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RATINGS: 2207   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5340) - 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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ricke49 (5) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2017 does not count
Im appreciative that a commonly available brewery has seen fit to consistently produce an English style Barleywine. And it happens to be a very good one that is attractively priced. Malty, fruity, rich with a subtle hop background. Wonderful, oily mouthfeel. Old Foghorn seems to get lost in the shuffle of higher priced 22oz English bw - but its a solid, high quality Barleywine with a pleasing malt forward character. When seeking out English Barleywines you cant go wrong with this choice. Drinking a March 2016 bottle, in March 2017 = smooth, sublime, delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dropi6 (255) - POLAND - MAR 26, 2017
Pours deep amber, clear, tan low head. Fruity aroma, dry plums, cherries, some malts, honey, toast, alcohol. Medium sweetness, medium sourness, low bitterness. Medium body, supprisingly big carbonation, thick. Good price/quality ratio.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stupre (171) - Nanterre, FRANCE - MAR 24, 2017
33cl bottle purchased @ La caisse de bires. Un barley wine trs quilibr avec une belle amertume en final.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imperial_suchy (159) - Rybnik, POLAND - MAR 13, 2017
Kolor coś między bursztynem a burgundowym, klarowne, piany praktycznie nie ma. Pachnie czerwonymi owocami, rodzynkami, karmelem, drewnem. Świetny "słodki" aromat. W smaku, suszone owoce, karmel, czerwone jabłko, goryczka na finiszu. Jak dla mnie mgłby mieć mniejsze wysycenie, ale i tak jest spoko.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4916) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2017
Bottle from Taniguchi. Served in my Anchor Steam glass it is a crystal clear ruby-amber-brown with a beige head. The aroma is stone fruit while the taste is raisins, figs, caramel wafers and toffee. A classic American barleywine that suits the season well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coresterol (34) - Wrocław, POLAND - MAR 9, 2017
Bottle 355ml. Clear dark ruby with minimal head. Rich aroma full of malts, toffee, honey and raisins. Really sweet with light bitterness. Alcohol is covered by sweet aroma. Good and rich barley wine, but was too sweet to me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumore (333) - Rimini, ITALY - FEB 28, 2017
From 33cl bottle at Vor Bier&Bar, Gijn, Spain. Pours hazy orange brown with low foam. Aroma of rich in caramel, honey, dried fruits. Body is medium with low carbonation. Taste is mostly sweet, with nice bitterness coming through. Finish is moderately long.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1613) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottled at Clubhouse BFD bottling event. 2012 vintage. Pours ruby color, off white head. Aroma is vanilla, fig, cinnamon, some dark fruit, cherry, and citrus. Flavor is cherry, fig, plum, citrus rind with a bitter finish. Very full bodied. Never had this, but this 2012 vintage is excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beton (318) - Lublin, POLAND - FEB 27, 2017
Piwo skonsumowane. Ocena na podstawie retrospekcji w celu uzupełnienia profilu.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2940) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2017
Bottle. Clear Ruby Red in colour. Very Malty; caramel, toffee, candy sugar, toasted bready malts, vanilla. Very fruity; citrus-orange, dark fruits. Hoppy; spicy, piney resinous hops. Sweet. Viscous, oily and slightly syrupy. Very smooth; not at all harsh; rather subtle. Beautiful malt/fruit/hop balance. Enjoyed this a lot. Nice beer! (2008)


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