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RATINGS: 2173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Bottle. Dark red tint that glowed in the light, quite nice looking if I should say so myself. Huge thick mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Absolutely great malty taste with spices (white pepper?), burnt sugar. A hint of the alcohol level in the finish. I would definately do this one again (and again).


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzgorog (688) - FRANCE - AUG 30, 2016
Magnifique robe cuivrée, mousse minimale. Nez caramel, toffee, fruits confits, prune, liqueur. La bouche est sucrée et amère, toffee, marmelade, prune, finale sur des houblons herbeux. Le corps est liquoreux et dense, la longueur interminable. Fabuleuse bière, chaleureuse, un vrai régal.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (1917) - Hagen, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2016
0.355 l bottle from ’REWE Budnik & Homberg’ at 9.4% abv, best before August 2016, presumably two years old. Clear, dark mahogany with a medium large, frothy, almost stable, beige head. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of caramel, molasses, raisins, prunes and a touch of licorice. Very sweet, malty and moderately fruity taste of caramel, molasses, raisins, prunes, candied cherries, figs and some licorice, followed by a long, quite bitter, rather warming, pleasantly alcoholic finish. Medium body, slightly oily and a bit effervescent mouthfeel, average carbonation. Heavy, moreish and intense but quite well-balanced and tasty brew, maybe a bit too alcoholic. Should be a good winter warmer, and it held up very well in the cellar!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Blueshawk (82) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - AUG 28, 2016
- schöne rot-braune Farbe mit leichter Schaumbildung - sehr schöne Aromen nach Malz und Trockenobst machen sich in der Nase breit - die Kohlensäure ist für diesen Stil passend dosiert - geschmacklich ist alles in harmonischer Balance - Hopfen, Malz und süße Früchte stehen in perfektem Einklang - selbst der Alkohol hält sich dezent im Hintergrund - im Abgang gewinnt der Hopfen dann leicht die Oberhand und ruft einem in Erinnerung, dass es sich hier um ein Bier handelt Fazit: Ein fantastisches Barley Wine mit einem sensationellen Preis- / Leistungsverhältnis

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerclubsa (30) - Strand, SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 28, 2016
33cl bottle. Wow. Peaches, fresh apricots, caramel, vanilla, pears, watermelon, raisins. Pours a deep garnet with a frothy off white head. A full body with a sticky mouthfeel. Very smooth and complex. Top 5 for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex_leit (2131) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle 355 ml. Amber color. Aroma: floral, fruit, a bit of citrus, raisins, dried apricots, sweet white wine. Taste: sweetest nectar, maple syrup, candies, toffee, raisins, candied fruits, jellies, sweet white port wine and orange peel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1618) - 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 (274) - 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 (714) - 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 (178) - 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!


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