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RATINGS: 2233   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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3.5
JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 A sweet fruity barleywine. Some carbonation. Light brown color. Aroma is of candy and the flavor is sweet malt, fructose, apple, and some grain. Pleasant, and I prefer this style over the heavily hopped barleywines.

4.1
kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Bottle. Poured a perfect dark ruby/amber with a thin off-white, no lacing. Very sweet aroma with an obvious hoppiness and raisins notable. Flavor was very richly sweet, red grapes, raisins, grapefruit somewhat, maybe honeydew. A lot of sweeet flavors mingling here, but not cloyingly so. Smooth and soft in the mouth. A wonderful barley wine.

4
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
If you ever need a barleywine to show someone what a good barleywine should be like, then you can’t go wrong with Foghorn. Aroma is slightly raisiny, alcohol, apricots, and hops. Appearance is nice deep reddish hue, no head, no lacing, but excellent beer. Mouthfeel is a little harsh, but nothing to detract from the beer. Flavors are hops, malts, raisins, figs, brown sugar and a little citrus (only slightly). Overall, this is a perfect winter sipper. Hell, this is a perfect anytime sipper. Always a good go-to beer.

4.1
thomat (4209) - G�teborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2014 A dark amber with no head. Malty and fruity with a nice balance between malt sweetness and bitterness. Full body with a very nice bitter sweet finish.

4.7
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
I can drink this for hours. What a dream. The perfect goodnightbeer and gift for a good friend.

4
shrubber85 (11706) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Bottle. Molasses and raisin bread aroma with strong alcohol note. Reddish amber color with moderate long lasting head. Sweet raisin-orange / fruitcake flavor with moderate alcohol and hops finish. Well blended - the alcohol is readily apparent but not overwhelming.

2.8
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 9, 2006
I am biased, because I am generally not a fan of barleywines. Having said that, this beer was OK. Has the typical barley wine syrupy bittersweetness. Strong malt, molasses, caramel, and alcohol flavors.

4.1
dwyerpg (6496) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Light molasses aroma. The flavor is not very heavy, although a little too much alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Still, a nice solid almost-session barleywine.

3.4
fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle. Rich dark ruby color with a small tan head. Rich malt aroma with a nice dried fruit and hoppy aroma. Nice balance in the flavor with good bitterness and earthy, slight citrus hops and rich caramel malt. Hops in aftertaste.

3.9
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Beautiful dark-red pour with nice foamy head. Pleasant aroma and strong malty flavor hit you upfront. Not as outrageous or complex as I would like, but overall a good barleywine experience.


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