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RATINGS: 1982   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5129) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 A very accessible barleywine for inexperienced beer drinkers. I love the cool little bottles. The body is a ruddy brown and has a small light colored head. The aroma is brandy, cherries and, of course, malt. The taste is honey, malt and cinnamon. Extremely drinkable. I could down a lot of this. A little light for a barleywine, but still excellent. Tried again after aging about a year. Still a very subtle version of the style. The sweetness has muted and you get a bit more dark cherries in the taste. Soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WilleLW (200) - Lund, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2015
Dark amber/red colour with a creamy head. Aroma of caramel, burnt sugar and fruity notes of apricot, orange, berries and alcohol. Taste of caramel and fruits. A smooth, round flavour with a good feel of alcohol. Fruity sweetness and a rich feel of burnt sugar and alcohol. More taste of apricot, orange, butterscotch and molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomekboniek (22) - POLAND - JAN 27, 2015
0,3 l beczka. Bardzo ładna, bursztynowa, brunatna barwa. W smaku suszone owoce, słodkie winogrona, truskawki. Pierwsze wrażenie w smaku to przypieczony tost, który na długo pozostaje na podniebieniu. Bardzo dobre piwo na długi wieczór.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sparf (140) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2015
Fruktigt och bärigt söt maltdoft med inslag av hallon och jordgubbe samt lite karamelliserat socker. Vackert tegelfärgad brygd och ett mycket bra skum med stadga och lång halveringstid. Smaken är söt och med en påklistrad beska. Kolaaktig och med russintoner. Ointressant och obalanserad. Hade förväntat mig mer av denna barley wine från Anchor. Fint avvägd kolsyra men lite platt i kroppen. Eftersmaken är även den kantig och obalanserad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pedrens (18) - SPAIN - JAN 24, 2015
Color ambar oscuro translúcido. Espuma beige no mu persistente. aroma fruta madura, cituela pasa,, malta, y un toque algo citrico de fondo y alcohólico. En boca se torna dulce, con sabores a malta, afritado, y algo lupulos aunque de foondo. la carbonatacion es media y la textura algo pegajosa. El final es muy mantido donde el amargor se hace mas presente, junto con el de frutas secas, ciruela Mi primer barley wine...y la verdad me ha gustado...lo recomiendo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarageBrewer80 (70) - SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2015
Flaska från SB. Gyllene brunröd färg med tjock smutsvitt skumkrona. Spritig doft av torkad frukt, portvin och smörkola. Spritig smak av russin, portvin och lakrits- fudge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grubypawel (126) - - JAN 18, 2015
Pours hazy dark Amber with some cream head. Aroma of cane sugar and a bit of hop. Thick and sweet in the mouth with hints of bubble gum and some alcohol. Low bitter finish. Update: an awesome herb aroma when it’s warm. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xlts (34) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 18, 2015
Pours dark red, crystal-clear; creamy head. Aroma is malty and caramely with some evident notes of dark fruit. Taste wise one can feel the perfect combination of sweetness and hoppiness; it’s not an overy sweet, liquorish barleywine. Extremely drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hockert (103) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown and red. With a offwhite head. Smells of sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins and soil. Moist soil. Taste is thick, bit sweet, low carbonation. Quite strong are, I like that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2309) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 14, 2015
This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a nice looking brown color with a slight transparency running about it. A slim half finger-ed white foamy head quickly dissipated. Light somewhat speckled lacing clings yet slides in a good quick thirty seconds. The smell had a big sweet vanilla backed up by a big sweet caramel and light fruity (somewhat like plums). The taste was mainly sweet through the vanilla and caramel. There was a slight tobacco aftertaste with a mildly dry finish. On the palate, this sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. A light tobacco-like quality combined with the vanilla to roll sweetly yet subtly over my tongue. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good English Barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4454) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2015
Flaske 355ml fra Systembolaget, Kiruna. Drukket under nyttårsmiddag i Skibotn 31 Des 14. Mørk rødbrun. 0 skum. God plomme-/ferskenaroma. Smaken syrlige bær. Gjennomgående sherrypreg. Passet perfekt til multekrem!

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