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RATINGS: 1956   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.

Gachupines' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (954) - USA - MAY 23, 2005
Ruby appearance with a foamy head which doesn’t quite linger throughout. Taste is mild for a barley wine. Some hop presence makes it crisp, but pleasant. Overall, a smooth example of a barley wine and the alcohol is hidden quite well. Not my favorite of the style, but I could see myself buying this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergeek_007 (4) - stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
Appearance: reddish copper color with a one finger big head that goes away fairly quickly Aroma: caramel, fruity, malty, Taste: sweet malty , hoppy, little bit boozy Overall this is a really good barleywine

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sine90 (11) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2014
chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, brown, hazy, minimal head, medium bitterness, soft carbonation, bitter, light body,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (1985) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle; Hazy red colour, creamy yellow head. Aroma is dominated of citrus, , fruits berries,. Flavor had a sweet malty, berry, spicy mouth feeling lots of fruiys , big boddy, long fruity finish. Complex Barlywine this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
stefannilssons (1496) - SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
Det här var gott, lite spretigt kanske men gott. Smaken bar toner av päron, kåda och krydda. Kroppen var stabil men balansen satt inte helt på sin plats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorStr (1439) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
Bra balans i smaken, lite dovare i aromen. Lite torrare och inte så fruktig. Traditionell öl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JimmyBoy74 (294) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
355 cl systembolaget. Fantastisk god öl som avnjöts tillsammans med ett lättare julbord dagen innan julafton.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ctplt777 (189) - - DEC 23, 2014
Huge sweetness, like absolute epic raisin, plum and figs. Huge malty syrupy sweetness. The color is what gets me, its a really beautiful dark red, mahogany. Taste is really nice. Big sweet dark fruits with a subtle hoppiness. For 8.8% you don’t really taste it, it’s well hidden but helps cut some of that maltiness down. I have only had a couple barley wines but this one is definitely the best of the ones I’ve had. I’m glad I tried it, it’s a very different style for me but around the holidays this is a great beer. Cheers

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Senap (390) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2014
En trevlig upplevelse så här kvällen före jul. Intensiv smak, en aning tallbarr som ger en viss fräschör.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
simont1 (294) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2014
2 vintages, 2010 & 2014, very very different!


A – Very see through, extremely glowingly strong red colour, very faint disappearing head.

S – Caramel, nutty, browned butter, figs, apricot, huge aroma, kind of reminder to Tom Hardy’s.

T – Loads of caramel, with nutty burned noisette feel, very balanced, and not that sweet, lots of lighter fruits like dried apricot, peach and some fig.

M – Perfectly carbonated, and a bit more full than fresh.

O – 9/5/9/5/15 Total 4.3


A – Orange copper with a solid head.

S – A bit grapefruit, a bit caramel malt, bready, and quite nutty, loads of pale malt and light caramel.

T – Very easy going, nice malt backbone with some lighter caramel, hops are really quite present, floral grapefruit with some grassy bitterness.

M – A bit too carbonated and quite thin.

O – 7/4/7/3/14 Total 3.4

Age seems to do wonder with this one, was closer to a less hopped up Bigfoot fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
veceo (651) - CROATIA - DEC 22, 2014
Hazy ruby red color, big off white head. Aroma of strawberries, malts and bubblegum. Taste of red fruits, malts and yeast. ABV is high but its not evident in taste or aroma. It has medium to full body but it’s very smooth and very easy to drink. It’s fruity, refreshing and I could drink a ton of it. Awesome.

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