Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
On-tap at the Cherry Tree in a Chimay goblet.
A--Very inviting cherry-red, almost fire engine colored body--this thing is seriously bright!--with a smallish one finger white head. Great retention and lacing down the glass.
S--Rice pudding, some deep rose and magnolia type smells, even, and a balance of Del Monte fruit cocktail and raisins. I'm a total idiot when it comes to barleywines, so don't necessarily take my word for it, but this had an awesome nose.
T--Although almost cloying to me, I think that's the point of the style. This was a little like drinking a jolly rancher, but I perservered, as it mellowed it after a few sips (and this is most definitely a sipping beer). Let's see: some candied orange peel and other citrus, maybe pineapple, with a little bit of apple juice in there. Not a lot of grain on the palate, but the hops really save it, as some oily bitterness creeps in toward the back, and a little more so as it warms a bit. I stuck with this because it was my first in the style and it paid off; by the end of the taste I appreciated this style much, much more.
M&D--The mouthfeel was somewhat creamy, and the drinkability--well, not really factor I don't think, as you're not gonna want more than one. I had this sucker first and I'm thinking I should have had it last. Definitely closer to port than any type of aperitif, so I'm learning. I picked Anchor as my first barleywine because I trust their product, and they didn't disappoint.
Serving type: on-tap
11-15-2008 22:53:21 | More by TheycallmeTim
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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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