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RATINGS: 2056   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2003
I've been wanting to try this one for years. The ale pours a clear, wonderfully ruby red color with a very thin, off-white head that does not linger except for around the edges. The aroma is sweetly malty with hints of vanilla and bananas and maybe a touch of alcohol. It has a full body with a small amount of carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is all malts in this one. A malty wonderland opens in your mouth upon sipping, with vanilla, cherry, and honey flavors dancing across your tastebuds. The finish starts with a sweet burst of malty sweetness and ends with just a bit of Cascade hoppiness. A wonderfull and most drinkable barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2003
Ruby red indeed! I actually used that exact adjective to desribe Old Foghorn's appearence before I saw the commercial description. Slight fruit aroma with a hint of properly aged malt. Has very good flavor characteristics for a barleywine, I usually find them to have a strong port flavor, but this was very subtle about it without a strong hit of alcohol. I had this after a pasta dish with a tomato based sauce and it matched perfectly with the oregano in the sauce. A fantastic barleywine, but might I ask, why a 7 oz. bottle? Even Dogfish Head WWS is 12 oz. I want more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Dark fruits in the nose. Smooth, creamy, malty sweet taste. Translucent brown-red color. A cherry flavor came out as it warmed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2003
This bottle had the tightest cap I have ever come across. A Irish red color with a small off-white head. A wonderful floral aroma followed by alcohol, port wine, macerated apples, and a breeze off a lake. Sweet malt fig taste off set by a dry finish. Cascade hop aftertaste. Not being a fan of sweet beers this was right at my tolerance level for me to enjoy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 <Rerate 11-09-03 4.3 overall: 1987 bottle from So. Cal. RB gathering. Poured dark brown with chestnut highlights and some "chunks" in the bottom of the glass. Heavy malty aroma with port wine notes. Flavor is rich and sweet, molasses brandy and evident alcohol. Thick syrupy mouthfeel with little carbonation.> I'm a fan of barleywines and had been looking forward to sampling Anchor's Old Foghorn. I must say that it lived up to it's reputation. It poured with a nice amber brown color with a small off white head which head disappeared quickly. The rich complex aroma offered hints of molasses, honey, flowers, citrus, cherry and tawney port. This is a full bodied brew with heavy malt sweetness and a nice balancing of hops. Though there are others that I like better, this is definitely a great example of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Beautiful glowing ruby color with a nice white head. The aroma was heavy on the floral side with definite hints of cherry, hops bitterness, alcohol, and malty sweetness. The flavor was sweet, with noticeable alcohol. This is a world class great barley wine. I only wish it came in larger bottles. Impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
A brown-red body is topped by a medium thick quickly disappearing head with a nice amount of lace. Fruity hoppy aroma with a good malty balance and a strong alcohol presence. Sweet caramel malt flavor with a strong hop presence, a touch of fruitiness and a slight alcohol bite. The finish is bitter sweet with hops. Full bodied, relatively smooth and oily with a very slight dryness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2292) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2003
High alcohol presence is evident in the nose, though it doesn't hit you over the head with it. Detected some molasses as well. Served on draught in a tulip glass at San Francisco's Toronado pub. Small, off-white head with fair lacing (head and lacing are not necessarily hallmarks of a good barley wine). Red body. Heavily sweet and lightly bitter, this smooth barley wine leaves a lasting impression. Unlike the Sierra Nevada family of beers which almost all have its signature finish, this one does not remind you of Anchor Steam or Liberty Ale. Nevertheless, it is an excellent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
This is a very good barley wine. It is a little bitter and it has a bite, but very good for a barley wine. The alcohol is also very well masked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (9346) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 It's always a shame when a decent beer is constrained to a mere 7oz bottle. Well at least I got to enjoy those 7 ounces. Pours a deep reddish-orange with a thin but lasting off-white head. Aroma of malt, cherry, and alcohol (rum). Medium-bodied and easy to drink for a Barley Wine, with flavors of sweet fruit, malt, and spices. Alcohol is well-masked. The finish is sweet and lingering. Nicely done.

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