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RATINGS: 2225   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Sampled from 2007 bottle. So here’s it goes with a younger version: Esters and a slightly sweet smell. Brown sherry color. Taste is not too strong; it’s actually lightly sweet. Mild hops, but a decent alcohol finish. Ratings: 6-4-7-3-13; total: 3.3.

Sampled from bottle, dated 2004. This tiny sample still had a big malty smell. Less hoppy than, say, a fresh Bigfoot. Some nice fruity esters offer suggestions of strawberry and honey. A nice, cleansing brew. Ratings: 8-3-8-5-16; total: 4.0.


4
Fewbrew (18) - LITHUANIA - JUL 21, 2017
Best barley wine I’ve ever tried. Very well balanced. Dried fruits and roast notes, not too sweet or alcoholic. Awesome!

4.2
Fisler (542) - Bamberg, GERMANY - JUL 16, 2017
Keine Perlen, wenig Schaum, aber schönes klares Rotbraun im Glas. In der Nase Beeren, Holzfass. Im Trunk süß, Cognac, Beeren, Kirschen, Holzfass. Keine Spur zu alkoholisch. Praline. Herrliches Aromaspiel auf der Zunge. Langer Abgang. Teuflisch gut trinkbar. Granatenstark!

5
monz67 (2) - BULGARIA - JUL 8, 2017 does not count
Thick, rich and creamy. Notes are breadcrumb, dried apricot, molasses, caramel, tar. Malt goodness, amazingly well balanced. Definitely world-class.

3.8
kaserov (738) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2017
Color rojizo, oscuro pero translúcido, con capa de espuma de un blanco amarronado de dos dedos de grosor (no mucha retención, aunque tarde en disiparse del todo). Carbonatación suave (alguna que otra burbuja). Textura oleosa. Aroma dulzón. Malta caramelizada, azúcar, miel, melaza, pasas. En boca, exactamente lo mismo. Menos cuerpo del esperado y mucho dulzor. Ligerísimo amargor final (es más una sensación que una realidad). Ni rastro de alcohol. Más English Barley Wine que American, desde luego. Me hubiera gustado encontrar más lúpulo pero jamás me quejaría de lo que he encontrado. Dulzona, potente y muy rica.

4.1
CraftyHare (76) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2017
355ml bottle from Naples supermarket pours deep amber with tiny tan head. Aromas of toffee, hops, grass and sugar cane. Flavours of caramel malt, molasas, raisins, sugar syrup and herbal characters. Great texture and depth hide the alcohol well. A really balanced barley wine with plenty of character.

3.7
Oxytocin (144) - AUSTRIA - MAY 28, 2017
bottle, 8.2%, red-ish dark amber, clear, small, off white head. fruity, malty, honey, raisin. nice bitterness to balance the sweetness, medium body, a bit to thin for the sweetness.

3.8
PowY (754) - AUSTRIA - MAY 28, 2017
355 ml bottle, 8.2% ABV. Pours a clear dark amber with an off-white head. The aroma is malty, honey, caramel, toffee, dark fruits an an underlying hoppiness (herbal, pine) with some noticeable alcohol. Full body with a very low carbonation, a medium sweetness and a light bitterness. The flavor pretty much follows the aroma is dominated by the sweet maltiness - caramel, honey, molasses, brown sugar, spices - while the citric and herbal hops are nicely balancing the brew.

3.4
remALUS (360) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle: 355 ml, Price: 0,89 eur
Nesužavėjo . . . . . .

4
homeini (271) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 25, 2017
Butelka, 03.2018. W aromacie miód, karmel, czerwona porzeczka. W smaku jest karmel i miód, ale są złamane dosyć sporą kwaskowatością, też jakby czerwona porzeczka, na końcu, dopiero po chwili pojawia się lekka goryczka, bardzo krótka. Kolor czerwono miedziany, bardzo klarowne, piana średnia kremowa, niezbyt trwała, ale jak na barley wine i tak dosyć obfita. Wysycenie trochę za wysokie, przez co piwo sprawia wrażenie lekkiego i niezbyt gęstego, alkohol bardzo dobrze ukryty w smaku, po ogrzaniu lekko wychodzi w aromacie.

4.1
hauxe (757) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2017
Pours red/brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is caramel, apple schnapps, peppermint. Taste is malty sweet, lots of caramel, with a fruity twang. Turns warm and bittersweet at the finish. Overall a complex mix of flavors. Full-bodied, rich, creamy palate with a mild carbonation. Very good, although I can’t quite make up my mind how high to place it. Will age a bottle for a year or two and have another go.


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