RATINGS: 2191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
San Franciscos celebrated Old Foghorn Ale has been virually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer, in one of the worlds 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 7 oz bottle. 8.2 ABV. New Belgium, snifter-type glass. I let it sit at room temp for 30 minutes because my cellar is 41 degrees right now. Reddish brown color, little head that dissipates quickly. The carbonation gives it a nice hazy head that reforms. Nice lacing. Malty aroma, honey, floral hops, spiced nose. It smells great and wafts up to my nose as I type. Taste is sweet fruity initially then goes into beautiful hops flavors. Initially honey, brown sugar, cloves, and spice. The hops are floral, citrus peel. The hops give it a nice backbone and make it non-cloyingly sweet. The finish is dryish and flavorful. The mouthfel seems a bit thin. My only regret is that the bottle is so small and that I only have 5 left! I prefer this to the sticky-sweet British barley wines. 9/4/8/4/17 4.2

2004 7oz "nip" bottle @ 8.2ABV. I always new the time would come when I would be out of the 04 OF bottles. Tonight is the last bottle, this one with 5 years of age on it. This bottle was stored in a cellar that fluctuates quite a bit. In the hottest part of the summer the bottles are looking at 75 and in the coldest part of the winter, they are seeing freezing ྾) temps. I would imagine the nip bottles would age faster in this format due to the thermal mass and the amount of headspace relative to the volume of beer. I took the bottle right out of a 70 cellar to try the beer. The beer feels cool to the touch, but it could easily be at cellar temps at the moment. Served in a DT chalice. Mild oxidation (good oxidation, no cardboard or anything like that), sherry, dark caramel, wood, rich dark fruits and toffee in the nose. Amazingly enough, there is a thin head sticking around and swirling around like a lava lamp. The mouthfeel is substantial, but the finish is clean and way too easy to drink. The taste is dark caramel, dark fruits, toffee, sherry, wood and alcohol with a mildly hot and bitter finish, something that might not be overly apparent if the beer was served 10-15 cooler. The age on this beer is very complimentary, there is still so much of what made this a great beer, but also some positive aging characteristics. On thing I am sure of is that the beer might not have been able to be aged for another couple years in these conditions. 9/4/8/5/18 4.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 small bottle obtained from AJs Fine Foods in Phoenix. murky amber colour with no head whatsoever. Powerful citrusy hop aroma, sweet raisins along with other dried fruits. the flavour is similar to that also. its very malty and I didnt feel that there was enough hop character to even it out. warm alcohol feeling. dry finish. my first of the style. I bought another bottle that Ill age for a little while to see how it develops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (2140) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2004
7 oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy amber color. The head was about non-existent, with just some lingering bubles around the edges. Caramel, dark fruits and maybe a hint of smokiness to the nose. A silky taste to it, sweet, matly, with hints of the fruits. Maybe a hint of alcohol. The sweetness lingers. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2004
Dark cola like hue with a thin light brown head. Toffee and liquorice nose with a strong fruity kick. Cognac like taste with toasted malt and dark fruits. Sweet and sappy on the palate with a long fruity after taste. A fantastic barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2004
A very good barley wine. Too bad its in such a small bottle. Rich, complex, warming and smooth. This beer is a great example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
This was from this years teaser size 7oz bottle. This poured out a dark mahogany color with a quickly fleeting light tan head. After the head was down to a few random bubbles coating the top no significant lace was present during its consumption. The aroma is of a slightly sweet fruity malt nature with a bit of alcohol emerging after warming. Sweet fruity malt is the main component of the taste with dark fruits showing and a slight earthy tone as well. There is enough hop inhere to give it a good balance and keep this from being an overly sweet barley wine. A full and creamy mouthfeel is what youll get with this as the warm coating fruity covers with every sip. Fairly drinkable with a not so strong alcohol presence and a pleasant taste. Overall a good barely wine but it could defiantly be more complex and flavorful bringing it to a great barely wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastdog75 (364) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Pours a caramel/amber color and surprisingly a decent head for a higher alcohol brew. Big malts here, along with some lemony hops. Alcohol flavor is present as well but not overpowering. Good barleywine, maybe a bit one-dimensional though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Pours deep red with a smallish white head. The malt, alcohol, and hops are all present in the aroma in a very well-balanced way. Taste is sweet at first, then comes the alcohol, which transitions to a slight hop bitterness very nicely. Good stuff.

Rerate, 7/21/5: Strange flavor that I sometimes get from my extract homebrews. Not as good as I remember.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2004
A warm and sweet smell with just a tinge of hopiness in the aroma. Also a slight hint of caramel, apple and alcohol. Appearance is nothing terribly interesting. Dark copper in color with a slight persistent head. Sweet and quite appley up front, with a hoppy and dry finish that does not linger compared to other barleywines. Very easy on the palate with low carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. A pretty interesting beer all in all, but Im not sure its worth the money. I paid about $15 for a 6 pack and thought it wasnt so bad until I got home and noticed that the bottle is 7oz. Bleh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Pours a beautiful copper with a small white head that left a film on the beer. Aroma is sweet and creamy with a fruit character. Taste is spicy and sweet with some caramel notes, smoothing out to a pleasant dry finish. Alcohol is warming but does little to affect the taste. Delicious, though I dont think Id pay 3.99 for such a tiny bottle again.

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