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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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3.9
HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), 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.

4
blankboy (7884) - 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
Skinnyviking (9767) - 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
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
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
I was in San Francisco recently and didn’t 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.

4.2
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JAN 25, 2006
Slightly foggy brownish red colour with almost no head (and what is there dissipates almost immediately). However, what this lacks in looks it certainly has in substance. Fantastic aroma of dried fruits, cherries, a touch of hops, and lots of malts. Flavour is complex in the extreme - vanilla, nuts, raisins, sweet malts beaytifully balanced by lots of flowery hops were just some of the things I noted. Wonderful palate - almost like cream or even syrup. Lingering aftertaste that just goes on and on. Lovely after dinner drink or possibly a nice night cap.

5
TheBeerLover (1027) - 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.

4
natedoggkc (165) - 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.

4.1
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.

4
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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