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RATINGS: 2158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2010
12 oz bottle pours reddish brown with minimal retaining off white head into a brandy snifter; nice lacing. Strong caramel malt aroma, booze is definitely present, dates, plumbs, brown sugar, apple cider. Upfront caramel malt taste, hard cider/spiciness pervades with a burnt sugar and boozy finish. Oily mouthfeel with medium body and lower carbonation level. Rather unbalanced and thin for the style with too much of a boozy finish for me, but it has a good taste. Drinkability is pretty low.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyW68 (1373) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 29, 2016
Brownish pour with minimal head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit and some floral i did not expect in a barley wine. Taste followed nose less the floral. Minimal alcohol and not sticky at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cokolwiek11 (325) - POLAND - JUN 28, 2016
Dark ruby color cleer beer, low tanned head. Very sweet, caramely aroma. Caramel, hint of red wine, toffe, molasses Taste: high sweet, light bitter. Caramel, hint of toffe, hint of wine, hint of something like iron? (again). Palate: medium body as for barley wine. Low carbonated. Not as sticky as I’m used to with barley wines. Well hidden alcohol. Overall: pretty classic barley wine. Good, but expected more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (356) - Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY - JUN 19, 2016
G: Nice/Barrel/Wein/Hopfen/Americano T: Süß/Schmeichelend/Malz/Hops/Low Alcohol Taste NH: Nicht sehr lang, dafür aber ausgewogen und sehr rund. Der Barley Wine für die Grillparty ;). 355ml Flasche von BEYOND BEER in HH. 4-5 Euro.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blade86 (1222) - Wroc³aw, POLAND - JUN 16, 2016
dark brown, rather clear, minimal foam; caramel, dark fruits, some spices? and alcohol; medium+ sweetness and bitterness; full body, quite thick feel, softly carbonated, long bittersweet finish; Overall: very nice sipper, balanced, well-made, no flaws

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
langeveld12 (418) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
Typical american barleywine. Heavy innthr malts, sweet, well hopped and thick. Well balanced. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (1095) - Århus, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2016
0.355 bottle. Clear, brown color with a crimson tinge and a small, off-white head. The aroma is composed primarily of dark fruits, caramel, and figs with a malty backbone. Taste is also relatively fruity, caramel features prominently again, sugar and raisins make a first appearance. A full body, a creamy texture, and an average carbonation. The finish introduces molasses and is a tad off with its bitterness level; after such an intro I expected something better. Overall the beer is good, obviously it does have shortcomings but let that not overshadow its merits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkolas510 (1142) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2016
Brun/röd med stort smutsvit skum. Doftar och smakar russin, och torkad frukt. Bra öl!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kustie (739) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle. Dark amber color with minimal head. Aroma has dark fruits, some alcohol and caramel. Taste is sweet fruity with long nice aftertaste that has some minor bitterness. Flavors of caramel, dark fruits, berries, raisins. Smooth and tasty one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow (6418) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2016
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Malt, dried fruit, alcohol, raisin, caramel.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, alcohol, caramel, raisin, plum.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RocknSkol (15) - - MAY 19, 2016
Amber and somewhat hazy with a creamy off-white head. Complex aroma with subtle notes of bananas, pears and sugar cookies. Full-bodied with a sweet, complex character. 3 years old and the hops have really mellowed. Delicious.


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