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RATINGS: 2180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nrime99 (13) - USA - JUL 30, 2001
A magnificent Barley Wine

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Old Foghorn pours to a beautiful, bright, garnet color with a slight tan head, and a very soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is phenomenal. Aromas of sweet malt, plums, fresh bread, and waves of peppery alcoholic strength flood the nose. The palate is rich and complex, just layers of flavors. Sweet malt, fresh bread, estery fruit flavors of plum, a touch of oak, and a touch of vanilla coat the tongue. The body is nice and hefty, viscous and syrupy. This beer finishes with more malt flavors up front, then is balanced with good hop presence. The finish is a warming one as well, this beer matches the strength of wine and clocks in at about 10% abv. This beer is one of the finest barleywines on the market today. This is a classic and it showcases the wonders of the juice of the barley. Here is a beer that a wine lover can appreciate. The only knock on Old Foghorn for me is the price. This beer is marketed in 7 oz nip bottles and is a bit pricey. I say that because I have had other barleywine of equal quality that are less expensive, and sold in 12 oz bottles. That being said, Old Foghorn is a beer that a beer lover and a wine lover really must try. This beer is meant to be sipped and savored like a fine port or brandy. I would not recommend matching this with food, it is a perfect night cap.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1431) - BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2015
Un barley wine, brassé depuis 1975, de 9,4 % abv, fait de first wort et en dry hop. Couleur châtain moyen à roux ambré, à la clarté nette. Bulles moyennes en colonnes droites, peu nombreuses et très calmes. Mousse beige moyen bien crémeuse, stable à 6 mm. Arômes de vin, bois, pointe de cannelle, cassonade, feuille de vigne, malt cara. 1ère bouche souple à veloutée, sur du vin capiteux, des épices et quelques herbes. Arrière-bouche suave, longue. 2ème sur du bois de fût, des châtaignes. Arrière-bouche vineuse, complexe, longue. 3ème sur du malt très doux, beaucoup de vin, du chai, des fruits mûrs. Arrière-bouche forte, épicée, dense. Longueur avec beaucoup de fruits, du bois, levure, malt, vraiment très vineuse. Jambes souples, bien marquées. Levure douce, mais avec du caractère. Alcool très bien, progressif, action massive sur les saveurs. Finale qui se savoure, au sens propre. CONCLUSION : un très grand barley wine, qui donne de la matière pour la philosophie de la bière. Toutes nos félicitations à l’Ancre californienne ...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1464) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015
A really beautiful reddish brown ale with light foam. Even when the bottle is opened spreads a lovely winey aroma. There is much fruit in the aroma and slightly malt. The palate is marked by hard roasted malt and lots of fruit. The alcohol has a nice warming effect and edge makes a good vinous fullness. The finish is long and the hops gives it a subtle bitter touch which is in a very good balance with the malty and fruity taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2002
1JJ (January 2001) bottling date; aww shucks gotta try it -- $56 dollars and a few of these glorious 7 oz. bombs later, pure heaven. In a small snifter, warm (~68oF), there was a huge and very pleasant bouquet. Although we were a full 18 months past bottling, the malt was huge and the hop profile sublime. Just a tiny amount of sweetness gave the drinking experience of a fine port. It’s my understanding that this brew has been reformulated, upping my samples 8.8% abv to about 11%. Now I gotta try the strong stuff! BTW, I almost tried to take the case back, due to age and many damaged labels. However, we very rarely see this out east. The best decisions are ones you don’t make. I savored every teensy bottle!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Huge barley wine. Soft, oily and sweet. Hints of citrus and apricot.Malty and rich with a prefume finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iamkenyon99 (3) - USA - NOV 25, 2002 does not count
I will probably never rate anything perfect, but this is as close to perfect as there can be. I just wish it was easier to obtain.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pilsnerrogge (2829) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2003
Reddish brown colour, small head. Smooth, hoppy toffee-aroma. Thick sweet mouth-feel. Hoppy, oily, oaky complex flavour with notes of liquorice and oranges. Excellent beer, the bottles are too small!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drmet (825) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2015
S: -lemons,orange peel,caramel,raspberry,elderflower,apricot,pine T the nose plus grapefruit F: -low carbonation O: -Great barley wine

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2003 I'm convinced this beer on tap makes for the greatest beer drinking experince possible. For some reason, magical things tend to happen in the presence of this beer.

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