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RATINGS: 2226   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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TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Brownish red with a thin white head that quickly diminished. A somewhat mild aroma of pine and molasses that is slightly vinous. Taste is very chewy, spicy, and complex. Dark breadiness with restrained fruity esters. Finish is sweet and sticky with only a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is low, This is a geat beer. I’ve had a number of barleywines that are much too bitter, or do a poor job of hiding their alcohol. This beer has neither of those flaws. It is quite easy to drink.

4.2
Tmoney99 (14489) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. Reddish/brown color with average frothy off-white head that diminished slowly. Complex aroma of malt, toffee and fruit with a small alcohol tone. Medium to full body with smooth texture. Well balanced full flavor with a small alcohol bite at the finish.

4
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2005
(I think this was a 2002 bottle) Big rich sweet malty nose with lots of carmel and some piney hops still present. Awesome mouthfeel; rich and lush. Dripping with sweet carmel malt flavors. Super long finish. Straight up awesome.

4.5
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2005
All I remember when I was trying this beer is that half way through the glass I couldn’t remember my own name. Excellent example of a well done barley wine, on tap at the Freakin Frog Las Vegas. Good drinking, enough said.

4.1
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 17, 2005
Has a copperish color and a small spritzy white head that quickly goes away. Nice malt flavor with a pleasant balance of hops.

4.2
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Right-o! Got to sample this one on tap in San Francisco at the hotel bar. Pretty damn outstanding for a barley wine, but I should say that for a pork chop sandwich it leaves quite a bit to be desired.

4
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2005
pretty great for a barleywine. aroma is very sweet, almost syrupy sweet. Smooth for 10% and worked well at the end of a long night of tasting

3.9
whkingery (8) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2005 does not count
Foghorn has a reddish brown appearance with virtually no head. It is so sweet and smooth that you don’t notice until it is to late that you getting a buzz. The finish is so pleasant that it makes you want to take one more sip and before you know it the bottle is empty. I should have had something to eat before rating this beer!

3.7
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
Nice aroma of hops, also piney fruit aromas. Pours a reddish-brown, carbonated, with a thin head. Flavour is very sweet, heavy on fruit. Strong alcohol presence. Not something you’d like to drink a six pack of. Solid for the style though.

3.9
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 4, 2005
Dark brown, with ruby shines and a thin head. Good balalance between sweet maltiness and bitterness. Nice fresh hoppy flavours. Very pleasant.


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