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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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (3022) - CROATIA - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle, 355 ml, courtey of and shared with JFK10000. Pours unclear orange, small beige head. Malty, dried fruit, toffee, spices. Quite sweet with bittersweet finish. Full bodied.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OminouSC2 (519) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
Some fruits like dried apricot and plums. Taste is just a bitter-sweet mess! Second swing and a miss from Anchor for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gr_pa (476) - siemianowice, POLAND - JUL 3, 2016
Ruby colour, clear, almost no head, high (too high) carbonation. Vety weak aroma: some malty notes, cereal. Full body, heavy cloying sweetness, Flavour sweet malty, some dry fruits. Bit of alcohol on finish, but also nice hoppy bitterness and flavour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buddybutch (72) - Nantes, FRANCE - JUL 3, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2016 Bottle. Almost no head but very strong carbonation, dark amber. Big malty, fruity, caramel and toast flavor, a bit alcoholic. Sweet and medium bitter. Maybe a bit too much bitter for me in that type (barleywine), but I think it?s classical for American Barleywine. But when it?s malty, I prefer it not too bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyW68 (1496) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 29, 2016
Brownish pour with minimal head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit and some floral i did not expect in a barley wine. Taste followed nose less the floral. Minimal alcohol and not sticky at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cokolwiek11 (369) - POLAND - JUN 28, 2016
Dark ruby color cleer beer, low tanned head. Very sweet, caramely aroma. Caramel, hint of red wine, toffe, molasses Taste: high sweet, light bitter. Caramel, hint of toffe, hint of wine, hint of something like iron? (again). Palate: medium body as for barley wine. Low carbonated. Not as sticky as Im used to with barley wines. Well hidden alcohol. Overall: pretty classic barley wine. Good, but expected more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1105) - Kiel, GERMANY - JUN 19, 2016
G: Nice/Barrel/Wein/Hopfen/Americano T: S/Schmeichelend/Malz/Hops/Low Alcohol Taste NH: Nicht sehr lang, dafr aber ausgewogen und sehr rund. Der Barley Wine fr die Grillparty ;). 355ml Flasche von BEYOND BEER in HH. 4-5 Euro.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blade86 (1316) - Wrocaw, POLAND - JUN 16, 2016
dark brown, rather clear, minimal foam; caramel, dark fruits, some spices? and alcohol; medium+ sweetness and bitterness; full body, quite thick feel, softly carbonated, long bittersweet finish; Overall: very nice sipper, balanced, well-made, no flaws

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
langeveld12 (481) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
Typical american barleywine. Heavy innthr malts, sweet, well hopped and thick. Well balanced. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (1314) - rhus, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2016
0.355 bottle. Clear, brown color with a crimson tinge and a small, off-white head. The aroma is composed primarily of dark fruits, caramel, and figs with a malty backbone. Taste is also relatively fruity, caramel features prominently again, sugar and raisins make a first appearance. A full body, a creamy texture, and an average carbonation. The finish introduces molasses and is a tad off with its bitterness level; after such an intro I expected something better. Overall the beer is good, obviously it does have shortcomings but let that not overshadow its merits.


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