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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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3.7
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Clean long finish, smooth, interesting notes and ample carbonation which I liked. The carmel molsasses sweetness is a bit too much for me, yet not too sticky. Hides the alcohol. More vinous than I prefer

4
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2006
7 oz. bottle from 2003. Pours cloudy amber with minimal, but persistant, beige head. It has a big malty prune-like aroma, with some dark fruits and bread. It tastes almost exactly like it smells: very malty, prunes and dark fruits, some bread at first, and a sweet finish. The body is very smooth with just enough carbonation to make it perky, and the flavors are very well combined. Good stuff.

3.9
JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Pours a deep redish amber. Fruit and sweet malt aroma. Flavors of malt, fruit, and even some smokeyness. Also some caramel flavor, very sweet. Good barley wine.

4.1
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Deep mahogony body with negligable head. Nice aroma, sweet with some malty accents, very light hop profile (almost non-existant). Excellent body, smooth and sweet with good barley and fruit accents. Hops are present but not overpowering. Clean ending.

3.5
HenrikSoegaard (14710) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2006
Bottle. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. Amber colour. Powerfull malty aroma. Abit roasted. Powerfull flavor. Long finish. Oily palate.

3.2
luckygirl (1222) - 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 (6628) - 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.


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