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RATINGS: 2163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoufCustom (1531) - HONG KONG - APR 30, 2016

355ml bottle at abv 10% bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.

Looks: Translucent amber brown colour with bits of yeast particles; Less than one-quarter finger head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 15 seconds; Good good sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet Amber malt, with strong alcohol, moderate Brandy, strong plums, dark fruits, caramel, strong toffee, floral, sugar, earth, spices, yeast and light lemon.

Taste: Mid to strong sweet full Ale malt, with strong caramel, very strong sticky toffee, dark fruits, alcohol, fair liquorices, floral, sugar, spices, lemon, quite strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Full body. Thick and smooth palate.

Mouth Feel: Rich Amber maltyness in a fairly oily but smooth background. Strong sweet sticky toffee up front with strong plums and assorted darks fruits. Very sweet but not cloying. Good floral with notable spices. lemon to round. Kinda simple but very nice!

Booze: At abv 10% it’s alcoholic but not abrasive, only slightly Brandy-like with very low knock-on. Excellent!

Hoppiness: Floral, earth, spices, and light lemon in nose, and the same but stronger in taste; Bitterness is quite strong for a lasting, close to high astringent sweet bitter malty finish.

Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, boozy and bitter to mouth.

Comments: As Barley Wine, this one fits all the attributes as rich, smooth, toffee-ish, alcoholic, dark fruity and sweet. What’s more, it’s also finely tuned with moderate liquor-ish taste (much lesser than most Strong Belgian Ambree), nice sweetness, and smart spicy citrusy hoppiness. Very suitable for beginners of the style as well as tasters. A very nice sipper to have!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pedro_Pinho (142) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2016
Turbid brown/red with creamy off white head. Really nice roasted malt and caramel aroma. Smooth taste with a lot of malt sweetness and a well balanced alcohol warm feeling. Very good barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axl (518) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2016
355ml bottle. Clear dark red with two finger beige head. Aroma of pine cones, caramel, rich malts, toffee, grapefruit, citrus and slightly burnt brown sugar. Taste is warming with rich malts, caramel, dried fruits, faint pine and grapefruit, citrus and lightly roasted coffee. Medium yet incredibly smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation and filling slightly roasted caramel aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (446) - SWEDEN - APR 17, 2016
Riktigt tjusig rödaktig, nästan lite hallonfärgad, klar vätska med fluffigt beiget skum som lämnar rester på sidorna. Nötig, brödsirap, lönnsirap, maltsötma men även ett lätt humlebett. Något större kropp, lätt bubblig. Smak av kola, lönnsirap, torkad frukt som avslutas i fint humlebett som balanserar upp sötman fint. Även lätt strävhet av ekfat i avslutningen. En fin, något lättare barley wine som ändå behåller tyngden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokestereo (299) - SWEDEN - APR 16, 2016
Pours hazy brown with a thin line of white head. Aroma; dades, figs, dried dark fruits, vanilla, some booze and caramel. Taste; Dried dark fruits, figs, vanilla, caramel and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PiwnyMarek (799) - Lomza, POLAND - APR 12, 2016
Świetne piwo. Ma przyjemny aromat owoców z odrobiną wanilii w tle. Wygląd jest ok - fajna barwa i słaba piana. Smak natomiast to największa zaleta tego piwa - jest mega pijalne i świetnie zbalansowane. Sięgnę po nie jeszcze nie raz...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1148) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2016
Pours clear deep ruby with a small tight dark cream head fading to a film. Aroma of caramel, overripe apple and pear, dried berries, marzipan, a bit of fruitcake/nuts. Palate rather sweet with layers of caramel, candied apple, raisins and other dried berries, toasted nuts, Bristol Cream. Finish dries slightly with alcohol heat and a touch of bittering hops. Medium bodied, slick, quite soft carbonation. Drinks more in the English style compared to modern heavily hopped barley wines, it’s smooth and well balanced though not so punchy. Must have been quite something when first debuted though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlyx (90) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2016
Sötaktig och knäckig, torkad frukt och viss syrlighet från citrus. Medelbeska.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eripe323 (63) - SWEDEN - APR 8, 2016
Bottle from systembolaget. Pours Brown with dark beige head. Caramell and fruits both in smell and taste. Quite sweet. The fruit comes forward more at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moravius (1063) - Beijing, CHINA - APR 5, 2016
Flasche (355 cl) vom Bierzwerg. - Goldbraun, leicht trüb. - In der Nase harziger IPA-Hopfen über schwerem Karamelmalz. - Antrunk schwer toastmalzig-süß aber nicht klebrig sondern komplementär ergänzt durch kräftige aber runde aromatische Hopfenbittere: bittere Orangenmarmelade, zarte Tabaknote, etwas Harz. Nur mild rezent, sehr schwer, fast ölig, mit deutlichem aber gut eingebundenem Alkohol (Anklänge an Weinbrand). - Schön malzig-schweres Starkbier mit sehr aromatischer „amerikanischer“ Hopfung, enorm rund und weich trotz stattlichen Ethanolgehalts. Große Klasse!

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