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RATINGS: 1955   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle. Rich dark ruby color with a small tan head. Rich malt aroma with a nice dried fruit and hoppy aroma. Nice balance in the flavor with good bitterness and earthy, slight citrus hops and rich caramel malt. Hops in aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (32197) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2008
Århus2008. 12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and amber with a fully diminished white head. Malt dense and overripe fruity aroma. Sweet fruity with an intense hoppy and mild spiced flavour. Sweet and slight spiced finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 An unclear orange beer with very little head. It has a fresh aroma of cowberries, black curran, orange, and spices. It tastes sweet of orange, cowberries, black currant, and spices and finishes of with a slightly bitter taste. A fantastic beer - definatly one of the best beers I've ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
(Bottle 20,1 cl) Copper coloured, slightly hazy from impurities, almost no head. Extremely fullbodied with an avundance of flavours that almost "explodes" in the mouth. Malty sweetish almost fatty beer with a strong warming alcohol. Comes in a neat 7 ounce bottle "perfect for sipping".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Brown colour with a low beige head. Sweet aroma of malt and alcohol. Nice sweet taste of malt and hops. Good Barley Wine !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Bottled. Amberish red colour (hazy), no head. Redwineous plummy aroma. Flavour is typical for barley wine, plum, alcohol and some caramellish malts. Lovely smooth barley wine though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19975) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2002
Reddish brown. The first barley wine I came across. Citrusy aroma, very malty, chewy and fruity. Bitter finish. I liked it then and I love it still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17614) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2006
Bottle. Pours a lovely dark amber colour with a tan head. Malty hoppy aroma with hints of dark fruits and caramel. Sweet malty fruity hoppy flavor with hints of caramel. Warming malty and bitter aftertaste. A nice barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
6th July 2008. Rich semi opaque brown beer with a malt nose. The beer is rich and malty. No bitterness. Soft and frothy in the mouth. Slight fruit in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013
2013-11-10, bottle, bb May 2002, possibly 13 years old, 7-3-7-3-14=34
Brown color with no head, just a thin collar. Malt and caramel aroma, not strong, no hops. Malt flavor with light residual sweetness and low carbonation; it has some alcohol perception and very low bitterness, that leads to a weak final; traces of liquorice.
Definitively declining.

2013-02-12, bottle, bb Mar 2004, possibly 11 years old, 8.8% ABV, 8-4-7-3-15=37
Dark brown color, with minimal head. Good aroma of malt, caramel, hops, with a hint of bitter oranges. Lean body; good caramel flavor, a touch of fudge, with still quite strong bitterness. No real signs of age (oxidisation), but it lost some character.

2012-01-24, bottle from Brewberry, Paris, bb June 2013, 7-5-7-4-15=38
It pours a clear dark red-mahogany color, with a majestic beige head, creamy, reducing rapidly to a thin layer. The aroma reveals the malt and pungent hop of American Barley Wines. The mouthfeel is very smooth, but the body is too lean for the style; good malt and caramel flavor, some fudge and toffee, with respectable bitterness; moderate sweetness. Fresh, which is unexpected in a Barley Wine, but pleasant.
Good, but very immature.

2011-09-30, bottle, bb May 2002, purchased Jan 2002, possibly 10 years old, 8-4-8-4-17=41
The bottle seems to hold little carbonation, it pours a brown color and some deposit; the head is very small, almost absent. The malt and caramel aroma is aged, deep, permeates the room, with notes of nuts and oxidization, fruits and feet; interesting. Good malt flavor, some caramel, correct sweetness; the bitterness is really faded after these years, just the bare minimum; mellow and nutty, with some more roasted nuttiness later; there are traces of oxidization. Good, but it won’t get better with more aging.

2011-09-30, draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 7-5-7-3-14=36
Cloudy dark amber color with red hue; creamy head. Aroma of caramel and malt, light oxidization, some alcohol. The carbonation is too high, compromising the mouthfeel; malt flavor, with medium sweetness, and a candy-like fruity touch; ordinary bitterness. Quite boring if compared to expectations.

2003-05-15, bottle, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Ruby amber color. Deep aroma, malt; a light fruitiness. Very complex, wonderful. Taste more on the caramel and malty side, with just the necessary bitterness.

2002-06-03, bottle, 9-5-8-4-18=44
Beautiful deep amber color. Wonderful malt aroma, very rich, sweet. Classic style Barley Wine. Rich flavor, malty, caramel, winy, a bit alcoholic, balanced by a correct bitterness. Very good palate, sweet and bitter, enough aromatic.

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