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RATINGS: 2212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2006
bottle. Dark amber pour into corsendonk chrismas ale glass. Smells of brown sugar, alcohol, and hops. The hops are subdued by the rich sweet maltiness. Taste is chocolate melted over fresh west coast hops... amazing. I havent had many of them, but this is my fav barleywine so far.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4056) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2006
pours a deep amber with no head and liittle white hue. poured into a sambuca snifter. sweet fruit aroma and taste, alcohol present, but not overwhelming at all. good malt notes with a small, but noticeable hop bite on the palate. overall very yoummy and easy to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maupie (1008) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2006
This beer has a amber body - hue apperance and a coarse white scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had no carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is very bitter with a light spicy afther tast.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewKrew (29) - bellevue, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Big beer in a small bottle. Pours to be a full bodied ale with very little tan head. Great fruity aroma. vanilla and sweet malts accent the flavor and also hides the alcohol well. Very well balanced beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
I was fortunate enough to find this on tap (at the Toronado in San Francisco). It was well worth the $2.75 I paid during happy hour, but I would probably look for something else if faced with more expensive bottles out-of-state. Poured a lovely, murky, vaguely purplish brown with little to no head--just enough bubbles left for a little lacing on the way down. Alcohol dominates the aroma with hints of sweet fruit. The alcohol is a little overpowering on the nose. Tastes of caramel, white grapes, and just a little licorice. Very little hop flavor or bitterness. Alcohol is present on the palate but well-balanced. Unfortunately, the grape sweetness can become a bit much by the bottom of the glass; I wish it were a bit less sweet and a bit more hoppy. Slightly viscous and very smooth in the mouth. Carbonation is light and appropriate to the character of the beer. I was amazed that a barleywine could go down this easily. I could easily drink 2 or 3 at a sitting if I had any inclination to do so.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6563) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, courtesy of "Mike". Poured clear deep red-amber, like hand-rubbed walnut, with an average lasting creamy-foamy light-brown head. Aroma of fresh apples, cut hardwood, light caramel malt, wet spruce boughs and mild resiny hops - initially strong alcohol but it burns off quickly. Taste is pretty much the same - this rides on the balanced apple/alcohol/woody caramel malt; a little boozy, it starts sweet/bitter and finishes slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy, thick, rather still and alcoholic. A pleasant barleywine, very fruity and light, despite the creaminess.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7584) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry. Pours a clear dark, very bubbly, copper with an average size diminishing off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast, citrus hops and more -- wonderful! Nice flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, whisky, hops and a hint of alcohol (which considering the 9% is quite well hidden). Dry finish and full bodied. Good stuff, This is a great Barley Wine.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skinnyviking (9325) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle. Off-white long lasting head. Unclear light red body. Sticky hops alcohol aroma. Smooth, pleasants coffee liquorice flavor. The rating I am looking now says 3.1 from an Australian. Envy ?

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2006
BB May 07. Foreboding tawny red with alright head. Looks powerful. Creamy egginess in the aroma like OSA, fresh mint, pudding, subtle banana and rum, and very subtle nutmeg and rosemary. Great thick, soft mouthfeel but quite a fruity palate. More tropical fruit flavour than big malt with minty hop in the finish. Muddled flavours. Does the little things a lot better than it does the big things, and smells a fair bit better than it tastes. Is this not bottle-conditioned either?? The more US barleywines I drink the more I come to appreciate Bigfoot.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
I was in San Francisco recently and didnt get a chance to try this, which I was pretty upset about. So I was thrilled recently to acquire a bottle. Deep dark ruby red, big reddish head gives way to absolutely nothing - too bad. Fruity aroma, more pronounced than some other barleywines tried recently. Alcohol and formidable hops too. Very nice dry fruity taste. Subtle - hides alcohol well. Nice hops in middle and end. Sweet as it warms. Simple but excellent. Well done anchor, nice to see someone who has be around this long putting out consistently well made products.


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