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RATINGS: 2017   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Itzjerm (1577) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Very nice thickness on the tongue. Nice head. Sweet and carmel with a light toffee burnt flavor. Head last and last. Thickness is what I would want. Overall a nice traditional barley wine. Like most anchor beers top notch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1630) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2015
A very solid brew. Creamy with a great balance between malty and hoppy. Strikes with easy to drink, creamy and light body. Oranges and toffee are the main aromas. Still more complex then that with candied fruits like anana, figs, mango and banana. Very enjoyable only think that might put off is the cough syrup aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1906) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
A great old school barley wine. Pours a ruby rouge with a burnished brown body with a thin, creamy off white head. A solid amount of carbonation in the body. The aroma is rich with tons of toffee and caramel malt notes as well as toasted bread and floral hop notes. A nice well balanced profile with lots of heavy malts and more reserved hop notes of light spice, citrus and perfume. A light hop bitterness with a moderate resinous finish. A moderate alcohol presence on the finish leaves a warmth that perfectly accommodates the thick, rich profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (1781) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle from Lisbeer, Portugal. Color is dark copper. Head is super persistent, white and thin to medium. Taste is medium sweet. Nicely balanced taste. Aroma is malty, hoppy, wood, chocolate. I’m usually not into barley wines, but this proves me I’m possibly wrong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bergstaden (1534) - Røros, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2015
Amber with off white head - Good sweet malt aroma - Sweet malt body with dark fruits and some hints of fruity hops in the back with some hints of alcohol - Sweet malt finish - This was real good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Abrakarl (377) - SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2015
Slightly too bitter for me in the taste, but a nice aroma and nice looks on this beer. Never thought too much of this brewery but they were one of the first craft breweries exported into Sweden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GraffitiVandal (98) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
ENG: 355ml bottle from Liquor Mart Winnipeg, poured into the tulip. Very dark amber color, very clear. Nice medium to high dark yellow head. Aromas of roasted malts, caramels and herbal, citrusy and pine hops with some bready / sourdough aromas. Taste is very heavy, smoky, roasted caramel, cloves, licorice, prunes, sweet grapes, soy sauce and hint of sweet bubblegum. At the finish theres some sour-bitter taste of cough drops. It’s really heavy beer, especially in taste, it’s creamy, oily and thick. There’s some medium carbonation and full body. It’s a very deep beer, but not necessarily hitting my tastes. For me too heavy, but for sure interesting! ////~~~///!!!///~~~//// ////~~~///!!!///~~~//// PL: Butelka 355ml kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg, przelana do kieliszka. Ciemno bursztynowe, klarowne. Ładna średnio-duża ciemno-kremowa piana. Aromaty palonych słodów, karmeli oraz ziołowo-cytrusowo-żywiczne chmiele z dodatkiem zakwasu chlebowego. W smaku bardzo ciężkie, wędzonka, palone karmele, goździki, lukrecja, suszona śliwka, słodkie winogrona, sos sojowy i nieco słodkiej gumy do żucia. Pod koniec i w posmaku wyczuwalny kwaśno-gorzki syrop na kaszel. To naprawdę ciężkie, mocne piwo, szczególnie w smaku, kremowe, oleiste i gęste. Średnie nasycenie, pełne ciało. Bardzo ciekawe, głębokie piwo, nie koniecznie w moim guście - nieco zbyt ciężkie, jednak zdecydowanie interesujące!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WilleLW (206) - Lund, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2015
Dark amber/red colour with a creamy head. Aroma of caramel, burnt sugar and fruity notes of apricot, orange, berries and alcohol. Taste of caramel and fruits. A smooth, round flavour with a good feel of alcohol. Fruity sweetness and a rich feel of burnt sugar and alcohol. More taste of apricot, orange, butterscotch and molasses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tomekboniek (162) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 27, 2015
UPDATED: APR 9, 2015 0,3 l beczka. Bardzo ładna, bursztynowa, brunatna barwa. W smaku suszone owoce, słodkie winogrona, truskawki(?). Aromat owoców cytrusowch, słodu. Pierwsze wrażenie w smaku to przypieczony tost, który na długo pozostaje na podniebieniu. Po ogrzaniu pojawia się intensywny smak słodowy. Alkohol doskonale ukryty. Bardzo dobre piwo na długi wieczór. Z racji tego, że był to mój pierwszy BW biorę go jako wzór stylu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sparf (151) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2015
Fruktigt och bärigt söt maltdoft med inslag av hallon och jordgubbe samt lite karamelliserat socker. Vackert tegelfärgad brygd och ett mycket bra skum med stadga och lång halveringstid. Smaken är söt och med en påklistrad beska. Kolaaktig och med russintoner. Ointressant och obalanserad. Hade förväntat mig mer av denna barley wine från Anchor. Fint avvägd kolsyra men lite platt i kroppen. Eftersmaken är även den kantig och obalanserad.

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