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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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3.4
mybrainhurts (397) - North Dakota, USA - APR 18, 2005
Bright amber pour with a soft tan head. Malty, earthy, somewhat candy sweet alcoholic nose. Bready, caramel sweet, lightly toasted flavors. Not as full in the mouth as I would have liked. Overall, not bad but there are better BW’s to sample.

3.3
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2005
Draft - beautiful appearance. Looks like a barleywine should! As the Commercial Description says, ruby red with little carbonation. A smallish beige head. Malty aroma. This was this year’s vinatage - and it is surprisingly sweet. Very few hops. Good, but for my taste, not as good as rated here.

4.6
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 deep red with no head. taste is caramel and slight hops kind of sweet. very smooth almoast creamy at first then slight dryness. very very good.

3.8
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2005
On tap. Dark amber color with a small off white head. Sweet malt aroma with lots of caramel and dark fruits. Flavor was pretty much the same as the aroma. Probably shouldn’t have bought a pint of this, it was just too sweet by the end. First 8 or 9 ounces were terriffic but then it started to get a bit cloying. That was my fault though, I should have sticked with a smaller sized sample.

3.8
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 Bottle: Appears to be an older 7 ounce bottle. Pours golden amber with a nice off white head. The head lacks creaminess in my opinion. Nice fruity aroma mixed with whisky and wine and malts. Taste adds bubble gum and toffee with a hint of butterscotch. Very good Barley Wine.

4
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2005
Pours golden amber with a thick offwhite head. Smells like a sweet candy such an non-bber smell, very nice though. Tastes so sweet no alcohol taste just sweet barley and malt taste aftertaste is very short and simplistic, but alright. A simple beer, that is very nice for the simplicity.

2.8
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
Pours thick like and red like old and diluted transmission fluid. Aroma is a mixture of whisky and wine. The rush of alchol is very quick, but goes away far too quickly for it to be appreciated. The malt seems to be responsible for the quick alcohol visit. An average barleywine at best; I’ve had much better.

3.9
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - APR 3, 2005
deep red hue, light head alcohol taste was masked well, not my favorite style but this one was very good.

3.6
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Old bottle given to me by beerhandy.. Forgot the age he told me but i think it was well over 5 years.. poured a nice ruby red with very little head and some big chewy chunks. Nice sweet toffee, fig aroma with a bit of citrus. Flavor is raisins, figs, a bit of citrus with an alcohol finish. Mellow on the hops but I’m sure that is because of the age. I’ll have to try a fresh one to compare.

3.8
andershn (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2005
20 cL bottle. Clear, reddish brown with a smooth, but short lived head. Strong and pleasant aroma, toffee, sweet and sour, that disappears with the head. Flavour is a mixture of toffee and orange turning into an alcoholic bitterness. Carbonation in good balance with flavours makes for a good mouthfeel. Very good.


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