Serve in Snifter


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1886   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Share this beer with friends!
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
rotaman14 (80) - Potsdam, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2014
dark-reddish colour. aroma of dates, figs, dark fruit, caramel, some alcohol. taste is sweet, lots of fruit, dates again. medium body. enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (970) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a slightly hazy brown with a ring of beige head. Aroma and taste of dark fruits and caramel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (721) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle 35,5cl. Clear reddish dark amber color, small creamy tan head, recedes after a while to a ring around the edge of the glass, minor lacing; intense aroma of sweet malts, dates, caramel, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, alcohol, citrus; taste medium to heavy sweet, fruity notes, alcohol; full-bodied, creamy texture, sticky mouthfeel, flat carbonation; sweetness continues in finish also some mild bitterness, spicy accents (pepper, cloves), hint of wood. The alcohol is ever present but becomes never pushy, complex and special beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DwarfeD (991) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
355ml bottle at home. Clear reddish brown with a medium slightly off-white soapy head. Full body with light to moderate carbonation. Quite sweet with warming alcohol and some bitter tones. Caramel, raisin, brown sugar, booze, malts, some licorice, ripe (dark) fruits and spices. A powerful tasty brew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chirolante (12) - ITALY - AUG 26, 2014
Barley wine americana. apprezzabile sia per il sapore vinoso (liquoroso) che per l’aroma. la mia preferita del genere!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
One of the great classics among Anchor’s beers, with a creamy, beige head and warm, dark burgundy colour. Very complex and powerfully perfumed, delightful aroma of chocolate bar, cocoa powder, coffee with milk, candied dates, red berries, citrussy hops, caramel, ginger, pepper, cloves... Mellow sweet taste, very rich and deeply chocolatey malty, lovely powdery mouthfeel, very complex with all kinds of fruity and spicy accents, woody finish with warming, very agreeable port-like alcohol which doesn’t become wry in any way and lots of herbal, gentle yet powerful American hoppiness. An absolute masterpiece I’ll never forget and must have again... and again. But more of an old ale than a true barley wine, if you ask me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltman53 (334) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Pours ruby-red with little no hop aroma. Just deep, drak cooked fruits, caramel, toffee, and estery fruitness. Huge middle palate of rich malt, finishing fruity and refreshing. Overall, an American style standard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11983) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft at Brickskeller. Clear amber color. Aroma of caramel. Lots of residual sugar in the taste, with a slightly bitter finish. Too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlmostHome (19) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Great Barleywine. One of my favorites. The malt is up front and makes itself known early. Love the head and it definitely makes me think of bread with a touch of spice. Great dark coloring. This is a buy every time I see it beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bjakk (347) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - AUG 14, 2014
Copper colour with nice yellowish head. Raisins, malt alcohol in the aroma. Alcohol, malt raisins, sweet alcoholic bitterness in the aftertaste. High in carbon.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1  2  3 4 5 » 189

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50