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RATINGS: 2225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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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3.3
Delirium (669) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2006
Draught. Pours a copper color with minimal head. Aroma is typical but fairly weak for a barley wine---malt, dried fruits, a touch of hops, and maybe a bit more alcohol than usual. Taste is a mixture of sweet and fruity with some hop bitterness, with a definite alcohol finish. I may have to give this one another try later since so many people seem to like it, but so far I’m underwhelmed---it’s certainly tasty, but doesn’t hold together nearly as well as most quality barleywines do.

3.7
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Copper with a steady bubbling head. Malt, alcohol and dried fruits in the aroma, sweet flavour with some alcohol. Some bitterness in the finish.

3.8
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 14, 2006
The second barley-wine I’d ever had and one that nearly put me off the style forever, has since grown on me considerably. Deep, copper color. Floral aromas with hints of raisin and bubble-gum. Hoppy tastes and rich, malty backbone with syrupy notes of molasses that finishes surprisingly nice. HOT.

4.3
highgravity79 (2) - cushing, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2006 does not count
finally in 12 oz. bottles here, deep copper color, very sweet balanced nicely with a citrusy, fruity hop. Flavors of banana, bubblegum, raisins, nice alcohol burn, gotta love that. slightly bitter in the finish, overall a great beer

3.4
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005 Amber golden coloured and strong in alcohol with a fruit aroma. Crisp slightly dry malt finish.

2.3
Hanratty (36) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
Ruby red. Thick syrupy molasses. A lot of alcohol. Sorry Fritz! Size does NOT matter.

3.2
thewolf (12593) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2006
Great ruby-red colour with a white head that stays. Slightly fruity in taste with a slight alcohol aftertaste.

4.1
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
This beer offers a rich aroma of caramel, malt, yeast, hops, dates. It is a sediment filled mahogany solution with an almond glaze of a head. The head dissolves fast leaving a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass. It is a thick sweet solution that is rich with the tastes of molasses, caramel, and malt. A mild bitterness from hops is introduced as the flavor settles in the throat.

3.7
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 3/10/06 Looks like a mighty nice barley wine with a slight haze (rich red brown), but there’s too many bubbles and too much head. The aroma is pretty decent with malt, fruit (especialy pineapple), bubblegum, and of course, alcohol. the palate is a little too foamy/sudsy ( I don’t think a barelywine should make one burp!). The flavor is a little off. There’s simply too much hops there and it’s slightly cloying with it’s strong maltiness. There’s a certain spiciness to it too which I don’t think is becoming of a barleywine. Alcohol and spice finish. I’m going to age the rest of the six pack and see what develops. 10/3/06 What a difference a little time makes. The appearance is unchanged, but the aroma is a bit more subdued but deeper and sweeter, not changing points there, but definitely evolved. The palate is a little bit creamier and perhaps in turn more viscous, but not changing points there. The flavor is where this gets a boast. Dark fruits and even hints of toasty caramel are coming into their own with hops taking a back seat. That "spice" I noticed before is still there, though overshadowed by alcohol. I had to kick this up a point for the depth, but the sweetness has become a bit much, extending into the aftertaste, so I had to keep it at the same level for flavor. Overall, another point, this is a drinkable brew for sure, but since it’s not bottle conditioned, I should probably finish off the last three soonish. The more I drink, the more the sweetness bugs me, another point knocked off! Just a bit too far with the sweetness. March 29, 2007 Vertical of 2000 and 2005: The 2005 was really the same old beast as I last had, bigger vanilla than I had earlier noticed. The 2000 had a splendid sweet round caramel nose, but the flavors were a slight let down after such good things. More alcohol in the older bottle in flavor too. The newer bottle on the other hand, really surprised, the flavor profile is about right, comparable to the nose, though clearly not the beer the 2000 was. I have to boost the overall by a point after seeing what some age can do to this beer.

3.7
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 3/10/06: Brown. Small whiteish head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and a bit of coconut. With too much carbonation, the palate isnt great. Flavour is a lot like the aroma (sweet and malty), but with more hops than expected. 10/03/06: I raised it a point, the hops arent as out of place as I thought last time (after acquiring a bit of age), it has a nicer, creamier palate. Still has the sweet malt, I detect honey now. I think this is pretty good.


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