Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Old FoghornAnchor Old Foghorn

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,765 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,765
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 69
Gots: 99 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly over the years.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of IanSpindler
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mlucifer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lodisgrisen
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harvest06
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrew041180
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a peculiar beer for me. Each sip changed. Sometimes it would be pleasantly spicy, other times it would feel muddy. I had a hard time categorizing what was going on. Ultimately it left me with a bad taste in my mouth, and while I love this brewery, this is not a beer that I will be buying in the future.

Photo of SayBoom
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcmchew
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber, cloudy, with a small creamy light beige head.
Brown sugared raisin on the nose, musty and dried fruit (apricot, plum), sweet bready malt, faint fresh tobacco.
Syrupy sweet taste, thick sticky maltiness, lots of brown sugar caramel and some toffee. Stone fruit jam, especially apricot, Chinese plum, hawberry, overripe oranges. Touch of dark fruit too, some fig, some date. A light toastiness towards the end, like overcooked cake crust, some spicy hop too. Alcohol brings a nice brandy-like warmth too.
Medium body, a bit gloopy, medium to low carbonation. Aftertaste has sweet caramel malt, some blond fruit and earthy/spicy hop.
A simpler than usual barleywine, nice and (traditionally English) malty with a nice fruity freshness. Solid enough to be remembered.

Photo of matias-
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - bready caramel malts, brown sugar, plum, raisin, earthy hops.

Taste - Starts off with the bready caramel malts then goes into the brown sugar, plum, raisin, and the earthy hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Finishes off dry with a pleasant sweetness that lingers.

Overall - A well crafted English Barleywine with all flavours working in unison. A definite try if you stumble across this one as it won't disappoint.

Photo of DaPuba
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best american commercial barleywine by far. Wonderful fresh and ages well.

Photo of T_Hass
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tappangordo
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schnarr84
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Unphased
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of nicole309
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of SteveD082791
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of wrogers19971
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Exeter
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of andrewollin
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Jho3325
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark mahogny-red beer. Two finger high, beige head that leaves lacing in the glass.

Nose: Dark fruit, caramel malt, bread, plum and brown sugar.
Taste: Sweet malt, raisin, plum, grass, dark fruit, a little bit orange, nuts and dark syrup.
Body: Medium to full body . Light carbonated. Creamy feeling. The alcohol is well hidden with a perfect balanced bitterness.

A great barleywine from Anchor!

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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,765 ratings.