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RATINGS: 2191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
San Franciscos celebrated Old Foghorn Ale has been virually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer, in one of the worlds 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Old Foghorn pours to a beautiful, bright, garnet color with a slight tan head, and a very soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is phenomenal. Aromas of sweet malt, plums, fresh bread, and waves of peppery alcoholic strength flood the nose. The palate is rich and complex, just layers of flavors. Sweet malt, fresh bread, estery fruit flavors of plum, a touch of oak, and a touch of vanilla coat the tongue. The body is nice and hefty, viscous and syrupy. This beer finishes with more malt flavors up front, then is balanced with good hop presence. The finish is a warming one as well, this beer matches the strength of wine and clocks in at about 10% abv. This beer is one of the finest barleywines on the market today. This is a classic and it showcases the wonders of the juice of the barley. Here is a beer that a wine lover can appreciate. The only knock on Old Foghorn for me is the price. This beer is marketed in 7 oz nip bottles and is a bit pricey. I say that because I have had other barleywine of equal quality that are less expensive, and sold in 12 oz bottles. That being said, Old Foghorn is a beer that a beer lover and a wine lover really must try. This beer is meant to be sipped and savored like a fine port or brandy. I would not recommend matching this with food, it is a perfect night cap.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Got a whiff of cherries up front along with a fruity aroma. Taste had some raisin and was a great balance of malt and hops. The alcohol was very light, a great barleywine.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
From the 7oz. bottle. Pours a deep, brownish red with small, off-white head. Nose is an abundance of malts with a tartness in the background. Flavor is so smooth, lots of malts and a nice bitter finish. Superb.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Color; brown. Nose; malty sweet. Palate; slightly sweet with a hoppy character. Alcohol is well hidden.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 15, 2006
7 oz bottle. Golden brown with a big beige head. Nose is sweet malts and a bit of floral aroma. Beautiful flavor, malty and sweet, but with a well balanced hop bite. A touch of alcohol burn to clear out a somewhat syrupy body. A well made and pleasing barley wine!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfhc21 (74) - Midlothian, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Poured from bottle to glass. Golden Brown Head. Very sweet taste and after-taste. Thick and syurpy feel in mouth.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - JAN 12, 2006
This is a great barley wine that you can find. Its everything a barley wine should be.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Bottled. Pours a syrupy looking deep amber color. Aroma is sweet and malty. There is a slight scent of alcohol. Sweet and malty right up front, some alcohol. Mellow fruity flavors. Finish is some roasted malts and a hint of alcohol. A sweet refined barley wine.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Tap, smells great! Looks like gelatin, or congealed turkey grease, which in itself is not all that appetizing, but seems to be a great quality among the sweeter barleywines. Flavor is festive and addictive, if not for the high alcohol I would have ordered several more. Very enjoyable. Highly satisfied customer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours rich amber, with a fizzy, quickly dispersing small tan head. Aroma is very malty and sweet with caramel, nuts, and alcohol. Flavor is dry hoppy, malty (hint of cherry-type flavor). Hops are there, but not overdone. Very pleasant, and not one of those IIPAs with a barleywine label.


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