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RATINGS: 2168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.


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2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gururyan (715) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Poured from bottle, quite pungent and powerful on all levels. In fact, too much for my buds.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1537) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Thick dark amber brew... very short lasting off white/yellow head and almost no lacing. Aroma is toward the malt side of things .. caramel and toffee with only slight whiffs of citrusy hops. Dark malt flavors mingle well with caramel ... very light dried fruit and more hop flavor than the aroma. Mouthfeel is on the light side for West Coast Barlewines... Carbonation is light but everpresent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sureshpa (371) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2016
Aroma: Floral, licorice, red berries, roast malts Appearance: Brown, amber, clear, low carb,light beige head, medium lace, Taste: Licorice, chocolate, wood, roast, sly dry sweet bitter finish

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyhallmanti (267) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2016
33cl bottle at home. Pours a mahogany colour with an off-white head which rapidly diminishes to a creamy layer. Aroma of candy sugar, caramel, prunes, alcohol, malt, plums. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter with a warming finish. Notes of caramel, plums, candy sugar, coffee, cocoa beans, strawberry. Texture is syrupy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
evannell (673) - Kraków, POLAND - AUG 7, 2016
Piwo bardzo ułożone.Klasyczny profil słodowy, przyjemne toffi w smaku. Nic tu nie wystaje. Po prostu pije się normalnie, bez zachwytu, ale z przyjemnością. Bardzo proste piwo. Chyba tak ma to wyglądać.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gehbe (173) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - AUG 2, 2016
Clear deep amber with a nice steady dark tan head. Strong aroma of toffee, toast, dried fruits, spice, hints of chocolate and strawberry and resin. Strong sweetness is almost matched by bitterness and acidity. Body is lighter than expected, nice round alcoholic warmness. Very palatable. Dangerous!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WaddlingPlatypus (124) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
355ml at the Head of Steam, Durham. Dark amber with virtually no head. Sharp aroma, almost vinegar-like, with a curious hint of tequila. Faint herbal flavour, with tannic and decayed floral notes; somewhat cloying.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (2386) - CROATIA - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle, 355 ml, courtey of and shared with JFK10000. Pours unclear orange, small beige head. Malty, dried fruit, toffee, spices. Quite sweet with bittersweet finish. Full bodied.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OminouSC2 (424) - SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
Some fruits like dried apricot and plums. Taste is just a bitter-sweet mess! Second swing and a miss from Anchor for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gr_pa (369) - siemianowice, POLAND - JUL 3, 2016
Ruby colour, clear, almost no head, high (too high) carbonation. Vety weak aroma: some malty notes, cereal. Full body, heavy cloying sweetness, Flavour sweet malty, some dry fruits. Bit of alcohol on finish, but also nice hoppy bitterness and flavour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buddybutch (50) - Nantes, FRANCE - JUL 3, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2016 Bottle. Almost no head but very strong carbonation, dark amber. Big malty, fruity, caramel and toast flavor, a bit alcoholic. Sweet and medium bitter. Maybe a bit too much bitter for me in that type (barleywine), but I think it?s classical for American Barleywine. But when it?s malty, I prefer it not too bitter.


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