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RATINGS: 1939   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2003 I'm convinced this beer on tap makes for the greatest beer drinking experince possible. For some reason, magical things tend to happen in the presence of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
Deep,deep copper color hinting at red. Little head that disappears quickly.Aroma of malty sweetness. Very nice taste. Didn’t expect the carbonation on the tongue due to the lack of head. Malt is definately the front but hops are coming up the back stretch fast. Alcohol is very well hidden making this very easy drinking. As I said in my Numbskull rating,I tried barley wine a very long time ago and did not like the style. Times change and so do tastes. Looks like I got a lot of catching up to do with this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Batch 1GJ: Darker oarnge color.Aromas of melons,caramel,and bready,alcohol flavors.Short lived carbonation and head.Slightly ringy. Taste is extremely malty with caramel,nutty,brown sugar sweetness.Finish is modestly bitter.Very defined and balanced..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2002
Don’t care for the bottle much, but it makes it easier to nurse it and enjoy. The alcohol is noticable in the flavor and aroma, but the malts balance it nicely. A very good barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2002
7OZ bottle: Huge dark bread nose with a port character. My bottle says 9.4%, and IHMO 7OZ bottles are silly. Complex taste, smooth mouthfeel make this nice too drink, but it doesn’t hide the alcohol as much as some new ones I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Truly a fine barleywine, as far as I can tell. Very smooth, bourbony, a touch of vanilla maybe, and a hopped finish. Reminds me of the smoothness of DFH Immort.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
A sensational barleywine! This is just top-notch, and from Anchor, of all breweries - I never liked their ’steam beer’. This is a complex, enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2002
What’s with the small bottle? This stuff is good enough to make me want to drink at least 12oz, maybe 24. What gives. Good brew though, best from this brewer so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2002
Sweet smell to it. A beautiful amber color. A little bit bitter. A nice variation on the barleywine style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
(No date on this nip bottle). I remember the days when I’d order this on tap at a bar and the bartender would serve it in a 16 or 20 oz. glass. Oh, what days they were! Or were they? Anyway, Old Foghorn is an extremely unique barleywine - unlike any other! The first whiff includes a good dose of what appears to be Northern Brewer hops (although Jackson lists them as Cascade), followed by a light caramel malt character. This beer has been filtered and pours crystal clear with a dark copper cast and ruby highlights. There’s also a ring of cream colored head which lasts throughout. No Belgian lace, though. The flavor is centered around the hops - not surprising since it’s dry hopped for 9-18 months. The malt flavor is basic and supports the hop flavor and bitterness well. The body is lighter than some ’syrupy’ barleywines which gives it a little more drinkability; although hops tend to help give the impression of a thinner body as well. There’s a light citrusy, almost pine-like, dryness and some gentle fruitiness. The finish is, again, based on the hops - also not surprising since it’s packing around 65 BU’s. A very rewarding beer.

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