Serve in Snifter


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 2043   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.

albinotron's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2012
This was a very good purchase from brewery I’d never tried. It reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel in some ways, but it could just be the style. Most barleywines I’ve had in the past were over-hopped (Three Floyds’ being the one that stands out). Very thin head that dissipates to nothing. The aroma is sweet; raisin, plum. Light bitterness on the finish. Thick mouth-feel, a little syrupy, but not in a bad way. I get a lot of plum upon tasting. Alcohol is detectable, but not distracting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drmet (131) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2015
S: -lemons,orange peel,caramel,raspberry,elderflower,apricot,pine T the nose plus grapefruit F: -low carbonation O: -Great barley wine

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (849) - BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2015
Un barley wine, brassé depuis 1975, de 9,4 % abv, fait de first wort et en dry hop. Couleur châtain moyen à roux ambré, à la clarté nette. Bulles moyennes en colonnes droites, peu nombreuses et très calmes. Mousse beige moyen bien crémeuse, stable à 6 mm. Arômes de vin, bois, pointe de cannelle, cassonade, feuille de vigne, malt cara. 1ère bouche souple à veloutée, sur du vin capiteux, des épices et quelques herbes. Arrière-bouche suave, longue. 2ème sur du bois de fût, des châtaignes. Arrière-bouche vineuse, complexe, longue. 3ème sur du malt très doux, beaucoup de vin, du chai, des fruits mûrs. Arrière-bouche forte, épicée, dense. Longueur avec beaucoup de fruits, du bois, levure, malt, vraiment très vineuse. Jambes souples, bien marquées. Levure douce, mais avec du caractère. Alcool très bien, progressif, action massive sur les saveurs. Finale qui se savoure, au sens propre. CONCLUSION : un très grand barley wine, qui donne de la matière pour la philosophie de la bière. Toutes nos félicitations à l’Ancre californienne ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1430) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2015
On tap. Dark ruby color with a froth of light tan foam. Caramel, light roast, raisin, and background sweetness in the aroma. Taste is light bitterness, char, plum, and roast. Coating mouthfeel. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrik (372) - - MAY 27, 2015
Rostfärgad dryck som doftar klassiskt engelsk Ale. Det var längesedan jag Kände denna doft. Ja smakar lite rik fyllig Ale från England med inslag av lite amerikanska toner. Kola åh mjuk krämig i munnen. eftersmake lite sötma godis. Nja mesig öl säger jag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (703) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 27, 2015
bottle bought at Dobre Pivo, Ljubljana. smell is very malty sweet, maltose, malt syrup, notes of dried fruits, plums, light liqueurish / alcoholic. full body, soft carbonation & light sticky mouthfeel. tastes alcoholic, malty sweet, molasses, light sticky, dried fruits, plums, syrup, some citric notes, oranges, syrupy sweet finish. good, was expecting a bit more though, a bit bitter-sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TtV (209) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle 355ml. Hazy brown colour with an off white head that fades rather quickly. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Lovely. The taste is in line with the aroma: sweetness with a mix of chocolate, coffee and a bitter undertone. The warmness of alcohol lasts for a long time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IngetSlick (45) - - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Big, bubbly, beige head. Dark copper colored body. Smells hoppy, some citrus and oak in it. The taste is very sweet, with barley, sugar, yeast and a bitter aftertaste. Great stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salwal (49) - - MAY 22, 2015
Thats a beer... No it’s a barley wine. And a very good one to. Creamy stable head and an Explosion of very pleasent smells. Color is Red to Brown and a bit hazy. Nose is raisin chrismas fruits and hints of lime. Taste is a Hammer of yeast and chocolate and some taste like Port or Sherry with a slight alcoholic warmth. I damn like it much...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (249) - POLAND - MAY 21, 2015
Piana drobna ale sycząca, przypomina tą z szampana, szybko znika niemal do zera. Barwa jasno miedziana tudzież ciemno bursztynowa, opalizująca. Aromat wprost powalający - cała feria suszonych słodkich owoców z gruszkami, figami i rodzynkami na czele, syrop klonowy, miód spadziowy gdzieś w tle chmiel i likier - rewelacja! W smaku lekko słodkie, sumarycznie czuć wszystko z aromatu, fajna rozgrzewająca likierowość i lekka goryczka chmielowa w afterteasie. W odczuciu dość treściwe, oleiste ale nie gęste, nie wyklejające, bardzo gładkie, rozpływające się od razu po języku i podniebieniu, nagazowanie wysokiego jak w belgijskich Ale, drobne. Alkohol mógłby być z deczko lepiej ukryty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wiwetu (68) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 21, 2015
Bardzo smaczny BW. Lekko piecze w podniebienie, co lubię. Bardzo aromatyczny: leśne owoce, słody, trochę chmielu, drewno. W smaku podobnie. Ciało gęste. W tej kategorii cenowej rewelacja.

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 » 205

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
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