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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

1,625 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,625
Reviews: 995
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 61
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
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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Pahn

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled December 3, 2010.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, (loud) fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Ends up looking almost still. Pours hazy brownish ruby. No lacing.

Smell: Mild cascade hops, chocolate, some slight pear and other fruits, and faint, earthy bubblegum/banana/raisin-like note. Smells sweet, fruity, and complex. Would rate higher if the smell were more potent. Gets boozier with warmth, but this is one of those beers where the alcohol harshness makes the other notes even better.

Taste: Delivers on the promise of the nose. Sweet malty goodness with lots of different highlights; fruits, chocolate, cascade hops, toffee, brown sugar. Perfect amount of bitterness to tame the sweetness assault. There's a bit of a rich pastry aftertaste that lasts.

Satisfying. I especially like how the taste starts sweetly fruity with the tell-tale citrus/dankness of cascade hops, then transitions into toffee/brown sugar as the bitterness sets in, keeping everything in balance. This is a really good beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. At once juicy and creamy. High carbonation for the style, but it works.

Drinkability: I had this beer recently as a single in a mixed 6, and my next purchase was a 6er of Old Foghorn. It won't be the last; I could buy this beer by the case. Delivers with every sip.

Old Foghorn is one fine beer. On the one hand, it's hard to believe it's been in production since 1975. On the other hand, it's not hard to believe that a brewery that makes beer like this could last 35+ years.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 07:17:18 | More by Pahn
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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,625 ratings.