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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

1,625 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,625
Reviews: 995
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 61
Gots: 79 | 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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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass. Bottle is stamped with "1JE"...??

A: Pours a crystal clear, dark amber/rusted red color. A frothy, eggshell, two-finger head sits beautifully atop the beer. This is a pretty looking brew for sure. Over three decades of brewing this recipe has certainly perfected its appearance.

S: Raisins mixed with soapy, grapefruit hops at first. Soft, faint notes of brown sugar and figs and various confectionary sweets. Not the biggest nose whallop I've received from a Barleywine...but fairly nice.

T/M: Big plum notes and more raisins. Figs. The hops don't really enter into the taste other than to provide a nice balancing bitterness for the dominant sweetness. Plenty of sweet caramel malts and brown sugar. The flavor as a whole is fleeting however...leaving an ever-so-slight stickiness. It's not quite as robust and heavy as I like. Thinner and less chewy than most Barleywines...but not in a bad way, just not as I'd prefer. Moderately carbonated.

O: So this is debatably the oldest American-style Barleywine on the market, but it seems the style has evolved quite a bit since this recipe took shape...because I don't think that's what I would consider this. It's not as big and hoppy as I've become accustomed to when drinking a Barleywine. But just like rock n roll has evolved into a bigger, badder "hoppier" version of it's original form, does that mean that Dr. Dog are a better rock band than the Beatles? Please.

This is a damn good beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:25:32 | More by kbuzz
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Anchor Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,625 ratings.