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RATINGS: 1886   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 (902) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franzen (330) - SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
Caramell aroma, "kolasnören", chocolate, vanilla, dark syrup and actually some tomatoes. Nice malty barleywine where the bitterness just acts to balance the malt and not to dominate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
circinus (213) - SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle 33 cl from Barleywine in Copenhagen. Dark ruby/brown with a thin beige head. Fudge, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, generic dark fruit. Very nice vanilla fudge taste, some sweetness, well balanced bitterness. Fullish body, low carbonation, bittersweet finish with lots of vanilla fudge. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (340) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle. Brown, clear body, with a big, creamy, dark beige head. Aroma of toffee, nuts, creamy cake, berries, dried fruits, some banana, slight citrus. Taste with about the same aromas, with the banana a bit more prominent and some alcohol burn. Thick, oily mouthfeel, with a medium carbonation and it finishes bitter-sweet, alcoholic, sour-fruity and with a slight coffee dryness. Very good, heavy and greatly balanced strong ale. Nice banana aromas, that I experienced in other Anchor beers as well. Overall really enjoyable, but not the best Barley Wine I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoaquimLuiz (21) - - SEP 18, 2014
Coloração marrom-âmbar. Creme bege perene. Aroma inicial de casca de laranja na taça, com maltes torrados e caramelo com frutas maduras em seguida. Sabor de maltes torrados, com dulçor levemente exagerado, mas sem prejudicar, corpo médio, densa, não se percebendo lúpulo. Sabor resinoso. Retrogosto maltado. Boa breja, mas muito adocicada ao permanecer na taça, prejudicando um pouco a drinkabilidade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1175) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2014
355ml bottle. 9.4%. Deep reddish orange-brown colour, foam beige head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of malt, toffee, fruity, raisins, orange. Taste is sweet malty with toffee, brown sugar, caramel, raisins, dark fruity, candied notes and some spicy hop bitterness. Oily mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, warming lingering earthy bitter finish. Very drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
gschrade (716) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 17, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Taste booze, fruity, Carmel. I didn't care for this. I would not drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (1798) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with full head. Aromas of brown sugar, raisin tarts, and sweet malts. Flavors carry the same plus light resins and grass. Alcohol is quite prominent in the finish, and somewhat thin for modern American barley wine, but nonetheless very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SzopPiwosz (153) - - SEP 12, 2014
Zapach z butelki: Intensywny, żywiczno-ananasowy. Piana: Dość skąpa, jasnobrązowa, drobno- i średniopęcherzykowa. Redukuje się do obręczy. Kolor: Ciemnobursztynowe, klarowne z zawieszonymi drobinkami. Zapach: Bardzo intensywny. Na pierwszym planie nuta cytrusowo-brzoskwiniowa, nuty żywiczne, zaraz potem biszkopt i toffi. Bardzo bogata gra aromatów, przeplatanie się. Słodowość, za chwilę chmiel, potem łagodne owocowe estry. Ciemniejsze słodowe nuty - rodzynki, delikatna nuta mlecznej czekolady. W miarę ogrzewania duża żywiczność, nuty tropikalne. Pojawiają się możliwe do wyróżnienia aromaty sosny, ananasa, lukrecji. Smak: Głęboki i złożony. Obfita podbudowa herbatnikowo-chlebowa z nutą suszonej śliwki. Owocowość świeżych śliwek i wiśni. Intensywna, korzenna słodycz w typie lukrecji. Spora ziołowość. Alkohol niewyczuwalny. Słodycz dominuje, choć odczuwalna jest delikatna kwaskowość jak w wiśniach wyjętych z nalewki. Tekstura: Ciało pełne, piwo dość ciężkie, nieco lepkie. Masywne i nieco oleiste, wykleja policzki i podniebienie. Nasycenie: Średnie. Goryczka: Wysoka, ziołowa. Pijalność: Średnia. Coś wspaniałego. Złożoność smaku i aromatu tego piwa sprawiła, że musiałem usiąść i zamilknąć na kilka minut. Dzieje się mnóstwo rzeczy, obcowanie z tym piwem stanowi swoisty wstrząs, wstrząs ekstatyczny. Z jednej strony potężna słodowość z bukietem zacnych cech - z drugiej czuć, że nie żałowano chmielu. Jest tutaj fantastyczna równowaga smaków, wszystkiego jest w sam raz, przy czym wszystkiego jest po prostu dużo. Do tego niewiarygodnie zamaskowany alkohol. Polecam bardzo gorąco.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
graziano85 (312) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 11, 2014
355ml bottle, 10% alcohol on the label. Red/rubin colour with a thin beige head. Smell is ripe fruits, toffee, resin hops. Taste is fruity, maybe plum, caramel, sweet but well balanced with the hoppy final. Also liqueur notes. Oily texture, well bodied, and a nice alcohol warm just in the end, coming slowly. This is a beer to drink alone, before going to sleep. Really a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chromeotaphor (35) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2014
Fruitige caramel aroma’s, prachtige kleur met weinig carbonatie. Doet licht bitter aan, vrij zoetig met nadruk op caramel. Blijft lang plakken in de afdronk. Zeer gevarieerd pallet.

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