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RATINGS: 1842   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (6371) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
355ml bottle, amber pour. SMell is dark fruits, esters, very malty, some herbal notes and mineral notes. Flavor is rich and malty, dark fruits, sugar, some savory notes. Old school barleywine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CacheManyHose (110) - HONG KONG - MAR 7, 2014
Pours a translucent dark ruby red-brown with barely any white head and some minimal watery lacing. Smells like sherry, melted hard candy, plum and apricot. Tastes similar, with spicy raisin and dried fruit and more port/sherry. Body has a bit of slickness and no carbonation. I can see how this would be really good if you like barley wines, and perhaps this style just isn't for me, but I didn't really like this. I found it overly sweet, and that in combination with the strong alcohol made me think of a dessert wine more than a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HKdIPA (129) - HONG KONG - MAR 7, 2014
Not a big barleywine fan but wanted to try this. Dark caramel pour. Raisiny malty aroma. Sweet maltiness with lots of raisin and other dried fruit flavors followed by slightly bitter boozy finish. Interesting but not something I'd get again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (147) - ITALY - MAR 3, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2014 Amber color, white head. Smells of sweet malts and sweet fruits with some banana. Taste is sweet malts with some honey balanced by a nice hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
henkjanwiegers (98) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2014
The bottle I tried says 10%ABV. Pours a brown color with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, full of syrup and caramel. Taste is deep, filled with lots of honey and sweetness, balanced nicely by the hops and alcohol. Even though it’s not barrel aged, it has some wood-like taste to it. Low carbonation, which I find highly enjoyable in this ale, and a dry mouthfeel. Pretty sweet, but very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (372) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 28, 2014
0,355L bottle (shared by suurjuust, thanks!). Pours red amber-copper with white head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is fruity, sweet, spicy, and mango. Taste is sweet, sour, caramel, fruits, spices, some bitterness. It has nice bitter finish. Overall: nice hoppy barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (863) - ESTONIA - FEB 24, 2014
Orange with ruby highlights, small head. Fruity nose with alcohol hints, malts, slight perfume, sweetness, oranges, spicy tones. Taste is malts, oranges, sweetness, toasty notes, spice. Flat carbonation, full body, smooth texture. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mejs (81) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Clear, amber with medium, short head. Aroma of caramel, really sweet with some nice hops. Full bodied, sticky and oily, with great bittersweet taste. This is a really good american barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zaf (225) - ITALY - FEB 20, 2014
una birra stellare! si presenta ambrata con una schiuma bianca a grana medio-fine..aroma molto particolare..fruttato e lievemente alcolico,non molto intenso ma piacevole..il gusto sprigiona tutte le componenti di un barley wine (dolce,punte alcoiche non pronunciate) ma aggiungendo una componente luppolata lievemente resinosa davvero piacevole nel finale e durante la degustazione..corpo medio e carbonazione tipica dello stile..ottima!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenPI (1) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014 does not count
My bottle was a punchy 9.4%, taking me on a wonderfully enjoyable boozy ride. Like biting into a plum.... if that plum was made out of dark brown sugar soaked in some sort exquisite brandy. Hugely enjoyable

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