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RATINGS: 2191   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
caribou43 (767) - Lausanne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 1, 2016
I bought this bottle at Amstein, St-Lgier. I drank it yesterday at home. I was tired but it is the kind of beer that you become again happy in this unfair life. The color is copper/orange, middle/low carbonation, thin foam. The taste is perfect, powerful at the tongue and through the throat. It is malty, grape sugar, caramel, plum, some cynamon and there is a nice touch of hop at the final and we dont have this impression to get 8.8 degrees of alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5009) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2016
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 3/27/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a nice 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light molasses, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light molasses, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slightly slick/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barleywine! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrus86 (587) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2016
BOTTLE. Crimson pour with quick fading head.. Sweet toffee, malt & candy nose.. Sweet caramel/toffee malt throughout, some heavy hop bitterness in middle, finishing almost as fruit cake.. Sourced RW

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbbeer (773) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Pours amber brown with medium large beige head. Aroma is caramel, yeast, raisins, bread. Medium full body. A minor alcohol presence. Flavor is quite tasty up front, sweet bread and dried fruits and caramel. Unfortunately the finish does not quite live up, somewhat less complex and harsher. Nonetheless quite good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
siewczenko (43) - POLAND - OCT 6, 2016
Mocno miedziana barwa. Piana niska i szybko ulatująca choć to raczej normalne w tym stylu. Aromat słodowy. Delikatna goryczka. Super zalepek. Fajne piwo do sączenia na jesienne wieczory

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
m.mahu (115) - Iasi, ROMANIA - SEP 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark, cloudy orange. Smells of sweet caramel, malt, fruit. Sweet, heavy taste, medium bitterness. Very good and a well done barley. Enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Echon (428) - rhus, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2016
Dark red. Rich aroma and flavour, with malt, caramel, fruity esters and spicy hops. Full, sweet taste, and a dry finish with low bitterness and a bit of alcohol. Full and rounded body. Overall, a great barley wine. Beautiful, rich, tasty, harmonic, and very drinkable. Not cloying at all.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mario80 (29) - Galicia, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2016
One of my favorite beer! Pours gold colour beer with a medium head. Well-balanced!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AssKicker (307) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - SEP 3, 2016
Belle couleur brune/orange, belle mousse qui finit sur un lger col persistant. Au nez, a schmeck principalement le pruneau et le fruit sec. Pas excessivement sucre en bouche, pas trs amre, pas trop alcoolise, armes portes sur la prune et les fruits secs, un peu sur la peau dorange amre. Une barley qui ne va pas dans lexcs et qui se boit bien.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzgorog (785) - FRANCE - AUG 30, 2016
Magnifique robe cuivre, mousse minimale. Nez caramel, toffee, fruits confits, prune, liqueur. La bouche est sucre et amre, toffee, marmelade, prune, finale sur des houblons herbeux. Le corps est liquoreux et dense, la longueur interminable. Fabuleuse bire, chaleureuse, un vrai rgal.


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