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RATINGS: 2208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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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3.2
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2006
12 oz bottle. Beer is a clear medium-dark amber-brown with a small, white, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing head. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of caramel, shortbread cookie; Hoppy with a light note of herb; Yeasty with a light note of basement, trace of dough; Lots of miscellaneous notes—moderate banana (shortly after the pour, dissapates), peach, tropical fruit/bubblegum, apple, light note of alcohol and a sort of fresh air/ozone note, too. Perhaps a bit restrained. The flavor, on the other hand, is not so much. It is moderatly-to-heavily sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic with a long, warm-to-hot, moderately bittersweet finish. Sweet caramel retros. Trace astringency on the gums. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.

3.9
cab (866) - DENMARK - JUL 9, 2006
Resin, floral, caramel, Dark amber, hazy, frothy, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, Nice barleywinefull body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish.

3.7
westcoastbias (12) - panama city, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Anchor Steam expectations. Never tried this one before and a little disapointed. Bottle courtesy of Bottleworks. Colori is deep amber with little head. Immediately I noticed the thickness and sweet smell. Taste wise, it is very sweet and with little bitterness or minimal hop prescence. overall an ok barleywine.

3.8
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Clear dark copper color with a thin white head that fully diminished. Aroma of sweet fruit, with some caramel and molassas. Strong sweet fruit flavor, trailing off into light molassas.

4
Boutip (6433) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep copper color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with good lacing and good retention. Aroma of dry fruits and sweet malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by sweet malt, honey, dry figs and prunes and a subtle bitter finish. Body is above average but could have been a bit more full and alcohol is well hidden.

3.8
CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 27, 2006
A nice barleywine to be sure, a bit syrupy and toned down hops-wise unlike many western USA barlywines. Enjoyed on tap at the Dirty Truth.

3.6
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Tasted on tap at Jack’s Cannery Bar in San Francisco (one of about 80 taps). The Old Foghorn has a dark red color to it and this one had no head. The aroma was of sweet molasses and hops. Now onto the flavor. I am a fan of hoppy barleywines in general (hog heaven is a favorite), but I really didn’t taste it working well in this beer. Instead of a harmony of hops and sweetness, there seemed to be a civil war amongst the two tastes. I didn’t sense that this was 10% at all--very suprised to find that out. The mouthfeel was fine too. I guess I was expecting more from this one, and was definitely let down."

3.6
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
pours thick clear dark copper with a small tan head. nice big roasted fruity (cherry) aroma. loads o sweet malt. hint of warm alcohol. flavor sweet tart cherry and toffee with a hint of chocolate. full bodied and thick. finish is nice roasted flavor with some acidic and bitter notes. solid barley wine.

4.4
rane (1072) - Nibe, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2006
A great beer. Beautiful amber/brown colour. Very nice aroma sweet with notes of fruits and hops. Flavor the same. A very well balanced beer with a long lasting aftertaste.

4.3
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2006
On tap at the Bier Garden in Asheville. First time at the Garden, first time trying this beer. Apparently I was the first person to order the bier since they’d put the keg on, so they gave me a full pint of it instead of a 12-oz pour as the menu indicated (rock!) I like a good strong barleywine-- crustacean, horizontal etc. this is not as strong as those. therefore, I was able to finish the pint with relative ease. This barleywine’s relative mildness is definitely one of its strong points. It comes across very well-balanced, you can still of course easily taste the alcohol, but it’s not as ridiculously overpowering as some of its cousins.


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