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RATINGS: 2197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (18837) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2004
Amber, beige/yellowish head. Malty aroma with vanilla and also some citrus. Flavor is malty but also somewaht vinous. Fruity and brandylike. Quite mild finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2568) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2012 Decent sized head of very small bubbles with minimal carbonation. Peppermint candy sweet aroma, with tons of malts and caramel. Some sprucy hops presence also. Color is a muddy dark reddish/brown. Palate is a bit thinner than I expected for such a thick looking liquid. Rich flavor with tons of malts, caramel, some toffee, lots more spruce and a nice hit of alcohol. Burns the gums a bit. Finish is creamy and warming with a nice touch of bitterness. A very good barleywine. Shame it is such a small bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Pours thick with a thin dense head. Amber in color. Flavor is very sweet with a hoppy balance. Not the grapefruit citrus hop flavor, but the milder earthy hops. Very thick and sweet which hides the high alcohol level.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
1999 Vintage: Dark Orange. Little Head. Very sweet balanced. 1996 Vintage: No Head. Very balanced and smooth. Malty, hides the high alcohol level. Definite improvement to the 99

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
I have to admit, i tasted this beer minutes after Thomas Hardys barley wine, and even though this is a very good beer, it cant messure with Thomas Hardy! It has a clear almost red body, without much head. The aroma is powerful and smells like hops, caramel, fruits and plums. The taste is a bit bitter and sour, and the alcohol bites your palate - but still a good and versatile taste. A good barley wine i would mind drinking again!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5333) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 A very accessible barleywine for inexperienced beer drinkers. I love the cool little bottles. The body is a ruddy brown and has a small light colored head. The aroma is brandy, cherries and, of course, malt. The taste is honey, malt and cinnamon. Extremely drinkable. I could down a lot of this. A little light for a barleywine, but still excellent. Tried again after aging about a year. Still a very subtle version of the style. The sweetness has muted and you get a bit more dark cherries in the taste. Soft mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - JUN 3, 2004
12oz bottle: not sure when it was bottled, but it tastes recent? Quite a nice looking brew, its ruby in color with a nice little stripe of a white head., smells of apples, and alcohol.. the taste is heavy! pretty alcoholy and it stings in the back of m mouth, good though.. the first few bottles i had were better, but this one is really heavy.. pretty good

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (5012) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Bottled 1999 Vintage; Tasted June 1, 2004: Pours a dark amber with a little fizzy head that vanishes quickly. Very sweet and malty aroma. The taste is well balanced between malt and hops. The alcohol is hidden well. Nice and sweet finish. Bottled 1996 Vintage; Tasted June 1, 2004: Even more mellow than the 99. No head at all. The aroma and taste are both very mellow and its hard to tell just by taste that its quite alcoholic. The malty goodness is still there. Although this one didnt scream "Hey, look at me!", I really enjoyed the older version.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Now this is a great brew. I throughly enjoyed this brew. A bit thick with a sweet flavor. Lots a alcohol but not to noticeable. again a wonderful brew

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brownaler (609) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Sampled at the brewery. Has a strong mouthfeel to it like a whiskey and a maltyfinish that I find a little too sweet for me.


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