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RATINGS: 1869   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Temptation (220) - - JAN 29, 2013
Wow, such a beer! Reddish color with s medium to short beige head. Fantastic aromas to bubblegum, banana, nuts and rhum. Deep and medium taste to honey, nuts, jelly and brown sugar. Bitterness and sweetness very well balanced and structured. High body. An exceptional beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (10208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft at Brickskeller. Clear amber color. Aroma of caramel. Lots of residual sugar in the taste, with a slightly bitter finish. Too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlmostHome (19) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Great Barleywine. One of my favorites. The malt is up front and makes itself known early. Love the head and it definitely makes me think of bread with a touch of spice. Great dark coloring. This is a buy every time I see it beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bjakk (333) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - AUG 14, 2014
Copper colour with nice yellowish head. Raisins, malt alcohol in the aroma. Alcohol, malt raisins, sweet alcoholic bitterness in the aftertaste. High in carbon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1147) - Herning, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2014
35 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark reddish brown with an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, toffee, dried fruits, spices, and alcohol - with a slightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hohops (272) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle, labelled as 10% abv. Appearance- a fairly dark, murky reddy brown, fairly opaque, a one finger beige head which quickly disappears. Aroma- lots of toffee, sweet breadiness, malty, dark fruits, plums, dates, Christmas cake. Smells lovely. Taste- caramel, sweet brown sugar- very dessert-like. Boozy dark fruits, burnt sugar, almonds, cherry coke, gets sweeter (if that’s possible) as it warms, with hints of banana. Full mouthfeel, syrupy, long clinging malty and raisiny finish. This is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pepinis (41) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 3, 2014
Color cobrizo con reflejos de rojo burdeos. Buena formación de espuma pero de baja estabilidad. Cerveza de aroma y sabor complejos. Notas intensas de malta acaramelada que recuerdan al caramelo quemado, toffee, moscatel y frutos secos. La presencia alcohólica es evidente pero bien integrada en el conjunto. En el retrogusto deja un leve dulzor residual pero con presencia final de amargor, no tanto debido al lúpulo como sí por el tostado de la malta y el alto grado alcohólico. Una cerveza para dedicarle unos minutos.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slawek (124) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle. Clear, amber color, small, pernament head. Aroma: Strooong hit of caramel, a lot of bread, maybe some sweet fruits, slight sound of an alcohol. Taste: Very sweet start with quite bitter finish. Bitterness does not overpower sweetness, but it is significant. Sweet flavor of bread, caramel, bisquits with bitter finish. Bitterness short, oily body and low carbonation makes brilliant mouth feel. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2014
What a brew! This brew has played historical roles in my life and will continue to as long as the craft beer industry continues to grow. A delicious barley wine that goes down like a strong stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Excalibur123 (126) - Soria, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2014
Color ámbar oscuro, espuma escasa que desaparece al instante, aromas a chocolate y moscatel, en boca sabor potente con el alcohol bien integrado, apreciándose especias y pasas, amargor equilibrado que le hace tener un retrogusto agradable, cerveza compleja y muy disfrutable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Senka (446) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 31, 2014
33cl BBe 6/2015 Aroma of dry fish, brandy and charred barrels. Pours clear ruby red with thin, creamy, brown head. Taste as a barley wine should - malts, malts and malts. Hops are hard to describe here. It is bitter, but closer to the end of mouthful. No yeast or alcohol in the taste. Extremely smooth and silky - the gravity is quite high, and the bubbles are thin and lively. Long, sweet finish. I now regret that I have opened it, and I do not have another one waiting for me.

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