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RATINGS: 2207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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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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4.1
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Dark copper with a pale orange head that fades fast and leaves some vertical lacing. Nose: Vanilla, peaches, cream, cherries, butterscotch and toffee. Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisons, vanilla and black cherries. Very full bodied and sweet. The alcohol is well hidden. A nice one.

2.9
Sammy (12491) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
Thanks for supplying my wish, Lubiere. She looks like a barleywine, and smells like one (with extra alcohol punch). But it tastes like toothpaste. It is dry and on the thinner side,

4.4
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 Current rating is of a 99’ bottle from Footbalm in trade. Batch #9od. Aged very well. Was like pouring straight syrup. Same flavor and aroma just very smooth and mellow. Can’t wait ’til my BW’s have a few years on them. Original bottle courtesy of Wohlfs. Rating 3.9-Pours amber. Roasted malt/ caramel aroma. Very well balanced. Alot of flavor. Caramel/brown sugar/syrup. Has a liitle hop bite at the end. Very good winter time sipper.

4.2
JorisPPattyn (10061) - BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2004
Red to dark foxy ale; just a slim amber rim. Chocolate, toffee dressing or treacle aroma, truckload of piney hops, vinous. First taste impression is of hop oil, then the treacle seeps trough, but refined, as laced with some top rum or brandy. Some fruit, and sweet as dried cherries or plums. Again piney, cedary flavours. Full syrupy, oily and viscous mouthfeel, some burning alcohol. Very good balance despite the American hops blast, quite balanced with loads of malt underneath. Yet - no rocketlike ABV’s and that contributes to the balance too.

3.7
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2004
Warm glowing red-amber color with small light-beige colored head. Fine aroma’s of black tea with hints of brown rhum, lighty burned malts and cane sugar. In the 2nd fase some vegetal aroma’s, soft spices, and touche of fine hops. It has a very smooth mouthfeel with some alcohol roundness. In the taste there are outspoken hints of hops, fresh corriander, touch of PICON = Frensh Bitter Aperitief, and cold black tea. The aftertaste is thick and is dominated by a vegetal bitterness. This is a real bodywarmer with a complex bitter finish. Thanks Mike alias The Beer God for sending me this one.

4.2
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Pours a beautiful clear ruby red with and off-white head. Awesome dark fruit and hoppy aroma. Taste has notes of various dark fruits, molasses/brown sugar, caramel, aged malts and a great dose of hops. Sweet and malty. Medium body with soft but present carbonation -would have preferred it to be a little more thick. Overall, a great barleywine.

4
Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - NOV 14, 2004
tap at the saucer in FW. Sweet, Sweet, Sweet and that is just the aroma. redhued body with a dark white sustaining head. wonderfully thicksyrupy flavor of dark fruits without being cloying. there are tastes of polums and brown sugar in here. hop on the finish that keeps this balanced.

3.8
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Amber copper color, minimal white head. Roasted caramel aroma, whisky, faint hops. Very syrupy mouthfeel, loads of caramel maltiness, almond, maple. Long finish, very sticky, some alcohol notes, odd bitterness, and an overall assault on the palate. Even though the bottle is small, I didn’t find myself wishing for more. Certainly a good beer in a great stye, but the overly sticky finish and relatively standard complexity keep this from being amongst my favorite barleywines.

3.9
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Slightly hazy amber in color. A ring of film circles the edge of the snifter. Nice blend of caramel and hops in the aroma. Some vanilla there as well. Body is very smooth and sticks to the mouth a bit. Great flavors of caramel, vanilla, hops and toffy. Alcohol is noticable in aroma and flavor. Overall an enjoyable BW.

3
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Bottle. Amber color, heavy hoppy fruity aroma, sweet taste, medium body, light alcoholic finish.


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