Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by FreshHawk:
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Scarlet brown, somewhat like a buckeye with more red. Small, foamy head that sticks around awhile, forming a nice foamy layer of lace concentrated on one side.
S - A lot of caramel and toffee malt aroma in the initial whiff. Subsequent noses bring out some alcohol aroma as well as a bit of citrus and tea hop smells. Just a touch of fruitiness comes out as well, with apple, golden raisin, and a little bit of apricot or peach.
T - Pretty heavy on the caramel/toffee malt flavors initially. Some toasted bread and butterscotch flavors as well. Not overly rich or sweet, but those are the strongest initial flavors. These give way to more of the golden fruit (apple, golden raisin, and some apricot/peach). Also has a touch of citrus orange. This gives way toward the finish with some tea, grassy, and citrus (mostly orange) hops. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Not overly hoppy in taste.
M - Medium body, but for the style a bit on the light side and a little below average carbonation. Fairly smooth and slick feel.
D - Really a pretty drinkable beer, especially for a barleywine (as far as having another in one night). The smooth, lighter body really helps make this a quite drinkable beer, along with the balanced, slightly subdued taste.
Notes: Best before June 2011. This is a bit lighter, more subdued barleywine. Fairly malty with enough hops to keep it interesting, but they are not dominant. Overall it was a nice, light, and easy to drink barleywine. Not as big and boozy and a bit less of a night capping beer, but a lighter more accessible barleywine. Not an amazing tasting beer, but a solid one. Definitely worth trying, and I would get it again, especially considering the price.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2010 17:56:13 | More by FreshHawk
More User Reviews:
4.29/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Some people in the US may laugh at the notion, but this beer has been one of my so-called "whales" for a long time. I had yet to find it in Canada, anywhere, and still have yet to see it in bottles. Alas, Beer Revolution here in Cowtown snagged a keg and I essentially teleported down there to sample a 12 oz. goblet. A unique brick red shading into brown hue that recalls autumn leaves (uh oh, finding this brew has brought out my whimsical artsy side ...), with some light tan bubbles draped over the matte bronze. Very hop forward aroma, with rich toffee, orchard fruit, cut flowers and pine resins intermingling but not clashing. Palate features licorice toffee, molasses, leather, candy apple, burnt pancakes, port wine, pine, and hazelnuts, with a lemon-lime hop garnish that becomes more perceptible as your palate habituates to the malts. Yeast esters galore and overall features a complex and robust yet refined flavor profile, less intense than many so-called American barley wines but still hoppy and vibrant. I get the English designation but the hops are American in my book. Less thick than many other barley wines, quite smooth on the mouth but finishes rather bitter, medicinal, and woody. Although allegedly this brew has changed over the years, it still tastes like a true classic to me. With any luck we'll get bottles in this province. I have to say, coming to craft beer at this relatively late stage in my life has made the whole ride quite fun ... Read about the iconic beers, wait for them to show up in this market, rejoice when they finally do ...
Serving type: on-tap
03-15-2014 18:56:03 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
Review from notes: February 7th, 2014.
A: Amber with off-white head which quickly disappears.
S: Citrus; lemon with slight hop aroma.
T: Somewhat bitter and boozy. It gets better as I drink.
M: Interesting. Slick and thick.
O: This is my first taste of this style. It's pretty interesting. The only negative with this brew is that it is expensive around here, around $3 a bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 03:50:33 | More by ranger7
Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
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