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Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,647 Ratings

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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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Photo of Todd


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Sunset Grill in Allston, MA.

A murky deep dark brown with ruby edges ... little to no head.

Esters and a big alcohol nose. Grape, herbal and a bit spicy with some backing soft malts in the aroma.

Smooth, mature and extremely mellow -- medium bodied, and a bit thin for a Barleywine. Big malt flavours, grape, raisin and plenty of complex esters. Nice dose of spicy alcohol and mingling hops.Thin caramel and chocolate -- a bit buttery. Light oxidation in the finish leaves a cardboard/wet paper flavour on the palate.

The 2001 on tap seems to be holding up somewhat. I definately enjoyed this beer, but I recommend letting it warm to near room temperature in order to release more flavours.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2002 05:58:40 | More by Todd
Photo of Jason


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Tiny 7oz brown bottle with a coded freshness date on the back label that denotes it was brewed on December 27, 2001.

Appearance: Two fingered frothy beige lace over a tarnished and hazed amber hue.

Smell: Smells of ginger snap cookies, ripe plums and a touch of grain as well as a hint of alcohol and faint buttery diacetyl on the nose.

Taste: Lovingly crisp and smooth on the tongue with a moderate carbonation and thick body. Mellow hops throw an ample bitterness into the mix, maltiness wants to be dominant but is not strong enough to hold the crown. Soft citric flavours and a bit of hop flavour show the only liveliness. The best of the malt is a caramel and shortbread like flavour that fades too quickly. Touch of buttery diacetyl is present, maltiness seems bit thin from middle to end. Vague fruitiness confuses the taste buds. Finishes pretty clean and quite dry.

Notes: What happened to Old Foghorn? Tastes refined, over-filtered and drawn back. This is by far a good beer but does not seem to be what it was years past. Worth a try though nothing spectacular. As for cellaring this brew? Not sure if this vintage would bring any good.

1996 Vintage:

Presentation: 7 oz. bottle with a coded freshness date (6LR) which the brewery informed us that it was a 96'. Noted on the label ... "Our barleywine style ale, the first of its kind in the United States ..."

Appearance: Deep red ... very bright with a tight and really creamy light tan lace.

Smell: Mild rum like aromas with malt, light molasses and a raisin like sweetness. Very fruity with a heaping handful of alcoholic esters.

Taste: Nice fat chewy malt upfront with a light crispness in this full bodied brew. Good amount of hop bitterness and sweet/spicy alcohol that gives a sharp bite though the strong malt backbone holds its own very well. Hints of molasses and chocolate mingle with the other flavours. Mellow hop flavour and a husk / bread malt flavour finish this brew off though there is the slightest ghost like wet paper flavour which actualy adds to this brews greatness.

Notes: A sample with age that is for sure, a little loss taken with the hop character both in aroma and flavour. Yet the aging has seemed to put a bit more depth back in. Sip this with after dinner or even with a cigar. A sure thing either way as far as barleywines go. If you are into aged barleywine and don't mind spending the $2.99 then this is for you. Just shy of 9.0% abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2002 16:42:30 | More by Jason
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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
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