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Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Old FoghornAnchor Old Foghorn

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,794 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,794
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 72
Gots: 119 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

ABV varies slightly over the years.
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Photo of Dilbert65
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Dogfish Head IPA glass.
A - Pours a hazy amber with a large bubbly head with some lacing.
S - Aroma is malty and bready.
T - Malty and sweet with some toffee or caramel tones. Slightly bitter on the finish.
M - A little sticky and chewy. Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - This is my first time tasting and I'm on my second bottle. This my be the best barleywine for those new to the style. Very good!

Photo of OrangeMen
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a amber-red, brighter mahogony. Glistens in the glass and is quite transparent and clear. Finger and a half slight off-white, frothy and creamy head. Moderate lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Brighter winter fruits, cherries and sugar plums. Certain fruitcake quality, some pineapple and raisin. Sugary bread, toasted caramel malt and toffees.
Taste- Toasted malts, caramel and sweet brown sugar. Forward fruitiness, cherries, berries, sugar plums, along with some dark winter fruits, dates, raisins. Slight, bright hop bitterness on back end.
Feel- Very smooth, slightly sticky. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
Overall- Very enjoyable, very sweet, malts and fruits combine for a fruitcake-like quality to this beer. This teeters more towards an american style barleywine, as there is a slight hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. But lots of toasted malts, lots of bright fruits, fairly warming for the lower abv on the 2014 vintage of 8.8%.

Photo of skyheart
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.87/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in a chalice....Perhaps a shot glass would have been more appropriate!?

Photo of CycleHops
2.43/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer had all kinds of stuff floating in my glass. Not sure what happened.

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Black tea like colouration in fact it is almost ruby ale like. Tight off white foam head. This head dies to a lace cover in around 5-10 minutes and sticks to the side of the glass. There is only slight evidence of CO2 in this one.

Smell – Brown sugar notes are very evident in here as is an almost red wine like boozy aroma. Lots of red and dark/dried fruit such as prune, raisin and grape. Some solvent and biscuit like a very strong fruit cake soaked in booze.

Taste – A sweet solvent mix in the first punch. This beer has an almost whisky like back end to it. The middle section is dominated by the sweet prune and raisin flavours and also some banana and grape present themselves in here too. The way the flavour rides from sweet to bitter to solvent makes this one almost like a symphony on the tongue and it is the first barley wine I have ever tried but it has convinced me of the style.

MF – Very smooth, silky even! This beer had great boozy warmth although it was fairly cloying in the after taste. The linger was simply superb and it had a great tingle on the tongue with full body. Points only lost for the cloying element.

Overall – Sharp and flavourful this beer is damned fine and packs a punch. A great sipping beer for a movie or a long game of cricket.

Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BerBen
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyS
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fremont897
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jkn09
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bark
4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best before 6/2016 (probably brewed late 2014).

The colour is warm brown (50 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger compact head is beige, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is rich, sweet and smooth with caramel, alcohol, nuts, marzipan and toffee.

The taste is sweet, but not heavy. Fresh hay-ish hops, toffee, bitter herbs, butterscotch, orange peels and some alcohol. Full body. The aftertaste got fading alcohol, bitter herbs, marzipan and a touch of leather. The finish is semi-sweet, fruity and a little dry.

The carbonation is strong, the mid-sized bubbles are smooth and short-lived. The liquid is a bit thick.

A solid, clean and very British barley wine.

Photo of scream
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had not had this in years but picked it up last wknd. While this is certainly not the most complex, bold barleywine out there these days it is still a very drinkable beer. If I were to have the option of trying something I have not had before or this I would choose to try the new one. Still this is good ale !

Photo of TylerKitchens
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

2004 7oz bottle, pour carefully lots of yeast after 11 years

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

Photo of SurferEric
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JoninVT
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drew26
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,794 ratings.