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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

1,647 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,647
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 62
Gots: 78 | 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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blakesell

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into my finest tasting glass (similar to the Sam Adams, also specifically made for tasting).

I believe the bottle is from 2008, and my bottle claims 9.4% ABV.

Appearance, Beer pours a red golden with a huge pillowy off tan head that lingers and clings to the sides of the glass thickly. Big bubbles and small bubbles intermingle making this beer look alive on the pour. The red gold color is more of a ruby when held to the light, this is one impressive looking barleywine.

Smell- Boozy alcohols, toffee, raisins, yes, figs, plums, prunes, pineapple, great fruity yeasty esters coming off of this. Hops are present but not near as overpowering as I usually get from American barleywines. This is a plus in my book.

Taste- Sweet malts with grapeskin texture, very smooth for an American. It is well known that I usually won't drink barleywines under 5 years of age, but in this case I made an exception as I had a hankering. I'm glad I did. This will age well, but it's great right now as well. The warming alcohol could stand to mellow, and I wonder if the 8.8% version is perhaps a bit smoother.

Mouthfeel- Warming, chewy, full bodied, sticky, medium high in carbonation.

Drinkability- Surprisingly drinkable for how warm it is. After being out in the cold elements earlier, this is just what I needed, just what I need with very little of what I don't.

Thanks Anchor! Thanchor.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:19:50 | More by blakesell
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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,647 ratings.