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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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3.8
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2005
2004 Nip sized bottle: Pours ruby red with a very thin head. Smells very citrussy with some pinesol in the background. Taste is bitter and citrussy with some very nice caramelly elements on the finish.

4
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Very beuatiful and rich aromas of hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. Taste is equally rich, has a coating sweetness with a slightly herbal, alcoholic finish. Low carbonation and a coating, syrupy mouthfeel. So far, this is my favorite barley wine.

4.2
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Itty, bitty bottle from CharlesDarwin. Poured red with a good head. Great aroma, wonderfully balanced with piney hops, malt and alcohol. All seem to play nicely. Flavor and mouthfeel follow suit. Piney and grassy hops form the nice overlayer with the alcohol and malts forming a solid foundation. Flavor also has apects of caramel, cinnamon and honey. Very well balanced and an excellent barleywine. Thanks, Tom!

3.6
stouby (4859) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
Bottled, at home. Red with light brown head, fully diminishing, no lacings. Aroma heavy malty (bread, vanilla) and moderate hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet and moderate bitter, long duration. Medium to full body, creamy, soft carbonated, the alcohol is felt. In perfect balance.

4
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Man these bottles are tiny. I poured all of it into my 12 oz snifter and still have lots of room to spare. Anyways, it pours to a really hazy reddish brown body with a ring of white head around the glass. The aroma is bready, chocolatey, and has some cinnamon/raisin qualities. The aroma is like a thinned down version of Full Sail Old Boardhead. The flavor is chocolatey and malty. Turbinado sugar, raisin bread, flaked malts. This beer is a steal. Even at $2.49 for a 7 oz bottle. A very well made barley wine. The palate has a light warming and good sweet powdered sugar feel.

2.5
stoutchap (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2005
I don’t know what all the fuss about this stuff is. Smelled like urine and alcohol to me. Poured a dark readm with a yellow head. Taste, well definite alcohol notes which were good, like a sherry perhaps, but I don’t know about the rest of it - maybe stale gym shoes or something. My first barley wine, not a big fan. Maybe it’ll grow on me.

4.1
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
This beer pours a nice dark brassy red and is quite clear with minimal to no head. Sweet malty aroma not unlike sherry with plenty of floral hops. I really enjoyed just smelling this brew. The flavor does not dissapoint with lots of fruity tangy goodness - rum raisin, black cherry - followed by a malty warming - caramel, sugar cane - all the way to the belly. The hops really shine through and lend a great balance to this great, clean drinking Barley Wine.

4
ivan9856 (192) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2010 The tiny, 7 oz. bottle yields a clear and lush amber-colored ale with a smallish tan head. There was practically no lacing. The nose is high in both barley and hop aromas, with a touch of alcohol. Dense, rich, and bold in taste, the initial palate rather sweet, likely due to residual sugars, but is balanced quickly by a pleasant hop bitterness. Lightly carbonated, the mid-palate features hints of raisin, fig, black cherry and anise flavors. The long finish is leaves a well-balanced mixture of sweet and bitter and some warming alcohol essence. Reportedly, barley wines benefit from several months or years of aging (best done in a refrigerator). And, while many barley wines carry vintage dates for aging, I was not able to find such marking on this bottle aside from a mysterious “4GQ” indicator under the “Government Warning” language. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this ale quite a bit as a slow sipper for calm moods. (11/3/010: bottle size now 12 oz.)

4.1
yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2005
On tap at Fynske Øldage, Odense, Denmark. Light hazy, copper colored beer with a tan head. Friuty, sweet, malty aroma. Full-bodied with fruity notes. (051028)

3.5
Habanero (4908) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2017 Bottled. Pours hazy amber with a small beige head Aroma of berries, toasted caramel and dried fruit. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly more dry with a hint of bitterness. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft to average carbonated. A nice Barley. 🌟🌟🌟🌟


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