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RATINGS: 2226   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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3.7
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.

4.2
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 6, 2006
12 oz bottle. Clear ruby garnet hue. Off-white yellowish head. Sweet, raisin and citrus in the nose. Yeasty banana aroma. Also a pruney, cola aroma. Lively, pruney, sharp and ended with a nice burn. Starts with the malty sweet cola flavor. Then the slight banana and caramel flavor. It finishes with a pruny, syrupy sweet dry, graininess. Bottle has it at 8.8%abv. Delicious and sweet with a dry alcohol finish.

3
screigh (737) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Poured a very dark red, aproaching brown. A slight chill haze look to it. No head at all. Aroma is of sweet dark fruit. The flavor is the same as the aroma but it is so sweet it almost tastes like hard candy. The alcohol is well hidden. I wish it had a touch more hops in the finish. Not my favorite barley wine but nice stuff.

4.1
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2006
bottled 05-06, wow looks amazing & I love the way it "tames" itself & becomes a differnet ale... Very complex & strong, esp. for the claimed 8.2%. Wish I had bought a six pack :(

3.4
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2006
On tap at the Beveridge Place Pub Baleywine Bacchanal; ’04 vintage. Dark red with a big head. Light sweet malt aroma. Can almost taste some bourbon in here. A little banana, very smooth with some good hops.

3.8
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Fresh 2006 bottle. Dark brown brown pour with a very nice head. Aroma is malty, soy sauce, a bit of sweetness. Chewy in the mouth with a filling malty flavor and a touch of hops. I’d love to taste this in a few years.

4
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle courtesy of MDS, thanks so much Mike! Deep mahogony red liquid sits underneath a fine ring if thin head. Milk chocolate in the nose, with malteasers candy and floral hops that is subtle. Boozey chocolatey malt, with alcoholic fruit peel flavours mixed with a poungent rum like aftertaste make this one a winner. Silky smooth for the ABV. This could become my favourite style very shortly. Thanks again Mike!

3
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Pours a deep reddish brown with very little head. Nose is mildy hoppy with some vagur alcohol notes, very sweet. Taste is at first sweet with some hop bitterness. Is very fruity and tangy. Sweetness is very lasting and seems like it will never end. Good in it’s own way, but not something I like.

3.6
telepork (84) - USA - FEB 26, 2006
This stuff is impressive. Deep red color with a sweet, alcoholic aroma. Pour a white head with thin lacing. Plenty of hops. Full, sweet palte. Bitter, but not dry, finish. Definitely a fan.

3.4
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2006
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 ok i had a small little one lord knows how old i thought nothing of it. 2006. ok lets go lightly bitter with high malt, a bit sticky on the lips lip vagina, molassas, corn syrup and a peach blended, rich a little empty


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