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RATINGS: 2221   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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4.1
jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2006
clear dark amber, out of a non-standard-shaped 12 oz bottle. nice complex malt profile which is the first thing to notice, and second is the balanced moderate hops presence. the aroma is hoppy enough so that it’s not sweet, despite all the malt. body is similar, with an "old ale" (caramel, sticky molasses, etc) feel to the malt profile and a piney, resinous, pine-sappy, solvent-like bitter finish on the tongue. the surprisingly warm alcoholic finish is hoppier than i expected - overall, an excellent beer. perfectly balanced, just how i like barley wine.

3.9
jrob21 (3810) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2006
On tap at the brickstore for my birthday. Very nice barleywine. Not as pungent as most others. Alcohol is masked by the purple fruit and malt flavors. Very smooth, full bodied, easy to drink. Lacking the port wine characteristics of some of the bigger bw’s and this is a good thing.

3.9
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottled. Pours bronze with a minimal light tan head. Aroma of fruit, sweet malts, barley, alcohol, and molasses. Flavor is sweet, exceptionally smooth, fruity, mildly carbonated. Good body syrup-like. Excellent brew.

3.9
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Bottle. Aroma was nice, malt and fruity. Poured a darker apricot with a light off white cap. Flavor was very tasty toasty malts and some fruitiness though I couldn’t pick it out. Palate was good not too watery or too thick. I found this to be very tasty and definitely had me wanting more.

3.9
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 Bottle poured into Snifter. Pleasant aroma, rich appearance. Slightly bitter at first, spicy at mid-glass, with a long, smooth finish.

3.3
Delirium (670) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2006
Draught. Pours a copper color with minimal head. Aroma is typical but fairly weak for a barley wine---malt, dried fruits, a touch of hops, and maybe a bit more alcohol than usual. Taste is a mixture of sweet and fruity with some hop bitterness, with a definite alcohol finish. I may have to give this one another try later since so many people seem to like it, but so far I’m underwhelmed---it’s certainly tasty, but doesn’t hold together nearly as well as most quality barleywines do.

3.7
Christian (13823) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Copper with a steady bubbling head. Malt, alcohol and dried fruits in the aroma, sweet flavour with some alcohol. Some bitterness in the finish.

3.8
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 14, 2006
The second barley-wine I’d ever had and one that nearly put me off the style forever, has since grown on me considerably. Deep, copper color. Floral aromas with hints of raisin and bubble-gum. Hoppy tastes and rich, malty backbone with syrupy notes of molasses that finishes surprisingly nice. HOT.

4.3
highgravity79 (2) - cushing, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2006 does not count
finally in 12 oz. bottles here, deep copper color, very sweet balanced nicely with a citrusy, fruity hop. Flavors of banana, bubblegum, raisins, nice alcohol burn, gotta love that. slightly bitter in the finish, overall a great beer

3.4
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005 Amber golden coloured and strong in alcohol with a fruit aroma. Crisp slightly dry malt finish.


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