Anchor Old Foghorn - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by katybee:
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I'm so tired of citrusy hefeweissens...I wanted to try something truly sweet and different, and am finding it in smooth, maltier ales.
Poured from the bottle, it had a thick, creamy, 1/2" tan head, thought its a shame it didn't stick around longer. Beautiful amber brown color.
Very light smell; very bright hops if any, only a subtle maltiness.
The taste is malty, balanced by the light bitterness of hops. But what comes across is the carmelized malt sweetness, with a real tinge of molasses. To me the taste is better at room temp, when the hops are less pronounced. My first sampling of this beer, I compared it to citrusy hefwiesens, and was highly impressed. My second bottle, after sampling other brown ales and a doppelbock, I was not as impressed. It seems mouthfeel is relative, and the second sample seemed more hoppy, more carbonated, thinner, and overall less tasty than I'd given it on first impression. The sweetness might interfere with some food choices.
The mouthfeel was was medium/thin-bodied, smooth compared to the thinness of most lagers. But still not as creamy as some doppelbocks. The flavor actually improved as the carbonation settled to room temp and the sweet maltiness came to the fore.
Very drinkable all the way down, with increasing malty sweetness towards room temp. Perhaps not quaffable. Perhaps too sweet for some food choices such as pasta or even pizza. The alcohol content does sneak up on you and one is enough.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2010 21:00:52 | More by katybee
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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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