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RATINGS: 1874   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2523) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2001
Smooth, malty, fruity, medium hop depth but primarily malty. Definite and strong alcohol warming. Excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2174) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2001
Warming and lustful. Perfect for cold nights. MMMM!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2001
Like a freight train running across your tongue - and that’s a good thing. Malty & ’big’ tasting. Slight molasses quality... sweetish and soft. Full of flavor and very enjoyable. Don’t like the ’nip’ bottles though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - AUG 18, 2001
Pleasant orange-amber color. Not highly carbonated. Smells and tastes like apricots, with a punch. Big malt up front with a not too strong hop finish and lingering aftertaste. Very tasty, good for after dinner or a nightcap. Enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2162) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 8, 2001
Floral fine foam with great retention. Some easy maltiness with fruit tones, obvious strength, bitter, crisp and clean finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nrime99 (13) - USA - JUL 30, 2001
A magnificent Barley Wine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2001

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2001
The slight cloudiness and sediment are almost a part of the Barleywine style. Truer to the British forebears than most American examples.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davidw987 (23) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 1, 2001
Major malt fest. The nose is malt, the mouth is malt and the flavor is lots of malt. It is what I compare all other barley wines too. Anchor uses the second runnings of this beer for their ’Small Beer’. I’m not a fan of the small beer, but if it makes Foghorn economically feasible, I’m all for it.

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