Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.79/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
We pour a brew of rusted butterscotch. It holds a two finger head of creamy tan foam, leaving patterned lacing as it recedes at a medium pace. There is a thick haze permeating the clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears active but slow in this syrupy liquid. The aroma is surprisingly fruity, with strong banana esters, sweet orange flesh, cranberry, massive pear, and red apple sugars. The malt base stands up straight to meet the sweetness, with rich caramels, pales, grass, and roast. The dry-hopping is also apparent, with a light mix of citrus, pine, and herbals. Our first impression is that, as in the nose, the banana esters are huge, imparting a unique bready, fruity sweetness for the style. As we sip, banana esters, bready plum pudding, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, syrupy fig, and raw piney hops start things off. The flavoring comes to a peak with fusel booze, spicy black pepper, caramel, raw brown sugars, and authentic pear fruitiness. The finish washes through with phenolic plastics, buttery diacetyls, black pepper booziness, metallic caramels, baker’s yeast, cherry syrups, and more of that raw pear juiciness. The aftertaste breathes of tannic breakfast tea, herbal hops, light piney resin, pear, apple, cranberry, nutmeg, raw rock salt, and plastic phenols. The body is medium, and the carbonation is lighter. There is nice slurp, sip, froth, and cream, with sugary stickiness to the lips. The mouth is cooled, and eventually dries lightly from the boozy evaporation. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.
Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the big fruitiness to hold against the booze and big malty base. This added a unique twist and additional sweetness, especially with that emphasis on banana and pear. That said, things remained sweet and borderline cloying throughout, slowing the drinking down. Otherwise, this was a warming and inviting beer, and something certainly worth the try if you like the style, or something on the sweeter side.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2013 03:09:57 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
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
88 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.