears a tad to quick. Heavily sweet flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly bitter finish. Oh the rich caramel and toffee notes in the aftertaste are simply divine! Heavy body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: the aroma and appearnce are great, but the taste and mouthfeel are to die for!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2004
I have a tough time with Barley wines. I found this sweet and the alcohol well hidden for 10%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2004
Draught. No head, just a wispy ring around the glass. Garnet color. Nose is sweet and fruity. The taste is VERY sweet with notes of molasses, apple, honey, and raisin. The palate is very sticky. Overall good flavor, but hard to drink because of the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eirikur (385) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - APR 25, 2004
Nice malt aroma, small head, deep ruby brown colour, this brew is nicely balanced and masks the alcahol well. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2004
Malty sweet aroma with nice hop backbone. Lovely red tinged brown, with tiny head. Almost raisiny sweet flavour, too sweet really. Picked up by lovely hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1742) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 24, 2004
dark ruby red, a tiny small brown head. Nose is alot of malts, pineapple and just a hint of acidy. Taste is very malty, one of the maltiest barley wine I´ve tasted. Hops are very subtle, well masked, sweet syropy finish. NICE

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2004
Aroma of(Sweet) toffee,estery(yeasty),fruity,malty,hops a good amber/short eggnog head/lace?Taste is very sweet,good.Some of the 8.2% detected.A nice barleywine that is a bad deal,especially because of what it's up against.If they gave you 10 ponnies for that price I would be quite pleased.A good beer to age though..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2004
Yea, this beer is way overpriced when you look at how much you get. Pours a deep ruby color, no head. Thick taste, almost syrup-like. Pretty balanced, but not my favorite barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2004
To start with the bottle is too small. Reddish brown liquid with almost no head. Delicious spice aroma with cinamon and appropriate reminders of Christmas. Thick mouth feel with a spice finish, although not as strong a finish as expected. Slightly syrupy. Personally prefer Old Deuteronomy and Bigfoot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
Color, a clear garnet, with a brief layer of film serving as head. Aroma is sweet is sweetness comes, spicy, with flavors of cherries, raisins, and cognac. Alcohol announces itself early, and gets larger as we go, bold and burning. Taste is tingly, fruity, hoppy, warm, and eventually occupies every part of the senses. Long, no, permanent finish settles comfortably on the palate and sticks it out. Strength becomes thicker, fuller, and the flavor has practically set up camp in the back of the throat. That said, I'm still more a bit disappointed with this latest sampling of Old Foggy, for it's character is some several shades duller than many more other barleywines that have met my tongue. Considering also that it is one of the most expensive American beers on the market, I keep this at the bottom of my to-buy list!

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