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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

1,632 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,632
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 61
Gots: 77 | 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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Reviews by allengarvin:
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allengarvin

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noticed I'd never reviewed this, and acted to rectify. Pours a very dark orangish-red color without much head. Aroma has lots of spicy hops overlaying a hugely malty nose. Malt is not as strong in the flavor as one would expect, though it's not attenuated enough to be particularly dry. Hoppy bitterness is high, and the yeast character is generally fruity, somewhat vinous. Alcohol is quite apparent at the finish, and the bitterness lingers for a while. Body is a bit thinner than many barley wines.

I do rather miss the old 8-oz bottles this used to come in. They were great for saving for homebrew.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 02:30:06 | More by allengarvin
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tikk

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

07-14-2014 04:42:33 | More by tikk
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into snifter.

A: pours a wonderful deep amber / ruby red color with about a finger of nice thick, tan head. this fads to a fair ring around the glass, with some lingering in the center.

S: upfront, I get a malty sweetness with dark fruits like plums a little bit of hop, but not much.

T: I get a sweetness and a breadyness from the malt initially, then some fruits, figs, and a bit of resinous hop character at the end.

M: pretty good mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O: i havent had a whole lot of barleywines (even less english barleywines) so im certainly a bit out of my element in regards to this beers representation of the style. this is based more on my general opinions. a pretty good beer, though. I wouldn't ever turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 01:46:39 | More by ilikebeer03
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bobv

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2%

07-13-2014 04:14:32 | More by bobv
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patre_tim

China

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown filtered with lots of carbonation, even bubbles cling to the inside of the glass. There are 2 fingers of creamy beige head.

S: Malt, toffee, butter scotch, crème brulee, apple candy.

T: Butter scotch, candy, alcohol on the end, caramelized sugar like crème brulee, apple candy comes in as well.

M: Thick syrupy body is balanced by the heavy carbonation so much so that its smooth with a light bitter aftertaste.

O: Considered a standard by many in the beer world for a Barleywine, I was glad to finally find this on the east coast at Brawley’s Beverage in Charlotte. Drank in Boca Raton July 12th, 2014.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 03:45:38 | More by patre_tim
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khargro2

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-13-2014 03:41:19 | More by khargro2
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bccocx

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-12-2014 16:22:54 | More by bccocx
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AMCPhD

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

07-12-2014 02:36:01 | More by AMCPhD
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joemetric

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-10-2014 18:38:02 | More by joemetric
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Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

07-10-2014 18:19:35 | More by drummermattie02
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Arizona

4/5  rDev +2%

07-10-2014 05:33:22 | More by chefbigjon
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zbooks

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

07-10-2014 00:42:18 | More by zbooks
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baklo

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-09-2014 22:49:17 | More by baklo
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Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Utah

3/5  rDev -23.5%

07-09-2014 01:41:40 | More by Tywilly132
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a Lagunitas pint glass.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber with a 1/2 inch light tan had that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet smelling with some notes of dark fruit, caramel and a touch of brown sugar.

T- Big hits of Bready malt, booze and more dark fruit. Everything melds together to make for a drinkable barleywine, there's just not a lot of complexity. Bitter aftertaste.

M- Somewhat syrupy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Definitely a sweeter barleywine with a lot of residual sugars but still quite drinkable if not very complex.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2014 21:35:00 | More by Immortale25
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-08-2014 03:50:43 | More by avisong
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BryantForestry

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Tennessee

4/5  rDev +2%

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Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,632 ratings.